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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
I have left this to the last minute as tonight's referee's last two Southend appointments both saw very late changes and he didn't do the match - third time lucky hopefully.

Man in charge tonight for our "must-win" game (how many more "must-win" games can we get away with not winning?) is James Linington from Newport on the Isle of Wight. He is a highly rated referee in his fifh year having previously been a Select Group Assistant Referee and is being touted as a possibility to make it right to the top (although judging by Sunday's efforts that could be viewed as less than a commendation!).

He has always looked pretty decent when I have seen him referee (which includes the Dagenham play-off final at Wembley) and will allow the game to flow if given the opportunity.

His season this year started in January due to injury, and he has done only 9 matches with a low 20 yellows and no red.

He has actually refereed Southend just twice before. Firstly the 3-0 home win against Carlisle in 2008/9 and then the following season's 1-1 draw at Wycombe. For Southend he only cautioned Grant and Macca respectively in the two matches.

He was down to do last season's home match against Swindon in the JPT and the season before's home match against Gillingham but was replaced at the last minute.

He will be assisted by Mike Blackledge from Peterborough and Matt Foley from London with first year League "lino" Thomas Ramsey from Chelmsford the 4th Official.