Ten Aways

A random selection of 10 Southend United away programmes for no reason other that they are aesthetically pleasing or redolent of a by-gone era.

 Crystal Palace (a) 38-39

November 5th 1938

Crystal Palace 4 Southend United 3 (Trainer,Bell pen,Oswald)

Team: Ted Hankey, Jimmy Nelson, Dave Robinson, Arthur Harris, Charlie Jones, Bob Jackson, Len Bolan, Alf Smirk, Jack Trainer, Sid Bell and Robert Oswald.

Everton (a) 46-47

January 11th 1947

Everton 4 Southend United 2 (Thompson,Bennett)

Team: Ted Hankey, Tommy Linton, Frank Walton, Arthur Harris, Bob Jackson, Stan Montgomery, Joe Sibley, Alf Smirk, Cyril Thompson, Ken Bennett and Harry Lane.

Bournemouth (A) 47-48

Deceember 27th 1947

Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 0 Southend United 1 (Dudley)

Team: Paddy Nash, Doug Beach, Tommy Linton, George Goodyear, Frank Sheard, Stan Montgomery, Harvey Pritchard, Frank Dudley, Cyril Thompson, Ken Bennett and Harry Lane.

fOREST (A0 50-51

April 28th 1951

Nottingham Forest 3 Southend United 0

Team: Tommy Scannell, Joe Loughran, Sandy Anderson, Jack French, Frank Sheard, Jimmy Lawler, Joe Sibley, Jimmy McAlinden, Cyril Grant, Les Stubbs and Tommy Tippett.

Walsall (a) 53-54

April 19th 1954

Walsall 2 Southend United 0

Team: Harry Threadgold, Doug Young, Sandy Anderson, Jim Duthie, Jimmy Stirling, Frank Burns, Joe Sibley, Cyril Thompson, Roy Hollis, Ken Bainbridge and Jack McDonald.

Trowbridge (a) 57-58.-2jpg

November 16th 1957

Trowbridge Town 0 Southend United 2 (Hollis 2)

Team: Harry Threadgold, Arthur Williamson, Sandy Anderson, Lou Costello, Jimmy Stirling, Ray Smith, Errol Crossan, Sammy McCrory, Roy Hollis, Kevin Baron and John McGuigan.

Liverpool (a) 57-58

January 4th 1958

Liverpool 1 Southend United 1 (McGuigan)

Team: Harry Threadgold, Arthur Williamson, Sandy Anderson, Jim Duthie, Jimmy Stirling, Ray Smith, Errol Crossan, Sammy McCrory, Roy Hollis, Kevin Baron and John McGuigan.

Shrews (a) 57-58

Normally Shrewsbury programmes were blue, but they changed this one in support of the Manchester United Munich Air Crash Disaster Fund.

March 15th 1957

Shrewsbury Town 1 Southend United 1 (Hollis)

Team: Harry Threadgold, Arthur Williamson, Sandy Anderson, Willie Morrison, Jimmy Stirling, Ray Smith, Duggie Price, Sammy McCrory, Roy Hollis, Kevin Baron and John McGuigan.

Accrington (a) 58-59   

October 17th 1958

Accrington Stanley 3 Southend United 0

Team: Brian Ronson, Arthur Williamson, Sandy Anderson, Willie Morrison, Lou Costello, John Duffy, Duggie Price, Sammy McCrory, Roy Hollis, Jimmy Thomson and Bill Punton.

Soton (a) 58-59

March 14th 1959

Southampton 3 Southend United 2 (Houghton,Stenhouse)

Team: Brian Ronson, Arthur Williamson, John Duffy, Willie Morrison, Alan Dicks, Lou Costello, Alec Stenhouse, Sammy McCrory, Roy Hollis, Bud Houghton and Bill Punton.


March 14th 1962

Bradford Park Avenue 4 Southend United 0

Team: Harry Threadgold, Jimmy Shiels, Sandy Anderson, Tony Bentley, Peter Watson, Norman Lee, Peter Corthine, Ray Smith, Ken Jones, John McKinven and Bobby Kellard.

A Pilgrimage to San Mamés (Athletic Bilbao)

The Estadio San Mamés is renowned worldwide as a truly iconic sporting venue, and it is truly refreshing that Athletic Bilbao are reverentially aware of their history and heritage. But who was San Mamés? Saint Mammes was a third century Christian child martyr thrown to the lions by the Romans at Caesarea with his parents Theodotus and Rufina.

The San Mamés was opened in 1913 and will be celebrating its centenary by being pulled down in favour of the new San Mamés Barria stadium being built next to the current stadium on the site of the Bilbao International Trade Fair. Costing a reported 160 million Euros, the new edifice with have 53,000 seats and Athletic will move in to the initially three sided ground for the start of the 2013/14 season. The old San Mamés will be pulled down and then the fourth side will be constructed.

The current ground is steeped in history, substantially renovated for the 1982 World Cup by Manuel Maria Smith, it has seen some great occasions in world football. It is held in such esteem the nickname of “La Catedral” seems wholly appropriate. The statue of Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, “Pichichi” scorer of the first goal at San Mamés and a prodigious scorer in his career watches over the turf he graced with such skill. Though he had a short life, dying at the age of 30 from suspected typhus, Moreno is revered through the Basque region and the country as a whole. His nickname is given to the leading goalscorer award in the Spanish League each season and it is something of a tradition on European nights that the visiting captain lays flowers at the statue of Pichichi. It is said the gift will be rewarded with a good season and plenty of goals. The club’s rich history is admirably mapped out in the superb museum, voices and images of the past from the greats like Rafael Moreno, Iribar, Dani and Exteberria loom large over this season’s underachieving squad.

The Bilbao team that wowed Europe last season has broken down, players have left and star striker Fernando Llorente has been at loggerheads with the club all season and barely played. Their abject performance in the Europa League Group I against the likes of Lyon and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona has meant tonight’s game against Sparta Prague is meaningless, the hosts already out and the visitors safely through to the next stage.

Llorente is picked and given the captains armband, but his every touch is greeted with derision by the home crowd. “San Mamés divorces Llorente” screams El Correo the following morning. Llorente is pulled off at half-time along with Iker Muniain, Spain’s enfant terrible from their implosive Olympic football tournament campaign. Muniain, dubbed “the Spanish Messi”, having scant impression on a poor first half.

The second half is played out and it is the visitors that should have won, some profligate finishing on several occasions meaning the game ends in a drab 0-0 draw.

It is a shame that the San Mamés’ last European encounter was such poor fair, a decent and noisy crowd of 30,000 had paid a minimum of 38 Euros (unless you are a Socio) to witness the match.

The stadium empties and the famous arch of San Mamés glows in the night sky, it should survive the demolition. Unlike the ignominious demise of Wembley’s Twin Towers the arch is planned to be used as a footbridge over the Nervión, supporter’s wishes of its incorporation into the new stadium could not be accommodated but at least it will live on.

Despite a dull game, this visit will live long in the memory. Rarely have I been to a city where its football club means so much. Shutters are painted red and white, flags flutter on balconies, sun baked pennants adorn the walls of cafes and bars. This truly is more than a football club, it’s a cultural identity, Athletic are still fervently in favour of their Basque only player policy and they should be commended for their stance. Athletic is Bilbao, the blood that moves its body.

Athletic Bilbao (0)0 AC Sparta Prague (0)0

Attendance: 30,434


13.Raúl Mateos; 2.Gaizka Toquero; 28.Jonás Ramalho; 6.Mikel San José; 26.Igor Martínez; 8.Ander Iturraspe; 16.Ismail López; 19.Iker Muniain; 22.Xabier Castillo; 9.Fernando Llorente(c); 36.Aymeric Laporte.

Subs: 1.Gorka Iraizoz; 3.Jon Aurtenetxe; 11.Ibai Gómez; 20.Aritz Aduriz (for 19,46 mins); 23.Borja Ekiza; 39.Erik Morán (for 9,46 mins); 40.Álvaro Peña (for 2,46 mins).


1.Marek Cech; 4.Ondrej Svejdík; 19.Matej Hybs; 20.Tomas Zápotocny; 22.Josef Husbauer; 16.Pavel Kaderábek; 25.Mario Holek; 24. Vlastimil Vidlicka; 8.Marek Matejovsky(c); 11.Leonard Kweuke; 17.Jiri Skalák.

Subs: 9.Bekim Balaj (for 11,82 mins); 14.Václav Kadlec (for 16,69 mins); 26.Milan Jirásek; 27.Roman Polom; 31.Tomas Vaclík; 32.Adam Janos (for 8,87 mins); 37.Peter Grajicar.

Yellow cards: Zápotocny and Kadlec (Sparta)


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San Mames (5)

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San Mames (15)

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San Mames (50)

San Mames (88)

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Bizkaian Hospitality (SD Zamudio)

A little more than fifteen minutes outside of the city of Bilbao lies the small village of Zamudio. The local side Sociedad Deportiva Zamudio have been plugging away in the nether reaches of Spanish football since their formation in 1943. A brief flirtation in Segunda B in the mid 1990’s was the zenith of their progress to date. These days they play in the Tercera Division (the fourth tier of Spanish football), a veritable leviathan of a regional competition featuring no less than 18 divisions. Zamudio and today’s visitors compete in Section 4 which covers this area of the Basque region, or Bizkaia in Euskara. Arriving at the Campo Gazituaga for the 4.30pm kick off, I am slightly surprised that the handwritten sign on the entrance table is asking for 13 Euros for entry but the ground looks inviting and the elderly man in charge of admissions, despite not having a word of English, is very welcoming, providing a teamsheet and organising a free pin badge from the bar for his unexpected visitor.

The bar is handsomely equipped and dispensing liberal glasses of red wine amongst other welcome beverages. The stand, which could seat 500 people, is smart and set into what looks like a large traditional Bizkaian house. Its effortless beauty adorned with a large and smartly painted badge prominently positioned at the rear of the stand. On the far side is ample and somewhat unusual wooden terracing. Also in the corner on the far side sits a traditional manual scoreboard.

The scoreboard wasn’t troubled until injury time in the first half, when Luariz, shaven headed centre forward for the visitors, was upended by Santamaria for a penalty. Not for the first time strict referee, Senor Mardones, flourished a yellow card with not inconsiderable zeal. The spot kick was neatly dispatched by Elustondo. The referee had already reduced the visitors to ten men when Aranburu was shown a straight red card, having already been booked, for a rugged challenge on Jaba.

Lagun made the decisive breakthrough seconds into the restart when Luariz was allowed to waltz through the home defence and slot the ball past Galder with some aplomb. Four minutes later the referee reduced the visitors to nine men when an injudicious handball by Ruben resulted in a second yellow card followed by a red for the midfielder. The impressive Luariz was immediately sacrificed so a defender could take the field.

The anticipated siege on the visiting goal really did not happen to the last five minutes of this decent encounter when Zamudio finally upped the tempo and dominated their numerically disadvantaged guests. Bulky centre forward Libano pulled a goal back but any sharing of the spoils would have been harsh on the visitors.

Senor Mardones must still be writing up his reports following his ten yellow cards and two red cards brandished with alarming regularly throughout the game.

SD Zamudio (0) 1 (Libano 89) CD Lagun Onuk (1)2 (Elustondo pen 45,Luariz 46)

Attendance: 114


1.Galder; 3.Santamaria; 4.Lander; 5.Iglesias; 9.Libano; 10.Jaba; 11.Barrena; 15.Liher; 16.Erlantz(c); 17.Alex; 18.Solaun.

Subs: 2. Ekaitz; 6.Ruben (for 18,46 mins); 7.Borja (for 16,46 mins); 8.Butron (for 4,53 mins); 13.Aiarza.

Lagun Onuk:

1.Olaizola; 2.Egana; 3.Tena(c); 4.Benat; 5.Goikoetxea; 6.Aranburu; 7.Elustondo; 8. Palacios; 9.Luariz; 10.Ruben; 11.Santesteban.

Subs: 12.Unai (for 11,74 mins); 13.Otano; 14. Iriando (for 9,50 min); 15.Arregi; 16.Ortega (f0r 8,82 mins).

Yellow cards: Santamaria, Libano, Jaba, Barrena and Alex (Zamudio); Olaizola, Aranburu, Palacios, Luariz and Ruben (Lagun Onuk)

Red Cards: Aranburu and Ruben (Lagun Onak)


SD Zamudio (2)

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SD Zamudio (4)

SD Zamudio (8)

SD Zamudio (12)

SD Zamudio (11)

SD Zamudio (18)

The Folkungavallen (IFK Nyköping)

Every so often a football ground can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, be it because of immense scale, architectural audaciousness or its patina of old age, the thrill of discovery is probably the reason that we all take photographs of the grounds we visit. One such stadium that falls into the “patina of old age” category is the home of Sweden’s IFK Nyköping. The Folkungavallen, which literally translates as “young peoples ground”, was the choice of name selected by the townsfolk in 1925 when the local paper, the Södermanland News, held a vote. It is a stadium of immense beauty, still radiant and effortlessly beguiling despite the onslaught of time. The venue was established in 1914 for the Nyköping Agricultural Fair, it wasn’t used as a sports field until five years later. The gatehouse is engaging enough as it is, proud and grandiose, but when the vast gates creak open the piece-de-résistance is revealed in the form of the visually stunning 1926 wooden grandstand an inordinately attractive replacement for the earlier stand at the ground. The intricate side panels, the terracotta tiled roof, its flag poles, the skill of the carpenters for the internal skeleton of the roof, it’s a really stunning piece of architecture. Its proximity to Skavsta airport makes it a relatively easy ground to visit and one that cannot be recommended highly enough.

(First published in Groundtastic – The Football Grounds Magazine Winter 2012 edition, available from http://www.groundtastic.co.uk)


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Southend United Programmes – Non Standard Issues

Below is a list of Southend United home and away programmes since 1946 where the standard format has not been followed. These include postponed issues, emergency issues and variant issues.

If you have any further additions to this listing please let me know.


SwindonTown Away

Programme dated 28th August 1948 on green paper

Programme dated 28th August 1948 on blue paper

Programme dated 28th August 1948 on pink paper

Swansea Town Home

Programme dated 27th November 1948 (abandoned FA Cup)

Programme dated 4th December 1948 (FA Cup)


Newport County Away

Programme dated 24th December 1949 (abandoned)

Programme dated 30th March 1950

Aldershot Away

Programme dated 19th November 1949 (abandoned)

Programme dated 2nd May 1950

Notts County Home

Pirate programme by Ben Williams N7



Coventry City Away

Programme dated 26th March 1955 (abandoned)

Programme dated 4th May 1955


Norwich City Home

Special issue for opening of Roots Hall dated 20th August 1955

Watford Home

Single-sheet dated 25th April 1956

Newport County Away

Programme dated 21st January 1956 (postponed)

Programme dated 19th April 1956


Northampton Town Away

Single sheet


Wrexham Away

Programme dated 1st November 1958 on pink paper

Programme dated 1st November 1958 on yellow paper


Bury Away

Programme dated 17th December 1960 (postponed)

Programme dated 21st March 1961


Bradford Park Avenue Away

Programme dated 16th December 1961 (Abandoned due to fog)

Programme dated 14th March 1962

Torquay United Home

Single-sheet dated 6th January 1962


Barnsley Away

Programme dated 16th January 1965 (Cover 1- Keeper being lobbed)

Programme dated 16th January 1965 (Cover 2- Keeper saving shot)

Mansfield Town Away

Programme dated 6th March 1965 (postponed)

Programme dated 5th April 1965

Stoke City Away

Single card dated 14th October 1964 (League Cup)


Workington Home

Programme No. 2 dated 3rd September 1965 (postponed)

Programme No. 7 dated 25th October 1965

Scunthorpe United Home

Programme No. 22 dated 9th April 1966 (postponed)

Programme No. 26 dated 13th May 1966

Newport County Home

4 page programme dated 6th September 1965 (League Cup)


Swansea Town Away

Programme dated 13th January 1968 (postponed)

Programme dated 19th March 1968


Rochdale Away

Programme dated 28th December 1968 (postponed)

Programme dated 31st March 1969 (postponed)

Programme dated 10th May 1969

Bradford City Away

Programme dated 8th February 1969 (postponed)

Programme dated 2nd May 1969

Scunthorpe United Away

Programme dated 22nd April 1969 (postponed)

Programme dated 12th May 1969


Newport County Home

Programme dated 10th January 1970 with page 22 showing Paul Vickery/Philip O’Connor

Programme dated 10th January 1970 with page 22 showing Philip O’Connor/Paul Vickery

Darlington Home

Programme dated 14th February 1970 (postponed)

Programme dated 10th April 1970

York City Home

Programme dated 6th March 1970 (postponed)

Programme dated 1st May 1970

Shrewsbury Town Home

4 page programme dated 8th September 1969 (League Cup)


Aldershot Away

Programme No. 15 dated 23rd January 1971 (postponed)

Programme No. 22 dated 29th March 1971


Aldershot Home

4 page programme dated 23rd August 1970 (League Cup)


Chesterfield Home Joint issue with Port Vale

Also v Chesterfield 4 page issue sold for 2p.


Wrexham Home

Programme dated 24th February 1974 with Sunday teamsheet

York City Home

Programme dated 24th March 1974 with Sunday teamsheet

Hereford United Away

Programme dated 16th March 1974 with blue cover

Programme dated 16th March 1974 with red cover


Hereford United Away

Programme dated 5th April 1975 with blue cover

Programme dated 5th April 1975 with red cover


Hereford United Home

Programme dated 17th November 1975 (postponed)

Issue with blank cover and inserted update dated 26th January 1976

Hereford United Away

Programme dated 21st February 1976 with blue cover

Programme dated 21st February 1976 with orange cover


Newport County Away

Programme dated 4th January 1977 (postponed)

Programme dated 10th May 1977


York City Away

Programme dated 10th February 1978 with inserted update dated 28th February 1978


Watford Home

Programme dated 1st January 1979 (postponed)

Programme dated 2nd April 1979


Mansfield Town Home

Programme dated 14th January 1980 with wrap-around dated 17th March 1980


Bradford City Home

Programme dated 28th November 1980 with inserted update

Northampton Town Away

Programme dated 29th August 1980 (abandoned)

Programme dated 23rd September 1980

Scunthorpe United Away

Programme dated 22nd March 1981 with Sunday teamsheet


Wimbledon Away

Programme dated 29th December 1981 with inserted update

Bristol Rovers Home

Programme dated 9th October 1981 Issue with no details on front cover

Millwall Home

Programme dated 26th December 1981 (programme cover undated) (postponed)

Programme dated 1st February 1982


Bradford City Home

Programme dated 23rd January 1984 with inserted update

Port Vale Away

Programme dated 12th December 1983 with inserted update

Scunthorpe United Away

Programme dated 30th September 1983 with reprinted programme dated 19th August 1950

Rotherham United Away

Programme dated 14th January 1984 with inserted update dated 10th April 1984

Millwall Away

Programme dated 1st April 1984 with inserted update


Darlington Away

Programme dated 12th January 1985 with inserted update dated 2nd April 1985


Rochdale Away

Programme dated 14th December 1985 with inserted update dated 21st April 1986


Wrexham Away

Programme dated 7th April 1987 with inserted update dated 30th April 1987


Cambridge United Away

4 page emergency issue dated 25th February 1990


Grimsby Town Away

Programme dated 28th January 1992 with inserted update dated 18th February 1992


Port Vale Home

Programme dated 21st January 1995 with inserted update dated 28th January 1995


Charlton Athletic Away

Programme dated 30th December 1995 (postponed)

Programme dated 5th March 1996

Reading Away

Programme dated 20th February 1996 (postponed)

Programme dated 19th March 1996


Port Vale Away

Programme dated 1st January 1997 with inserted update


Barnet Home

Programme dated 12th December 1998 with reprinted programme dated 20th August 1955


Torquay United Home

Programme dated 15th April 2000 with inserted update dated 2nd May


Hull City Home

Programme dated 23rd March 2001 (postponed)

Programme dated 1st May 2001

Mansfield Town Home

Programme dated 16th April 2001 (abandoned)

Programme dated 8th May 2001

Plymouth Argyle Away

Programme dated 10th February 2001 with inserted update dated 24th April 2001


Leyton Orient Away

Programme dated 1st January 2002 with inserted update dated 12th March 2002

Cheltenham Town Away

Programme dated 1st February 2002 with inserted update dated 19th February 2002


Oxford United Home

Programme dated 1st January 2003 with 8-page wrap- around dated 21st January 2003


Harchester Home

Programme produced for filming of TV Dream Team series


Southampton Away

Programme withdrawn from sale on match day


Wycombe Wanderers Home

Programme dated 18/12/00 (Postponed)

Programme dated 15/02/11

Barnet Home

Programme dated 26/12/00 (Postponed)

Programme dated 22/02/11