Blues' opening game of the 2018/19 season will be refereed by Craig Hicks...
Last season Hicks took charge of two Southend United games with the first taking place on Saturday 4th November 2017 when Blues travelled to Yeovil Town in the FA Cup, he brandished three yellow cards in the game with just one going to a member of our squad and that was Michael Kightly.
The second game he officiated last season just happened to be Chris Powell's first game in charge of Southend. The referee distributed six cards in the game, five yellows and one red with Michael Turner and Stephen McLaughlin both receiving yellows. This time round the referee will kick-start Powell's first full season in charge of the club.
Will the game end the same way as his last Blues match?
Take a look back at the last time Hicks visited Roots Hall.