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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
So it's a team of Select Group officials two weeks in a row at Roots Hall. First up for our big match against Chesterfield is Robert Madley, one of two refereeing brothers from Ossett in West Yorkshire. Only in his 4th season he has been fast-tracked into Select Group status although he has only been given three Premiership matches this season, two involving Hull.

He has refereed Southend just twice before, both in his first season. They were the drawn Cup match at Macclesfield (3 yellows for them, one for Prosser) and the home draw with Burton which saw a red card apiece (Sawyer for us).

He has been 4th Official for quite a few Premiership matches and as a result has only done 15 matches producing a high-ish 57 yellows and 5 reds. Since we last saw him at Roots Hall he has refereed Chesterfield three times, each one being a home defeat for the Spireites. In the last of these, this season, he sent off Gary Roberts.

He seems to have attracted a fair bit of criticism in some of the games he has done outside the Premier League this season!

One of the assistant referees is Sian Massey from Coventry (who will shortly be off to Costa Rica to officiate in the Womens U17 world cup). She has lined a Southend match before (at Torquay) but this will be her Roots Hall debut. The other is Mark Scholes from Buckinghamshire who can be seen here enjoying the hospitality at Millwall.

no one likes us, I wonder why

Fourth Official is League referee Lee Collins who refereed the match this season at Newport. His performance was rather better than ours.