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Mick

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The referee for Saturday's match is the very experienced Andy Woolmer from Northampton. This short referee with even shorter hair had the capacity to be slightly officious but he is usually reasonably steady - a safe pair of hands.

Aged 50, he was a postman by profession until he became a full-time referee as part of Select Group 2 a few months ago.

He is in his 13th year as a League referee and has refereed Southend on very many occasions. Indeed it is a quick return to Roots Hall as he was here last month for the very poor game against Orient in the Checkatrade. For the avoidance of doubt he wasn't poor, he was pretty good ! Just two yellows, Fortune and one of theirs.

Before that he officiated at Roots Hall twice last season, firstly presiding over our home defeat to Swindon with two cautions each (Timlin and Coker). His next most recent visit was last season's JPT match against Bristol Rovers when a rare John White goal, combined with a slightly controversially (but correctly) ruled out goal, clinched a 1-0 victory. Plenty of yellows in this one (Barrett, Atkinson, Pigott and Payne and a couple of theirs).

Before that it was the season before's inevitable home defeat by Morecambe, one-nil to an early goal. Caution for Deegan and two of theirs.

Then it was the 2013/14 Friday home match against Fleetwood which we won 2-0 thanks in part to a generous penalty. Leonard and Phillips were the game's only cautions and he did fine (not just for the penalty!)

Then it was that very memorable evening a while back when we qualified for Wembley with a 2-2 draw against Orient. A good performance by him in a highly charged match. Cautions for Phillips and Prosser and three of theirs.

Prior to that was the first match of 2013 at home to Gillingham. He cautioned just one of theirs in the 1-0 defeat and the biggest criticism seemed to be not enough stoppage time. The previous two were 2011/12; firstly our comfortable win at Barnet (7 yellows and one of theirs sent off) and then the 1-0 home win against Crewe when Mohsni scored the only goal (Kalala and a couple of theirs were cautioned). Before that Wycombe at home the year before that when he wasn't too bad. Prior to that it was the same season when we lost 0-2 to Crewe. He wasn't great; nor were we.

His first visit to Roots Hall however is somewhat more memorable as it was the Boston match when he sent off Darryl and heralded the appearance of Tes the Cat (...... his name is Tes the Cat, he plays for Montserrat).

His card count this season is very much the right side of average with 42 from 18 games, with just a single red so far. The majority of his matches have been in the Championship.

The two assistants are Adam Crysell from Braintree and fast rising black official, Akil Howson from Leicester. Another black official, Aji Ajibola from Erith, is Fourth Official. He has refereed at Roots Hall twice in the FA Youth Cup (against Barnet and Oxford) and is a salesman for Canon Business Solutions and a keen amateur boxer.
 
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