Southend United Transfer Fees

Here is a chronology of transfer fees paid and received for Southend United players.

(NB: Not all transfer fees are published so this record is from publicly released figures)

Harold Halse 1909 £350 Manchester United
Jimmy Axcell 1909 £350 Manchester United
Jack Young 1920 £500 West Ham United
Frank Burrill 1920 £800 Wolves
George Marshall 1920 £800 Wolves
Jimmy Evans 1923 £1,000 Burnley
Doug Wright 1938 £3,250 Newcastle United
Joe Sibley 1947 £6,500 Newcastle United
Frank Dudley 1948 £10,000 Leeds United
Reg Davies 1951 £10,000 Newcastle United
Les Stubbs 1952 £10,000 Chelsea
Ray Smith 1961 £11,000 Wrexham
Bobby Kellard 1962 £30,000 Crystal Palace
Ian “Chico” Hamilton 1969 £40,000 Aston Villa
Bill Garner 1972 £80,000 Chelsea
Peter Taylor 1973 £120,000 Crystal Palace
Glenn Pennyfather 1987 £150,000 Crystal Palace
Shane Westley 1989 £150,000 Wolves
Justin Edinburgh 1990 £150,000 Tottenham Hotspur
Dean Austin 1992 £375,000 Tottenham Hotspur
Stan Collymore 1993 £2,250,000* Nottingham Forest
(*rose to £3,570,000 with increments)
Billy Goodwin 1922 £600 Manchester United
Jimmy McAlinden 1948 £6,500 Portsmouth
Mike Beesley 1962 £8,000 West Ham United
Eddie Firmani 1967 £10,000 Charlton Athletic
Phil Chisnall 1967 £14,000 Liverpool
Bill Garner 1969 £15,000 Bedford Town
Alan Moody 1972 £15,000 Middlesbrough
Tony Taylor 1974 £25,000 Crystal Palace
Dave Cusack 1978 £50,000 Sheffield Wednesday
Derek Spence 1979 £111,111 Blackpool
Keith Jones 1991 £175,000 Brentford
Gary Poole 1993 £400,000 Plymouth Argyle
Mike Marsh 1995 £500,000 Galatasaray

God Bless Mitch

Mitchell Cole was signed by Southend United in July 2005 for £45,000 from Grays Athletic. He fitted into Steve Tilson’s promising side from the start as a fleet footed left winger. In August scored his first Southend goal against local rivals Colchester United in a 3-1 triumph at Roots Hall. He played in 32 League One games that season which culminated in a last day title clinching victory over BristolCity.

The following season was less successful for Mitchell managing only five appearances. His lack of first team opportunities saw him loaned out to NorthamptonTown. He left Roots Hall at the end of the season joining then Conference side Stevenage Borough. He was to be a huge success at Broadhall Way, during his stay Boro would win the FA Trophy twice and gain promotion to the Football League. He was also capped 14 times for the England C international team.

He signed for League Two side Oxford United for the 2010/11 season but after just a handful of games he was tragically diagnosed with the heart muscle disease Cardiomyopathy. Mitchell retired from professional football in February 2011 but still turned out for a variety of non-league clubs including Stotfold, HitchinTown, BiggleswadeTown and ArleseyTown.

When the world watched in horror at Fabrice Muamba’s on pitch heart attack, the shocking incident resonated loudly for Cole and he decided to turn his back on football for good for the sake of his health.

Waking up on December 1st 2012 came with the terrible news that 27 year old Mitchell Cole had died overnight just weeks before becoming a father for the third time with his wife Charly.

While a number of his former clubs and team mates paid their own tributes, I remember clearly what a sombre mood enveloped Roots Hall at the next home game after his death. In the 14th minute (his shirt number at Southend) of the game against Bradford City, the home support struck up a song in memory of Mitchell Cole. His name was chanted for a full fourteen minutes. It was truly emotive stuff.

Fast forward six months and a benefit match arranged for Mitchell Cole was announced by Stevenage. Attending the match just seemed like the decent thing to do, gate money to be split in support of his young family and the Cardiomyopathy charity. I am glad I went, it was a privilege to attend and remember this talented young player who had lit up Roots Hall in that championship winning season. Stevenage hosted the game with great dignity and class and credit must also be given to the West Ham United players who played the first half despite still being “in season” in the Premier League.

The match itself was a feast of goals, the West Ham contingent dominating the first half with some classy play and terrific goals. The home crowd were in good humour welcoming back some old favourites. For me it was great to see a number of ex Shrimpers on the field including Kevin Maher, Mark Beard, Stuart Thurgood and particularly Alan McCormack. The Swindon captain putting the disappointment of a play-off defeat the previous day to turn out for his former team mate. It was somehow symbolic of a classy occasion.

There could be an argument had in some quarters over some of his former clubs failing to organise a memorial game, but I guess having to arrange a game such as this at all is just such a terrible shame. God Bless you Mitch.

Mitchell Cole Benefit Match

Tuesday May 7th 2013

Stevenage XI (2) 4 (Beardsley 5, Wilson 22, Hayles 55, Griffin 79)

Mitchell Cole XI (6) 7 (Noble 15, Jarvis 20,39, Nolan 21, Collins 24, Carroll 38, Battersby 71)

Attendance: 2,306 (at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage F.C.)

Stevenage XI:

1.Ashley Bayes; 2. Mark Beard; 3. John Nutter; 4. Joel Byron; 5. Peter Vincenti; 6. Mark Roberts ©; 7.Lawrie Wilson; 8. Dino Maamria; 9. Jack Midson; 10. Chris Beardsley; 11. Stacy Long.


12. Gary Mills (for 2, 46 mins); Jon Nurse (for 8, 46 mins); 15. Barry Hayles (for 11, 46 mins); 16. Tim Sills (for 9, 46 mins); 17. Charlie Griffin (for 10, 46 mins); 28. Chris Day (for 1, 46 mins)

Mitchell Cole XI

1. Alan Julien; 2. Barry Fuller; 3. Adam Miller; 4. Kevin Nolan; 5. James Collins; 6. Kevin Maher; 7. Matt Jarvis; 8. Mark Noble; 9. Andy Carroll; 10. Joe Cole ©; 11. John Martin.


12. Alan McCormack (for 6, 46 mins); 14. Stuart Lewis (for 7, 46 mins); 15. Stuart Thurgood (for 4, 46 mins); 16. Martin Carthy (for 3, 68 mins); 17. Leroy Griffiths (for 5, 46 mins); 18. Gary Hooper (for 9, 46 mins); 19. Paul Hakim (for 11, 68 mins); 20. Mark Arber (for 2, 68 mins); 22. Craig Dobson (for 8, 46 mins); 25. Tony Battersby (for 10, 46 mins); 28. Danny Potter (for 1, 46 mins).




Award-Winning Shrimpers

Ryan Cresswell and Sean Clohessy were selected for the PFA League Two team of the year last night. Here is a timely reminder of those Shrimpers who have won the clubs’ Player of the Year award and also been honoured by their fellow professionals.


Five defenders have won the last five awards. The breakdown by position is: Defenders (19), Midfielders (14), Forwards (11), Keepers (5).

Ronnie Pountney (3), Billy Best (2) and Kevin Maher (2) are the only players to win the award more than once.

Season Player of The Year Season Player of The Year
1965/66 Tony Bentley 1989/90 Paul Sansome
1966/67 Trevor Roberts 1990/91 Peter Butler
1967/68 Billy Best 1991/92 Brett Angell
1968/69 John Kurila 1992/93 Stan Collymore
1969/70 Billy Best 1993/94 Chris Powell
1970/71 Alex Smith 1994/95 Ronnie Whelan
1971/72 Brian Albeson & Bill Garner 1995/96 Simon Royce
1972/73 Terry Johnson 1996/97 Keith Dublin
1973/74 Chris Guthrie 1997/98 Julian Hails
1974/75 Alan Moody 1998/99 Mark Beard
1975/76 Alan Little 1999/00 Nathan Jones
1976/77 Andy Ford 2000/01 Kevin Maher
1977/78 Colin Morris 2001/02 Daryl Flahavan
1978/79 Ronnie Pountney 2002/03 Leon Cort
1979/80 Ronnie Pountney 2003/04 Mark Gower
1980/81 Derek Spence 2004/05 Adam Barrett
1981/82 Dave Cusack 2005/06 Freddy Eastwood
1982/83 Ronnie Pountney 2006/07 Kevin Maher
1983/84 Micky Stead 2007/08 Nicky Bailey
1984/85 Steve Phillips 2008/09 Peter Clarke
1985/86 Richard Cadette 2009/10 Simon Francis
1986/87 Jim Stannard 2010/11 Chris Barker
1987/88 Dave Martin 2011/12 Mark Phillips
1988/89 David Crown 2012/13 Sean Clohessy


The PFA Awards were first awarded at the end of the 1973/4 season. Here are the Southend United players that were selected for their respective divisional teams.

Sean Clohessy and Ryan Cresswell join only Andy Ford (1976/7) and Richard Cadette (1985/6) to be nominated from a non-promotion winning side.

1976/77 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 Andy Ford
1980/81 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 Mervyn Cawston, Dave Cusack, Anton Otulakowski, Derek Spence
1985/86 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 Richard Cadette
1986/87 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 Richard Cadette and Jim Stannard
1989/90 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 David Crown
1990/91 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  Brett Angell
2004/05 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2 Adam Barrett, Kevin Maher
2005/06 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1 Adam Barrett, Kevin Maher, Daryl Flahavan
2012/13 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2 Sean Clohessy and Ryan Cresswell

Abiding Memories

Southend United playing in a cup final at the iconic home of football always seemed destined to elude the faithful bunch of supporters that have followed the Shrimpers through some very hard times. Even near misses have been somewhat reluctant to head our way since the F.A. introduced an ever changing plethora of minor competitions designed to give its “associate” members a chance to shine, albeit for just one day.  A penalty shoot out loss to Notts County in the erstwhile Anglo-Italian Cup in 1993/94 and an LDV area final loss to Brentford in 2000/01 saw the Shrimpers looking on like a kid locked out of a toy shop at Christmas.

Even a spell of sustained success under former player Steve Tilson which saw the club reach two LDV Finals and a League Two play-off Final in an exciting 14 month period saw each occasion savoured, but inevitably diluted by the fact each was held 200 miles away in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

So would Southend ever get to enjoy a day in the sun at Wembley Stadium? It was looking as far away as ever as the club slipped from one financial crisis to another, transfer embargos, players not getting paid, winding up orders and the very real spectre of administration have dogged recent campaigns. Step forward Paul Sturrock, softly spoken genial Scotsman and the latest man charged with moulding a rag-tag bunch of footballing  journeymen and hopeful youngsters into something resembling a football team. The season was unfolding into another campaign of abject disappointment with woeful home form dogging the team from the opening day. However, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy was proving a welcome distraction. The early rounds saw AFC Wimbledon, Dagenham and Redbridge and even League One promotion chasers Brentford were comfortably dispatched at Roots Hall. We were then handed an away tie in the semi-final against Oxford United. A 3-3 draw saw the tie go to a penalty shoot out. Sturrock pulled out his trump card a substituted experienced goalkeeper Paul Smith for youngster Daniel Bentley, a stunt that had come off against Bury in the FA Cup a month previously. Again the rookie made the vital save to see the Blues through to the Area Final.

Old adversaries Leyton Orient, of League One, stood in the way of a grand day out for the club and some welcome revenue for the scarily empty club coffers. On a muddy pitch at Brisbane Road, an opportunist goal from Ryan Leonard gave us a slender lead for the home leg. A tense battle looked heading towards the East Londoners when Ben Reeves, a youngster on loan from Southampton, scuffed the ball into the net as injury time commenced. Dramatically and unbelievably the die had been cast and our day had come, Wembley beckoned.

Estimating how many tickets a club averaging gates under 5,000 for the season would or could sell were reduced to plucking numbers from the air. When the first day of sale came though, people came in their droves. Queues redolent of communist era shortages at Moscow’s GUMM stores snaked around the car park and lasted all day. And the day after, and the day after that. It was clear Southend was gearing up for its biggest day out ever. 16,000 were sold before they went on general sale and ended up exceeding the 31,033 tickets sold for the club’s largest ever attendance against then European Champions Liverpool some 34 years previously.

In the run up to the Final, Sturrock had the rug pulled from under him, divested of his opportunity to walk out with his team at Wembley. Dismissed and replaced by Phil Brown, the gentlemanly Scot magnanimously turning down the chairman’s limp olive branch offer of a pseudo mascot role at Wembley.  

So the big day finally arrived, coaches, trains and cars headed to North London outnumbering the opposition supporters by more than three to one. Crewe would be stern opposition, they, after all, ended our play-off hopes in clinical fashion the previous season and were acquitting themselves pretty well in the third tier.

Team selection was a hot topic, errant tour-de-force Bilel Mohsni was placed in an unfamiliar centre midfield role. Injured skipper Chris Barker was returned to the side after weeks out. Mark Phillips, battle worn infantryman that had selflessly subjected himself to eight pain killing injections to get us through the Area Final was dumped into a non-laying substitute role. Worse still Ryan Leonard, a hard working unsung hero who had scored the vital Area Final goal, was sat in the stands looking forlornly on. Our recent poor run of form and inevitable nerves manifested as early as the sixth minute. Crewe’s training ground corner was lashed into the net by Luke Murphy and we already had a mountain to climb. Impressive youngster Max Clayton doubled the advantage just after the break and the game was effectively over. A bold double substitution briefly rekindled the dying flame but ultimately it was not to be. In truth Crewe were worthy winners on the day.

My memories of the day are numerous and will remain with me always. Looking back from Bobby Moore’s statue, himself with Southend connections, and seeing a tidal wave of blue humanity coursing down from WembleyPark station was emotive enough in itself. A cornucopia of former players turning up on their own volition with their own tickets was heart warming. Hearing that long term supporters had taken photos of their fathers in their pockets to share the day with them was somehow emblematic of the extended family that is our core support. Furthermore seeing people I had not seen for years and remembering those that had longed for this day to happen but had passed away before a dream had become real were part of a truly memorable occasion. No trophy but plentiful memories that will abide with me.

Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final

Sunday April 7th 2013 – Wembley Stadium

Attendance: 43,842

Crewe Alexandra (1) 2 (Murphy 6, Clayton 49)

Southend United (0)0


1. Steve Phillips; 2.Matt Tootle; 3.Harry Davis; 5.Mark Ellis; 14.Kelvin Mellor; 8. Luke Murphy ©; 19. Abdul Osman; 26. Chuks Aneke; 31. Bradden Inman; 7.Max Clayton; 11.Byron Moore.

Subs: 10. A.J. Leitch-Smith (for 7, 83 mins); 12. Oliver Turton; 13. Alan Martin 17. George Ray (for 26, 90 mins); 27. Ryan Colclough (for 31, 69 mins).


1. Paul Smith; 2.Sean Clohessy; 23. Chris Barker; 6. Ryan Cresswell; 16. Luke Prosser; 14. Kevan Hurst; 28. Bilel Mohsni; 29. Tamika Mkandawire; 3. Anthony Straker; 20. Britt Assombalonga; 21. Gavin Tomlin.

Subs: 7. Freddy Eastwood (for 29, 77 mins); 10. Barry Corr (for 23, 57 mins); 15. Mark Phillips; 17. Daniel Bentley; 27. Ben Reeves (for 28, 57 mins).

Yellow Cards: Osman, Clayton (Crewe), Barker, Hurst (Southend).


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Wembley – The First Time

December 6th 1930 Football League Division Three (South)


(Fowler 2, Tricker)



Southend United’s only ever visit to the famous twin towers of Wembley Stadium came in the most unusual of circumstances.

Their away fixture at Clapton Orient’s Lea Bridge Road stadium was moved to Wembley Stadium as Orient’s ground had been closed following a bad injury to a Torquay United player resulting from the close proximity of the pitch barrier to the playing surface. While remedial work was carried out the East Londoners were forced to hire the national stadium in order to stage two home games. The first resulted in an easy 3-0 win over Brentford in front of a healthy 8,000 plus crowd. However, the visit of Southend United attracted a crowd of only 1,916 which must have looked very odd in vast stadium with a then capacity of 100,000.

However, the Southend side turned in a distinctly unmemorable performance at the famous stadium. It should be said that Ted Birnie’s team selection was something of an experiment following the FA Cup exit at the hands of Torquay the previous weekend. He dramatically dropped skipper Tommy Dixon and brought in young Bob Ward. Furthermore Donovan moved to inside left and Johnson took over at left half. Arthur Compton despite being right footed was seconded to the outside left berth. Clapton Orient’s line up featured Rollo Jack, son of former Southend manager Bob Jack and brother to David, a future Shrimpers manager.

Southend had a good first half however and had plenty of chances before scoring in the 25th minute. Southend gained a corner kick and Fred Barnett launched a deep kick into the O’s penalty area and Jimmy Shankly’s deft header back allowed Mickey Jones the easiest of chances to nod the ball over the line from close range with Orient keeper Harry Blackwell unsighted among a ruck of player. In the next period of play Shankly skimmed the crossbar twice and Barnett had a powerful shot cannon back of the upright.

This was an equaliser following Clapton’s early breakthrough when a rare fumble by Billy Moore in the Southend goal allowed Jack Fowler to open the scoring with a virtually unguarded goal. The veteran forward was a constant thorn in the visitors side with his drive and clever play, a vital factor was Bob Ward’s nervousness in tackling the powerful Orient forward.

Into the second half and the Blues nearly took the lead through Dickie Donoven. His first effort was a speculative long range effort which caught Blackwell off guard in the Orient net. He was mightily relieved to see the ball just clear his crossbar. The a Donoven corner slipped out of Blackwell’s hands and was just about to cross the line when Ernie Morley managed to hook the ball to safety.

However Southend’s downfall came when Crompton, their best player in the opening period, was strangely neglected in the second half. This meant the side lost its shape and creativity and the home side took control of the encounter.

The O’s took the lead on 67 minutes Johnson misjudged a challenge and Reg Tricker easily converted a one on one opportunity against Moore.

The winning goal came on 73 minutes and was shrouded in controversy. Tricker played a throughball for Fowler who was clearly offside but both the referee and the linesman failed to award the decision and while the Southend rearguard appealed and waited for a whistle Fowler all but walked the ball into an empty net.

Shankly had a late chance to reduce the arrears but the side had already suffered a fatal body blow. The dubious offside call ensured that the clubs only visit to the old Wembley Stadium would be marked with a defeat.

Teams:Clapton Orient:Harry Blackwell; Ernie Morley; Billy Broadbent; Eddie Lawrence; Jack Galbraith; Rollo Jack; Arthur Cropper; Reg Tricker; Jack Fowler; Jack Fletcher.

Southend United:

Billy Moore; Jack French; Dave Robinson; Bob Ward; Joe Wilson; Joe Johnson; Fred Barnett; Mickey Jones; Jimmy Shankly; Dickie Donoven; Arthur Crompton.


Goalscorer: Emlyn “Mickey” Jones