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Ref Watch Non-league refwatch ........ Torquay (H)


Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Matches against Torquay commenced in the 1920s. Since then, we have met 87 times in the league, with us having won 34 games, Torquay having won 27 - the other 26 finishing level.

Our last meeting was the away fixture back in September, a narrow 1-0 defeat, which was refereed by Scott Jackson. In fact, the last three games between the two sides have finished up as 1-0 home wins.

For Sunday’s season finale, we again have a Mr Jackson – this time Aaron Jackson from Liverpool, in his third season as a National League referee and taking charge of his 43rd match at this level. The previous 42 have seen 149 yellow and 6 red cards. This season’s 17 games have seen a reduction in his card count with just 42 yellows and 3 reds.

His first red this season came in our match away at Borehamwood - a 1-0 defeat during which he, not unreasonably, sent off Ogogo in addition to 4 yellows (one to Ferguson, one to Ogogo and two to them). His second and only other Southend match came a couple of months ago at Chesterfield when a penalty helped us to a creditable 2-2 draw. Unusually all three cautions went to the home side.

He hasn’t refereed Torquay for a couple of years, but in his first season he visited Plainmoor twice for their victory over Harrogate and their defeat by Sutton Utd.

In addition to his National League matches he has officiated in plenty of PL2 (development league) matches.

Assisting will be Hugh Gilroy from Chiswick and Dan Todd from Milton Keynes. The former will be on his 6th Southend match of the season (previously league games at home to Woking and Dagenham and away at Dover and Wealdstone and the Trophy match at Dagenham) whereas the latter lined at Maidenhead and also at home to Stoke U23s. Fourth Official is Jack Willmore from Clacton-on-Sea, as he was in the home match against Dover.