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

Crewe:

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).

Southend:

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).

Gallery

Southend at Wembley (3)   

Southend at Wembley (5)

Southend at Wembley (6)

Southend at Wembley (7)

Southend at Wembley (9)

Southend at Wembley (11)

Southend at Wembley (13)

Southend at Wembley (17)

Southend at Wembley (26)

Southend at Wembley (19)

Southend at Wembley (22)

Southend at Wembley (27)

Southend United – Penalty Shoot Out Dramas

Southend United’s dramatic penalty shoot out win against Oxford United in the semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy was the club’s eighth shoot out in cup competitions over the years. The 5-3 win on spot kicks at the Kassam Stadium means the club has now won four and lost four in the dreaded shoot outs.

January 8th 2013

Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – Area Semi-Final

Oxford United 3 Southend United 3 (Corr 2, Clohessy)

Att: 2,882

Oxford 08-01-2013

Team: Paul Smith, Sean Clohessy, Chris Barker, Mark Phillips, Ryan Cresswell, Kevan Hurst, Alex Woodyard, Michael Timlin, Anthony Straker, Barry Corr and Gavin Tomlin.

Subs: Daniel Bentley (for Smith); Elliot Benyon (for Corr), Luke Prosser (for Woodyard), David Martin and Ryan Leonard.

WON 5-3 on penalties.

Sturrock dramatically substituted Paul Smith in injury time for Daniel Bentley following the youngster heroics in the shoot out with Bury in the FA Cup.

Tomlin, Clohessy, Hurst and Timlin all scored for Southend as did Rigg, Craddock and Davis for Oxford. Bentley then saved Oxford’s fourth penalty from Alfie Potter, allowing Elliot Benyon to score the decisive spot kick.

December 11th 2012

FA Cup 2nd Round Replay

Southend United 1 (Tomlin) Bury 1

Attendance: 3,034

Bury 11-12-13

Team: Daniel Bentley, Sean Clohessy, Chris Barker, Luke Prosser, Ryan Cresswell, Kevan Hurst, Marc Laird, Michael Timlin, David Martin, Barry Corr and Gavin Tomlin.

Subs: Freddy Eastwood (for Martin), Elliot Benyon (for Corr), Alex Woodyard, Graham Coughlan, John Spicer, Alex Woodyard and Ted Smith.

WON 3-2 on penalties

Schumacher and Doherty scored Bury’s first two before Worrall, Hewitt and Hughes all missed for the visitors, Hewitt blazing wide while Bentley saved from Worrall and Hughes.

Eastwood, Clohessy and Hurst all scored for Southend while Gavin Tomlin’s chipped penalty, saved by Trevor Carson proved to be academic.

August 8th 2011

Carling League Cup 1st Round

Southend United 1 (Phillips) Leyton Orient 1

Att: 4,847

Orient 09-08-2011

Team: Glenn Morris, Sean Clohessy, Luke Prosser, Mark Phillips, Graham Coughlan, Ryan Hall, JP Kalala, Kane Ferdinand, Jemal Johnson, Liam Dickinson and Neil Harris.

Subs: Anthony Grant (for Ferdinand); Lee Sawyer (for Johnson); Bilel Mohsni (for Phillips); Harry Crawford; Peter Gilbert; Allasane N’Diaye and Daniel Bentley.

LOST 3-4 on penalties

Southend: Dickinson (saved), Harris, Clohessy (both scored), Kalala saved
Hall scored.

Leyton Orient: Omozusi, Daniels, Chorley (all scored), Richardson saved
Cureton scored.

November 16th 2010

FA Cup 1st Round Replay

Southend United 2 (Simpson, Orr) MacclesfieldTown 2

Att: 2,194

Macclesfield 16-11-2010

Team: Glenn Morris, Sean Clohessy, Peter Gilbert, Bilel Mohsni, Luke Prosser, Josh Simpson, Anthony Grant, Craig Easton, Sofiene Zaaboub, Jack Midson and Barry Corr.

Subs: Antonio German (for Prosser); Blair Sturrock (for Midson); Ryan Hall (for Zaaboub); Louis Soares; Graham Coughlan; Lyle Della Verde and Rhys Evans.

LOST 3-5 on penalties

Chalmers, Barnett, Bencheriff, Reid, Brown all scored their penalties for Macclesfield. German netted our first, Corr blazed over, then Clohessy and Hall both scored their spot kicks.

August 31st 2010

Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 1st Round

Southend 0 Gillingham 0

Att:3,073

Gillingham 31-08-2010

Team: Rhys Evans, Josh Simpson, Peter Gilbert, Chris Barker, Bilel Mohsni, Adam Bouzid, Anthony Grant, Craig Easton, Ryan Hall, Blair Sturrock and Barry Corr.

Subs: Louis Soares (for Bouzid); Sofiene Zaaboub (for Hall); Matt Paterson (for Corr), Graham Coughlin and Glenn Morris.

WON 4-3 on penalties

Gillingham: S. Payne (saved); McCammon, Nutter, Maher (all scored), Spiller (over), J.Payne (saved).

Southend: Soares (scored), Easton (saved), Barker, Paterson (both scored), Grant (saved), Sturrock (scored)

September 4th 2007

LDV Trophy 1st Round

Southend United 2 (Foran, McCormack) Dagenham & Redbridge 2

Att:5,215

Dagenham 04-09-2007

Team: Steve Collis, Lewis Hunt, Adam Barrett, Peter Clarke, Garry Richards, Ritchie Foran, Nicky Bailey, Alan McCormack, Tommy Black, Matt Harrold and Eric Odiahambo.

Subs: Gary Hooper (for Odiahambo); Charlie McDonald (f0r Harrold); Franck Moussa; Simon Francis and Daryl Flahavan.

LOST 6-7 on penalties

Southend: Foran, Bailey, Hooper, MacDonald, McCormack (missed), Clarke, Black & Hunt (saved).

D&R: Rainford, Southam(both scored), Sloma (saved), Saunders, Moore, Okuonghae, Smith, Huke (all scored)

September 29th 2004

LDV Trophy 1st Round

Colchester United 1 Southend United 1 (Bramble)

Sent off: Bentley (Southend)

Att:3,469

Colchester 29-09-2004

Team: Daryl Flahavan, Duncan Jupp, Che Wilson, Andy Edwards, Adam Barrett, Mark Gower, Mark Bentley, Kevin Maher, Carl Pettefer, Tes Bramble and Wayne Gray.

Subs: Drewe Broughton (for Bramble); Lewis Hunt (for Jupp); Jim Corbett (for Gower); Michael Kightly and Nicky Nicolau.

WON 5-3 on penalties.

Gray, Hunt, Maher, Broughton and Corbett scored all five penalties for Southend.

For Colchester Keith, Watson, Danns (all scored), Brown (missed)

February 15th 1994

Anglo-Italian Cup semi-final

Notts County 1 Southend United 0 (1-1 on aggregate)

Att:5,485

Notts Co 15-02-94

Team: Paul Sansome, Garry Poole, Chris Powell, Phil Gridelet, Andy Edwards, Graham Bressington, Jonathan Hunt, Derek Payne, Gary Jones, Ricky Otto and Jason Lee.

Subs: Tommy Mooney (for Jones), Andy Sussex (for Payne) and Simon Royce.

LOST 3-4 on penalties

NottsCounty:
Phil Turner, Gary Lund, Andy Legg , Mark Draper (all scored), Meindert Dijkstra (saved)

Southend:
Gary Poole (saved), Andy Sussex, Tommy Mooney, Jonathan Hunt (all scored) Graham Bressington (missed)
 
Graham Bressington missing the vital spot kick for Southend. NottsCounty progressed to the Wembley final which they lost to Brescia.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

1948/49

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)

1949/50

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

 

1954/55

Coventry City Away

Programme dated 26th March 1955 (abandoned)

Programme dated 4th May 1955

1955/56

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

1956/57

Northampton Town Away

Single sheet

1958/59

Wrexham Away

Programme dated 1st November 1958 on pink paper

Programme dated 1st November 1958 on yellow paper

1960/61

Bury Away

Programme dated 17th December 1960 (postponed)

Programme dated 21st March 1961

1961/62

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

1964/65

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)

1965/66

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)

1967/68

Swansea Town Away

Programme dated 13th January 1968 (postponed)

Programme dated 19th March 1968

1968/69

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

1969/70

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)

1970/71

Aldershot Away

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

Programme No. 22 dated 29th March 1971

1971/72

Aldershot Home

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

1972/73

Chesterfield Home Joint issue with Port Vale

Also v Chesterfield 4 page issue sold for 2p.

1973/74

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

1974/75

Hereford United Away

Programme dated 5th April 1975 with blue cover

Programme dated 5th April 1975 with red cover

1975/76

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

1976/77

Newport County Away

Programme dated 4th January 1977 (postponed)

Programme dated 10th May 1977

1977/78

York City Away

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

1978/79

Watford Home

Programme dated 1st January 1979 (postponed)

Programme dated 2nd April 1979

1979/80

Mansfield Town Home

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

1980/81

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

1981/82

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

1983/84

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

1984/85

Darlington Away

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

1985/86

Rochdale Away

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

1986/87

Wrexham Away

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

1989/90

Cambridge United Away

4 page emergency issue dated 25th February 1990

1991/92

Grimsby Town Away

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

1994/95

Port Vale Home

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

1995/96

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

1996/97

Port Vale Away

Programme dated 1st January 1997 with inserted update

1998/99

Barnet Home

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

1999/00

Torquay United Home

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

2000/01

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

2001/02

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

2002/03

Oxford United Home

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

2005/06

Harchester Home

Programme produced for filming of TV Dream Team series

2009/10

Southampton Away

Programme withdrawn from sale on match day

2010/11

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

Friendly Fire

A look at ten Southend United friendly programmes for no other reason except they are a bit unusual.

May 4th 1970

Southend United (0)0 AC Fiorentina (1)1

The Blues welcomed the reigning Italian champions to Roots Hall at the end of the 1969/70 season. A healthy crowd of 8,679 saw Giorgio Mariani score the only goal of the game to give the visitors a victory.

Team: Brian Lloyd; Keith Lindsey; Owen Simpson; Phil Chisnall; Dave Barnett; Micky Beesley; Peter Hunt (sub Peter Taylor); Billy Best; Bill Garner; Gary Moore and Dave Chambers (sub Pack).

August 10th 1970

Southend United (1)5 Accra Hearts of Oak SC (1)1

Three months later the Blues welcomed Hearts of Oak to Roots Hall. The programme features Stanley Matthews on the cover as he had been coaching in the West African country. A crowd of 3,193 watch Blues run riot in the second half with goals from Phil Chisnall (2), Billy Best, Bill Garner and Peter Hunt.

Team: Brian Lloyd (sub Steel); Keith Lindsey; Owen Simpson; Phil Chisnall; Alex Smith; Kevin Fallon (sub Dave Barnett); Ian Cowan; Billy Best; Bill Garner; Tony Bentley (sub Peter Hunt) and Dave Chambers.

August 5th 1971

Shinnik Yarosavl (1)1 Southend United (0)0

A bit of an oddity this one as the last game of the Blues tour to Russia produced two programmes, both 4 page issues but with different covers. A decent crowd of 12,000 watched this match.

Team: John Roberts; Keith Lindsey; Alex Smith; Dave Elliott; Brian Albeson; Joe Jacques; Terry Johnson (sub Peter Taylor); Billy Best; Bill Garner; George Duck and Ray Ternent.

 

November 6th 1972

Southend United (1) 1 Zenit Leningrad (1)1

Blues’ tour to Russia the previous year had been so successful a promised visit from a top Russian side occured when Zenit Leningrad came to Roots Hall. A crowd of 3,988 saw a tight encounter with Bobby Bennett netting for the Shrimpers. Luton Town’s Robin Wainwright guested for Southend.

Team: Derek Bellotti; Dennis Booth; Ray Ternent; Dave Elliott; Brian Albeson; Mike Harrison; Terry Johnson; Billy Best; Bobby Bennett; Robin Wainwright and Peter Taylor (sub Gary Moore).

August 9th 1974

Southend United (3)7 Bonner Sport Club (0)0

Southend welcomed West German side Bonner to Roots Hall in the build up to the 1974/75 campaign. The visitors were a modest club and only 1,686 watched the Blues rattle in seven goals without reply. Finding the net for Southend were Chris Guthrie (2), Dave Cunningham, Steve Lamb, Terry Johnson, Neil Townsend and a Dave Elliott penalty.

Team: Malcolm Webster; Steve Dyer; Dave Worthington; Dave Elliott; Neil Townsend; Alan Moody; Stuart Brace (sub Steve Lamb); Andy Ford (sub Terry Johnson); Chris Guthrie; Dave Cunningham and Alistair Love (sub Willie Coulson).

August 4th 1975

Hamilton Academicals (0)0 Southend United (1)1

Tours to Scotland in the mid Seventies were very popular and Southend were no exception, this pre-season jaunt also taking in games at Forfar Athletic, East Stirlingshire and Raith Rovers. A crowd of 650 saw a Stuart Parker goal separate the sides at the old Douglas Park ground.

Team: Malcolm Webster; Dave Worthington; Tony Taylor; Terry Nicholl; Neil Townsend; Alan Moody; Ronnie Pountney; Stuart Brace; Stuart Parker; Willie Coulson and Dave Cunningham (sub Andy Ford).

August 12th 1983

Southend United (0)0 Japan International XI (0)1

Visitors from the Far East for this unusual pre-season game. Southend battled well against Japan but went down 1-0 to a 51st minute goal from Masafumi Yokoyama.

Team: Mervyn Cawston; Micky Stead; Steve Collins; Paul Clark; Steve Yates; Ronnie Pountney; Glen Skivington; Glenn Pennyfather; Greig Shepherd; Steve Phillips and Roy McDonough. Subs: Warren May; John Keeley; Mick Angus; Danny Greaves and Adrian Owers.

August 3rd 1988

Pollok (2)2 Southend United (2)3

Southend had a short tour of Scotland in the pre-season on 1988/89 which also took in a return visit to Hamilton Academicals. The first match was against junior side Pollok who played, and still do, at the excellent Newlandsfield Park in Glasgow. A respectable crowd of 1,200 watched a tight encounter with Southend’s goals coming from David Crown and a brace from Dave Matthews.

Team: Paul Sansome (sub Eric Steele); Danny O’Shea; Peter Johnson (sub Justin Edinburgh); Russell Short; Dave Martin; Paul Brush (sub Paul Clark); Derek Hall (sub Nicky Thurston); Peter Butler; David Crown (sub Dave Matthews); Richard Young and Martin Robinson.

June 30th 2006

Bermuda National XI (1)2 Southend United (0)3

Billed as a welcome home match for Shaun Goater, Southend played the national team of his home county at their National Sports Park. Goater played a half for either side, scoring twice for the Blues along with youngster James Lawson.

Team: Daryl Flahavan; Simon Francis; Che Wilson; Spencer Prior; Adam Barrett; Jamal Campbell-Ryce; Mitchell Cole; Kevin Maher; James Lawson (sub.Shaun Goater); Freddy Eastwood and Franck Moussa.

July 28th 2012

Real Madrid C (1) 3 Southend United (1)1

Played at the Spanish giants Valdedebas training facility Southend took on Real’s third team who compete in the third tier, Segunda B, of the Spanish League. Neil Harris gave the Blues a third minute lead but the hosts eased to a 3-1 win with goals from Ramirez, Mariano (penalty) and Burgui.

Team: Phil Smith; Sean Clohessy (sub Dave Martin); Anthony Straker (sub Luke Prosser); Kane Ferdinand; Ryan Cresswell (sub Graham Coughlan);  Mark Phillips (sub Chris Barker); Kevan Hurst (sub Elliot Benyon); Ryan Leonard; Neil Harris; Gavin Tomlin (sub Freddy Eastwood) and Stephen Brogan (sub Ryan Hall). Sub not used: Daniel Bentley.

Shrimpers Internationalists

Myles Weston’s international debut for Antigua and Barbuda against Haiti on November 12th 2014 meant he became Southend United’s fifteenth full international. He also became only the third Southend player to score at full international level and joins Sammy McCrory and Tesfaye Bramble on that list. The fifteen Blues internationals have now won 43 caps between them.

Caps For Against (Goals) Date
Lot Jones Wales v Ireland 14/02/1920
Lot Jones Wales v England 15/03/1920
Jimmy Evans Wales v Scotland 04/02/1922
Jimmy Evans Wales v England 13/03/1922
Jimmy Evans Wales v Ireland 01/04/1922
Jimmy Evans Wales v Scotland 17/03/1923
Charlie Turner Ireland v Switzerland 17/03/1936
Charlie Turner Ireland v Germany 17/10/1936
Charlie Turner Ireland v Hungary 06/12/1936
Charlie Turner Ireland v Switzerland 17/05/1937
Charlie Turner Ireland v France 23/05/1937
Charlie Turner Ireland v Norway 10/10/1937
George McKenzie Ireland v Norway 10/10/1937
Charlie Turner Ireland v Norway 07/11/1937
George McKenzie Ireland v Norway 07/11/1937
George McKenzie Ireland v Czechoslovakia 18/05/1938
George McKenzie Ireland v Poland 22/05/1938
George McKenzie Ireland v Switzerland 18/09/1938
George McKenzie Ireland v Poland 13/11/1938
George McKenzie Ireland v Hungary 19/03/1939
George McKenzie Ireland v Hungary 18/05/1939
George McKenzie Ireland v Germany 23/05/1939
Jimmy McAlinden Northern Ireland v England 09/10/1948
Tommy Scannell Ireland v Luxembourg 07/03/1954
Sam McCrory Northern Ireland v England (1 goal) 06/11/1957
Derek Spence Northern Ireland v Israel (sub) 26/03/1980
Derek Spence Northern Ireland v Australia (sub) 15/06/1980
Derek Spence Northern Ireland v Scotland (sub) 25/03/1981
Derek Spence Northern Ireland v Sweden (sub) 03/06/1981
Derek Spence Northern Ireland v France (sub) 24/03/1982
Ronnie Whelan Ireland v Liechtenstein 03/06/1995
Ronnie Whelan Ireland v Austria 11/06/1995
Mike Lapper United States v Columbia 22/07/1995
Mike Lapper United States v Sweden 16/08/1995
Tesfaye Bramble Montserrat v St Kitts & Nevis (1 goal) 11/04/2005
Jamal Campbell-Ryce Jamaica v Canada 04/09/2006
Jamal Campbell-Ryce Jamaica v Canada 08/10/2006
Jamal Campbell-Ryce Jamaica v Peru 15/11/2006
Peggy Lokando DR Congo v Gabon 25/03/2008
Anthony Straker Grenada v French Guiana 14/11/2012
Anthony Straker Grenada v Guyana 16/11/2012
Anthony Straker Grenada v Haiti 18/11/2012
Myles Weston Antigua & Barbuda v Haiti (1 goal) 12/11/2014

Sticker Book XI

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.