Leeds United v Liverpool (22/09/2009) - Meet the Referee
Monday, 21st September 2009
Alan Wiley of Staffordshire will referee our Carling Cup tie at Elland Road against Leeds United.

It is a quick return to Yorkshire for the 49-year old as he refereed the pulsating Sheffield derby on Friday night. Not content with the Sheffield derby, the powers that be decided he should be fourth official for the Manchester United/City clash on Sunday. So with this appointment it has turned out to be quite a meaty hat-trick for one the Premiership's more experienced referees.

He started refereeing back in 1981 through the West Midlands Regional League and became a Football League linesman ten years later. In 1994 he was promoted to run the line in The Premiership. He was then given the whistle in The Football League twelve months later.

Alan has refereed two clashes between Leeds United and us. Back in April 2001, Leeds came away from Anfield 2-1 winners with Steven Gerrard getting his marching orders. Then later on in October that year, it was back to Anfield for a 1-1 draw, but the match will always be remembered as being the one that saw Gérard Houllier rushed to hospital at half time.

He is one of three current referees who have refereed both the FA Cup and League Cup Finals, achieving this three seasons ago by becoming the first referee to do both finals in the same season. He had already refereed Manchester United's 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup before he got the call to replace Mike Dean for the FA Cup Final between West Ham United and ourselves. Wiley classes that game as the best one he has ever officiated in.

Alan recently refereed our 3-2 win at Bolton Wanderers at the end of last month, but we have to go back to May 2008 for the last time he refereed Leeds. However, their fans will remember the game well as they overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit to win 2-0 at Carlisle United in the League One Play-Off semi-final at Brunton Park. His last game at Elland Road was 1-1 draw against Sheffield United in October 2005.

His assistants are Andy Garrett and Gary Stott with Andy Hall as the fourth official. Andy Garrett was his official on Friday night at Bramall Lane.

Some memorable matches involving Liverpool and Alan Wiley.
11th March 2001 - A trip to Birkenhead in the 6th round of the FA Cup saw us come away 4-2 winners at John Aldridge's Tranmere Rovers.
2nd March 2002 - Nicolas Anelka scores his only Liverpool goal away from Anfield as we triumph 2-0 at Craven Cottage. Jari Litmanen also scored his last Premiership goal for the reds in the game.
11th August 2002 - Arsenal win 1-0 in the newly named Community Shield in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Markus Babbel appeared for the first time after recovering from serious illness.
11th May 2003 - Chelsea win 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the last game of the season to claim the final Champions League spot. Gerrard was sent-off in the final minutes.
26th October 2004 - Trouble off the field as we defeat Millwall 3-0 in the Carling Cup.
28th November 2004 - Neil Mellor scores a last minute winner against Arsenal.
5th February 2006 - Chelsea win 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Pepe Reina is sent off as Arjen Robben goes down like he's been hit by a sniper.
15th March 2006 - Robbie Fowler finally gets his first Liverpool goal since his return to Anfield in a 5-1 thrashing of Fulham.
13th May 2006 - One of the best FA Cup Finals ever sees us defeat West Ham United on penalties after a pulsating 3-3 draw.
26th August 2006 - Dirk Kuyt makes his Liverpool debut and Daniel Agger scores his first Liverpool goal in a 2-1 home win against West Ham United.
1st September 2007 - Derby County are trounced 6-0 at Anfield with Babel, Benayoun and Voronin all making the Anfield debuts. Babel scores his first Premiership goal and Voronin nets his first at home.
24th November 2007 - Lucas makes his first Premiership start as goals from Gerrard, Kuyt and Babel give us a 3-0 win at Newcastle.
30th January 2008 - Harry Kewell plays in his last Premiership game for Liverpool but a last minute Noble penalty gives West Ham all the points.
13th April 2008 - Gerrard scores in his 300th Premiership appearance, Torres hits his 30th goal for the season and Riise plays at Anfield for last time in the Premiership in a 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers.
16th August 2008 - Robbie Keane and Andrea Dossena make their Premiership debuts for Liverpool in a 1-0 win at Sunderland.
18th October 2008 - Albert Riera scores his first Liverpool goal in a 3-2 home win against Wigan Athletic.
26th December 2009 - Robbie Keane scores his last Liverpool goal in a 3-0 home win against Bolton Wanderers.
4th February 2009 - A last minute goal in extra time from Gosling knocks us out of the FA Cup at Goodison Park.
14th March 2009 - Goals from Torres, Gerrard, Aurélio and Dossena cancel out a Ronaldo penalty to give us a 4-1 win at Old Trafford.

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