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Ref Watch ....... AFC Wimbledon (H)


Life President
Oct 28, 2003
On the first day of 2019 we were 15 places and 13 points above AFC Wimbledon. Who would have thought just 10 weeks later this would become a massive “six-pointer” against a team 25% of which is made up of departed Shrimpers, all three of whom would walk straight into our side at present?

The last time we hosted a London club at Roots Hall it all ended badly with a late defeat and two home players (and an away one) sent off in stoppage time. Well, Saturday sees the return of that same referee to Roots Hall.

It’s Brett Huxtable from Torrington near Barnstable in Devon. In his early 30s, he is a self-employed builder and in his third season as a League referee.

His most recent Southend match was at Barnsley for our 1-0 defeat where he was probably adequate. That is his only cardless League match in his 3 years on the National List.

His previous Southend match is memorable for all the wrong reasons. It was, of course, that home match against Charlton which, from his perspective, was going okay until he failed to show Prately an obvious red card. The second half went from bad to worse and culminated in those three red cards at the end. There were 7 yellows in addition to those reds, White and Demetriou collecting our two.

His only other Southend match was the Rotherham home match last season when he had a decent game. Despite that less than athletic appearance, he got around the pitch okay. We won 2-0 and the only card was a yellow for them.

His card count is on the high side with 117 yellows and 6 reds from 33 matches (although half of his reds were in that one game against Charlton).

He will be assisted by Paul Graham from Manchester (!) and on the Board of the Manchester FA and Andrew Williams from Pinner who is running the line at Roots Hall for the fifth time this season, the first one being that Charlton match mentioned earlier! Michael Webb from Woking stands by as Fourth Official.