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PREVIEW | Blues backed on by bumper crowd

Posted: Fri 21 Apr 2017

Phil Brown praises the support and the Chairman for laying on free coaches and cheaper tickets...

Blues travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday backed on by a crowd of over 1,200 supporters at Greenhous Meadow.

Chairman Ron Martin has repaid the fans for their loyalty all season by laying on free coaches and discounted tickets to the game .

And Manager Phil Brown is delighted to have his side roared on by a big away following.

“The Chairman has afforded me great support which I thank him for and it would be great if we could get more than 1,000 there,” said Brown

“It’s going to be a big occasion and a big day but all we’ve got to do is do everything we possibly can to win the game.

“We always appreciate the support, we always go over to acknowledge the fans and I think there have only been a few times where we have let them down by not performing.

“Charlton was one not so long ago where we had a massive turnout but didn’t play and before that it was Bristol Rovers which I look at now as a turning point.

“We didn’t turn up in the first half and we were on the coach home for three or four hours after that.

“We knew the supporters were doing the same and I was giving team talks on the way home.

“I was telling the players they had to understand this was peoples livelihoods and lives supporting Southend, playing for Southend United and to win with Southend United which is what we’re aiming for.”