Olivers’ Shield pride

Sunday’s Community Shield sees FA Cup winners Arsenal take on Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in what is the final curtain-raiser for the new season.

With both clubs expected to show off some of their new signings as they make the final preparations for the big kick-off, for one former Football League referee, it will all be about the man in the middle.

Arsenal v Manchester City

The FA Community Shield

3pm, Sunday 10 August 2014

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Clive Oliver, the Northumberland County FA chief executive and former official, will be at Wembley along with his wife to watch their son Michael take charge of the game.

And it’s the latest in a growing list of prestigious games for which the 29-year-old has been referee, having already set the record as youngest Premier League official, something which continues to make Oliver Senior increasingly proud.

“He’s doing fantastically well,” he told TheFA.com ahead of Sunday’s game.

“He’s been well managed by the PGMOL and The FA and has been getting the right appointments at the right time.

“He is progressing at the right pace and doing extremely well, so we are very proud of him and what he’s done so far.”

Leading out the teams at Wembley isn’t a new experience to either of the Olivers though, with both father and son having been able to tick that particular box during their careers.

Michael Oliver takes charge of the Premier League game between Norwich City and Everton.

Oliver will take charge of Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley

And there’s even an added twist to the tale, with both of them being involved in the same game and also refereeing at the national stadium on successive days in 2009.

“We were both on the Football League list at the same time and I refereed a game in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and he was on the line as my assistant,” revealed Oliver.

“And there was one weekend when I refereed the play-off final at Wembley and he refereed the play-off final the day after.

“I don’t think that will be repeated again, because there are only Leagues One and Two available so for a father and son to do that, you need to finish first and second on the Merit List at the same time.

“You may have a father and son finish first and second again in the future, but not in the same season, so I do genuinely think that will never be repeated.”

Money raised from the Community Shield will be distributed to charities and good causes across the country with clubs competing in last season’s FA Cup First Round and beyond eligible to nominate organisations to receive a £2,000 payment from The FA.

Both Arsenal and Manchester City will receive £25,000 for a charity or good cause of their choice.