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Supporting SUFC
Jun 16, 2004
Southend on Sea
In 1955 Harry Warren Southend United's manager at the time together with a passionate supporter Peter Coombes (stationed in Malta) arranged for our club to play in a Pre-Season Tournament at the historic Empire Stadium against the top three Maltese teams (from 1954/55 season), namely Floriana, Hamrun Spartans, Sliema Wanderers. Later added were the Maltese FA and Catania, the Italian club from Sicily.

The relatives of Peter Coombes have donated an album describing the tour, using a combination of photos, newspaper cuttings and handwritten team sheets.

The Shrimpers Trust has chronicled the tour in an A4 sized book.


Our book uses Peter's Album as its base, but also contains supplemental, previously unseen material, obtained via extensive research from a variety of other sources.

The book is published by the Trust, not in an attempt to make money, but to immortalise this part of our history, so that others can enjoy its contents.

The book costs just £9.99 and further details on how to purchase it can be found here.