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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Our last five home matches against Bristol Rovers have seen two wins and three draws, a good record to keep going!

The referee for tomorrow'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 49, he is a postman by profession. Are we going to see a first class performance with him stamping his authority and not delivering too many cards? Hopefully.

He is in his 12th year as a League referee and has refereed Southend on very many occasions.

He has already officiated at Roots Hall this season, presiding over our home defeat to Swindon with two cautions each. Timlin's one has contributed to him missing tomorrow's match and the other was for Coker.

Before that it was last season'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.

Previously, the most recent 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 the right side of average with 36 from 13 games. Not a single red so far.

The two assistants are regular visitor Craig Hicks from Sutton and Andrew Laver from Portsmouth. Alan Dale from Ipswich will be Fourth Official.