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Ref Watch ........... Peterborough (A)


Life President
Oct 28, 2003
On Saturday we played a team that we started the season exactly level on head to head League wins but were one behind thanks to the first of many home defeats.

Tomorrow we play a team that we started the season exactly level on head to head League wins but are now one behind thanks to the second of many home defeats.

Peterborough have 22 wins to our 21 with 10 draws. Decent odds can be had for us levelling that up.

The man in charge will be Carl Boyeson from Hull, an experienced official in his 18th season who will be officiating his 14th Southend match. A central heating technician, aged about 50, he is one of the longest serving referees on the Football League List.

So far in his matches we have won 4, lost 6 and drawn the other 3.

Hasn’t done a Southend match for over two years, the last being our 1-0 defeat at Portsmouth in 2017/18. They got the only goal, we got the only yellow card – John White.

The next most recent went rather well. It was the visit to Fleetwood a couple of months previously. He sent off a home player after about half an hour and we had a comfortable 4-2 away win. The only other card of the match was a yellow for them.

Before that his last Southend match was the 0-0 draw at Walsall in 2016/17. Three yellows apiece, ours going to Timlin, Ferdinand and Cox.

The one before that was 2014/15 at Shrewsbury. It was a 1-1 draw with Tyrone Barnett and Jack Payne getting a goal apiece. Again, the yellow cards were even, this time a 1-1 draw with Coker getting ours.

Before that was a poor performance, not by him especially, but by us. It was the 2-1 defeat at Northampton in 2013/14 with yellows for Timlin and Phillips and one of theirs. Prior to that, his last two Southend matches both finished up 3-0. More recently the 3-0 victory in 2009/10 against a woeful Walsall side. No complaints with an early dismissal and two yellows, all to the visitors. Before that was the 3-0 defeat in the early kick-off match at Leicester in 2008/9 (the match in which Liam Feeney, now at Blackpool, played all 10 minutes of his Southend career), where he didn't caution anyone and previously a late 4-3 defeat at Hartlepool the season before (two yellows each - Hunt and Macca). Earlier matches included another win over Walsall, another defeat at Leicester (caution for Barrett), a rare home match in 2005/6 when we lost to Port Vale (again a draw on cautions 1-1 Mark Bentley and Billy Paynter) but nothing especially noteworthy other than a good win at Rochdale in 2002/3 with three cautions each - Jones, J. Smith and Beard for us.

I've always thought him to be a decent, steady journeyman of a referee, but he was never likely to be selected for the full-time Select Group 2. Was one of the .. er bulkier referees when he started out. Not so now and clearly coping with the rigours of the fitness tests.

This season his 20 matches have seen a typically low 51 yellows and a 3 reds (all of which were shown to visiting players for a second yellow).

Assisting will be Conor Farrell whose location is listed variously as “Whitechapel” and “Hampshire” who actually got to referee half a League match at Oxford last season and Stephen Finch from Southampton. Fourth Official is Paul Hobday from Tipton, Birmingham.
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