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Ref Watch ... Yeovil away


Life President
Oct 28, 2003
After a very satisfactory performance from Rob Shoebridge on Saturday (if not from the players) what does next Saturday bring? Yeovil has often been the venue for very poor refereeing performances as far as Southend are concerned. But despite that we have won our last three away League matches there ..... are there any other clubs we can boast that record against. (I know we won 4 in a row at Sunderland in the early 90s)

Anyway, man in charge is Police Officer David Phillips from West Sussex refereeing in his second season. This will be his second Southend game and his first Southend away game; his only previous Southend match being the home match against Huddersfield last December when we lost 1-0. I can't recall too much about his performance and think it was pretty decent. He gave us a penalty which Walker squandered so it wasn't his fault we lost.
Booked Macca - don't they all ?

Don't think anyone minded ... everyone was in Chelsea mode at the time.

Although a newish ref, this is no fast-tracked wonder kid as he started refereeing 28 years ago (before Stuart Attwell was born) and just made it onto the League list last season.

His eleven league matches thus far this season have produced 36 yellows and no reds. (Given we have had three reds at Yeovil in recent years and Yeovil one, this could change!)

His most publicised moment occurred at Grays, a couple of years ago, when Jamie Stuart was sent off for a challenge which broke a York player's jaw and led him to be charged with, and acquitted of, grievous bodily harm at Basildon Crown Court nearly a year later.

Running the lines will be Stephen Phipps (Oxford) and Tim Robinson (also West Sussex) with Chris Powell (No, not that one) from Dorset wielding the numbers board.