Rotherham United make the long trek down to Roots Hall where Charles Breakspear from Surrey has the whistle for our game with Southend.
Charles began his refereeing in his local county of Surrey coming through the ranks including the Blue Square Premier League which he was promoted from in 2013.
This will be Charles’ second time in charge of the Millers this season, the first being in the EFL Cup when Sheffield Wednesday were the visitors at the New York Stadium. A last minute Atdhe Nuhiu goal gave the visitors the win with Dan Barlaser seeing yellow for Rotherham alongside the Owls’ Barry Bannan and Joel Pelupessy.
The only other time Charles was in the middle for a Millers game was the first game of 2016 when Rotherham travelled to Deepdale to take on Rochdale. Shay Facey, on loan from Manchester City, made his debut for Rotherham with Tony Andreu putting the Millers in front on the thirty-fifth minute. Unfortunately for the visitors Eoin Doyle equalised midway through the second half with an own goal in the final minute of the game from the head of Jonson Clarke-Harris giving Preston all three points.
Mr Breakspear seems to like cards with him giving out eighty-two yellows in the seventeen games so far this season and ten reds – one of those to Southend’s Nathan Ralph and another to Jerry Yates who is on loan from Rotherham to Swindon Town.
Running the line on Saturday we have Gregory Read and Oliver Jackson with Marc Wilson in the Fourth Official role.