Saturday’s home game against Blackpool will be refereed by John Brooks...
Last season Brooks brandished 150 yellow cards and 10 red cards.
Saturday will be Horwood’s third Southend game that he will officiate. His last Southend game came when Blues hosted Northampton Town in League One on 18th February last season which saw him brandish six yellow cards in the game with two cards going to Blues players who were Ben Coker and Jason Demetriou.
He started his refereeing career in the Football Conference just three years ago. His first game came on 16th August 2014 when Braintree lost 3-1 to Chester in a League game. Since then he has gone on to referee in League One with his most recent game coming on 26th September when Shrewsbury beat Doncaster 2-1 away.
Throughout his three-year career he has shown 304 yellow cards and 15 red cards.