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Oct 28, 2003
Tomorrow's referee will be Craig Pawson from Sheffield in his fifth season as a League referee. As part of the Development Group of young officials who they hope have a decent future in the game, he has had a load of Championship matches over the last couple of seasons and recently had a trial Premiership match at Swansea, which seemed to go well.

This will be his fifth Southend match, the most recent being the 2-1 defeat at Stockport a couple of years ago (cautions for Hall and Asante). Before that it was the 2-1 home win over Bristol Rovers in 2009/10 when he shared half a dozen yellows equally.

Previously he has refereed Southend twice before in away games, both in 2008/9. Firstly in the 2-2 draw at Tranmere when he sent off Laurent and one of theirs and cautioned 5 too.

The other match he officiated was the "dead" game at the end of that season at Oldham, which I understand was a slightly messy performance with at least one strange caution.

He had an excellent season for his last year in the Conference and was rewarded with the 2007/8 Conference play-off final at Wembley in front of 40,000 plus fans.

His card count is comfortably the right side of average with 81 yellows and 3 reds from 30 games. I would expect a decent performance from this referee.

Assisting will be Tony Peart from Northallerton (North Yorks) and Bob Roberts from Leyland, Lancashire with Ryan Johnson from nearby Manchester as 4th Official.