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Life President
Oct 28, 2003
The man in charge of Saturday's match is Chris Sarginson from Staffordshire.

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

His last Southend match was co-incidentally against Shrewsbury. It was last season's midweek away match and we came out on top 2-1 with goals from Atkinson and Hendie. We had yellows for McQueen and O'Neill and a red for Timlin.

Before that, his last Southend match was as a late replacement at Oxford in 2014/15. 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.

Earlier that same season it was the first of our four matches against Stevenage in 2014/15 season - a 2-0 home 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.

Further back 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 yellow card count is decidedly average again this season with 36 yellows and 2 reds from a dozen games.

Assisting are Kevin Howick from Abingdon, Oxfordshire making his first appearance at Roots Hall and more frequent visitor, decent non-league referee Dave Bushell from London. For identification purposes only, Dave Bushell is the black official. Fourth Official is Craig Hicks from Sutton.