- Sep 16, 2012
Going down to Bournemouth there was a feeling of optimism like there was in the 68/69 cup run . Travelling down on the coach you had Ernie by Benny Hill , Cos I luv You by Slade , Jeepster by TRex amongst other coming out of the coach radio , the papers were saying how were Southend going to cope with McDougall and how were Bournemouth going to cope with Bill Garner . Getting of the coachs a quick count up said there was about 20 odd Southend and Leigh Com chaps altogether there . The police put Southend in the open North Bank end 'although some Leigh had tried to get into the covered Bournemouth end before being marched round the North end as that was were some Leigh Com who were hitch hikeing down were told Leigh would be' . During the warm up before the game Southend were wearing white tops which looked very nice , during the kick about plenty of waves from the players to the Southend supporters behind the goal . The game kicked of with Bournemouth kicking towards there supporters covered end , there was nothing between the two teams really but Bournemouth were having trouble handling Bill Garner and Gary Moore in the air all that was needed was one of Terry Johnsons or Bernie Lewis's cross's be nodded down to King Billy to put in the goal . About 15 minutes into the game a rumpus broke out in the Bournemouth end the Leigh boys who hitch hike down had arrived . The police marched the up to the North Bank to were all the Southend were . Sadly Boyer scored to put Bournemouth one up before half time . You always had the feeling that Southend could score in the second half . About 15 minutes into the second half the gates at both ends of the ground were open as like all grounds at the time .About 200+ Bournemouth started to mob up on the left of the 20 Leigh Com and Southend and you knew this was going to be big . The order stay together and dont run went round , and then bang it went off , there were chains iron bars and razors floating around . Southends goalkeeper John Roberts said 'he did not remember the Villa game much but remembered the Bournemouth game' his goal was right in front of the Southend and a couple of times it looked like he was going to jump in and give Leigh Com a hand . The worst trouble came whem McDougall scored his goal and stood in the goal sticking his two fingers and laughing at the Southend and bang it went of again but even worse . A well known Leigh chap had a razor put down the back of his sheepskin , not a chap to upset . When the final whistle went it was a case of if only we could of scored first the result could of been different . Coming out the ground The Bournemouth mob seemed to back off as they knew these few Leigh and Southend were than a match for them . All in all it was a good day out . Great Times , Great Memories and Great Mate's . PS , I am sorry if you were one of the supporters who got on the coach to come home and could not find a seat , it was because when we arrived at Bournemouth we were all given tickets to get back on the coach to come home . Knowing that some Leigh boys had hitch hiked down as we got off we managed to get tickets for the home trip for them Sorry . RIP Bob Jennings Al Vincent and Ian Southgate .