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Mick

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Today's referee is, in theory, the best referee outside the SG. It is 6th year referee, Roger East from Salisbury. He has been given 5 Premiership matches this season, albeit fairly low key ones.

He is a familiar and distinctive figure to most of us as he did both the televised game at Gillingham (2 yellows and three points to us) and the disappointing home defeat to Aldershot (booked Timlin, Harris and 3 of theirs) last season.

More recently he refereed our 3-0 defeat earlier this season at Exeter, 3 yellows for us, one for them.

He achieved some success as an Assistant Referee being appointed to the 2004 Cup Final and a couple of playoff finals. Wasn't uniformly popular especially in his Conference days but seems to have settled into the Football League and has refereed a good number of Championship games in addition to his recent top level appointments.

He made two visits to Roots Hall the season before last; the first wasn't great on a number of levels. Firstly, we were awful. Secondly he wasn't much better with 6 cautions shared equally between the two teams. We were very lucky to get away with only a 3-1 defeat to Port Vale. His next appearance was the 3-2 home defeat by Chesterfield with 4 cautions - all to them.

Before that, Southend games officiated included Northampton and Yeovil, both away five seasons ago, Millwall at home four seasons ago and Brighton away three seasons ago.

The other one was Exeter away , also three seasons ago, when we lost 1-0 and he sent off Corr whilst he was playing for them. He also sent off Ibehre for us.

The shaven-headed Mr East has shown a somewhat above average 130 yellows and 6 reds from 40 games.

His assistants will be Ryan Atkin from London and the short, bald man from Colchester, John Magill with Darren Blunden from Dartford as 4th Official.
 

Mick

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Whatever happens today, we should be okay on Tuesday. We have our "lucky mascot" Kettle in charge (played 15, won 11, drawn 4 lost nil). Surely Phil Brown can't overturn that sort of form?
 
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