Stick a fork in I’m done with 2018/19

Here is a review of my itinerant football watching during the 2018/19 campaign.

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Total Matches Attended: 280

New Grounds Visited: 202

Total Goals Scored: 1,147 (Average of 4.10 goals per game, up on 3.81 last season, I saw seven 0-0 draws this season)

Biggest Win: Bestwood Miners Welfare 15 NG Vikings 0

Biggest Crowd: 59,903 West Ham United v Liverpool

Grounds Abroad: 49 (Romania 12, Serbia 12, Germany 11, Greece 3, Iceland 3, Italy 3, Bosnia 1, Bulgaria 1, Gibraltar 1, Netherlands 1, San Marino 1)

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BEST GROUNDS VISITED IN THE UK IN 2018/19

1.THE STANKS


An amateur pitch marked out on a rough piece of grass against the Elizabethan fortified walls of Berwick-upon-Tweed. If it was good enough for L.S.Lowry to draw then it’s good enough for me. An absolute bucket list footballing experience.
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2. HOPEMAN – Sea Park
The Moray Welfare League is a summer competition played on parched pitches across the Morayshire region. Hopeman play on a pitch adjacent to the sea and harbour and the view from up on the hill towards the High Street is just stunning. Sea Park should be a new entry on anyone’s iconic football venues list.
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3. FORRES MECHANICS – Mosset Park

A sturdy main stand, ample banking around the rest of the ground. One of the best grounds in a league full of decent venues.

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4.KILSYTH RANGERS– Duncansfield Park

Huge covered terrace on one side and sweeping curves of terrace around the rest of the ground. To cap it all there is player’s tunnel that goes under the terracing before rising up to pitch level. Steadfastly Junior and all power to its elbow.

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5.ELGIN CITY– Borough Briggs

A traditional old ground completing a strong Scottish bias to this season’s awards list. Magically old school and seeming untouched by the rampant need to modernise.

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BEST GROUNDS VISITED ABROAD IN 2018/19

1.BOLOGNA – Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Just an incredible footballing amphitheatre. Built in the 1920’s with so many amazing architectural features from the Littoral, the cover walkway on the open side of the ground to Nervi’s masterpiece tower. Despite a fairly recent revamping for the 1990 World Cup, it would seem the owners, the City of Bologna, are keen to modernise it further, you would trust the traditional features are retained but who knows?

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2.RHEYDTER SV – Jahnstadion

When you get to hear that an old school stadium is to soon be “modernised” you experience two emotions. One is the pang of sadness of another lost playground and then that’s superseded by the urge to go and see it as it is before the “improvements” destroy the essential character. The Jahnstadion will have its 20,000 capacity terracing removed in its entirety and just a revamped grandstand will be left. Work is scheduled to start on this latest act of social vandalism in early 2020, be warned!

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3.ASC OLIMPIC ZARNESTI – Stadion Celuloza

Dramatic mountain setting, ancient wooden stand somehow held together for more than 80 years and a bright red pavilion. Just a stunning place to watch football.

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4.FK ŽAK KIKINDA – Stadion ŽAK

Features a big old grandstand and a perimeter wall made from about a million roof tiles stood on their ends. An indescribably good football ground.

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5.ALTONA ‘93 – Adolf Jäger Kampfbahn

One of the oldest remaining stadiums in Germany, perfect in every way. Coupled with a great fan scene, this a must do venue before their muted plans to move come to fruition.

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BEST PROGRAMMES BOUGHT IN 2018/19

(based on status, resources, effort and originality)

1. Clapton Community FC

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2.Lower Breck

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3. St. Helens Town

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4. Aberystwyth

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5. Steeton

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BEST FOOD IN 2018/19

  1. Curry (Queens Park Crescents)

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2. Scouse (Litherland REMYCA)

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3. Jerk Chicken (Enfield Borough)

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Up For The Cup

Since becoming a Football League club in 1920 Southend United have played 61 FA Cup ties against non-league opponents. In that time only nine ties have been lost and just two of those have been at home. Defeat ratio against non-league opponents is a little under 15%.

Home Record:

P:29     W:22     D:5     L:2    F:103     A:18

Away Record:

P:32     W:21     D:4     L:7     F:65     A:28

Overall:

P:61     W:43     D:9     L:9     F:168    A:46

Date Rd Opponents Venue Res F A
18/12/1920 6Q Hednesford Town Home W 3 1
08/01/1920 1 Eccles United Home W 5 1
07/01/1921 1 Worksop Town Away W 2 1
18/11/1922 4Q Sittingbourne Away D 0 0
22/11/1922 Rep Sittingbourne Home W 4 2
17/11/1923 4Q Kings Lynn Home W 1 0
01/12/1923 5Q Clapton Away W 3 1
15/12/1923 6Q Llanelly Away L 1 2
15/11/1924 Q4 London Caledonians Home D 3 3
20/11/1924 Rep London Caledonians Away W 4 1
28/11/1925 1 Dulwich Hamlet Home W 5 1
27//11/1926 1 Dulwich Hamlet Away W 4 1
26/11/1927 1 Wellington Town Home W 1 0
10/12/1932 2 Scarborough Home W 4 1
25/11/1933 1 London Paper Mills Away W 1 0
24/11/1934 1 Golders Green Home W 10 1
08/12/1934 2 Wimbeldon Away W 5 1
14/12/1935 2 Burton Town Home W 5 0
27/11/1937 1 Corinthians* Away W 2 0
10/12/1937 2 Walthamstow Avenue Away W 1 0
26/11/1938 1 Corinthians Home W 3 0
30/11/1946 1 Brush Sports Away W 6 1
14/12/1946 2 Barnet Away W 9 2
22/11/1952 1 Bath City Away L 1 3
21/11/1953 1 Finchley Away W 3 1
10/12/1955 2 Weymouth Away W 1 0
08/12/1956 2 Hereford United Away W 3 2
16/11/1957 1 Trowbridge Town Away W 2 0
15/11/1958 1 Yeovil Town Home D 0 0
20/11/1958 Rep Yeovil Town Away L 0 1
14/11/1959 1 Oswestry Town Home W 6 0
05/11/1960 1 Clacton Town Away W 3 1
16/11/1963 1 Yeovil Town Away L 0 1
16/11/1968 1 Kings Lynn Home W 9 0
07/12/1968 2 Brentwood  Home W 10 1
21/11/1970 1 Weymouth Home W 7 0
12/12/1970 2 Dagenham Home W 1 0
24/11/1973 1 Boreham Wood Home W 3 0
23/11/1974 1 AP Leamington Away W 2 1
14/12/1974 2 Ilford Away W 2 0
13/12/1975 2 Dover Home W 4 1
17/12/1977 2 AP Leamington Away D 0 0
19/12/1977 Rep AP Leamington Home W 4 0
24/11/1979 1 Wealdstone Away W 1 0
15/12/1979 2 Harlow Town Home D 1 1
18/12/1979 Rep Harlow Town Away L 0 1
11/12/1982 2 Yeovil Town Home W 3 0
15/11/1986 1 Halesowen Town Home W 4 1
18/11/1989 1 Aylesbury United Away L 0 1
15/11/1997 1 Woking Away W 2 0
14/11/1998 1 Doncaster Rovers Home L 0 1
09/12/2000 2 Canvey Island** Away W 2 1
06/01/2001 3 Kingstonian Home L 0 1
09/11/2003 1 Canvey Island Home D 1 1
19/11/2003 Rep Canvey Island Away W 3 2
03/01/2004 3 Scarborough Home D 1 1
14/01/2004 Rep Scarborough Away L 0 1
01/12/2007 2 Oxford United Away D 0 0
11/12/2007 Rep Oxford United Home W 3 0
08/11/2008 1 AFC Telford United Away D 2 2
18/11/2008 Rep AFC Telford United Home W 2 0
             
             
    * played at White City        
    ** played at Roots Hall        

Worst Shrimper Poll

A tweet about one time worthless loanee Jabo Ibhere moving to our county rivals lead to a mass discussion about the wretched and undeserving footballers who had pulled on a hallowed Blues shirt. This lead to a hasty poll conducted on the Friday evening. The ire and rancour that some supporters hold players in was most entertaining!

Sample Tweets:

“Gordon Connelly – The anti-footballer!”

“Nuts, forgot about the N’Diaye’s!”

“Dubbers was awful”

“Ricketts not being in the top 5 is a travesty”

“Jedi Buffoon”

“You fools, Big Bad Barry Conlon by far the worst player in an SUFC shirt”

“Benji! What kind of mental people have been voting?”

“Blair isn’t even the worst managers son to play for us”

“This game is depressing me”

Voters were asked for their worst five in descending order, 1st place being awarded five points and 2nd four points and so on. Poll closed at 9pm and votes calculated and sorted on the the following ranks:

1) Total points accumaulated

2) Number of votes accrued

3) Number of maximum scores accrued

This ensured the minimisation of mass ties. Four voters only voted for their worst player so these were given the top mark of five. One voter voted for one player (Gordon Connelly) in all five rankings scoring 15 points and slightly skewing the final result.

The Final Scores

    Points
1 Chris Ramsey 39
2 Richard Young 19
3 Gordon Connelly 18
4 Eric Steele 17
5 Blair Sturrock 15
6 Sada N’Diaye 15
7 Jeroen Boere 11
8 Peter Gilbert 10
9 Rio Alderton 10
10 Steve Hatter 10
11 Jason Harris 9
12 Michael Ricketts 8
13 Mark Prudhoe 8
14 Mario Walsh 7
15 Ian Benjamin 7
16 Carl Emberson 6
17 Neville Roach 6
18 Dean Holness 6
19 Neville Southall 6
20 Gary Jones 5
21= Allasane N’Diaye 5
  Elliot Benyon 5
  George Parris 5
  Keith Dublin 5
  Mike Angus 5
  Peter Beadle 5
  Simon Livett 5
  Tommy Black 5
29 Trevor Whymark 4
30= Andy Harris 4
  Jean-Yves Mvoto 4
  Jim Stannard 4
  Lewis Hunt 4
  Luke Prosser 4
  Marek Szmid 4
  Tom Jordan 4
  Trevor Fitzpatrick 4
38= Andy Thomson 3
  Damien Scannell 3
  Dominic Iorfa 3
  Ian Joyce 3
  Ian Selley 3
  Scott Vernon 3
  Tony Richards 3
45= Barry Conlon 2
  Danny Maye 2
  David Roche 2
  Richie Foran 2
49= Barrington Belgrave 1
  Carl Beeston  1
  Danny Webb 1
  Francisco Cagigao 1
  Jabo Ibehre 1
  Louis Soares 1
  Neil Tolson 1
  Paul Roberts 1
  Phil Whelan 1
  Rob Newman 1

A bit of fun I am sure will agree, lets get behind the current crop and as always “Forza Azzuri!”

Southend United Managers

League games only, until the end of the 2011/12 campaign. Points changed to three for a win under Dave Smith’s reign in 1982/83. Ratio is calculated as number of points accummulated against the number available.

    P W D L F A PTS Ratio
1 STEVE THOMPSON 14 8 2 4 22 14 26 64.3%
2 BARRY FRY 27 14 5 8 44 33 47 61.1%
3 DAVID WEBB 217 97 48 72 294 245 324 55.8%
4 DAVE SMITH 322 132 90 100 430 338 387 54.9%
5 BOB JACK 122 53 27 42 208 183 133 54.5%
6 EDDIE PERRY 155 64 34 59 271 239 162 52.9%
7 ERNIE SHEPHERD 119 46 32 41 181 167 124 52.1%
8 HARRY WARREN 444 174 115 155 705 627 463 52.1%
9 PAUL STURROCK 96 41 25 30 139 104 148 51.3%
10 NED LIDDELL 42 13 17 12 46 48 43 51.2%
11 JOE BRADSHAW 139 55 30 54 221 194 140 50.4%
12 ARTHUR ROWLEY 288 102 83 103 388 381 287 49.8%
13 ALVAN WILLIAMS 86 36 12 38 118 128 84 48.8%
14 TED FENTON 184 65 49 70 281 292 179 48.6%
15 TED BIRNIE 521 199 109 213 807 849 507 48.6%
16 PAUL CLARK 99 35 26 38 130 150 131 48.4%
17 STEVE TILSON 304 118 77 109 400 389 431 47.3%
18 ALAN LITTLE 64 21 17 26 73 80 59 46.1%
19 DAVID JACK 210 72 49 89 335 303 193 45.9%
20 ROB NEWMAN 74 26 14 34 81 94 66 44.6%
21 BOBBY MOORE 109 35 26 48 147 175 131 44.1%
22 FRANK BROOME 37 11 10 16 51 64 32 43.2%
23 GEOFF HUDSON 13 4 3 6 18 23 11 42.3%
24 RONNIE WHELAN 92 23 29 40 94 147 98 40.7%
25 TOM MATHER 67 19 15 33 87 102 53 39.5%
26 COLIN MURPHY 38 9 12 17 44 53 39 39.4%
27 ALVIN MARTIN 83 22 20 41 89 129 86 38.5%
28 PETER TAYLOR 59 17 10 32 61 104 61 37.2%
29 PETER MORRIS 29 6 9 14 35 51 27 36.2%
30 GEORGE MOLYNEUX 25 5 6 14 22 47 16 32.0%
31 STEVE WIGNALL 21 5 3 13 18 30 13 30.9%
32 DICK BATE 8 0 2 6 11 28 2 12.5%

Best Southend Goalkeeper ever?

Calculated on number of League games played against goals conceded. Minimum of 30 League appearances to qualify.

  PLAYER GAMES  GOALS RATIO(%)
1 NEIL FREEMAN 69 56 0.81
2 PADDY NASH 57 57 1.00
3 MERVYN CAWSTON 208 239 1.15
4 MELVYN CAPLETON 56 65 1.16
5 DARRYL FLAHAVAN 291 357 1.23
6 DEREK BELLOTTI 77 95 1.23
7 GLEN MORRIS 57 71 1.25
8 JOHN ROBERTS 47 59 1.26
9 JIM STANNARD 109 141 1.29
10 TREVOR ROBERTS 171 234 1.37
11 PAUL SANSOME 308 430 1.40
12 MALCOLM WEBSTER 96 137 1.43
13 STEVE MILDENHALL 78 112 1.44
14 MARTYN MARGETSON 32 46 1.44
15 JOE HALL 57 82 1.44
16 PETER GOY 118 171 1.45
17 TED HANKEY 125 187 1.50
18 SIMON ROYCE 149 225 1.51
19 TOMMY SCANNELL 98 149 1.52
20 JOHN KEELEY 63 97 1.54
21 GEORGE McKENZIE 120 187 1.56
22 BRIAN LLOYD 46 72 1.57
23 HARRY THREADGOLD 320 504 1.58
24 TOM CAPPER 78 123 1.58
25 IAN McKECHNIE 62 101 1.63
26 BILLY MOORE 285 469 1.65
27 BRIAN RONSON 30 50 1.67
28 BILLY HAYES 51 86 1.69
29 DAVE WHITELAW 92 156 1.70

Southend United Attendance figures

Southend’s £10m debt has been largely attributed to relegation from League One. Below are the aggregate and average attendances at home in the Football League. The most recent relegation has typically seen 2,000 less people through the Roots Hall turnstiles every game.

ATTENDANCES    
SEASON DIVISION  TOTAL AVGE
1920/21* FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 152,040 7,240
1921/22* FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 137,655 6,555
1922/23* FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 162,015 7,715
1923/24* FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 142,485 6,785
1924/25* FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 163,800 7,800
1925/26 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 155,967 7,427
1926/27 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 149,289 7,109
1927/28 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 128,688 6,128
1928/29 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 125,160 5,960
1929/30 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 143,241 6,821
1930/31 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 121,884 5,804
1931/32 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 167,706 7,986
1932/33 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 127,743 6,083
1933/34 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 123,186 5,866
1934/35 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 141,309 6,729
1935/36 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 152,943 7,283
1936/37 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 169,029 8,049
1937/38 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 152,859 7,279
1938/39 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 124,110 5,910
1946/47 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 203,490 9,690
1947/48 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 212,709 10,129
1948/49 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 220,500 10,500
1949/50 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 253,869 12,089
1950/51 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 238,326 10,362
1951/52 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 206,149 8,963
1952/53 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 200,031 8,697
1953/54 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 169,556 7,372
1954/55 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 179,745 7,815
1955/56 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 230,644 10,028
1956/57 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 S 202,308 8,796
1957/58 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  257,370 11,190
1958/59 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  258,267 11,229
1959/60 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  228,413 9,931
1960/61 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  186,461 8,107
1961/62 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  182,206 7,922
1962/63 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  229,494 9,978
1963/64 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  195,109 8,483
1964/65 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  164,611 7,157
1965/66 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  173,374 7,538
1966/67 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 184,782 8,034
1967/68 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 244,237 10,619
1968/69 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 242,857 10,559
1969/70 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 147,108 6,396
1970/71 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 147,407 6,409
1971/72 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 240,603 10,461
1972/73 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  168,567 7,329
1973/74 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  148,856 6,472
1974/75 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  161,391 7,017
1975/76 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 115,253 5,011
1976/77 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 126,730 5,510
1977/78 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 167,601 7,287
1978/79 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  152,030 6,610
1979/80 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  109,434 4,758
1980/81 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 140,185 6,095
1981/82 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  116,909 5,083
1982/83 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  81,167 3,529
1983/84 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  72,266 3,142
1984/85 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 44,364 1,929
1985/86 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 64,055 2,785
1986/87 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 84,778 3,686
1987/88 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  83,283 3,621
1988/89 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  85,077 3,699
1989/90 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.4 87,597 3,809
1990/91 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3  142,182 6,182
1991/92 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.2 154,759 6,729
1992/93 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.1 124,108 5,396
1993/94 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.1 140,415 6,105
1994/95 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.1 118,358 5,146
1995/96 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.1 135,654 5,898
1996/97 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.1 116,656 5,072
1997/98 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.2 95,404 4,148
1998/99 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 99,314 4,318
1999/00 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 95,166 4,138
2000/01 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 99,039 4,306
2001/02 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 91,587 3,982
2002/03 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 92,328 4,014
2003/04 FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV.3 104,308 4,535
2004/05 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2 139,813 6,078
2005/06 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1 185,227 8,053
2006/07 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 230,512 10,022
2007/08 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1 187,981 8,173
2008/09 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1 180,550 7,850
2009/10 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1 177,611 7,722
2010/11 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2 121,402 5,278
2011/12 FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2 137,993 6,000
       
  *Estimated attendances only    
   available for these seasons    

Southend United – Loan Players

Since the loaning of footballers between clubs was allowed in the Football League, Southend United have “borrowed” 121 players. The split has been Goalkeeper -11, Defenders – 33, Midfielders – 40, Forwards – 37. Interestingly only 13 of 121 loanees have subsequently been signed on contract (noted as *)

Season Number Loanees
1969/70 2 Maurice Kyle, Pat Wright
1970/71 3 John McMahon, Geoff Barker, Mick Harmston
1971/72 1 Bryan Myton
1972/73 2 Paul Matthews, Graham Norris
1973/74 3 Mervyn Cawston*, Terry Brisley, Ian McKenzie
1974/75 2 Alan Glover, Steve Harding
1975/76 0  
1976/77 0  
1977/78 1 John Burridge
1978/79 0  
1979/80 0  
1980/81 0  
1981/82 0  
1982/83 1 John Linford, Martin Thomas
1983/84 5 Les Cartwright, Gerry Peyton, Kevin Steggles, Phil Pritchard, Graham Wilkins
1984/85 1 Peter Ellis
1985/86 1 Gary Stebbing
1986/87 1 Danny Maddix
1987/88 2 Adrian Burrows, Lee Nogan
1988/89 0  
1989/90 2 Guy Butters, Mark Cooper
1990/91 1 Paul Moran
1991/92 0  
1992/93 1 Gary Parkinson
1993/94 4 Lee Nogan, Paul Harding, Joe Allon, Peter Beadle
1994/95 4 Jaime Forrester, Lee Chapman, Tony Battersby, Steve Harkness
1995/96 4 Ken Charlery, Anthony Barness, Andy Turner, Kenny Brown
1996/97 5 Paul Read, Ian Selley, Adem Poric, Mark Patterson, Adrian Clarke*
1997/98 5 Martin Allen, Neville Southall, Richard Jobson, Martin Aldridge, Mark Beard*
1998/99 7 Miguel De Souza, Kevin Rapley, Barry Hunter, Lee Hodges, Lars Unger, Chris Coyne, Mark Patterson
1999/00 2 Nigel Pepper, Steve Jones
2000/01 2 Andy Woodman, Steve Broad*
2001/02 2 Ian Selley, Brian Barry-Murphy
2002/03 6 Ian Selley, Tony Scully, Danny Marney, Dominic Foley, Ronnie Henry, Stephen Kelly
2003/04 0  
2004/05 4 Ryan Clarke, Alan McCormack, Darren Blewitt, Shane Westley
2005/06 1 Lee Bradbury*
2006/07 3 Alan McCormack*, Arnau Riera, Lloyd Sam
2007/08 8 Leon Clarke, Eric Odiambo, Anthony Grant*, Charlie Mulgrew, Hal Robson-Kanu, James Walker*, Kerrea Gilbert, Dean Morgan.
2008/09 12 Dan Harding, Jean-Francois Christophe*, Adam Federici, Lee Sawyer, Liam Feeney, Rob Milsom, Junior Stanislas, Hal Robson-Kanu, Theo Robinson, Dorian Dervite, Matt Heath, John White
2009/10 10 Lee Sawyer*, Jean-Yves Mvoto, George Friend, Roy O’Donovan, Pat Baldwin*, Jabo Ibhere, Scott Malone, Sean Morrison, Scott Vernon, Sanchez Watt
2010/11 6 Josh Simpson, Michael Timlin, Waide Fairhurst, Nathaniel Jarvis, Antonio German, Jack Midson
2011/12 6 Michael Timlin*, Luke Daniels, Jack Sampson, Cameron Belford, Lee Hills, Freddy Eastwood*

Southend-on-Sea CC v Southend United FC 20/20 Cricket Match Scorecard

Southchurch Park, Thursday August 2nd 2012                
Southend United FC beat Southend-on-Sea & EMT CC by 4 runs              
                     
Southend-on-Sea & EMT CC         Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Extras
Tom Kenton c.Hall b.Martin 6   David Martin 2 0 4 1 2w
Richard Hawkins   b.Tomlin 22   Paul Sturrock 1 0 8 0 2w
Shaun Grant Retired   25   Alex Woodyard 2 0 7 0  
Aaron Irvine   c&b.Cresswell 10   Chris Barker 3 0 16 0 6b
Dave Bunce   run out 14   Ryan Hall 2 0 14 0  
Wayne Spear*   NOT OUT 24   Stephen Brogan 2 0 12 0 4w
Dave Enderby+   NOT OUT 2   Ryan Leonard 2 0 8 0 2lb,4w
Pat Kearney   Did not bat     Ryan Cresswell 2 0 11 1 4b
James Gilroy   Did not bat     Gavin Tomlin 2 0 18 1 3w,2b
Chris Hunt   Did not bat     Elliot Benyon 2 0 5 0  
Dean Johnson   Did not bat                
  Extras: NB:0 W:15 B:12 LB:2 29              
    Total (20 overs) 132-5              
                     
Southend United FC         Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Extras
Paul Sturrock c.Kenton b.Johnson 6   Pat Kearney 2 0 9 0  
Ryan Hall Retired   27   Dean Johnson 2 0 17 1  
Elliot Benyon Retired   26   James Gilroy 2 0 10 0  
Neil Harris*+ Retired   28   Dave Bunce 2 0 19 0  
Gavin Tomlin   b.Hawkins 0   Aaron Irvine 2 0 8 0  
Ryan Cresswell c.Gilroy b.Kenton 7   Tom Kenton 2 0 10 1  
Stephen Brogan   run out 3   Richard Hawkins 2 0 21 1 2b
Chris Barker   NOT OUT 35   Shaun Grant 2 0 5 0 1b,1w
David Martin   run out 0   Wayne Spear 2 0 15 0  
Ryan Leonard   run out 0   Chris Hunt 1.5 0 18 0  
Alex Woodyard   Did not bat                
  Extras: NB:0 W:1 B:3 LB:0 4              
    Total (19.5 overs) 136-9              
                     
                     

Southend United’s pre-season tour of Madrid – Part 2

Rayo Vallecano, Sunday July 29th 2012

Kick off:7.15pm

Rayo Vallecano B 1 (Ruben 10)

Southend United 1 (Eastwood 17)

Another superb training facility in the middle of nowhere, Blues turned up with problems from the start. The coach was having hydraulic problems which meant for a while it looked like the kit could not be reached from the hold. That problem resolved it looked for a while that the game wouldn’t take place as the grass pitch that we were supposed to be using had no markings at all. Pitch 3, a dry looking Astroturf pitch, was offered as an alternative but Sturrock and the boys didn’t look keen on the idea. Finally pitch 4 was agreed, a modern 3G pitch with a small bleacher style seated stand which housed the Southend contingent and the locals. The crowd numbered 167 including the ubiquitous local with a megaphone who sang for the entire 90 minutes although strangely he was wearing a Cadiz scarf.

The row over the pitch delayed the kick off to 7.15pm but it was still 33 degrees when the game started, Blues reverting to 4-4-2. Blues had the opening chance with Prosser heading wide when a goal looked certain. Rayo came into the game with a spell of pressure, Smith flapped at a cross conceding a needless corner and then again showed a vampirical fear of crosses when the corner came over. Rayo pressured again and took the lead 10 minutes in when Ruben found the corner from 20 yards out with a powerful strike. Seven minutes later Blues were level, Hall took a free kick on the left flank Benyon headed goalwards and Bielsa could only parry the ball to his right side and Eastwood gratefully volleyed home from close range. A strange incident occurred in the 22 minute, Owusu thought he had been fouled and grabbed the ball, the ref awarded a free kick for handball. Owusu went down to the ground indicating he was injured and then walked off the pitch and out of the ground to take no further part in the match. David Martin had a good opportunity to put Southend 2-1 up but headed over when unmarked. The referee failed to spot a blatant foul on Coughlan which lead to vehement appeals for a penalty. The first half ended at 1-1 with the pick of the players being Elliot Benyon who toiled manfully upfront with Freddy playing just off him.

Only change at half time was Bentley on for Smith. The young keeper was called into action early on saving smartly from Suso and then Nanclares. Just after the hour Sturrock called on four of his subs, putting Cresswell up front with Tomlin. Five minutes later Mark Phillips came only to be booked within a minute for a deliberate handball when attacking a corner. Cresswell battled well upfront and had a couple of decent chances, he was booked however when his foot went high on a Rayo defender. Southend finished in the ascendancy and should have won the match, the lively Tomlin had a great chance on 83 minutes but headed straight at the keeper.

At the conclusion of the match the players asked for the fans to come onto the pitch for a tour photograph which was a nice touch. Megaphone man had the last laugh, however, gatecrashing the club photo. Fair play to him.

Rayo:

1.Bielsa (sub:13.Carlos 46) 2.Owusu (sub:12.Pepe 23) 3.Nacho 4.Gabri 5.Suso 6.Thiobane (sub:14.Mario 57) 7.Manquillo (sub:15.Nanclares 46) 8.Juanito (sub:16.Diego 46) 9.Nesa (sub:17.Valdivia 46) 10.Chevi © (sub:18.Alberto Oca 46) 11.Ruben (sub:19.Ranera 46)

Booking: Owusu (handball)

Blues:

1.Smith (sub:13.Bentley 46) 2.Clohessy (sub:15.Straker 65) 3.Prosser 4.Leonard (sub:17.Ferdinand 65) 5.Coughlan (sub:12.Phillips 68)  6.Barker © 7.Hall 8.Brogan  (sub:16.Hurst 75) 9.Benyon (sub:14.Cresswell 65) 10.Eastwood (sub:18.Tomlin 65) 11.Martin

Unused sub:19.Harris

Bookings: Leonard (foul), Phillips (handball), Cresswell (foul)

Southend United’s pre-season tour to Madrid – Part 1

Ciudad del Real Madrid, Saturday July 28th 2012. Kick off: 10.00am

Real Madrid C 3

(Ramirez 43, Mariano pen 53, Burgui 76)                                               

Southend United 1

(Harris 3)

If there ever was an antithesis to their all powerful commercial juggernaut of their Santiago Bernabeu stadium (Real Madrid crisps anyone?) it has to be their quiet, secluded, and heavily guarded training camp, Ciudad del Real Madrid sited at Valdedebas in Northern Madrid quite literally in the middle of nowhere. Here they plot world domination with ten pitches all with spectator seating and floodlights. The B team, Castilla, has its own stadium (Estadio Alfredo di Stefano) on the complex which has 6,000 seats and a capacity of 20,000 (Only 350 people watched their friendly with Getafe B later on in the day).

A five Euro match ticket purchased (Real C v Southern United!) at the gatehouse allowed us to walk to pitch 7 where our game would take place, surveyed at all times by uniformed guards. I counted 55 Southend fans from a crowd of 101 at the start of the game. Blues started very well, playing 4-3-3, and opened the scoring after just 3 minutes when Gavin Tomlin found space down the right and crossed perfectly for Neil Harris to head home, Harris having stolen in unnoticed by Dani Suarez. Trialist goalkeeper Phil Smith flapped alarmingly at a corner six minutes later and Suarez, unmarked, should have done better with his header. Brogan and Cresswell also had headers that were just wide of the mark. Tempers flared momentarily in the heat of morning when Harris reacted angrily to a heavy challenge from Alvaro Lopez. Mr Martin turned up half way through the first half airport bag in hand having missed his original flight. Two minutes before half time the home side levelled when the referee gave a soft free kick from a non-existent foul from Phillips. Ramirez rocketed the free kick into Smith’s left hand corner, either the wall was incorrectly placed or it parted allowing the effort to go in. H/T 1-1

Blues were unchanged at half-time while the hosts made eight changes which seemed to benefit them as they took control of the game in the searing heat. Just seven minutes into the half Mariano evaded a Blues challenge and rounded Smith very easily, about to score Smith hooked his leg away and conceded the penalty. Mariano dispatched the spot kick easily with Smith going the wrong way. The same player then saw a header saved superbly by Smith. 68 minutes into the game Sturrock made 7 changes while Real subbed their remaining three players (two first half players returned to the fray). Blues went 3-1 down though when Burgui was put through and easily rounded Smith to score. Southend then looked like getting back into the game, Leonard took a quick free kick and Eastwood netted only for the referee to pull the game back as he wasn’t happy with the free kick. Moments later Llorente blatantly fouled Prosser in the penalty area but the ref waved away appeals for a spot kick. The final chance of the game fell to Ryan Hall who blazed narrowly wide on 88 minutes. There was a small report on the game in the national daily sports paper AS.

Real:

1.Ruben (sub:13.Jacob 46) 2. Carmona (sub:12.Joel 46) 3.Angel  (sub: 16.Nobeljas 46) 4.Marc Vales (sub: Burgui 46) 5.Dani Suarez (sub:15.  Llorente 46) 6. Alvaro Lopez © (sub:14. Molero 46) 7.Bruno (sub:6. Alvaro Lopez 68) 8.Muguel Herranz (sub:17.Kamal 46) 9.Aguza (sub: 10.Ramirez 68) 10.Ramirez (sub: 20.Mariano 46) 11.Belima (sub 19 Barril 68)

Blues:

1.Smith 2.Clohessy (sub:17.Martin 68) 3.Straker (sub:15.Prosser 68)  4.Ferdinand 5.Cresswell (sub:12.Coughlan 68) 6.Phillips (sub:14.Barker 68) 7.Hurst (sub:19. Benyon 68) 8.Leonard 9.Harris © 10.Tomlin (sub: 18.Eastwood 68) 11.Brogan (sub:16.Hall 68)

Sub not used:13.Bentley 

Some of the Blues contingent took up the option to see Atletico Madrid take on Alianza Lima at the superb riverside Vicente Calderon stadium with a 9pm kick off. A crowd of 15,000 watched the home side win 3-0 and greatly admired the passionate support of the 3,000 Peruvians, crazy people!