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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
As we head to Oldham with a vastly changed team from the one that picked up an unlikely 5-2 victory there just a year ago, the man in charge of Saturday's match is Chris Sarginson from Stoke.

He is a ninth year referee who will be refereeing his eleventh Southend match and, for me, he is another one who falls very much into the "lucky to still be there" category.

His last Southend game was at Roots Hall just 7 weeks ago with an inconsistent and fussy performance against Shrewsbury. In a 1-1 draw, there were 7 yellows, ours going to Thompson, Ferdinand and Cox; their 4 included one for Deegan. Notwithstanding all the cards, not a good performance.

His previous Southend match before that was co-incidentally against Shrewsbury. It was last season's midweek away match and we came out on top 2-1 with goals from Atkinson and Hendrie. We had yellows for McQueen and O'Neill and a red for Timlin.

Before that, he was as a late replacement at Oxford in 2014/15. Deegan managed to pick up two yellows in 33 minutes, fast even by his standards. There was also a yellow for Payne and one of theirs. Deegan's second yellow was a little unsatisfactory as the referee didn't appear to even be awarding a foul until some unspecified intervention. All was well in the end as we won 3-2 and we also won the match Deegan was suspended for.

Earlier that same season it was the first of our four matches against Stevenage in 2014/15 season - a 2-0 home win and 2 yellows apiece, ours going to Clifford and Coulthirst. Not a good day for the man in the middle.

Then came his sub-standard performance at Fleetwood at the back end of 2013/14 (1-1), with yellows for Egan and Leonard.

Previously it was the away game at Plymouth in 2011/12 when we were leading 2-0 with about 5 mins to go and finished up with a point. Yellows for Timlin, Martin and Dickinson and one of theirs.

Further back it was the Shrimps vs Shrimpers defeat in 2010/11 when we just shaded the yellows with 3 (Grant, Corr and Barker) against their 2. Then in the same season on New Year's Day at Oxford, when, as we won and he booked loads of theirs and none of ours, there were no complaints.

Then it was the hollow victory against Stockport at the end of the 2009/10 season (yellow for Mvoto) and defeat at MK Dons the season before that (yellows for Grant, Clarke and Freedman).

Surprisingly given his last Southend match, his yellow card count is decidedly average this season with 57 yellows and 2 reds from 19 games.

Assisting are mackem Danny Markham, at 49 one of the oldest "linos", and Paul Marsden from Preston. Fourth Official is Ian Dudley from Nottingham.