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Mick

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As we look to get our fifth consecutive win against Portsmouth at home, we have team of Premier League SG1 officials.

Man in charge of tomorrow's match is 45 year old Lee Probert from Wiltshire.

This is his 15th season as a League referee but he has had some major injury problems in the past few years and missed all of 2015/16 and half of the previous season.

His first Southend match was the home defeat to Huddersfield by 2-1 in 2003/4 with all four cautions going to the visitors.

The following season it was our win at Rushden, also 2-1, when they got a red with one yellow each. Ours went to Che Wilson.

In 2005/6 he did two of our matches. Firstly the 4-2 win at Rotherham (yellows for Maher and Hunt) then the 1-1 home draw with Barnsley (Lawson and JCR picking up yellows).

Next came the cardless Championship home 1-0 defeat to Palace in 2006/7 and finally a year later the 1-0 victory over Leeds with Barnard getting the goal and a yellow, the other yellow went to Bailey.

After that we went down and he went up and our paths did not cross again until early last season at Port Vale when he was being eased back into the game after his long break. We lost 2-0, with cautions for Sokolik, Demetriou and Mooney and two of theirs.

This season he is back to doing predominantly Premier League games, although none of the really top matches. His card count is incredibly low with just 35 yellows and 4 reds from 22 matches and half of those reds came in his first game of the season - at Portsmouth !

He is a popular official who normally enjoys a good rapport with the players and will endeavour to let the game flow - if the players respond.

Assisting will be Roots Hall debutant, despite his extensive experience, Scott Ledger from Barnsley and Marc Perry from Sutton Coldfield. Ledger features regularly on TV usually when the cameras focus on him after a hideous decision. Standing by with the numbers board is Craig Hicks from the other Sutton, in Surrey, who refereed the Scunthorpe match recently.
 
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