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Southend United are a professional football club located in Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Spending most of their history playing the lower divisions in the English Football League system, Southend United have never played top flight football. The club currently play in England’s third tier, League One.
The history of Southend United begins in 1906. Formed in the Blue Boar pub, Southend United joined the Southern League, winning the Southern League Second Division in two consecutive seasons.
The club spent their first ten years in existence yo yoing in between the Southern League First and Second Divisions. In 1920, they were invited to join the newly formed Football League Third Division, joining the Third Division South in the 1921/1922 season.
The club’s first season in the Third Division South was poor. Finishing bottom of the table, the club were forced to apply to be re-elected to the League, and application that was accepted.
Southend United began to improve as their Third Division South seasons progressed. The club finished third in the table in the 1932/1933 campaign, but just three seasons later after a 21st place finish, the club had to apply to be re-elected once more. Again, their application was successful, and Southend United retained their Football League status.
Performances improved after the Second World War, with ten top half finishes in their next twelve seasons. In 1958, the Football League divisions were reorganised and the Third Division North and Third Division South became a Third Division and Fourth Division, with the member club’s geographical location not dependant on which division they played in. Because of Southend United’s top half finish the previous season, the club were award a place in the Third Division.
Southend United spent the next eight seasons in the Third Division, before a 21st place finish saw the club relegated to the Fourth Division. The club came close to promotion in their first two seasons in the fourth tier of English football, before becoming embroiled in relegation battles. However, a 2nd place finish in the 1971/1972 season saw Southend United promoted, regaining their Third Division place.
The following decade saw a series of relegations and promotions. A Fourth Division promotion in 1977/1978 was sandwiched in between Third Division relegations in 1976 and 1980, before the 1980/1981 season saw Southend United win the Fourth Division title.
Despite this promotion, the club were heavily in debt. Anton Johnson, chairman of Rotherham United, bought a substantial share in the club, but a quarter of a million pound debt resulted in the sale of of some of the best Southend United players.
Johnson was later arrested in 1984 for fraud. Robert Maxwell and Ken Bates loaned money to the club, but the Southend United debt continued to spiral.
The 1980’s continued in the same vein as the 1970’s for Southend United, in a decade that saw more relegations and promotions. However, in the 1990/1991 season, a second place finish in the Third Division saw the club promoted to the second tier of English football for the first time in Southend United history.
In 1992, the Premier League was introduced. This resulted in the Football League divisions being renamed - the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Southend United started the 1992/1993 season in Division One.
The 1990’s saw a series of managerial changes at Southend United. No manager could help the club gain promotion to the Premier League, instead Southend United spent much of their time in Division One fighting relegation. Demotion eventually hit the club in the 1996/1997 season, and this was followed by a further relegation in the 1997/1998 season.
Back in the fourth tier, the club found it difficult to mount any sort of promotion challenge, instead spending their time once more battling against the drop. In 2004, the Football League Divisions were renamed once again, with Division One becoming the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two.
The division change of name brought a change of luck to Southend United, and the club reached the playoffs. After beating Northampton Town in the semi final, the club took on Lincoln City in the final, eventually winning the tie in extra time and sealing promotion to League One.
The club won back to back promotions, winning the League One title in the process. However, the club lasted just one season in the Championship before relegation struck the club once more.
Southend United almost bounced back immediately, reaching the League One playoffs. However, they couldn't get past Doncaster Rovers in the playoff semi finals, defeated 5-1 on aggregate.
Two seasons later, Southend United were back in League Two. The 2011/2012 and 2013/2014 saw two failed playoff attempts before the club reached the playoffs again in the 2014/2015 campaign. Beating Stevenage in the semi final and Wycombe Wanderers in the final, Southend United sealed their return back to League One.
Since the 2015/2016 season, Southend United have remained a League One side.
The first Southend United crest was the Southend-on-Sea coat of arms. This Southend United football badge consisted of images of a trefoil, representing the Holy Trinity; an anchor, representing the town’s fishing industry; a lily, representing the parish of Prittlewell, a grid iron and a ship’s mast.
In the 1960’s, a new Southend United football crest was designed. This featured a shield shape split into four sections containing the image of the three saws of Essex, three wavy lines, representing the seaside of Southend, a shrimp and a football. Underneath the shield, the club name was printed inside a banner.
This Southend United badge was replaced by an image of the word ‘United’ shaped as a football boot with a football. In turn, this was replaced by a blue and white badge that featured the club’s initials situated above an image of a shrimp.
The current Southend United crest is based on the crest of the 1960’s, with a shield split into sections featuring the saws, wavy lines, shrimp and a football.
The Southend United colours are traditionally blue and white. These Southend United kit colours have featured on every Southend United strip since the club was formed, but worn in a variety of styles.
From 1906 to 1914, the Southend United players wore a light blue shirt worn with white shorts and dark socks. The shirt was replaced by a dark blue jersey for the 1914/1915 season, before returning to the original design after the First World War.
From 1920 to 1954, the Southend United kit featured a blue shirt, worn with white shorts and either blue or black socks. In 1954, the shirt was replaced with a blue jersey with white sleeves, though the club returned to the plain blue shirt in 1957.
From 1959 to 1961, the Southend United players wore white shirts with a blue trim, white shorts and white socks, though blue shorts were also used. In 1961, the club introduced blue shirts with thin vertical white stripes, worn with white shorts and white socks.
The Southend United kit then reverted back to blue shirts and white shorts, worn with either blue or white socks. For the 1969/1970 season, the Southend United players wore white shirts with blue stripes worn with white shorts and white socks.
During the 1970’s, the Southend United colours were blue shirts worn with blue shorts and white socks, though red socks were also worn during this period.
From 1980 to 1984, the club reintroduced white shirts with blue shorts and socks. Yellow was introduced as a Southend United kit colour in 1986, and until 1992 the Southend United kit featured blue shirts worn with yellow shorts and blue socks.
During the majority of the 1990’s, the Southend United players wore all blue strips, though these featured either a red or yellow trim.
From 2001, the Southend United kit has featured a dark blue shirt worn with dark blue shorts and socks, with white being occasionally used as either the shorts or socks colour.
For the 2016/2017 season, the Southend United players wore dark blue shirts with dark blue shorts and white socks.
The Southend United stadium is Roots Hall. The Southend United stadium capacity currently stands at 12,392, making Roots Hall one of the largest in League One, and the largest in the county of Essex.
The Southend United stadium layout features four main stands - the North Stand, South Stand, West Stand and East Stand, which is the main stand at the Roots Hall stadium.
There are new Southend United stadium plans to build a new stadium at Fossetts Farm, though work on the new ground is yet to start.
Southend United first began to play their home matches at the old Roots Hall ground, before moving to the Kursaal, Greyhound Park, Writtle Street and then back to the rebuilt Roots Hall in 1955.
The majority of Southend United supporters hail from the town of Southend-on-Sea and other parts of the county of Essex. There are a variety of Southend United supporters clubs, including the Southend United Supporters Trust, Shrimpers Trust.
Southend United supporters enjoy a fierce rivalry with fellow Essex team Colchester United. When these two sides meet, they contest the Essex derby.
Southend United supporters also have a rivalry with those of Leyton Orient, although Orient are seen as secondary rivals.
The current Southend United owner is Ron Martin. Martin also holds the position of chairman at Southend United Football Club.
Ron Martin first became involved with Southend United in 1998, when his company Martin Dawn PLC launched a successful takeover bid. Martin also bought out the club’s debt, and prevented the club going into administration in 2009 with another hefty investment.
Southend United still struggle with their financial circumstances, with the club still in debt as they try to pay for their proposed new stadium.
The list of Southend United stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. That record belongs to Alan Moody, who made 506 appearances in all competitions for Southend United between 1972 and 1984.
Sandy Anderson holds the record for most League appearances for the club, making 452 appearances for the club in League football between 1950 and 1962.
Southend United’s all time record goalscorer is Roy Hollis. Hollis scored 135 goals for the club between 1954 and 1960.
Southend United’s record victory since becoming a member of the Football League is 10-1. The club achieved this scoreline on three occasions, firstly against Golders Green in the FA Cup in 1934/1935; then against Brentford in the FA Cup in the 1968/1969 campaign and finally against Aldershot in the Football League Trophy in the 1990/1991 season.
The club’s heaviest defeat came at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion in the 1965/1966 season, with Brighton winning that game 9-1.
The highest home attendance figure a Southend United team has played in front of is 31,033, the crowd number who watched Southend United play Liverpool in the FA Cup in 1979.
The current Southend United players list consists of 25 members of the first team, supported by the Southend United Under 21 squad.
The current Southend United player of the year is Ryan Leonard. This is the second time Leonard has won this award, after winning it for the 2014/2013 season. Since 2000, only one other player has won the Southend United player of the league award twice, Kevin Maher winning it for the 2000/2001 and 2006/2007 seasons.
Notable ex Southend United players include Leon Cort, Freddy Eastwood, Tony Bentley, Harold Halse, George Molyneux, Jimmy Shankly, Stan Collymore and Ricky Otto.
The current Southend United manager is Phil Brown. Brown took on the Southend United manager job in 2013, replacing Paul Sturrock.
The first Southend United manager was Bob Jack. Jack was in charge from 1906 to 1910.
There have been 38 permanent managers in Southend United manager history, six of whom have held the position of Southend United manager in the past ten years.
The Southend United honours list consists of one third tier title (2006); one fourth tier title (1981); two Southern League Second Division titles (1907 and 1908); ten Essex Professional Cup wins (between 1950 and 1973); four Essex Senior Cup wins (between 1983 and 2008); one Essex Thameside Trophy (1990);one third tier runner up place (1991) two fourth tier runner up places (1972 and 1978); two fourth tier playoff wins (2005 and 2015); and three Football League Trophy runner up places (2004, 2005 and 2013).
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