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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
We must beat them in the League sooner or later !

The referee for tomorrow's match is the very experienced Andy Woolmer from Northampton. This short referee with even shorter hair had the capacity to be slightly officious but he is usually reasonably steady - a safe pair of hands.

Caught him on Sky recently refereeing a Championship match and he looked to be enjoying himself and was displaying a surprising turn of speed.

He is in his 11th year as a League referee and has refereed Southend on very many occasions.

The most recent was last season's Friday home match against Fleetwood which we won 2-0 thanks in part to a generous penalty. Leonard and Phillips were the games only cautions and he did fine (not just for the penalty!)

Before that it was that very memorable evening a while back when we qualified for Wembley with a 2-2 draw against Orient. A good performance by him in a highly charged match. Cautions for Phillips and Prosser and three of theirs.

Previously, the most recent was the first match of 2013 at home to Gillingham. He cautioned just one of theirs in the 1-0 defeat and the biggest criticism seemed to be not enough stoppage time. The previous two were 2011/12; firstly our comfortable win at Barnet (7 yellows and one of theirs sent off) and then the 1-0 home win against Crewe when Mohsni scored the only goal (Kalala and a couple of theirs were cautioned). Before that Wycombe at home the year before that when he wasn't too bad. Prior to that it was the same season when we lost 0-2 to Crewe. He wasn't great; nor were we.

His first visit to Roots Hall however is somewhat more memorable as it was the Boston match when he sent off Darryl and heralded the appearance of Tes the Cat (...... his name is Tes the Cat, he plays for Montserrat).

His cards this year, as they were last, are decidedly average with 27 yellows from 9 matches. On a cautionary note, his red card has not seen the light of day thus far this season. In fact he hasn't shown a straight red for a couple of seasons now.

The rest of the team are all regular visitors to the Hall. John O'Brien from London and Stephen Ross from not so nearby Boston will be running the lines and Lee Venamore from Maidstone will be wielding the numbers board.

Uncle Leo

This cook is an anti-semite
Nov 19, 2003
NY Parks Dept
Some memorable games in there. Let's hope tomorrow's one is also memorable for us finally breaking our Morecambe hoodoo!