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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; 113 years ago (1906-05-19)
GroundRoots Hall
ChairmanRon Martin
ManagerKevin Bond
LeagueLeague One
2018–19League One, 19th of 24
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Southend United Football Club is a professional association football club based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. The team competes in League One, the third tier of English football. Southend are known as "The Shrimpers", a reference to the area's maritime industry included as one of the quarterings on the club badge.

Founded on 19 May 1906 in the Blue Boar pub,[1] Southend 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 seven seasons in the League's second tier (Division 2/Championship).

The club is based at Roots Hall Stadium[2] in Prittlewell, with plans to move to a new stadium at Fossetts Farm.


The famous Southend united was founded not far from where there stadium stands today in the blue boar pub.


The club has played at five grounds: the original Roots Hall, the Kursaal, the Southend Stadium, the rented New Writtle Street Stadium (home of Chelmsford City F.C.) and again at Roots Hall.[3]

Roots Hall was the first stadium that the club owned and was built on the site of their original home, albeit at a lower level. The site previous to Southend purchasing it in 1952 had been used as a sand quarry, by the council as a landfill site and by the local gas board (which was convinced to move to Progress Road).[3] It took 10 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.[3] The main East Stand had barely been fitted and ran along only 50 yards of the touchline, and 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, and the West Bank was covered at its rear only by a similar structure.[3]

Although the ground was unfinished, 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, and the West Bank roof was extended to reach the touchline, creating a unique double-barrelled structure.[3]

The terracing was completed soon after, but the task of completely terracing all 72 steps of the South Bank 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.[3]

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.[3] In 1994, seats were installed onto the original terracing, and a second tier was added. The West Bank had already become seated in 1992 upon United's elevation to Division Two while 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 its current form, with a capacity of just under 12,500.[4]

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, then 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.[5]


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 30 wins to Southend, 25 wins for Colchester with 17 draws.[6] The last meeting between Southend and Colchester came in October 2018, when Colchester won 2-0 in the group stage of the Checkatrade Trophy. [7]

There is also a fierce 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.[citation needed] 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.[8]

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 being in a lower division than Orient at the time.

Other local rivalries include Gillingham and Dagenham & Redbridge.


Current squad[edit]

As of 19 January 2019[9]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Mark Oxley
2 England DF Elvis Bwomono
4 England MF Luke Hyam
8 France MF Timothée Dieng
9 England FW Tom Hopper
10 Republic of Ireland FW Simon Cox
11 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen McLaughlin
13 England GK Nathan Bishop
15 Republic of Ireland DF Rob Kiernan
16 England MF Dru Yearwood
17 England GK Harry Seaden
18 England MF Sam Mantom (captain)
20 England MF Michael Klass
24 Cyprus DF Jason Demetriou
No. Position Player
25 England MF Sam Barratt
26 England DF Harry Lennon
27 Cyprus DF Harry Kyprianou
31 Jamaica FW Theo Robinson
34 United States FW Charlie Kelman
36 England MF Isaac Hutchinson
39 England FW Stephen Humphrys
41 England FW Emile Acquah
43 England MF Lewis Gard
48 England DF John White
Australia MF Mark Milligan
England FW Brandon Goodship
England DF Nathan Ralph

Player of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1965–66 Tony Bentley
1966–67 Trevor Roberts
1967–68 Billy Best
1968–69 John Kurila
1969–70 Billy Best
1970–71 Alex Smith
1971–72 Brian Albeson & Bill Garner
1972–73 Terry Johnson
1973–74 Chris Guthrie
1974–75 Alan Moody
1975–76 Alan Little
1976–77 Andy Ford
1977–78 Colin Morris
1978–79 Ron Pountney
1979–80 Ron Pountney
1980–81 Derek Spence
1981–82 Dave Cusack
1982–83 Ron Pountney
1983–84 Micky Stead
1984–85 Steve Phillips
1985–86 Richard Cadette
1986–87 Jim Stannard
1987–88 Dave Martin
1988–89 David Crown
1989–90 Paul Sansome
1990–91 Peter Butler
1991–92 Brett Angell
1992–93 Stan Collymore
1993–94 Chris Powell
1994–95 Ronnie Whelan
1995–96 Simon Royce
1996–97 Keith Dublin
1997–98 Julian Hails
1998–99 Mark Beard
1999–00 Nathan Jones
2000–01 Kevin Maher
2001–02 Darryl Flahavan
2002–03 Leon Cort
2003–04 Mark Gower
2004–05 Adam Barrett
2005–06 Freddy Eastwood
2006–07 Kevin Maher
2007–08 Nicky Bailey
2008–09 Peter Clarke
2009–10 Simon Francis
2010–11 Chris Barker
2011–12 Mark Phillips
2012–13 Sean Clohessy
2013–14 Ryan Leonard
2014–15 Daniel Bentley
2015–16 Ryan Leonard
2016–17 Ryan Leonard
2017–18 Mark Oxley[10]
2018–19 Simon Cox

Top league scorer[edit]

Year Winner Starts Sub Goals
2000–01 David Lee 37 5 8
2001–02 Tes Bramble 32 3 9
2002–03 Tes Bramble 31 3 9
2003–04 Leon Constantine 40 3 21
2004–05 Freddy Eastwood 31 2 19
2005–06 Freddy Eastwood 34 6 24
2006–07 Freddy Eastwood 41 1 11
2007–08 Lee Barnard 11 4 9
2008–09 Lee Barnard 24 11 11
2009–10 Lee Barnard 25 0 15
2010–11 Barry Corr 32 9 18
2011–12 Bilel Mohsni 23 8 13
2012–13 Britt Assombalonga 40 3 15
2013–14 Barry Corr 30 10 13
2014–15 Barry Corr 39 6 14
2015–16 Jack Payne 28 7 9
2016–17 Simon Cox 39 5 16
2017–18 Simon Cox 42 2 10
2018–19 Simon Cox 42 3 16





Position Person
Manager Kevin Bond
Assistant Manager Gary Waddock[13]
First Team Coach Svetoslav Todorov
Under 21s Manager Kevin Maher
Head of Youth Ricky Duncan
Centre of Excellence Manager Ricky Duncan
Development Coach Danny Heath

Club honours[edit]

Club records[edit]



Years Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1975–1978 Admiral Motor Plan
1978–1981 Bukta Charterhouse
1983–1984 Motor Plan
1985–1986 Laing
1986–1988 Firholm
1988–1990 Spall
1990–1991 Hi-Tec
1991–1992 Bukta
1992–1994 Beaver Elonex
1994–1995 Crevette
1995–1996 United Artists
1996–1998 Olympic Sportswear Telewest Communications
1998–1999 Progressive Printing
1999–2000 Rossco
2000–2001 Pier Sport Rebus (Home)
Wyndham Plastics (Away)
2001–2002 Hi-Tec Rebus
2002–2003 Sport House Martin Dawn
2003–2004 Nike GKC Communications (Home)
Wyndham Plastics (Away)
2004–2006 Betterview Windows and Conservatories
2006–2014 InsureandGo
2014–2017 Martin Dawn
2017–2018 The Amy May Trust
2018– Prostate Cancer UK


  1. ^ "1906 – Southend Timeline". Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Visiting Roots Hall Stadium". Southend United F.C. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Mason, Peter. Southend United: The Official History of the Blues. ISBN 0955597609.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 12 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Tower blocks to be focal point of new Fossetts Farm development – Evening Echo p.30 Sept 2015". Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  6. ^ "All time results between Colchester United and Southend United".
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Football Rivalry Survey 2012–13".
  9. ^ "2018/19 Squad Numbers". Southend United F.C. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  10. ^ "End of Season Awards & Lap of Appreciation".
  11. ^ "Southend United Manager Statistics -".
  12. ^ [2] Archived 3 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^
  14. ^ [3] Archived 3 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Southend United: Historical Kits".

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