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First XI
Jul 28, 2014
Ilford exile, only minutes from Roots Hall' those
Hello all,
How not to create the best impression - well here goes :facepalm:...

I'm a West Ham United die hard, (fourth generation), season ticket holder for twenty years, plus countless away games.

Currently going through a typically stressful and unnecessarily, long drawn out house move to Westcliff, walking distance to Roots Hall.

Therefore, seeing as this will be the local club my two little Hammers will get to know and 'love', I've spent almost every day the last two months or so educating myself about all things Southend United F.C. I first came across ShrimperZone only a few days ago and like what I see. I read the recent 'Spamsters leaflet Leyton' thread with great interest. For what it's worth, I can't bare to read the drivel on West Ham forums for a whole host of reasons. I quit doing that regularly years ago - many of the posters are simply out of touch, so I just choose to attend the matches with the traditional pre and post (mortem) match drinks.

West Ham is my life but that's that, I respect that this is a forum for Southend United, so will stay true to that mantra and only mention my lot if warranted. After all, what do you care! I'm here as I'm keen to get to know the ins and outs of my soon to be local club, the club I intend to take my young sons to as often as work and West Ham 'allows'.

Obviously being a West Ham family, my boys have already been brainwashed into that being their only option, rather like how I was and my father before me, yet like many other Hammers fans now, I'm becoming rapidly disillusioned with how the club's being run. Once we move across the borough to Stratford, it will never be the same again. Ever. Yes violins etc but I ask myself what am I really passing on to my kids when they will barely even remember The Boleyn if at all.

Southend United seems to me, on the outside, like a real family club, that involves the fans - genuinely. I like that and can see where this is going.
Of the four fixtures between our clubs, I have attended three - the first being back in 1992 when I distinctly remember Stan Collymore bursting onto the scene and the old man pointing him out to me after only 5 minutes of the game.
Brett Angell and Chrissy Powell are other players that spring to mind - and who in the whole of England didn't jump for joy when Freddy Eastwood banged in that free kick against ManUre!

I'm even thinking of getting the littl'uns the new kits - I think the new away kit is great, yet must say how disappointed I am with the home. I've tried to tell myself it's like a recent Everton kit, but can't help but think it's bloody Tottenham. Even the back is white! I won't be getting that for them! Maybe they're planning on selling it in the apparent proposal of a new club shop in the town.

There you go, IronMike has joined, I can take abuse, I'm married after all.

So I aim to attend a few matches at Roots Hall this season - is there a pub you all frequent on matchdays?