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Mick

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For the second Saturday in succession, we are at home to a club that our League record against reads wins 7 losses 7. Last week worked out ok !

Tomorrow, we have ex-Select Group referee, Keith Stroud from Gillingham in Dorset.

In his twelfth season as a League referee he has risen through the ranks and was employed as a PGMO official for 2 years, although he was given no Premiership matches for the second of those years whilst they sorted out contractual issues.

His last Southend match was an exceptional performance when he took charge of that away play-off match at Stevenage. Seven yellows (Bolger, Deegan, Corr and Worrall for us).

Before that was the home victory over Northampton last season when he sent off the visiting keeper when awarding a penalty which set us on our way to three points. Also three cautions for them and yellows for Prosser and Thompson for us.

Then came the excellent evening at Leyton Orient which set us up for our trip to Wembley. Kept the lid on a competitive match with 3 yellows apiece (Clohessey, Barker and Timlin before he went off).

Then the disappointing home defeat by Burton in 2012/13 back in the days of the embargo (or one of them) when he red-carded Spicer for a poor challenge.

Before that he previously refereed Southend in the JPT match at Dagenham which he and we cruised through without any problems. Prior to that it was the Barnet match also in the JPT in which he showed plenty of yellows, mainly to them, and a red to Mohsni. One of Patersons finest (few) moments in a Southend shirt.

Before those matches he had done Southend 6 times (2 w 2 l 2 d) the most notable being the vital end of season victory against Bristol City. The only previous away games were also in London - the 2-2 draw at Orient (Eastwood and Gray scoring) and, more recently, seven seasons ago at Millwall (1-1) when he booked 7 (4 of them theirs).

A somewhat short official who doesn't hesitate to produce cards if necessary but is right more often than wrong. He does appear to like being noticed.

He has shown 74 yellows and 5 reds from 19 games. Yes, nearly 4 cards a match and way above average. Does this mean he overdoes the cards? No. He is allocated many high profile matches, many derbies and many televised matches. He is viewed as a very safe pair of hands. He has refereed two Premiership matches already this season and the majority of the rest have been Championship games the most recent of which was Leeds v Rotherham with that disgraceful assault by Leon Best.

Assisting will be Elliott Kaye from Hainault and Lee Venamore from Maidstone with Nick Cooper making one of his regular visits from Ipswich to wield the numbers board.
 
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