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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Our last four visits to Burslem have produced three wins and a draw, a very decent record.

Tomorrow evening's match will be presided over by one of the older League referees, The man in charge is experienced referee, Andy Haines from Tyne and Wear who last season completed his sequence of three successive Accrington v Southend matches in consecutive seasons.

Fortunately those three Accrington aways with this referee contained little in the way of controversy. Last season we won 1-0 with a Lee Barnard penalty. Yellows for Prosser and Barnard and a couple of theirs. Two years ago it was just the one yellow to Accrington in a 1-1 draw (we scored both goals) and the year before that he sent off Cresswell (not unreasonably) and showed just one yellow, again to the home team and again a 1-1 draw.

Since that last Accrington game he stood in as a late replacement in our so disappointing final match at Morecambe, so he did our first and last League match last season. Despite just the one yellow for Deegan, he didn't impress in that match.

This is his nineth season as a League referee, although we had seen little of him for nearly four years before the first of his Accrington trilogy - just the Bury away Cup match earlier that same season. Just as well, some might say bearing in mind he awarded five penalties against us in just four matches, the penultimate of which was laughable. In that drawn Cup match he cautioned Phillips and a couple of theirs.

Previous to that we actually ran out 2-1 winners at Peterborough in 2008/9 and notwithstanding the penalty decision his performance was poor, especially in the first half. Just one caution for us - goal scorer JFC.

In the same season he did the defeat at Carlisle. Two cautions for us (3 for them) - JFC and Robson-Kanu. The year before that he took charge of our away win (3-1) at Crewe with again a couple of cautions - Mulgrew and Francis (knew they'd never do much !).

So despite the penalties we haven't got a bad record with him.

This season he has an average card count with 60 yellows and 5 reds from 20 matches, the highish reds distorted by 3 in his last match a couple of weeks ago at ... Accrington, including an unused substitute goalkeeper. An average performance from him will be the best we can hope for.

His two assistants will be Mark Jones from Nottingham and Christopher Isherwood not from Berlin, but Preston. David Benton from Sheffield will be carrying out 4th Official duties.