East Yorkshire’s Mark Brown has been named as the man in black for the visit of Southend United on Tuesday.The League Two clash will be Brown’s 25th of the season, with the last one coming in promotion rivals Chesterfield’s home draw against Portsmouth last Monday evening.
He has given out 49 bookings this season and seven dismissals. He has refereed Southend in the current campaign, taking charge of their visit to Hartlepool. He sent off the Shrimpers’ Barry Corr as they won 1-0.
Last year he gave 61 yellows in 24 matches, brandishing six red cards.
He is yet to take charge of an Iron match since he was promoted from the Football League in the 2010/11 season.
The referee is also a taxi driver and he still owns a small share in his old car hire business.
When he isn’t working, he likes to relax and get away from the action on the pitch by going to horse racing in Beverely, York or Doncaster.
Brown never intended to be a referee, it was an occupation he got into by accident, really. He complained to a work colleague, a referee, about the poor standard of refereeing nowadays and he suggested Brown gave it a go and he hasn’t looked back since. He does his taxi work throughout the week, even before matches sometimes, working around 30 hours.
Brown will have Alf Greenwood and Mark Jones running his lines and Paul Cook will be his official for the Tuesday evening clash.