Southend United F.C.

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Southend United
Southend United.svg
Full nameSouthend United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Shrimpers,
The Seasiders,
The Blues
Founded19 May 1906
Ground

Roots Hall
Victoria Avenue

Fossetts Farm Stadium (future)
Ground Capacity12,392
ChairmanRon Martin
ManagerPhil Brown
LeagueLeague Two
2013–14League Two, 5th
WebsiteClub home page
Current season
 
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Southend United
Southend United.svg
Full nameSouthend United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Shrimpers,
The Seasiders,
The Blues
Founded19 May 1906
Ground

Roots Hall
Victoria Avenue

Fossetts Farm Stadium (future)
Ground Capacity12,392
ChairmanRon Martin
ManagerPhil Brown
LeagueLeague Two
2013–14League Two, 5th
WebsiteClub home page
Current season

Southend United Football Club is an English football club founded 19 May 1906 in the Blue Boar pub[1] and has been a member of the Football League since 1920. The club has spent most of its League career in the English lower divisions, with only seven seasons in the League's second tier (Division 2/Championship).

The club is based at Roots Hall Stadium,[2] Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, who play in Football League Two. Their home ground is Roots Hall, but the club plans to move to a new stadium at Fossetts Farm. Southend F.C. are known as "The Shrimpers", a reference to the area's maritime industry included as one of the quarterings on the club badge.

History[edit]

Stadium[edit]

The club has had three stadia: the Kursaal, the Greyhound Park, and the rented Writtle Street. After many years of good service, the club moved to a renovated amusement park on the Kursaal and played there until 1955 and their current stadium Roots Hall.

Roots Hall was the club's first stadium and was built on a council landfill purchased in 1952. It took ten years to fully complete the building of Roots Hall. The first game was played on 20 August 1955, a 3–1 Division Three (South) victory over Norwich City, but the ground was far from complete. The main East Stand had barely been fitted and ran along only 50 yards of the touchline, whilst only a few steps of terracing encircled the ground, with the North, West and the huge South Bank still largely unconcreted. The North Stand had a single-barrelled roof which ran only the breadth of the penalty area, whilst the West Bank was covered at its rear only by a similar structure.

Although the ground was far from finished, during the inaugural season this was the least of the club's worries, for the pitch at Roots Hall showed the consequences of having been laid on top of thousands of tonnes of compacted rubbish. Drainage was a problem, and the wet winter turned the ground into a quagmire. The pitch was completely re-laid in the summer of 1956 and a proper drainage system, which is still in place, was constructed, whilst the West Bank roof was extended to reach the touchline, creating a unique double-barrelled structure.

The terracing was finally completed soon after, but the colossal task of completely terracing the South Bank, all of its 72 steps, was not completed until 1964. The North Bank roof was extended in the early 1960s, and the East Stand was extended to run the full length of the pitch in 1966. Floodlights were also installed during this period. Roots Hall was designed to hold 35,000 spectators, with over 15,000 on the South Bank alone, but the highest recorded attendance at the ground is 31,090 for an FA Cup third round tie with Liverpool in January 1979.

Until 1988 Roots Hall was still the newest ground in the Football League, but then the ground saw a significant change. United had hit bad times in the mid-1980s and new chairman Vic Jobson sold virtually all of the South Bank for development, leaving just a tiny block of 15 steps. In 1994, seats were installed onto the original terracing whilst a second tier was added, with the upper level giving some of the best views in the country. The West Bank had already become seated in 1992 upon United's elevation to Division Two whilst the East Stand paddock also received a new seating deck, bolted and elevated from the terracing below. In 1995 the West Stand roof was extended to meet up with the North and South Stands, with seating installed in each corner, thus giving the Roots Hall we see today, with a capacity of just under 12,500.[3]

On 24 January 2007, Southend Borough Council unanimously agreed to give planning permission for a new 22,000-seater stadium at the proposed Fossetts Farm site with Rochford District Council following suit 24 hours later. The application was subsequently submitted to Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for government approval. However, the application was "called in" at the beginning of April 2007. The inquiry began in September 2007, followed in October 2007 by a "final" inquiry, when chairman Ron Martin called for supporters to show in numbers at Southend's local government headquarters. On 6 March 2008, permission to develop Fossetts Farm was given by the Government. The club hopes to move in at the start of the 2015–16 season.

Rivalries[edit]

See also: Essex derby
Southend players.

The club has a fierce local rivalry with fellow Essex side Colchester United. The two clubs were promoted from League One at the end of the 2005–06 season after a long battle for top spot was eventually won by Southend. The rivalry extends back many years. At the end of the 1989–90 season Southend's promotion from the Football League Fourth Division coincided with Colchester's fall from the Football League and the clubs had to wait almost 15 years before meeting once again in competition when they met in the Southern Final of the Football League Trophy; the Shrimpers won 4–3 on aggregate to secure their first ever appearance in a national cup final. The two clubs met again in an Essex derby match in the same competition the following season, with Southend emerging as the victors once more after a penalty shootout. The overall competitive head to head record for the rivalry stands at 29 wins to Southend, 25 wins for Colchester with 17 draws.[4] The last meeting between Southend and Colchester came in September 2013, Southend played Colchester at Colchester in a behind-closed-doors friendly match. Southend won the game 5–1.

There is also a rivalry between Southend and Leyton Orient. This is due to a period of time when the Essex club were Orient's geographically closest league rivals between 1998 and 2005.[5] Although the games between the two teams are eagerly anticipated by both sets of fans and Southend are considered as Orient's main rivals, the Shrimpers would see the London club as secondary rivals behind Colchester United due to geographical and historical reasons.[6]

The Shrimpers beat the O's in the 2012/13 Johnstone's Paint Southern Area Final to book a place at Wembley in the final against Crewe Alexandra. Southend won 1–0 at Brisbane Road in the first leg of the area final and drew 2–2 at Roots Hall in the second leg, winning 3–2 on aggregate, despite having five first team players ineligible for the game and being in a lower division than Orient.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 July 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
EnglandGKDaniel Bentley
EnglandGKPaul Smith
EnglandGKTed Smith
EnglandDFBen Coker
EnglandDFRyan Leonard
EnglandDFLuke Prosser
Northern IrelandDFAdam Thompson
EnglandDFJohn White (captain)
EnglandMFWill Atkinson
EnglandMFJack Bridge
No.PositionPlayer
EnglandMFEllis Brown
Republic of IrelandMFConor Clifford
EnglandMFKevan Hurst
EnglandMFJack Payne
EnglandMFMitchell Pinnock
Republic of IrelandMFMichael Timlin
EnglandMFMyles Weston
EnglandFWLee Barnard
Republic of IrelandFWBarry Corr
EnglandFWJason Williams

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer

Player of the Year[edit]

YearWinner
2000–01Kevin Maher
2001–02Darryl Flahavan
2002–03Leon Cort
2003–04Mark Gower
2004–05Adam Barrett
2005–06Freddy Eastwood
2006–07Kevin Maher
2007–08Nicky Bailey
2008–09Peter Clarke
2009–10Simon Francis
2010–11Chris Barker
2011–12Mark Phillips
2012–13Sean Clohessy
2013–14Ryan Leonard

Top league scorer[edit]

YearWinnerStartsSubGoals
2000–01David Lee3758
2001–02Tes Bramble3239
2002–03Tes Bramble3139
2003–04Leon Constantine40321
2004–05Freddy Eastwood31219
2005–06Freddy Eastwood34624
2006–07Freddy Eastwood41111
2007–08Lee Barnard1149
2008–09Lee Barnard241111
2009–10Lee Barnard25015
2010–11Barry Corr32918
2011–12Bilel Mohsni23813
2012–13Britt Assombalonga40315
2013–14Barry Corr401013

Management[edit]

[7]

PositionPerson
ManagerPhil Brown
Assistant ManagerDave Penney
First Team CoachGraham Coughlan
Chief ScoutBob Shaw[8]
Head of YouthRicky Duncan
Centre of Excellence ManagerRicky Duncan
Development CoachDale Brooks

Club honours[edit]

Club records[edit]

Kit[edit]

YearsKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
1975–1978AdmiralMotor Plan
1978–1981BuktaCharterhouse
1983–1984Motor Plan
1985–1986Laing
1986–1988Firholm
1988–1990Spall
1990–1991Hi-Tec
1991–1992Bukta
1992–1994BeaverElonex
1994–1995Crevette
1995–1996United Artists
1996–1998Olympic SportswearTelewest Communications
1998–1999Progressive Printing
1999–2000Rossco
2000–2001Pier SportRebus (Home)
Wyndham Plastics (Away)
2001–2002Hi-TecRebus
2002–2003Sport HouseMartin Dawn
2003–2004NikeGKC Communications (Home)
Wyndham Plastics (Away)
2004–2006Betterview Windows and Conservatories
2006–InsureandGo

[10]

References[edit]

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