Ref for the first game of the season...
Saturday’s home game against Blackburn Rovers will be refereed by Lee Swabey.
Last season Swabey brandished 59 yellow cards and three red cards.
He didn’t referee any Blues games last season, refereeing only one game involving Southend which was in the 2015/16 season when Blues drew 2-2 against Fleetwood on 9th April.
He only brandished one card during the game and that was to ex defender Adam Thompson.
He started his refereeing career in the Blue Square Premier Division, refereeing just one game during the 2011/12 season which was between Forest Green Rovers and Barrow.
Throughout his career he has shown 283 yellow cards and 25 red cards during his six-year refereeing career.