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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Tomorrow's referee is Tim Robinson from Bognor Regis.

He is one of the 18 referees who comprise SG2, full-time referees operating predominantly in the Championship and, in my opinion, is rather fortunate to be doing this for a living.

He is in his fifth season as a League referee and had been progressing reasonably well, however the Championship appointments (always a good guide to how a ref is rated by the powers that be) dried up the season before last as his card count soared. Last season his card count remained high but he was back in favour, 149 yellows and 9 reds from 43 matches. One of those reds was one of the worst decisions of the season when he sent off Forestieri for simulation after a clear foul which Dawson was already apologising for.

His game on Saturday seemed to go okay with just one yellow in the Birmingham/Cardiff match.

His first appearance at Roots Hall was also his first ever League match for our 1-0 home defeat to Accrington at the start of 2012/13. A forgettable match, like most of Sturrock's home games that season (and many more since!). He cautioned Prosser and a couple of theirs and whilst he wasn't wonderful, he was okay.

An improvement was evident in the second Southend match he refereed, the drawn home match with Bristol Rovers early 2013/14 when I thought he had a very good match. He cautioned 4 of theirs and for us, again, Prosser. Prosser was actually very lucky his yellow wasn't a red !

His first Southend away match was also 2013/14 at Plymouth for the 1-1 draw there, with just two cautions for Plymouth and none for us.

Then came the match away at Northampton the season before last (1-1 again). A bit of a cardfest with 8 yellows and that red for Prosser.

Next was the same season's home match, which we nearly won but finished up drawing 2-2 with Wycombe. Two yellows apiece, ours to White and, inevitably, Prosser.

Finally, and our first win (3-0) with him in charge, was last season's JPT match at Crawley. Just cautions for Wordsworth (I remember him !) and one of theirs. (Yes, Prosser was playing)

Assistants are David Avent from Northampton who was last at Roots Hall for last year's Bury match, as was Ian Cooper, the other assistant from Rochester. Rob Smith from Letchworth does the fourth official stuff.