Saturday’s home game against Northampton Town will be refereed by Nick Kinseley.
Last season Kinseley brandished 113 yellow cards and six red cards.
Kinseley has only ever refereed one Southend game previously, which was the 2-0 away win over AFC Wimbledon last season. The game in March saw him brandish one yellow card throughout the 90 minutes to Dons striker Lyle Taylor.
He started his refereeing career in 2007 when Crawley Town beat Stevenage 2-1 and his most recent outing was AFC Wimbledon’s draw with Gillingham – a game that six yellow cards and one red were shown.