By Brian Bennett

Top FIFA, UEFA and Premier League referee Michael Oliver has been in charge of prestige matches over the years – but on Friday August 4, he will be the man in the middle at his hometown football club.

Ashington FC host ‘An evening with Michael Oliver’ in their clubhouse and tickets – priced at £17 which includes a pie and peas supper – are selling well.

Oliver is looking forward to the event and said: “It was nice to see Ashington have such a successful season last year and hopefully the club can kick on again but it is also pleasing to see how well they have developed under the leadership of chairman Brian Shotton, manager Ian Skinner and all of the volunteers.”

He continued: “Obviously it’s nice to come back to Ashington and hopefully the evening will help to raise funds. I’m looking forward to it”

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