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May 12, 2012
I've been following Southend since 1978, and the first game I paid to get into (and didn't climb over the wall into the North bank toilets) was for the opening league game of the 78/9 season vs Chester.

I've followed and dipped into the shrimper zone site , and can personally identify with the tales of all of the contributors of the speculation, the failures and occasional successes...home defeats, fantastic away days , that we have all been through as shrimpers fans over the years...

I'm posting as a newbie to the site now, having returned to the fold as a more regular supporter, in part as my my 15 year old son has the Southend bug and is experiencing all the different emotions that I did so many years ago..

I'm pleased I got something right in getting him to support his local team, He now realises ,you get so much more out of it by following your local team, than from following a 'big' club from afar...and he's also pleased that you also get false notes to excuse you from school early so you can go to Bury on a Tuesday night....

seeing him so upset at Morecambe, and then so thrilled after the Wembley win, brings it home to me that he is now living and making his own footballing memories, and that Southend will always be his, and our team, can't ask for anymore ..UTB.