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Alan G. Wiley (born 27 May 1960) is a former English football referee in the FA Premier League, who is based in Burntwood, Staffordshire.

Alan Wiley
Born (1960-05-27) 27 May 1960 (age 59)
Burntwood, Staffordshire, England
Years League Role
? -1991 West Midlands Referee
1991–1994 Football League Asst. ref.
1994–1995 Premier League Asst. ref.
1995–1999 Football League Referee
1999–2010 Premier League Referee


Wiley first took up the whistle in 1981, then officiated in the West Midlands (Regional) League until 1991, when he became an assistant referee on the Football League List. In 1994, he was promoted to the FA Premier League List of assistant referees, and a year later progressed to the Football League referees' List.[1]

In 1998, he refereed the FA Women's Cup Final, when Arsenal beat Croydon 3–2.[2] Wiley made the step up to full Premier League referee in 1999, taking charge of his first match on 11 August 1999 at The Dell between Southampton and Leeds United, which the away side won 3–0.[3]

In 2000, he was fourth official for the FA Cup Final at Wembley, when Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 1-0, courtesy of a Roberto Di Matteo goal after 73 minutes.[4]

He was subsequently given the honour of refereeing two Football League Cup semi-finals (2003 and 2006), but his first prestige men's game as man-in-the-middle was the Community Shield match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, between Arsenal and Liverpool on 11 August 2002. The London side ran out 1–0 winners, thanks to a Gilberto Silva goal in the second half.[5]

Wiley was the referee for the 2005–06 League Cup final between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic, also at the Millennium Stadium – United winning 4–0.[6]

He then took charge of the FA Cup Final on 13 May 2006 when Liverpool played West Ham United, at the same venue. Mike Dean was originally appointed to referee the game but the Football Association took the unusual step of replacing him after concerns were raised about his ability to be impartial towards Liverpool, who are based near Dean's home town on Merseyside.[7] In the game, Liverpool triumphed on penalties by 3–1, the score at the end of extra time being 3 goals each.[8]

On 24 May 2008, Wiley took charge of the Championship Playoff Final between Hull City and Bristol City at Wembley Stadium, a match which Hull City won.

Alan Wiley shows the Red Card to Nemanja Vidić of Manchester United on 14 March 2009

Wiley officiated the match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on 14 March 2009, in which he awarded two penalty kicks (one to Manchester United and one to Liverpool,) as well as a red card to United's Nemanja Vidić. Commentator Andy Gray said on Sky Sports's TV commentary, following Vidić's dismissal that, "Alan Wiley, in my opinion, has got all the big decisions (today) right." Liverpool's Fabio Aurelio would score the resulting free-kick, putting his team up 3–1 in a match they won by a final scoreline of 4–1.

On 15 August 2009, he had the honour of refereeing the first game of the new Premier League season between Chelsea F.C. and Hull City A.F.C., Chelsea ran out 2–1 winners.

In July 2010, Wiley agreed to retire from refereeing and became a full-time referee coach, sharing his expertise in developing the next generation of referees.[9]

He currently holds an FA Preliminary Coaching Badge.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Games Total     per game Total     per game
1997/1998 41 126 3.07 4 0.10
1998/1999 40 158 3.95 7 0.18
1999/2000 34 101 2.97 3 0.09
2000/2001 40 124 3.10 2 0.05
2001/2002 34 90 2.65 3 0.09
2002/2003 35 99 2.83 5 0.14
2003/2004 28 93 3.32 3 0.11
2004/2005 32 78 2.44 5 0.16
2005/2006 44 142 3.23 7 0.16
2006/2007 42 135 3.21 4 0.09
2007/2008 40 125 3.12 3 0.07
2008/2009 6 17 2.83 1 0.16

(There are no available records prior to 1997/1998)


  1. ^ Alan Wiley's life and times in football Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. 26 July 2010. Express & Star. Retrieved 17 August 2013
  2. ^ 1998 Women's Cup Final: website.
  3. ^ First Premiership match Archived 7 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Southampton v. Leeds, 1999
  4. ^ Fourth official Archived 14 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine for the 2000 FA Cup Final: Premier League website.
  5. ^ Birthdate confirmation and profile Archived 15 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine: Football League Official website.
  6. ^ 2005–06 Carling Cup Final Archived 29 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine: website.
  7. ^ "FA replace Cup final referee from the Wirral" Archived 7 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine: website.
  8. ^ 2006 FA Cup Final Archived 16 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine: website.
  9. ^ Top refs Wiley and Bennett to quit for coaching roles Archived 12 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. 21 July 2010. Mirror Football. Retrieved 17 August 2013
  10. ^ FA Preliminary Coaching Badge confirmation:

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Steve Dunn
FA Trophy Final
Succeeded by
Neale Barry
Preceded by
Andy D'Urso
FA Community Shield
Succeeded by
Steve Bennett
Preceded by
Steve Bennett
League Cup Final
Succeeded by
Howard Webb
Preceded by
Rob Styles
FA Cup Final
Succeeded by
Steve Bennett