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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Firstly, Season's Greetings to all.

Thursday's referee is Graham Scott from Abingdon in Oxfordshire. He is in his 6th season as a Football League referee and this will be his 7th Southend match. (It would be his eighth, but the second didn't happen due to the appropriately Antarctic weather at the time.)

The first match was the home JPT defeat by Orient in 2008/9. He then did an away match at Gillingham - the Easter defeat in 2009/10 and then, more recently, the season before last's home game against Morecambe (a red card for Jevons and 2 yellows for them). Next he oversaw our abject performance in the home debacle against Bradford City. Then we had our first win with him when we, and he, breezed through the 3-0 home win over Barnet in the same season. That was the match of course when Mohsni scored a hat-trick in about 20 minutes !!

His most recent Southend match was Mohsni's comeback game - the 2-1 home defeat to Northampton which went less well for Mohsni who was red-carded and three of theirs (including Gutteridge) saw yellow.

Certainly when I've seen him he has seemed a little over eager to reach for his cards, but his decisions are more right than wrong. He is an official I would generally prefer to see doing our home matches.

His card count this season is sky high with 57 yellows and a seemingly excessive 8 reds from just 16 games. He is quite highly rated and gets loads of Championship appointments.

Assisting Mr Scott will be David Avent from Northampton who we last saw Boxing Day last year and Paul Kelly from Gillingham who we last saw flagging furiously to get Phillips sent off against Dagenham. Barry Holderness from Wickford is 4th Official.