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My sincere thanks go to the many people who willingly
or unwittingly have contributed to these pages especially Jeff Hughes
who's excellent SUFC site was my initial inspiration, the members
of the SUFC
Mailing List past and present who provide me with most of the
up to date news and perhaps mainly Dave Goody the Club's unofficial historian
whose contribution to 'Southend
United The Official History of the Blues', 'The Official PFA
Shrimps', Endsleigh + Ultimate Football Year books + the
Club's Programmes is truly brilliant + without whom I would be
Peter Miles, Keith Roe and Peter Mason have all produced books on the Shimpers that I constantly use for
reference. Soccernet from ESPN, the tremendous reports and tweets from Chris Philips of the
and the stunningly comprehensive information from Tony Brown and the team
at ENFA are other excellent sources of information.
Thanks must also go to John Walton for allowing me to publish his extremely descriptive match reports.
Finally, although the chances of this being read by any of the contributors
to stackoverflow.com is virtually nil I still
would like to place on record my debt to them when it comes to advice on the creation of this website.
A fan's story
My Dad was an Arsenal fan, but his boss supported Southend and sometimes offered him free stand tickets to
Roots Hall, so on Saturday 11 March 1961 I was taken to watch Southend play QPR and saw a forgettable 0-0 draw.
Two more 0-0 draws, two defeats and one win spread over the next three years did nothing to inspire so, with one
exception which was also a defeat, I gave up all real interest in football for the next 7 years.
However on Friday 29 October 1971 encouraged by the Shrimpers good home form that season I went to
watch them beat Barrow 1-0 with a Terry Johnson goal, next home game Exeter were beaten 3-0,
then Villa 1-0 in the FA Cup and it was as simple as that, I was hooked.
Moving 100 miles from Roots Hall in 1988 did not stop me attending most matches home and away and
I have seen 1,992
Southend first team matches and watched them play at 182 grounds
since that Barrow win.
Inspired by other fans sites in the mid 90's I decided to produce a site primarily intended
to provide statistical and historical information on the Shrimpers from 1971 to the present
day. The first site went on line on 1 June 1997, three makeovers followed in reasonably quick
succession, until in 2004 I decided to learn PHP web programming and write a bespoke interactive
site which certainly went some way beyond the brief I originally set myself.
Although rather proud of my efforts the world of the internet and computers moved on rapidly.
Mobile phones and tablets became a common way of accessing information and monitor screen sizes
grew substantially wider than the 800 pixels common in 2005. Web technologies changed too so
I decided in 2010 to rewrite the site's interface completely and at the same time check and
update the database. Three years of quite intensive effort which included spending ages
trying to fix things that just weren't working as well as they should produced this site
which went live on 15 June 2013.
Please note that this site is continually evolving and has new historic as well as current information
added on a regular basis, but I try to ensure that everything published is correct and note if it is not complete.
I'm aware of the following errors / problems which I am working to resolve.
- A substantial number of pages are yet to be completed - see the site map
- The data for the 2013-14 season is way out of date
- The site is not currently mobile friendly, but the code backbone will allow me to improve this. It is however
fabulous on an iPad ☺
If you receive any error notices, find links don't work, or can help by providing photos / articles for the
site I'd be really grateful. Please email me.