Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Southend United - Roots Hall

Southend United FC
Roots Hall
Victoria Avenue
Southend On Sea

01702 304050

Matchday Number: 94
Saturday 11th September 2004
Southend United 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Coca Cola League 2

My first visit to Roots Hall came in 2004. Wycombe had been relegated from Division 2 the previous season, and were now in the newly renamed League 2. They had started well and travelled to Southend in high spirits. Despite the hosts have the better of the game, it was Wycombe who won 2-1. This win took us to the top of a football league for the first time since we joined in 1993. Sadly it wasn't to last however, we didn't win another game for ages and Tony Adams departed in November with the team in 17th place. The nature of his leaving was bizarre, the first chairman Ivor Beeks knew of it was when he switched on his TV and read the news - he wasn't even notified by Adams. Further visits to Southend yielded a draw and a defeat.

ROOTS HALL is now an all seater stadium. Some of the stands were former terraces with seats bolted onto them, so the views are not the best. Away fans are located behind the goal in the North Stand, which is probably one of the worst for this, but it isn't too bad. Behind the other goal is probably the most modern stand, a 2 tiered double decker stand, whilst the 2 side stands are pretty similar. There aren't really any pubs that let away fans in near the ground, but there is a half decent chippy

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