OLIVER Langford is the referee for Argyle's home fixture with Chesterfield this Tuesday night.Having taken charge of the Pilgrims six times, he has been the man in the middle during some of Argyle's most important and memorable games in recent history.
The first time Oliver refereed us was the only time we have lost a game with him as official. It was a 2-1 defeat by Reading, in the Championship, in which he awarded an injury time penalty to the home side, which they converted.
He took charge of two of Argyle's League 1 fixtures in 2010-11. The first was an epic 3-2 win at Swindon Town, where Bradley Wright-Phillips scored an injury time winner. Earlier in the game, the Robins' David Prutton and Reda Johnson of Argyle were both sent off for second bookable offences. Later that season Langford sent off Chris Clark for a raised boot in our home game against Colchester with the score at 1-1. However, Argyle still prevailed, winning 2-1 after being awarded a penalty that was converted by Yala Bolasie.
Oliver was also the ref when Argyle beat Northampton 4-1 - Simon Walton scored a penalty that day - and for draws away at Hereford and at home, this season with Newport. In the last three games mentioned, he has only shown three yellow cards in total - none of which were to Argyle players.
This season, Oliver has issued 62 cautions in 28 games, sending off four players and awarding six penalties.