Oliver In The Middle

THE man in the middle for this Saturday’s Sky Bet League 2 home match against visitors Morecambe is Oliver Langford.

Langford, who hails from the West Midlands, made his bow as an official Football League referee in 2008 and has since taken charge of the Pilgrims on seven occasions.

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 Sky Bet Championship, in which he awarded an injury time penalty to the home side, which Shane Long 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. 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 Yannick Bolasie.

In his most recent outing at an Argyle fixture, last season’s 2-1 home win against Chesterfield, Langford was forced to show two yellow cards – neither of which were to Argyle players.

This season, Oliver has overseen a total of 19 games across the Championship, League 1, League 2, the FA Cup, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and the Capital One Cup. He has issued a total of 35 cautions, two reds and has awarded five penalties.