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Blueronron

Manager
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Oct 18, 2012
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Ooooh Doctor
Would be great gesture by the club to name a suite after him
Just as much a legend at the club as some of the players who left to seek further fame and fortune

Topman and pleasure to have met him over the years

UTS
 

Floval Flyer

Licensed to ill⭐
Joined
Jul 6, 2010
Messages
6,326
Location
Leigh On Sea
Very sad to hear of Ray's passing

I hope the club will do something to commemorate his life and contribution to the club.

Anyone know if there are plans for a minutes applause for him on Saturday?
 

Special Blue

Coach⭐
Joined
Aug 13, 2010
Messages
1,690
Sad news indeed,Last time I saw Ray was in the fish house proudly wearing his club blazer and tie enjoying his fish and chips.
Always had time for all supporters and a part of S.U.F.C history for me.
R.I.P Ray sleep well my friend.
 

turkishm

Director
Joined
Feb 2, 2007
Messages
2,883
Location
Turkey
Go back a long way with Ray. As i get older, and im 72, but have lived a very long time away from Southend. These guys who i used to know, seem like all my yesterdays. Travel well Ray.
 

Fitz

Exiled Kent Shrimper
Joined
Apr 22, 2014
Messages
568
Location
Canterbury
R.I.P Ray, remember him in a suit and walking talkie in the early 90's walking around the touchline, always with a smile on his face. A very recognisable figure, was he not head of security at one point?
 

sammy666

Newbie
Joined
Jul 15, 2017
Messages
148
Location
Zaandam, Holland
I remember Ray well from match days and saturday night discos in the Shrimpers Club with 'Big Norm' on the door (lads,lads,lads. I've told you twice.....). Great days. Also the infamous england away game in Luxemburg when he got bashed by the riot police "We were giving it a bit of england, england which is fair enough".

I've been in Holland now for 25 years so I haven't seen Ray for a good while. He is very much part of my memories of happy times. He really has been Mr Southend and a very nice man.

Sleep well Ray. Blue Army !
 

AndyT

Lord of the Reedy River
Joined
Aug 7, 2010
Messages
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Location
Hockley
I remember Ray well from match days and saturday night discos in the Shrimpers Club with 'Big Norm' on the door (lads,lads,lads. I've told you twice.....). Great days. Also the infamous england away game in Luxemburg when he got bashed by the riot police "We were giving it a bit of england, england which is fair enough".

The Shrimpers Disco and 'Big Norm' .. He was exactly like that! :smile:

I remember the disco very well. Used to always go down there, especially after coming back from away games.
 

AndyT

Lord of the Reedy River
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I'd like to say a big pat on the back to the club, as well.

It's very easy, in this modern world of "commercial opportunities" to ditch the old fellas and go for something different, but they never suggested to Ray that he should retire, keeping him on and giving him a place on the staff, despite his advancing years and indifferent health.

You can laud your modern soulless stadia all you like, but sometimes it's just good to stick with a bit of tradition.
 

ozzie

Manager
Joined
Dec 22, 2012
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I'd like to say a big pat on the back to the club, as well.

It's very easy, in this modern world of "commercial opportunities" to ditch the old fellas and go for something different, but they never suggested to Ray that he should retire, keeping him on and giving him a place on the staff, despite his advancing years and indifferent health.

You can laud your modern soulless stadia all you like, but sometimes it's just good to stick with a bit of tradition.


Spot on Andy
Very sad news,realy like the gentleman.
My first ever "party"i went to was round his house,his son Ray jnr was having it.Must have been 71??
When i came over 2 years ago,he popped into the Shrimpers club to say hallo to me.That was so nice of him.
We then had a photo taken,Mr Davy,Nobbler,Stevie Waller(rip mate),Joe and myself.
Oh so sad another "great one" has been taken from us.sadly the last 6 months it has not stopped.
RIP Mr Davy,a true gent
you will be having now a beer or two with those other 2 SUFC gents..Mr Shepherd and Rowley
 
Joined
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Messages
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Location
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
I remember Ray well from match days and saturday night discos in the Shrimpers Club with 'Big Norm' on the door (lads,lads,lads. I've told you twice.....). Great days. Also the infamous england away game in Luxemburg when he got bashed by the riot police "We were giving it a bit of england, england which is fair enough".

I've been in Holland now for 25 years so I haven't seen Ray for a good while. He is very much part of my memories of happy times. He really has been Mr Southend and a very nice man.

Sleep well Ray. Blue Army !
Like most supporters on here seem to have known Ray since I was a lad, pretty certain that Ray spent more time at Roots Hall than any other person I know. Always very helpful & nothing was too much trouble. Once travelled with Ray and a group of Shrimpers fans to see England play in Norway in 1981 lost 2-1, trust me a never to be forgotten experience. My special condolences to Ray Jnr., as well as all Family & Friends. "Sleep tight Ray", "Nobbler"x
 

Kevin Hogg

President
Joined
Dec 5, 2011
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3,059
Location
Altea, Spain
An immense loss to everything that is Southend United.
Like everyone I have known Ray for many years and he summed up what makes a football club such an integral part of the community.
Unrivalled!
 

BasildonShrimp

Youth Team
Joined
Oct 26, 2003
Messages
150
Just want to add my condolences on the passing of Ray and pass on my thoughts to his family.
Although Ray was obviously around the club for many years my most memorable times of him were back in the early eighties on away days when Ray would travel on the coach and usually do the 'BUS STOP' card to raise a few quid.
 

ozzie

Manager
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Dec 22, 2012
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last time in Southend
The Bash St Kids
me,Joe,Nobbler,Stevie
and our "leader" Mr Davy snr
 

ozzie

Manager
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Never noticed!!:stunned:
Do hope today,went well and the club done him proud.....like he done our club
 
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