Southend United Football Club SOUTHEND UNITED
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Ground: Roots Hall,
Victoria Avenue,
Southend on Sea,
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Tel: 01702 304 050
Websites: Official website
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Getting there
By Car: (approx 83 miles from HW)
M40 to join M25 northbound. Exit M25 at junction 29 (signposted A127 Southend). Follow A127 into Southend Town Centre and passing The Bell pub. At the next roundabout take the third exit (A127) and look for the ground on the right just past the next set of traffic lights. There is street parking behind the away end (North Stand) and also a car park behind the Main Stand (cost around 3).
Train: Nearest station is Prittlewell which is around a five minute walk from the ground. Connections from High Wycombe are via London Marylebone and then London Underground to Liverpool Street. Connections also from London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central (about 15 minutes walk to ground).

Wembley 2015

Wembley StadiumSouthend and Wanderers were paired together in the 'League Two' Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23rd May 2015. The meeting followed the two clubs finishing on equal points at the end of the regular 2014/15 season - with Wanderers sneeking 4th place by virtue of goal difference. Wycombe went on to beat Plymouth Argyle over the two-legged semi-final, while The Shrimpers disposed of Stevenage.

The game would be The Shrimpers third ever visit to Wembley Stadium. The first occasion came in unsual circumstances when they appeared for a Football League Division Three (South) fixture against Clapton (now Leyton) Orient on Saturday 6th December 1930. The Stadium was being used as a temporary home for The O's. The game saw The Shrimpers defeated 3-1 in front of a crowd of 1,916.

Their second appearance had to wait 83 years when they reached the 2013 Final of the Football League (Johnstone Paints) Trophy - taking on Crewe Alexandra. In what was Phil Brown's third game in charge, The Shrimpers went down 2-0 in front of crowd of 43,842, including an estimated 33,000 following for the Essex club.

The Southend side that day at Wembley in 2013 was: Paul Smith, Sean Clohessy, Ryan Cresswell, Luke Prosser, Chris Barker (sub 57 Barry Corr), Kevan Hurst, Tamika Mkandawire (sub 77 Freddy Eastwood), Bilel Mohsni (sub 57 Ben Reeves), Anthony Straker, Gavin Tomlin, Britt Assombalonga - subs unused: Daniel Bentley, Mark Phillips

It was the Shrimpers third defeat in the Final of this competition having lost in the 2004 and 2005 Finals at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

However, Southend have achieved success in a national final - beating Lincoln City 2-0 in the League Two Play-Off Final in Cardiff in May 2005.

The 2015 Play-Off Final proved to be a dramatic day for both sets of fans - with Wanderers having their hearts broken with a Southend equaliser less than 30 seconds from the end of stoppage time in extra-time. The resulting penalty shoot out saw The Shrimpers gain their place in League One with a 7-6 'sudden-death' victory. It proved third time lucky for the Essex side in the League Two play-offs - missing out having finished 4th in 2011/12 with 83 points and 5th in 2013/14 with 72 points.

Play-Off Final 2015 Match report
Chairboy Connections
Players who have played for both Clubs.
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Elliott Benyon - High Wycombe born player who scored 39 times in 125 League appearances for Torquay United between 2007 and 2011 as The Gulls won promotion back to the Football League. Signed a season long loan with Wanderers from Swindon Town in June 2011 but struggled to make an impact - his high point, a goal during a 4-1 home League Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest in August 2011. Returned to Swindon before the end of 2011 and signed a permanent deal with Southend on 1 January 2012 - making 21 League appearances and scoring twice before returning to Torquay United on loan in February 2013 and making the move permament in July 2013.
Kevin Betsy - Former Fulham and Barnsley midfielder who spent a year and a half at Wycombe between July 2005 and January 2007 before moving to Bristol City for a 150,000 fee. Failed to make an impact at Ashton Gate and moved to The Shrimpers in August 2008 following loan moves at both Yeovil Town and Walsall.
Graham Bressington - Tough midfielder who arrived at Southend via Lincoln City in 1993. Originally moved to Lincoln from Wycombe during the 1987/88 season having revatilised his football career at Loakes following his release from West Ham. Born in the High Wycombe area and played for the local schools side in the early 1980's. Made 62 appearances for Wycombe, scoring five times.
Drewe Broughton - Tall striker who arrived on loan at Wycombe in December 2004. A former trainee with Norwich City who made his way to Southend via varying spells at Peterborough United, Brentford and Kidderminster Harrriers. Also played on loan for Rushden & Diamonds prior to his spell at Wycombe.
Mark Cooper Midfielder who spent a brief spell at Southend in March 1990 on loan from Exeter City. Made two substitute appearances for Wycombe during the 1993/94 season and scored a memorable match winning goal versus Mansfield. Has played for a number of other clubs including Birmingham City, Fulham, Hartlepool and Rushden & Diamonds.
Miquel Desouza - Popular striker at Wycombe who had a short spell on loan at Southend in August 1998 while at Peterborough United. Originally joined Wycombe from Birmingham City in January 1995 for a 100,000 fee.
Scott Donnelly - Midfielder who began his pro career with QPR in 2004 but was released in January 2007 before joining non-League Wealdstone. Moved to Aldershot in the summer of 2007 and enjoyed three seasons with The Shots before being linked with a move to Wycombe in the summer of 2010 when Gary Waddock was boss at Adams Park. However, eventually moved to then Championship side Swansea City before eventually joining Wycombe on loan in December 2010. Agreed a season long loan deal with Wycombe for the 2011/12 season but had his season cut short through injury and played his final game for the Wanderers on 10th December 2011 at home to Chesterfield. Recovered from his injury to return to Aldershot on a short term deal in September 2012. Made two loan appearances for Southend from The Shots in 2012 with a view to a permament move but this proved unsuccessful.
Anthony Grant - Defender who spent the 2006/7 season on loan at Wycombe from Chelsea - making 49 First Team appearances under Paul Lambert. Made five appearances for Luton Town, also on loan from Chelsea, the following season before switching to Southend United on loan for the second-half of the 2007/8 season and then making the deal permanent in August 2008. Also played made two appearances for Oldham on loan while at Chelsea prior to joining Wycombe.
Leon Johnson - Defender who joined Wycombe on a free from Gillingham in June 2007 and quickly established himself in the centre of the Wycombe defence. A former trainee with Southend who made his Football League debut in September 2000 (aged 19).
George Harris - Moved from Wycombe to Southend in 1921, making three appearances before transfering to Notts County. Went on to play for QPR and Fulham before returning to Wycombe as trainer during the time the Amateur Cup was won in 1931.
Matt Harrold - Striker who scored 22 goals in 75 appearances for Wycombe having signed from Southend in September 2008 for a 10,000 fee. Had spent two years with The Shrimpers following a previous spell with Yeovil Town. Originally a trainee with Southend but broke into senior football through Brentford in 2003. Also spent time on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge and Grimsby Town while with The Bees.
Lewis Hunt - Joined Wycombe on a free from Southend in July 2008. Had spent nearly five years at Roots Hall (146 League apps - 2 goals) following a move from Derby County.
Steve McGavin - Spent a short spell with The Shrimpers following his surprise exit from Wycombe in January 1999. Made 11 League appearances before moving on to Northampton Town and then back to his original club, Colchester United. Made 140 apps at Wycombe, scoring 17 times, following a 140,000 move from Birmingham City in March 1995.
Dean Morgan - Travelled striker who failed to score for United in 8 loan appearances from Luton Town during the 2007/8 season. Spent two seasons at Wycombe following a move from Chesterfield in the summer of 2012 - scored 15 League goals in 57 appearances before being released at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Franck Moussa - Midfielder who made nine appearances on loan at Wycombe from Southend during the 2008/9 season. Originally joined The Shrimpers from Belgium side Royal Antwerp in January 2006.
Lee Sawyer - Chelsea youngster who spent time on loan at both Southend and Wycombe during the 2008/9 season. In his nine appearances for Wycombe scored a crucial equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Port Vale on 25th April 2009. Rejoined Southend on loan from Chelsea at the start of the 2009/10 campaign. Has also spent time on loan at Coventry City.
Steve Jones - Striker who spent his time on loan at both Southend and Wycombe while still at Bristol City. His time with The Shrimpers came towards the end of the 1999/2000 season - scoring twice in nine appearances. Made six apps at Wycombe the following season before a broken foot curtailed his time at Adams Park.
Andy Rammell - Had a two year spell with The Shrimpers following his departure from Barnsley. Scored 13 times in 69 Football League apperances for the Shrimpers before moving to Walsall and then onto Wycombe during season 2000/2001.
Alex Revell - Scored 8 goals in 15 League appearances for Wanderers during a three month 'Emergency Loan' spell from The Shrimpers towards the end of the 2009/10 season. Wycombe had attempted to sign the player on a permanent deal but it fell through because of rules players representing three clubs in one season. He turned down a deal with Wycombe offered in the summer of 210 in favour of a better offer from Leyton Orient. Spent two years at Southend, making 34 appearances and scoring on 6 occasions.
Barry Silkman - Midfield cult hero who ended his Football League career at Southend in 1985. Best remembered for his spell at Orient where he made more than 150 appearances. Other Club's include Crystal Palace and Manchester City. Made eight appearances at Wycombe during the 1986/87 Isthmian League Championship season.
Anthony Straker - Defender who made four League appearances for Wanderers during the January 2011 transfer window while on loan from Aldershot. Signed for The Shrimpers in the summer of 2012, going on to make 67 League appearances before a move to York City in June 2014.
Andy Turner - Played for Wycombe at the start of the 1994/95 season on loan from Tottenham Hotspur where he was an apprentice. Southend are amongst his long list of clubs that also include Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Portsmouth (signing from Spurs for 250,000 in September 1996), Crystal Palace and Rotherham, the latter club also seeing a short loan spell at Boston United, Yeovil Town, Tamworth, Northampton Town and Northwich Victoria.

Also: Southend born Peter Taylor was a player and manager for The Shrimpers amongst his lenghty football career. Taylor, who was appointed Wycombe Manager in May 2008, made 75 League apperances for Southend between 1970 and 1973, before returning as Manager between 1993 and 1995.
Former Wanderers Coach Peter Cawley spent a short spell at Southend during the 1990/91 season.
Wycombe born Keith Dublin had a five year spell at Southend in the 1990's. Dublin was an apprentice at Chelsea after impressing as a schoolboy for the High Wycombe Schools team in early 1980's.
Chairboys all-time record against The Shrimpers
Sat, Dec 22, 1906 SL2 H D 2-2 -
Sat, Mar 9, 1907 SL2 A L 0-3 -
Sat, Sep 7, 1907 SL2 A L 0-5 -
Tue, Apr 28, 1907 SL2 H L 1-4 -
Tue, Sep 2, 1998 FL2 H W 4-1 4,528
Tue, Dec 9, 1998 AWS1 A W 1-0 1,577
Sun, Dec 28, 1998 FL2 A W 2-1 5,162
Sat, Sep 11, 2004 FL3 A W 2-1 4,771
Sun, Dec 26, 2004 FL3 H L 0-1 4,771
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 FL2 H D 1-1 4,607
Sat, Jan 23, 2010 FL2 A D 1-1 6,675
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 FL3 A L 2-3 4,499
Sat, May 7, 2011 FL3 H W 3-1 8,567
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 FL3 A L 0-1 4,787
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 FL3 H L 1-2 3,518
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 FL3 H W 2-1 3,533
Sat, Mar 1, 2014 FL3 A D 1-1 5,502
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 FL3 H W 4-1 4,123
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 FL3 A D 2-2 6,204
Sat, May 23, 2015 POFin N D 1-1* 38,252
Sat, Sep 29, 2018 FL2 H L 2-3 4,784
Sat, Apr 13, 2019 FL2 A W 2-0 7,689
Sat, Aug 24, 2019 FL2 H W 4-3 4,196
SL2 = Southern League League Division Two
FL2 = Football League Division Two
FL3 = Football League Division Three/'League Two'
AWS = Football League (AutoWindsceens) Trophy
POFin = Play-Off Final at Wembley
* Lost 6-7 on penalties after extra-time
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