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Mar 10, 2011
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
I had a phone call earlier this week from Billy Best and for all those misty eyed fans of a certain age Billy will be back at Roots Hall this weekend for our match against Northampton Town, just under 50 years since he joined us from the Cobblers back in January 1968.
Billy Best scored 123 league and cup goals in 246+1sub. appearances in a five year period between 1968 & 1973, this includes a club record 9 Hat-tricks. He is one of only two players too have scored 100 league goals
for the club second only to the late great Roy Hollis who scored 135 goals in 260 matches.
Who could ever forget those Friday night matches in the middle to late sixties with 10,000+ crowds, and the "PAK"(you had to get there early or you could not get behind the North Bank goal)in full voice, "E 4 B & Billy Best", "He's Here, He's There, He's every F...... where"(or we are not allowed to swear) to name just a few of those chants and for many fans,myself included that 1968-69 season(wearing those dark blue shirts that the F.A.banned)will always live long in the memory.
Were you a fan back in the late 60's and early 70's, what memories do you have of Billy Best's time at our club. Cup matches against, Kings Lynn, Brentwood Town, Swindon & Mansfield, Weymouth & Dagenham also Aston Villa & Chelsea, not forgetting that first ever promotion season of 1971-72.
Billy Best was and always will be to many supporters of a certain age "Simply the Best" or maybe that should be."Shrimply the Best".

:Worthy::Worthy::Worthy::Worthy: "THANKS FOR ALL THE MEMORIES WILLIAM JOHN BLAIKLEY BEST" :Worthy::Worthy::Worthy::Worthy: