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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
We have come out comfortably on top against Shrewsbury over the years but our recent record away to them hasn't been that great. In fact our only three wins there in the last 40 years have all been by a single goal to nil. Jay Smith, Ben Abbey and Brett Angell scoring in 2002/3, 2000/1 and 1990/1 respectively. Those two most recent games were both watched by about two and a half thousand. Expect rather more if they take the opportunity to reward attendees with Man United ticket vouchers. (Anyone else remember Exeter away in 1968/9 ?)

The man in charge of Tuesday's match is Chris Sarginson from Staffordshire.

He is an eighth year referee who will be refereeing his ninth Southend match and, for me, he falls into the "lucky to still be there" category.

His last Southend match was as a late replacement at Oxford last season. Deegan managed to pick up two yellows in 33 minutes, fast even by his standards. There was also a yellow for Payne and one of theirs. Deegan's second yellow was a little unsatisfactory as the referee didn't appear to even be awarding a foul until some unspecified intervention. All was well in the end as we won 3-2 and we also won the match Deegan was suspended for.

Prior to that it was the first of our four matches against Stevenage last season - a 2-0 win and 2 yellows apiece, ours going to Clifford and Coulthirst. Not a good day for the man in the middle.

Then came his sub-standard performance at Fleetwood at the back end of 2013/14 (1-1), with yellows for Egan and Leonard.

Previously it was the away game at Plymouth in 2011/12 when we were leading 2-0 with about 5 mins to go and finished up with a point. Yellows for Timlin, Martin and Dickinson and one of theirs.

Before that it was the Shrimps vs Shrimpers defeat in 2010/11 when we just shaded the yellows with 3 (Grant, Corr and Barker) against their 2. Then in the same season on New Year's Day at Oxford, when, as we won and he booked loads of theirs and none of ours, there were no complaints.

Then it was the hollow victory against Stockport at the end of the 2009/10 season (yellow for Mvoto) and defeat at MK Dons the season before that (yellows for Grant, Clarke and Freedman).

His last Shrewsbury match was their 3-0 defeat at Coventry this season but his last visit to Shrewsbury was their 4-0 victory over Accrington last season when he sent off the visiting goalkeeper in the first half.

His yellow card count is decidedly average this season with 62 yellows from 20 games but, on a cautionary note, no reds thus far.

Assisting are Wayne Barratt from Worcester (who got the opportunity to referee a League match at Portsmouth when the match referee went off injured) and Richard Bartlett from Sale. Neil Radford, also from Worcester will be performing the 4th official role.