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Ref Watch ............. Coventry City (H)

Mick

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Despite Coventry having won the last three, all by just the odd goal, we have a slight lead in head to head League matches against them with 20 wins to their 19 with 12 drawn matches.

Saturday’s match will be refereed by first year referee, Sam Purkiss from Highbury, London who will be doing his second Southend match.

About 30 years of age, he was promoted to the Football League referees list this season after a couple of seasons on the National League. Originally from Gainsborough, he is a graduate of Cambridge University and has qualified as a solicitor who advises on commercial and regulatory matters relating to sport, sponsorship, the exploitation of intellectual property and publishing. So he's not in refereeing for the money.

He first came to prominence when he sent off 5 home Wingate and Finchley players in an Isthmian League match six years ago. This, of course, caused the match to be abandoned with Thurrock leading 1-0 and Stuart Thurgood scoring the only goal. Little, if any, blame for this was attached to the referee in this most unusual occurrence.

His previous Southend match, also at Roots Hall, was as a late replacement for Tuesday’s referee Trevor Kettle in the Leasing.com Trophy match against Brighton’s Under 21s in front of 641 spectators. I thought he had a steady match, we lost 0-2 to their kids with yellows for Demetriou and Hyam and one of theirs. He had been okay when I’d seen him in non-league previously.

His 25 matches have produced, in total, a decidedly average 75 yellows and just one red.

He has not refereed Coventry City before.

Assisting are Greg Read from Addlestone near Woking, making his 4th visit of the season, and Paul Yates from Maidstone. Fourth Official will be Jason Richardson from Ruislip, Middlesex, making his Southend debut.
 
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