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Another old Shrimpers fan gone - Ken Crowe RIP

Bar na bas

Sep 28, 2007
Hi fellow zoners.

Following my dad's death at the age of 84 a few weeks ago after a lengthy illness, we had his committal and Thanksgiving service today. An amazing send off for an amazing man who helped to shape so many services in Southend, including the Citizens Advice Bureau for many years, MENCAP, Southend Voluntary Workers Bureau, Southend Association of Voluntary Services, Cruse Bereavement Care, Surestart, Fairhavens Hospices and the Rosca Trust. A life of love, commitment and service.

Dad, together with a family friend, introduced me to watching Tottenham In the age of Pat Jennings, Cyril Knowles, Dave Mackay, Steve Perry man, Alan Gilzean, Jimmy Greaves and Martin Chivers, but being Southend locals, we were far more regular visitors to the Hall.

I mentioned in my glowng tribute to my father that there was one thing I sometimes hold against him, which started on 7th March 1969... My first trip to the Hall. Actually, a 4-0 win against Notts County, so a good start, but not all the games were as engaging. As kids, we used the vast spaces of the old South Bank as our playground for chase before kickoff and at half time, and sometimes during matches when the football was not so enjoyable. At times, that enduring love and interest in the Blues has been more of an endurance test, like this season.

But on balance, that introduction to Southend United, over 50 years ago, is yet another reason to say thank you to my father.

Thanks dad for everything!!!