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Proudest moments being a Shrimper

Sep 3, 2008
Worldwide traveller
Being reasonably new to this board I'll apologise in advance to you 'older' members as I'm sure this thread would have been posted before.
Reading about Alan Moody triggered off the nostalgic side of me and I started going over some of the greatest moments being a blue.
One of the most vivid was our cup exploit to Goodison Park around 1995/6/7. I travelled up by car with my son, who as well as being a shrimper was/is a mad Liverpool fan. We deliberately arrived early to take in a visit to Anfield and spent some time looking at the gates etc. It was amazing that Liverpool fans recognised our 'colours' and responded with plenty of 'stuff the b------s' and even a couple of Liverpool players wished us well(David Burrows was def one). The game itself was one of the best displays I've ever witnessed by a Southend team. After going 1 - 0 down to a Peter Beardsley goal pretty early in the first half we dominated the game from that point on. I'll never forget the sight of us playing the ball out from the back(in our yellow shirts) through Keith Jones, who had his best ever game for the Blues and controlled the midfield. It was football at its best and being played by the mighty blues. Everton escaped with the victory by the skin of their teeth and to this day I have not seen Neville Southalls save from Benji in the closing minutes on TV, as the BBC only showed the goal (unless I missed it). I was hitting the roof of the stand when Benji connected in front of goal and couldn't believe it wasn't a goal. It must have been one hell of a save. The support on the day was immense and Everton fans were great towards us. The icing on the cake for me was that I had a customer who was a devoted Evertonian and he was gushing with the heroics of our boys and conceded that Everton were mighty lucky to win. I know having a memory of a defeat sounds a bit weird but this was something special and I'll never forget it.