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PhilipH51

Schoolboy
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Just to take our minds off the winning run so it can continue quietly in the background - what is your most surprising Southend Utd moment?
My first wife was from Finland and I had worked there for a year too in a town called Valkeakoski - you may know where this is going. On a visit back to Finland in the 80s we went to a Haka match. Teams were read out and in the midst of the Finnish names I heard 'Derek Parker'. Given our one, quite a prolific scorer in the late 70s, had an unusual spelling - he was Derrick - I grabbed the programme, and yes it was him. I did try to catch his attention with a shout to remember the Hall but it didn't reach him. Quite a long way to go to encounter a familiar figure, but I'm sure some of you have similar incidents from a lot further.
And now I won't see the yellow banner telling me to post something!!
 

Dazzaref

First XI⭐
Joined
May 2, 2012
Messages
439
Location
Epsom
In 1995 I had just arrived in Banja Luka, Bosnia. On making myself comfortable in my Corimec I went to the bar (in the days on ops when you could drink). And there stood at the bar were two squaddies, both wearing Southend shirts. I obviously went straight back to my room, donned mine and went back to the bar. We worked out that that day there were more Southend fans pers square mile in Bosnia than there were in Southend!
 

Yorkshire Blue

Super Moderator⭐
Staff member
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Messages
36,154
Location
London
21st February 2004

The only time I ever saw Drewe score in the league.


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Admittedly I'd have been more surprised had it been in the right net.
 

Swiss Tony

End of the pier show ⭐
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Donny away in the play-offs,could not believe the support that night(surprise would be an under statement)totally unexpected but magical.
 
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In 2003 I was staying the night in a place called Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California. It was in the middle of nowhere and only had about 20 people there. That evening I was walking towards the restaurant in my southend top when a guy ran up behind me and asked how the blues got on that day! Turns out he was a season ticket holder from Leigh. Small world!
 

Somerset Ex-TTB

Members
Joined
Oct 30, 2003
Messages
4,345
Location
Yeovil
First night in Florida once, just got there after a 10 hour flight, dumped the cases and went for a drink. Walked into a bar, and the Southend goals from the match before were on the TV in the corner.
 

spoons

Manager
Joined
Sep 6, 2009
Messages
2,079
Location
North Wales
Tuesday night when Barry Corr sent 770 Southend fans into delirium:smile::smile::smile::smile::smile::smile:
 

Firestorm

Pedant
Joined
Oct 25, 2003
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Location
Immersed in the accounts
I have mentioned this before ...
Whilst visting a Moari Village on NZs North Island someone approached me and mentioned my Southend Shirt and asked if I remembered Derek Belotti, when I said I did, he said he had been his DBs best man
 

Csboy

Manager
Joined
Dec 8, 2003
Messages
1,599
Was in Australia New years day 1991in a bar in Sydney before one day International England v Australia(England lost of course) had my Southend shirt on guy comes up to me and said he was a Southend fan as well and had been at the Grimsby game a few weeks earlier and was in the North Bank as well that day.
 
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