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Pre-Match Thread Southend United v Boreham Wood, Saturday 6th August, 15:00ko, NL

Starting XI and Result

  • Steve Arnold

    Votes: 138 90.8%
  • Gus Scott-Morriss

    Votes: 9 5.9%
  • Harry Taylor

    Votes: 109 71.7%
  • Jaden Crowhust

    Votes: 16 10.5%
  • Shaun Hobson

    Votes: 121 79.6%
  • Ollie Kensdale

    Votes: 137 90.1%
  • Louis Lomas

    Votes: 38 25.0%
  • Nathan Ralph

    Votes: 135 88.8%
  • Tom Clifford

    Votes: 97 63.8%
  • Cavaghn Miley

    Votes: 130 85.5%
  • Noor Husin

    Votes: 95 62.5%
  • Wes Fonguck

    Votes: 56 36.8%
  • Dan Mooney

    Votes: 135 88.8%
  • Jack Bridge

    Votes: 41 27.0%
  • Callum Powell

    Votes: 114 75.0%
  • Chris Wreh

    Votes: 54 35.5%
  • Collin Andeng-Ndi

    Votes: 3 2.0%
  • Tommy Davis

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Ollie Coker

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Jon Benton

    Votes: 3 2.0%
  • Louie Arrowsmith

    Votes: 3 2.0%
  • Luke Reeve

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Jake Hyde

    Votes: 94 61.8%
  • .....

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • .....

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • .....

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • .....

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Win

    Votes: 68 44.7%
  • Draw

    Votes: 32 21.1%
  • Lose

    Votes: 14 9.2%

  • Total voters
    152
  • Poll closed .
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KiwiRob

First XI
Joined
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Messages
1,316
This is a great game to open the season with. A very good team with an excellent coach who should be in and around the playoffs this season. Gives us an early look at whether the current squad will be good enough to challenge for a top 7 finish or if some more recruits are needed.

Personally I went for a similar team to others.

Arnold

Ralph
Kensdale
Hobson

Clifford
Miley
Husin
Taylor

Bridge
Hyde
Mooney
I think Powell has done enough in pre-season to be included in the starting eleven.
 
Joined
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Messages
974
The moment of truth is fast approaching as we count down for our first competitive game of the 2022-23 campaign.
Boreham Wood are expected to do well this season and we will likely undergo a thorough examination this afternoon.
While wishing to avoid being too simplistic I thought many of our woes in the last four seasons were a result of chronically weak midfield combinations. Weakness in that area will both undermine your defence and reduce your attacking options.
Because of their playing background, the coaching team should be very aware of the importance of an effective midfield, and, following their appointment last year, I expected that strengthening this area would be a priority for them. So it has proved and this part of the team has been completely rebuilt since they took over.
As yet we do not know what is regarded as being our first choice combination and it will be interesting to see who of Miley, Husin, Fonguk or Taylor starts. How effective they are this afternoon will go a long way to not only deciding the result of the game but also give us an indication of what kind of season we can expect.
 

Shrimpergarry

You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver⭐
Staff member
Joined
Oct 24, 2003
Messages
4,846
Location
Chelmsford
It’s match day - why is nobody else on here excited? Ok it’s not 7am yet, but literally can’t wait!

Had a message overnight from my son who says he can unexpectedly come from London to the game too which makes me so happy!

Whatever the result today, enjoy the game and the Roots Hall experience - Southend United is our club and let’s enjoy journeying this season with it and our fellow travellers.
 

CM2 Blue

Youth Team⭐
Joined
Dec 30, 2006
Messages
253
Location
Galleywood, Essex
It’s a big day today as it will be my 5 year old grandson’s first ever game. The beginning of our family’s 5th generation of supporting the Blues. Remember taking my sons to their first game when we were in the old First Division and we hammered Oxford 6-1 in October 1993. Come on lads, give us a game and result to remember.
 

thenobster

Chief Punk
Joined
Jul 11, 2011
Messages
2,104
Location
Maidstone
Excited, pessimistic, optimistic.. all wrapped in an outer shell of confidence.
That’s the dog described anyway… good luck boys.. been a long but unusually for us, active summer break.. let’s see the fruits of our Labour turn into a successful season
 

Barry.C

Manager⭐
Joined
Jul 9, 2011
Messages
3,760
Location
Gillingham
I shall be looking at the passion, the attack ,the skill and creative and artistic performance of the players

unfortunately though it will be at an open air production of Othello as my wife bought tickets some time ago and I hadn’t made the connection with our first home game, which I have seldom missed for years

all our friends dropped out, not wanting to attend Shakespeare’s dark event and I have received a scary swivel eyed look that says you are not backing out of this one!

so have a great opening day Zoners and may the invading armies troupe of heathens sink in a tidal wave of blue
 

rigsby

Life President⭐
Joined
Oct 12, 2014
Messages
15,353
It’s been a while since opening day at RH for us fans. Great day for it so some of us are heading down Billy Hundreds for breakfast on the beach….. Barely a wave in sea at the moment….. Things may change after 15:00hrs.
 

Tommy2holes

Life President⭐
Joined
Jan 21, 2007
Messages
9,402
Last year I was gutted to see us in the national league. This year I think we will have a really decent season.

Tough game today but can't wait.

This may be our penultimate season at roots hall. God I'll miss the old girl when we leave.
 

Ramsdenblue

First XI⭐
Joined
Jan 4, 2011
Messages
698
It’s match day - why is nobody else on here excited? Ok it’s not 7am yet, but literally can’t wait!

Had a message overnight from my son who says he can unexpectedly come from London to the game too which makes me so happy!

Whatever the result today, enjoy the game and the Roots Hall experience - Southend United is our club and let’s enjoy journeying this season with it and our fellow travellers.
Yep, I’m like a little kid, all excited and all,
just waiting for the footy to start again.
Excited for today.
We will be going up as champions this season.

COME ON YOU BLUES.
 
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