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Supporting SUFC
Jun 16, 2004
Southend on Sea
Southend United supporters are being urged to vote for Under-18s playmaker Jack Payne in the League Football Education (LFE) Goal of the Month vote for October.

First-year scholar Payne, who scored four goals in the 7-0 Football League Youth Alliance Cup win over Dagenham & Redbridge, has been nominated for his second goal in the rout, which came at the end of an excellent move down the left-hand side.

Robert Hyams chipped the ball down the line for Shamir Mullings, who in turn laid it off to Michael Hyland. Blues’ captain swung a cross to the back-post, where Marlon Agyakwa side-footed the ball into the path of Payne and he took it away from a defender by dragging it underneath his left foot and curling into the top right-hand corner of the goal from 15 yards out.

Payne’s entry was one of eight chosen amongst a record 26 submittals for the award this month, with all Academies and Centres of Excellence run by Football League clubs encouraged to nominate the best goals over the month.

Last month saw Portsmouth’s Ashley Harris scoop the prize after a spectacular overhead kick for his team against Milton Keynes Dons, but LFE Chief Executive Alan Sykes has been moved to praise the standard of the strikes this month.

“The quality of goals on display is a great advertisement of the work being conducted at Football League Clubs to develop the players of tomorrow. Judging by the standard of entries that we have once again received it is going to be yet another close fought competition,” he said.

To vote for Jack’s goal this month, click here, where you can also view the other contending efforts.

Should Payne’s goal be successful in the vote, he would automatically be nominated for the LFE Goal of the Season Award in May.


Life President
Oct 28, 2003
“The quality of goals on display is a great advertisement of the work being conducted at Football League Clubs to develop the players of tomorrow. ”

And which could be undermined by the new EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) which many believe Football League clubs have been railroaded into accepting. The Premier League dictated the terms, which the Football League had to follow in order to get their payment. The end result is that it will be easier and cheaper for the big clubs to "poach" talent developed by smaller clubs.

Shrimperstrust, do you know if we were one of the 22 League clubs that voted against it and which of the four levels of academy we are likely to become if things progress along current lines ?


The Horse with no Name⭐
Oct 27, 2003
The wilds of Kent
From the Echo:

To enter the category two section, clubs must invest £480,000 to receive the same amount back in funding.

However, Southend are more likely to be in category three where teams must pay £105,000 to get £210,000 back for a combined total of £315,000 which is believed to be around £100,000 less than Blues’ current budget.

Yet the club are looking to continue at their existing level of funding.

“If we’re in category three then let’s be the best category three team there is,” said Duncan.

“Long term we would like to push for category two and moving to the new stadium would help that because there’s 191 things you have to have.

“One of those is an indoor hall which we don’t have at the moment.

“But we’re not panicking about the EPPP and we’re still confident about producing players.”