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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Saturday's man in charge, floodlights permitting, is the loose cannon that is Trevor Kettle. Or, rather, Wing Commander Trevor Kettle based at RAF High Wycombe.

This is his 9th season as a League referee and his matches have been littered with controversy and condemnation throughout. I am sure there is not the slightest truth in the rumour that he only obtained and retained his position by virtue of his marriage to the daughter of the man who used to be in charge of Football League referees (Mr Ashworth). A referee noted for extreme over reactions and maverick decisions (a bit worrying you might think, given his day job!).

This is his 13th Southend match and we have a very decent record with him in charge (won 8, drawn 4); in fact there is no referee we have had a better run of results with. However his matches have not been uneventful.

10/11 Barnet A - not great - booked Hall & Easton
09/10 Brentford H - not great - booked Macca
09/10 Orient H decent game - booked Macca
08/09 Stockport H - sent off Harding
07/08 Oxford H - 8 yellows
Oldham A - sent off Richards (successfully appealed)
06/07 WBA H - 7 yellows
05/06 Bradford A - sent off one of theirs
Bournemouth H - sent off one of theirs
03/04 Canvey H - 5 yellows
Canvey A - 8 yellows and sent off Warren
Carlisle H - just 2 yellows but it was one of his first matches

His 272 games at this level have produced 971 yellow cards and 66 reds.

He has actually had a couple of reasonable matches, especially a couple of seasons ago, when I have seen him, but needless to say these have been few and far between.

His start to the season was delayed by an overseas posting and this will be his third match. The first saw just 3 yellows but on Boxing Day he was back in the swing of things with just the eight festive yellows !

Assistants are Ukrainian Ole Saliy, now from London, and Harry Lennard from Peacehaven with Andy Davies from Hampshire as 4th official.


Junior Blues Coordinator⭐
Dec 27, 2007
Well, the "Trevor Kettle is not fit to referee" page on FB seems to have disappeared, although there is a new one "Trevor Kettle ruined my day", but in all honesty, as Mick says, he's not been too bad for us stats wise. Hope he has a good game and there's nothing too controversial.


Dash De Shrimper
Feb 5, 2008
P. Brush Territory
Well I should imagine the assistants will once again keep quiet & leave all the decisions to Kettle bar timing, subs, corners, goal kicks, throw-ins & offsides as he will get no help with 'howlers' of mistakes from them!