- May 29, 2005
Excellent - I would slightly rework the bit about Richie Foran though.
I think I get what you're trying to say in that he spent most of his 2 years as a Southend player, not playing. But to say he never played a single game is far from the mark, obviously he had the loan spells out to Darlo but he did also feature in 30 or so 1st team games.
what's the bit about the chelsea, arsenal, fulham preseason money spinning tournament? have i missed something? is this to do with ron's blog the other week when he mentioned about us having a very attractive team to play in preseason next year?
excellent read btw!
its not chelsea were playing in the summer. It is Everton, Fulham, Arsenal and ourselves, all under 18's teams
I do feel you have forgot to mention some of the wonders that the club produced during the so "called dark days". I personally got a great deal of enjoyment from the Yemi Abidoums and the Garry Cross's of this world. The golden generation so to speak.
The improvements made had an almost instant impact. After a drought of almost a decade since its first academy product, the 2005/06 season saw Southend give academy player James Lawson his debut against Oldham Athletic, and he went on to make 16 appearances that season, scoring three goals.
While the sight of an academy player being given his debut is nothing monumental, it showed the club was making steps in the right direction in respect to it’s youth policy, and the work Ricky Duncan was making ensured there was more to come.