I have fashioned a half decent Southend United related team out of old football stickers and trade cards.
Goalkeeper: Paul Sansome
(Card: Pro Set 1991)
Key Attributes: Great shot stopper and a consistent perfomer.
Southend link: Goalkeeper from 1988 to 1997 during which time he amassed 357 appearances, more than any other Southend custodian. He edges Daryl Flahavan by just six appearances.
Right Back – Dean Austin
(Card: Merlin Ultimate Collection)
Key Attributes: Strong in the tackle, marauding forward runs with high quality crossing.
Southend link: 109 games for the club (3 goals) between 1990 and 1992 before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur
Left Back – Chris Powell
(Card: Merlin Premier Gold)
Attributes: Hard to dispossess, highly skilled and elegant player.
Southend link: 290 games (3 goals) for the Blues between 1990 and 1996. Sold to Derby and enjoyed a lenghty career with Watford and Charlton. Won 5 England caps.
Centre Back – Mike Lapper
(Sticker: Panini USA ’94)
Attributes: Powerful in the air
Southend link: 59 games (1 goal) between 1995 and 1997 having played for the United States team in the 1994 World Cup.
Centre Back – Bobby Moore
(Sticker: Panini 1985)
Attributes: A great leader on the pitch and master of the drag-back tackle which would retrieve the ball even when an attacker had got past him.
Southend link: Blues manager between 1984 and 1986.
Right Midfield – Michael Kightly
(Card: Topps Match Attax 2010)
Attributes: Dazzling speed and superb delivery. Has an eye for a spectacular goal.
Southend link: Made 19 appearances (1 goal) before being discarded by Steve Tilson. Has subsequently carved a decent Premier League career with Wolves and now Stoke City.
Centre Midfield – Mike Marsh
(Sticker: Panini 1st Division 1997)
Attributes: Dominant tackler and supreme passer
Southend link: 97 games and 13 goals between 1995 and 1998.
Centre Midfield – Ronnie Whelan
(Sticker: Panini Euro 88)
Attributes: Quality midfield maestro had a much decorated career with Liverpool.
Southend link: 35 appearances, 1 goal. Less successful spell as manager.
Left Midfield – Peter Taylor
(Card: Topps 1978)
Attributes: Superb dribbler and incisive passer of the ball.
Southend link: 78 games and 13 goals for the Blues before joining Crystal Palace for a club record fee of £120,000. Won 4 England caps and also played for Tottenham. Later managed Southend between 1993 and 1995.
Centre Forward – Stan Collymore
(Card: Topps 1995)
Attributes: Supremely gifted centre forward, strong and fast.
Southend link: 18 goals in 33 games for Southend, before high profile spells with Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Fulham and Aston Villa. Widely regarded as Southend’s greatest ever player.
Centre Forward – Paul Sturrock
(Card: Topps 1979)
Attributes: Skilful left sided centre forward who could also play on the wing. Signed for Dundee United after scoring 52 goals in a season for Bankfoot.
Southend link: Southend manager since June 2010.