The club has played at five grounds: the original Roots Hall, the Kursaal, the Greyhound Park, the rented Writtle Street (home of Chelmsford City F.C.) and again at Roots Hall.
Getting away was fine and I was back on the train to London within 20 minutes where I had a pleasant chat with an old Southend fan about the game and our team’s prospects.
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It was the first game of the new season and a local away game seemed like the perfect chance to visit a new ground. Also, I hear Southend may well be moving soon to a new stadium. so I thought it would be good to pay Roots Hall a visit.
* Football had been played on the same site since 1906. The Club subsequently built a new ground at Roots Hall in the 1950's.
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I had recently moved to London and with Southend effectively being on my doorstep, I thought this would be a good opportunity to tick another ground off on my list and to support the Cobblers.
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Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: Back onto the A127 and it was queuing for about 4 miles before we got out of southend and into the 50 mph bit of the A127. As soon as you are out of Southend, you can make it back to London within 45 minutes and is a nice journey through the Essex Countryside.
On arrival we headed up to the Blue Boar pub, which is away supporter friendly and will take a mix of home and away fans and was not over busy while we were there. Pints were priced at £3.70. Home fans that I encountered were friendly enough.
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By the time we got off the coach it was 2pm so we brought a programme and went straight into the ground. The ground has electric turnstiles which I found easy to use, others who struggled were quickly helped by stewards.
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Getting away from the ground was easy and quick and, after getting out of the car park, the journey home took us half the time of the journey there. We arrived home delighted with the points at around 6:45pm.
The Shrimpers beat the O's in the 2012/13 Johnstone's Paint Southern Area Final to book a place at Wembley in the final against Crewe Alexandra. Southend won 1–0 at Brisbane Road in the first leg of the area final and drew 2–2 at Roots Hall in the second leg, winning 3–2 on aggregate, despite being in a lower division than Orient at the time.
The journey there was pretty awful for us to be honest. As this guide helpfully points out, if it's a sunny day, it seems like everyone is going through that area. Road works and accidents made the journey even longer and it took us about two hours to travel 40 miles. We managed to park at Southend High School for boys at around 1:45pm.
The club is based at Roots Hall Stadium in Prittlewell, with plans to move to a new stadium at Fossetts Farm.
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Even though Roots Hall is an older ground it has some rather modern electronic turnstiles. Each match ticket has a bar code printed onto it and fans insert their ticket into a bar code reader at the turnstile to gain entrance to the stadium. I did notice once inside the stadium, that the stewards were alerted when a concession or junior ticket was being used, so that they could check that it was for the appropriate person.
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Other then the result it was a nice day out and one worth doing, especially if Southend leave Roots Hall for a new ground which seems fairly likely. Overall it is definitely worth a day out.
If you happen to end up at Southend Central station (served by trains from London Fenchurch Street), you're about a 25 minute walk from the ground. The main bus station is close to Southend Central, and therefore it may be an idea to get a bus up to the ground, rather than walking.
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The Spread Eagle pub near to the ground is for home fans only. Please note that alcohol is not served to away fans within the stadium. There is also a good fish and chip shop located across the road from the Blue Boar by the traffic lights, called the 'Fish House', which I found to be excellent. Judging by the amount of fans standing outside eating fish and chips (there is some seating inside as well), then I'm not the only one that thinks it is good.
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Why you were looking forward to going to the ground: We go for a day trip to Southend quite a lot and pass the ground when we are heading for the seafront. As it is quite local, we made the trip down the A127 to add to the collection of local grounds that we have visited. Also, we decided to go early so we could spend some time by the sea and driving around Southend and Thorpe Bay as we had plenty of time to spare before the match.
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What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? The ground is generally quite old but modern in parts, with some vintage floodlights. The stands are quite similar to each other and could accommodate about 3-4000 fans each. The barnet fans were housed in the North Stand where we made a lot of noise as we fought hard from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.
Good for them, saves the embarrassment of them actually losing their way out!
We wanted to get in the ground early to get our seats (seating was unreserved) so we didn't have time to find any pubs or chip shops. Eventually we just decided to get food and drink inside the stadium. We didn't really see many home fans but there didn't seem to be any hostility about either.
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
3. What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?
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Roots Hall is looking a bit run down these days but it looks like it gets the job done. The leg room in the away end is pretty undesirable but our fans just stood for most of the match anyway. The other stands look okay but like I say, could do with a bit of a facelift.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: