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Jan 27, 2011
Stratford, London
Living in Stratford (East Laaaaaandan) I encounter a lot of West Ham fans. My impression is they all share a soft spot for Southend. I was in the a shop the other day sporting an SUFC home shirt when a hammers fan was in the queue next to me. I saw he had a hammers cap on and out of the corner of my eye I saw him clock the badge on my shirt. He randomly blurted out at me "How'd your boys do then??". I said we lost one nil yesterday. He said the hammers won, I pretended to sound interested, then he said he always looked out for our scores. I said thanks. A few days later a bloke that runs the football memorabilia stall in the Stratford centre clocked my Southend shirt. I got the same question, and the conversation was pretty much a replica of the previous one. He said he looked for our score every weekend. Each time I felt they saw SUFC as the cute little brother of West Ham, clearly unaware that we really don't like them.

Anybody else have similar encounters???