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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
After two rather good referees, will the run continue? In all probability, yes. The referee for tomorrow's match is Michael Naylor travelling from Sheffield for his third Southend match.

He is in his fourth season and has made exceptional progress to the extent that he is being tipped for the top levels of refereeing.

Before getting onto the League List he refereed the Blue Square play-off final which saw Oxford's return to League football.

His last Southend match was the away leg of the Crewe play-off when he cautioned Ryan Hall and one of theirs.

Before that, his only previous Southend game was the cardfest at home to Plymouth when he booked 8 and sent off one of theirs. He also gave us a softish, but I think correct, penalty.

This is not typical of his style and his card count is comfortably the right side of average. His 30 games thus far have produced just 76 yellows and a solitary red. This is despite having a number of crucial Championship appointments, the most recent of which was Derby’s thumping of Forest on TV.

After Saturday he will have refereed us, Fleetwood, Chesterfield and Rochdale in the space of 12 days so will have a better idea than most of our respective promotion credentials.

Assisting will be Paul Hobday from Tipton, Birmingham (who did this fixture a couple of years ago) and Gavin Muge from Bedford. Paul Rees from Bristol will be doing the 4th Official stuff.