Date:Tuesday December 16 2008
Alan Wiley from Staffordshire will take charge of Rangers clash against Preston North End this weekend.
The 48-year old official is one of the most experienced on the refereeing circuit at present, having refereed numerous Rangers fixtures, and spending the majority of his career in the top flight.
Alan started on his path to refereeing back in 1981, refereeing in the West Midlands Regional Leagues before being promoted to The Football League assistant referee's list in 1991 and the Premier League list in 1994.
Mr Wiley was added to the Football League referee's list in 1995 and moved to the Premier League list in 1999, and remains one of the more competent of the current crop of officials.
His history with Rangers can be traced back to May 1998, when the R`s succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at home to Bury. Gordon Armstrong bagged the winner for the away side, against a Rangers side that included both Neil Ruddock and Vinny Jones.
Two Rangers games followed the next season for Mr Wiley, as he saw Karl Ready equalise in the 90th minute against Bristol City after Matthew Hewlett had given the Robins the lead. Following this Rangers beat Norwich City 2-0 on Boxing Day in W12, with goals from Paul Murray and Gavin Peacock.
Mr Wiley did not meet Rangers again for another six years, as the R`s were hot on the promotion trail as they travelled to Oakwell. In an eventful affair Mr Wiley`s assistant gave a controversial goal, after a calamitous error between Antony Kay and substitute goalkeeper Danny Alcock saw the ball trickle goalbound only to be cleared away - The goal was given and Alcock never played for the Tykes again.
The game ebbed one way then another with former Rangers forward Daniel Nardiello notching, then the Tykes thought they`d won it courtesy of David Murphy, but Paul Furlong snatched a point at the death in a 3-3 draw.
With the respected official rarely dipping down into the Championship, games with Rangers were few and far between. However he did get the R`s again back in February 2006. The R`s beat Millwall at home courtesy of a Marc Nygaard goal, with Alan Dunne given his marching orders - caretaker boss David Tuttle was subject to abuse from the away end following the result.
During the reign of Luigi De Canio the R`s hosted Crystal Palace, who had new found confidence under new boss Neil Warnock. The Eagles swept the R`s aside despite going a goal down to Damion Stewart. But goals from Clint Hill and Rangers` nemesis Clinton Morrison saw them to victory in W12.
In total Mr Wiley has taken charge of six Rangers games over ten years, overseeing eight Rangers goals, and booking 11 R`s players.
So far this season Mr Wiley has refereed 16 games, handing out 47 yellow cards and two reds, giving him a card average of 3.06.
Mr Wiley & Queens Park Rangers
QPR 0-1 Bury - 3rd May 1998
Goals: Gordon Armstrong 22.
Yellow Cards: Mark Patterson
QPR 1-1 Bristol City - 15th August 1998
Goals: Karl Ready 90; Matthew Hewlett
Yellow Cards: Paul Murray, Karl Ready; Michael Bell, Gregory Goodridge.
QPR 2-0 Norwich City - 26th December 1998
Goals: Paul Murray 11, Gavin Peacock 18.
Yellow Cards: Danny Maddix.
Barnsley 3-3 QPR - 12th April 2004.
Goals: Craig Ireland 22, Daniel Nardiello 85, David Murphy 89; Antony Kay 32og, Paul Furlong 74, 90.
Yellow Cards: Steven Hayward, Antony Kay; Paul Furlong, Steve Palmer, Matthew Rose.
QPR 1-0 Millwall - 11th February 2006
Goals: Marc Nygaard 56.
Yellow Cards: Gareth Ainsworth, Mauro Milanese; Alan Dunne, Marvin Elliott, Paul Robinson.
Red Cards: Alan Dunne.
QPR 1-2 Crystal Palace - 4th December 2007
Goals: Damion Stewart 10; Clint Hill 65, Clinton Morrison 68.
Yellow Cards: Lee Camp, Zesh Rehman, Martin Rowlands; Danny Butterfield.
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