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How is Southend’s squad building going? Very much looking forward to your friendly visit to Maidstone this Saturday. With pay on the day it should almost feel normal.
 

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How is Southend’s squad building going? Very much looking forward to your friendly visit to Maidstone this Saturday. With pay on the day it should almost feel normal.

Don't know much has been built to be honest. Far too many of the perpetual losers still at the heart of things. Currently just two out and out centre forwards at the club and one of them is a 20 year old who's played 14 games. Could be saved if Murphy doesn't get injured as Brown does love a 4-5-1. Have got four strikers on trial though, knowing Brown we'll take all of them or none of them.

Lots of lovely words from Phil Brown, some great sentiment but it all feels a bit like we're just trying to be fitter and outlast everybody else and be 'up for the battle' rather than having any meaningful plan to be near the top end of the division.

Two keepers didn't play a pre-season tonight as they've got covid and one of the better looking signings in Josh Coulson is already injured! Doesn't look like we've paid penance to the football gods just yet.
 

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Booked in the Southend Travelodge for our 4th September visit, only the best for me.

Which boozers do away fans usually drink in, or can any Southend fans point me in the direction of some decent boozers that I can drink in if I keep my head down? I can't imagine police wanting us mixing with Southend fans too much given how many are likely to travel down.
 

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Friendly now cancelled due to Covid in Maidstone squad. Bugger.
 

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Booked in the Southend Travelodge for our 4th September visit, only the best for me.

Which boozers do away fans usually drink in, or can any Southend fans point me in the direction of some decent boozers that I can drink in if I keep my head down? I can't imagine police wanting us mixing with Southend fans too much given how many are likely to travel down.

Love to help you but I haven't lived in Southend for near on 35 years so when I'm there for football I'm driving. Plus I have no idea what pubs have survived lockdown, I haven't been to Southend since pubs reopened.

Hope you do bring a decent crowd, they'll be few and far between away wise I would have thought, I don't know why the Grimsby game has been moved to a Friday, they would have bought an alright number.
Kings Lynn has been moved to Friday as well, so the 10 they would have bought is probably going to be 5 now.
 

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Booked in the Southend Travelodge for our 4th September visit, only the best for me.

Which boozers do away fans usually drink in, or can any Southend fans point me in the direction of some decent boozers that I can drink in if I keep my head down? I can't imagine police wanting us mixing with Southend fans too much given how many are likely to travel down.

Not sure if your driving or getting the rattler but use c2c trains from Fenchurch to get to Southend central much cheaper and nicer as alternative is Liverpool Street line which is so much more expensive and slower.

Lots of pubs along the front wouldn’t use any around the ground very home support based, Dickens pub by Southend central station is a sports pub used by us when we use to play away games there but not for a while mind.
 

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Hasn't the plan to build a new stadium in that location been around for at least the last 15 years now?
A bit like us, Southend and GTFC have both been moving since the mid 90's I reckon. Neither of us have actually moved an inch, but spent thousands on projects and plans that don't come to fruition.

Hope for their sake it does, looks good and a 21,000 seater stadium would be future proof (unless a Sugar Daddy takes them to 'the Premiershite').
 

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Hasn't the plan to build a new stadium in that location been around for at least the last 15 years now?
30*

It's very tiresome and I won't actually believe it till I see a brick being laid but without getting optimistic with the backing of the council (due to the housing project) it does look more promising this time round previous versions have fallen by the wayside in short as Sainsbury's pulled out of building a superstore on Roots Hall and the council couldn't back the last plan as it was meant to be a leisure park (instead of housing) and they were afraid it would be the final nail in the coffin for the high street.

The club certainly doesn't have a future at RH.
 

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I predict that the 1400 homes are built. And thats it.
I predict you are correct. Let's not also forget that the current plans show a 3 sided monstrosity, without the main stand! The stand that will have all the non-football revenue streams. So if the pipe dream ever comes off we're going from a falling down shithole that in no way brings in income to the club to a shiny new 3-sided soulless hole that in no way brings income to the club. Oh and I'm sure we'll have all the assurances Oxford United have had that, that fourth side will be built one day.

Love to know who had the balls on that website to list the community and academy domes (number 12 and 13).
Most won't know but we already have those. Many years ago Ron paid over £1M to buy, dismantle and have delivered to the current training ground some unused soccer domes.
If you take a trip down to the training ground and look at where number 17 is on that masterplan map you'll see the domes, rusting to oblivion.

Shrimpurh - I disagree the club doesn't have a future at Roots Hall. It doesn't have a future at Roots Hall with Ron as owner of the club.
 

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A bit like us, Southend and GTFC have both been moving since the mid 90's I reckon. Neither of us have actually moved an inch, but spent thousands on projects and plans that don't come to fruition.

Hope for their sake it does, looks good and a 21,000 seater stadium would be future proof (unless a Sugar Daddy takes them to 'the Premiershite').
No way they will build a 21,000 seat stadium for a non-league club. We were promised something like that by Morrison Shand but it was completed as a 6,000 capacity and the capacity now is less than 5,000 due to SAG.
 

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21,000 would be idiotic, we’re a similarly supported club to Southend, probably a bit better supported when we’re at the same level, and our ground is pointlessly big. It’s great on the odd occasion it’s even half full or more, but in general I would much rather we had a 10,000 capacity that always felt full.
 

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21,000 would be idiotic, we’re a similarly supported club to Southend, probably a bit better supported when we’re at the same level, and our ground is pointlessly big. It’s great on the odd occasion it’s even half full or more, but in general I would much rather we had a 10,000 capacity that always felt full.
First phase is 14,000. Another reason, if it even gets built, I can see it remaining 3 sided, just like Oxford.

I agree with you though, we don't need 21,000 as a final stadium, certainly not at our current level. We only need something bigger than Roots Hall if we can actually sustain second tier football long term and that is as unlikely to happen at this point as it's ever been in our history.
 

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