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Ref Watch ......... Tranmere (H)


Life President
Oct 28, 2003
Tomorrow's referee is refereeing his fourth Southend match. He is ginger-haired Alan Young from Ely, in his very late thirties he is far from young for a new-ish referee. A former physical training instructor in the army he overcame a challenge or two in his earlier years and he became a respected and established non-league referee before joining the Football League referees list last year.

Another FA crony, he works as the Chief Executive Officer of the Bedfordshire FA having previously worked for the Cambridgeshire FA.

I had seen him referee in non-league a few times and he was always at least reasonable so I was not surprised he had a decent game in his first previous Southend home match, the 3-0 home win over Walsall last season. Turner got our only yellow after replacing Lennon very early in the game. They, too, had one yellow. We also lost Hopper early on in that game.

His other Southend match last season was the defeat at Peterborough. That finished 2-0, a match in which we had zero shots on target and, once again, one booking each: Dieng for us, and Ivan Toney for them.

His third and most recent Southend match was earlier this season, again against Peterborough, this time at home but another 2-0 defeat. Mantom getting the game’s only yellow card.

It’s all gone a bit wrong for him this season and his previous high card count has reached new levels as he became the first official to show 100 yellow cards and he has had a few torrid matches.

He has now shown 110 yellow and 2 red cards in just 23 matches this season. He has yet to have a cardless match in his 5 seasons of refereeing at National League or above.

Assisting will be Matthew Lee from Chichester and Adrian Tranter from the Poole/Bournemouth area who at almost 50 is one of the older Assistants. Fourth Official is Callum Walchester a young looking (aren’t they all?) police officer from Lowestoft.