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Ref Watch ....... Portsmouth (A)


Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Portsmouth have the edge over us in head to head League matches with 14 wins to our 11 with 7 drawn matches. Most of those 25 non-drawn games have been home wins with just 6 away wins of which we’ve won two. A strange record, but we’ve never won there without having had a player sent off.

The man in charge tomorrow is Lee Collins from Surrey. He was fast tracked through the system and rose to the level of League referee remarkably quickly, this being his eighth season. He shares a marked similarity with some of our players in that he has been plagued by injuries and not managed anything like a full season for ages.

He started his career off with 6 red cards in his first 11 matches, then calmed down a lot.

His last Southend match was Boxing Day 2016 at home to Wimbledon. He did okay in a 3-0 victory with yellows to Ferdinand, Leonard and Fortune. He also showed a yellow and subsequent red to their Lyle Taylor, one who slipped through the net despite an exceptional scoring record at Concord.

Before that was our very first (and one of the worst) of 2016. An abject 3-0 home defeat to Doncaster Rovers, who went on to be relegated! Four yellows for us in that game and one for them. Ours went to White, Thompson, Leonard and, inevitably, Deegan.

Before that he had a poor game in that second successive win at Portsmouth with 10 men as he showed two yellows to Barry Corr and a straight red to one of theirs. Also a yellow for Timlin.

Then came another match against Wimbledon at home in 2014/15 - one of many disappointing home matches at the time - when we lost 1-0. Four yellows in total: Bolger for us and three for them.

Before that it was the 0-0 home draw with Bury 2013/14 when he again sent off Barry Corr and cautioned Egan and Leonard (and two of theirs).

Previously it was our wretched performance at Newport in the same season where he was comfortably more competent than the players. Atkinson's yellow was the only card of the match.

His previous home match was the League Cup defeat by Yeovil. A yellow for Prosser and four of theirs.

And before that, he killed the game for Dagenham with a unjustifiable red card after 8 minutes (which was subsequently rescinded). A further yellow for Phillips and a comfortable 3-1 home win thanks to two goals from Assombalonga.

He has refereed Southend on two other previous occasions. Oxford away at the end of the 2011/12 season (one caution for us, two for them) and before that at, co-incidentally, Dagenham in the 3-2 League win when he cautioned Mohsni and again two of theirs. He didn't attract much comment, adverse or otherwise.

Cards this season are just the “right” side of average with 27 yellows and 1 red from 10 games.

Assisting are Stephen Brown from Ashford in Kent and Thomas Ramsey from Great Waltham, just outside Chelmsford. Fourth Official is Jacob Miles from the Brighton area who works as Referee Administrator for the Sussex FA and is also a Tennis Umpire as well as a marathon runner and triathlete.