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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Although we have got the better of games against Barnsley over the years, we haven't beaten them at home in 6 attempts over the last twenty years. In fact last time we got maximum points off them at Roots Hall, Phil Gridelet scored!

Tomorrow's referee is Charles Breakspear from Walton-on-Thames. He has refereed three Southend matches before and in the first two he sent off an opposing player. Sadly we only got a defeat and a draw (and subsequent penalty shoot-out defeat) to show for our numerical advantage.

He is one of the less experienced officials with this being his third season.

Those previous matches were, firstly, our 3-1 home defeat to Morecambe in 2013/14. Their sub got a red some 7 minutes after coming on and there was a yellow apiece (Timlin for us) and last season he presided over the JPT match at Wimbledon where unusually all four cards (3 yellows and a red) went to the home team.

His most recent Southend match was his unconvincing performance in last season's 0-0 home draw with Burton - a yellow for Prosser and three of theirs. This match came at the beginning of that dire run of 6 hours football without a goal from either team at Roots Hall.

His yellow card count is high-ish this year with 39 from 10 games but not a single red .... yet! (by this time last season he'd shown 6 red cards) .

He has not refereed Barnsley before.

Assisting are Tranmere Rovers supporter and ex-semipro player for Newtown (in the Welsh League), Anthony Da Costa now from Cambridge and Robert Mackay from Bedford. Dean Treleaven from Portsmouth is Fourth Official.