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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
We hold the narrowest of leads over Rotherham in competitive matches with 11 wins to their 10, with 7 draws. We haven't lost to them twice in the same season since 1979/80.

Referee in charge tomorrow is Brett Huxtable from Torrington near Barnstable, in Devon. This is his second season as a League referee and he has not previously refereed a Southend match, home or away. In his early 30s, he is a self-employed builder. He has officiated at Roots Hall once before when he was Fourth Official against Sheff Utd last season. He performed the same role earlier this year at our away match at MK Dons and in 2013/14 he ran the line in both the Bristol Rovers and Plymouth away matches.

I have never seen him referee but it's fair to say he's upset plenty of people in his short career thus far. He seems to like a card or two and not one of his 71 matches at this level has been cardless.

He has refereed 33 and a half matches this season - the half being the Exeter v Forest Green match he abandoned at half-time on Boxing Day - not unreasonably. These matches have produced a high 125 yellow and 7 red cards. His only previous Rotherham match was earlier this season at Bristol Rovers when he sent off now departed loanee Kiefer Moore. Match finished 2-1 to Bristol Rovers.

I am not expecting too much from Mr Huxtable so I may not be disappointed.

Assisting is poor non-league referee from Maidstone, Stuart Butler and not much better Nick Cooper from Ipswich. Fourth Official is the excellent non-league referee from Ely, Alan Young, who works as Referee Development Manager for the Cambridgeshire FA.