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Ref Watch Behind Closed Doors Refwatch ....... Forest Green Rovers (A)


Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Tomorrow’s match, our first ever visit to Forest Green, will be officiated by Lee Swabey, from Plymouth. A 37 year old who works as a Sports Manager for TGS Coaching. Previous employment included directorships of two now dissolved sports companies in Devonport (previously Plymouth Dock).

He is in his sixth season, although he missed a good part of two of those seasons through injury. We have not seen him much during this time – just the five matches (a win, a draw and 3 defeats).

The most recent was just a few days short of a year ago – the 2-1 defeat at Oxford. Yellow for McLaughlin and one of theirs.

Before that was the 4-1 away defeat at Portsmouth earlier last season. Again, a yellow card apiece (ours was Milligan) and he didn’t do us any favours in front of a crowd of nearly 17,000.

Previously was the 0-3 home defeat to Rochdale back in August this season. He cautioned Hyam and Hamilton and one of theirs.

Before that he brought up the curtain on the 2017/18 season taking charge of the home victory over Blackburn who we hadn’t played at home since the days of Brett Angell and Ian Benjamin. A win and all three yellow cards to them so all good there.

His only other Southend match was the 2-2 home draw with Fleetwood in April 2016 when the only card of the game was a yellow shown to Adam Thompson.

His card count is low with just 49 yellows and no reds from 20 games this season, although he hasn’t had a cardless match for over a year.

Assisting will be ex-Premiership "lino" John Flynn, an ex-Airman from Stratton St Margaret who was out of the game for 15 months after he claimed he was deliberately injured by referee Jon Moss in a training incident and Grant Taylor from Weston-on-Avon, once in Gloucester now Warwickshire. Fourth Official will be Dean Treleaven from Portsmouth.