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The PL League Boss⭐
Apr 28, 2006
PL Headquarters Hullbridge
Well history doesn't exactly repeat itself but there are distinct similarities:

Monday 16th January 1939
F.A. Cup Round 3 Replay

Sensation followed sensation in a series of breathtaking thrills in Southend United’s replayed third round tie with Chesterfield, where United gained dramatic 4-3 victory during extra time each side having scored twice during normal time. The game in the hectic last minutes was fought to continuous roars from the crowd most directed against the referee who many spectators thought had been especially harsh towards the home side. Two penalties were awarded against the Blues in extra time and after the second Bolan was sent off the field after allegedly threatening the linesman with his fists. At the end of the game the referee had to be escorted from the field by Police and when in the dressing room stones were thrown through his window and an unruly crowd assembled calling for the referee’s blood but were eventually moved on by the Police. Southend had started so well after only five minutes Martin putting across a perfect centre for Bushby to score and seven minutes before the end of the half a repeat performance saw Bolan head home. After an hour’s play a forty yard shot from Chesterfield hit the underside of the bar and into the net and shortly afterwards a second goal brought the scores level, and with the final whistle came extra time. Southend had looked like they were flagging but were greatly refreshed when Bell scored twice in the first period of extra time. With just eight minutes to go in a goal mouth scrimmage the referee awarded a penalty and no-one knew why, but the result was that Chesterfield had pulled a goal back. With just seconds to go MacKenzie was heavily charged but he made the fatal error of retaliating and a second penalty was awarded, but this time it was saved to the joy of the home crowd. The gate was an impressive 12,000 with 11,393 paying for admission, and whilst the reaction of the crowd was understood it would inevitably lead to reports going in to the F.A.

Team: MacKenzie; Milne and Stokes; Harris, Hague & Jackson; Smirk, Bolan, Bushby, Bell & Martin.

Extract From "Southend United Under the Shadow of War 1934 to 1946"