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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Man in charge of our 1,500th game at Roots Hall is Iain Williamson from Berkshire who is in his 9th season as a League referee. Played non-league for Walton & Hersham until injury forced him into refereeing.

We have seen quite a lot of him, this being his fourteenth Southend match in charge. Eleven of the previous thirteen have been home games, the odd ones out being the dreadful performance at Burton the season before last (ours not his - although he wasn't great cautioning 4 of ours and 1 of theirs) and our early season defeat at QPR a few years ago.

This is his second visit of the season having presided over our comeback against Exeter with two scoring substitutes (Eastwood and Corr) giving us a victory right at the death. Just the one caution for one of theirs.

Before that the most recent home match was deep into last season against Rotherham when we lost 2-0. Both bookings were theirs and Cresswell was an unused sub.

Other home games include a Drewe dismissal against Oxford, the Freddy Eastwood frivolous appeal match against Southampton in the League Cup, the 1-0 home defeat against Derby and more recently the Cup replay against Telford. His thirteen matches have produced just 23 goals and a multitude of bookings and needless interuptions although he is less fussy and unpredictable these days.

However, for us his most memorable appearance at Roots Hall was just a few eventful years ago when, as 4th official, he held up the numbers board at our historic victory over Manchester United.

Last season his card count was at its lowest throughout his career and after a lively start this time round he has levelled off to a very average 28 yellows and two reds from 9 matches. He is a referee I would always much rather see on home games than away ones.

The two assistants will be Richard Kendall from Luton and Matt Foley from London with Dan Robathan from Dorking doing the 4th Official stuff.

The assessor is Michael Thorpe a relatively recent Football League referee from Ipswich.

Elsewhere in the Cup, Kettle is on duty for the Met Police against Crawley and two matches (between 2 non-league sides) are being refereed by Japanese referees (Kimura and Lida) on some sort of exchange trip. One of those is Blair Sturrock's match at Bishop's Stortford.