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Big Preview: Southend United vs Tranmere Rovers

10 January 2020

Southend United vs Tranmere Rovers...


Southend United return to Roots Hall for the first time in 2020 as they host fellow relegation strugglers Tranmere Rovers in a massive League One six-pointer on Saturday.

Blues haven’t played since their New Year’s Day draw at AFC Wimbledon, while Tranmere were in Emirates FA Cup action last weekend, coming from 3-0 down to draw with Premier League Watford, before playing Leicetser City U21 in a midweek Trophy encounter.

And while Rovers’ eyes may be fixed on the replay against the Hornets next week, Sol Campbell’s side hope to steal in and snatch a potentially vital three points to help kick start their survival hopes.  

The game will be Blues' first since the sad passing of former captain Chris Barker. A tribute will be held prior to kick-off with a miniute's silence taking place, while former players Ryan Cresswell and Ryan Leonard will be back at Roots Hall and joining Ben Clarkson and John White in the tribute.


Blues go into tomorrow’s meeting with Tranmere off the back of successive draws in the league, with the 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon being preceded by a 2-2 draw at home to MK Dons.

That draw at the Cherry Red Records Stadium extended Southend’s run without a league win to 15 matches, dating back to September 21st, with Blues picking up three draws in their last six matches.

Tranmere picked up a superb 3-3 draw against Watford in the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend, but in the league they have struggled of late and are without a win in their last three matches.  

Last Meeting

Friday 18th October 2019

Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Southend United

Mullin (p)85’; Hopper 9’

Paul Mullin’s late penalty for Tranmere meant the spoils were shared at Prenton Park as Southend drew 1-1 against Tranmere Rovers on a wet and miserable Friday night on the Wirral.

Tom Hopper marked his return to the starting line-up by scoring with a well-taken finish after just nine minutes, but Blues were denied a win thanks to Mullin’s penalty five minutes from time.

Blues Team News

John White has returned to training after being forced to miss the AFC Wimbledon game on New Year’s Day due to illness.

Sam Barratt was a late call up as a result of White’s absence, returning to the Blues squad for the first time since August 2018, but Campbell will be careful not to rush the winger.

Harry Lennon has had his operation on his broken leg and will be out for the season, while Ethan Hamilton and Layton Ndukwu are no longer with the club after their loan deals were cut short.

Tranmere Danger Man

Morgan Ferrier is the one to look out for tomorrow afternoon and someone that some at Southend should know all about after the club tried signing the striker in last season’s January window.

Ferrier was at Walsall at the time and, after deciding to stay at the Bescott, struggled to find his shooting boots but the London-born frontman has already exceeded his goal tally from last season.

So far this season for Tranmere, Ferrier has notched eight goals in all competitions, including two in his last four matches, making him one of Tranmere’s main threats.

Ref Watch

Alan Young will take control of proceedings at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon, along with Adrian Tranter and Matthew Lee as his assistants and Callum Walchester as the fourth official.

Young has officiated 23 matches so far this season, including a particularly feisty affair between Ipswich and Wycombe where he showed 11 yellow cards.

In total Young has shown 110 yellows and two reds this season and last took charge of Blues for their 2-0 defeat to Peterborough United back in August.


Saturday is Southend’s second and final ‘Kids for a Quid’ game of the season which allows junior Blues fans 16 or under in for just £1.

Tickets are available to purchase via the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077 with all other tickets bought in advance of matchday subject to a discount.

Apart from Juniors and u9s, prices will increase on matchday with tickets available right up until kick-off and you can find out more information about ticket availability and pricing by clicking here

Please note, the Ticket Office will be closed from 2.30pm on Friday afternoon until 10am on Saturday morning. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Southend 0-0 Tranmere

11 January 2020

Southend and Tranmere couldn’t be separated as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Roots Hall.

Clear chances were few and far between for both sides, with Tranmere having the best chance of the first-half when Mark Oxley did well to save at the feet of Connor Jennings.

Southend looked threatening from set-pieces after the interval and had a couple of good chances go begging before Stephen McLaughlin forced a fine save out of Rovers ‘keeper Aaron Chapman.

Neither side were able to find a breakthrough with both going into the game in desperate need of a win to help their respective survival hopes, but they had to settle with a point apiece.

The stalemate extended Blues’ unbeaten run to three matches following three successive draws on a day where it would be understood if thoughts were as far away from football as could possibly be.

Shortly after Blues’ last game at AFC Wimbledon on New Year’s Day, the club received some devastating news that former captain Chris Barker had passed away at the age of just 39.

And prior to kick-off, all at Roots Hall came together to pay their respects to ‘Barks’ with an impeccably observed minute's silence with former players and staff in attendance.

Once the action was underway, Micky Mellon’s Tranmere side had an early effort from Neil Danns test Mark Oxley before Kieron Morris struck another effort just wide on the half-volley.  

Southend struggled to make any headway in the first-half, but Tranmere’s goalkeeper Aaron Chapman was looking increasingly hesitant and gifted Blues a couple of chances.

The first came when his poor clearance went straight to Stephen Humphrys who could only chip the ball straight back at the retreating Chapman who’d made it back just in time.

Chapman then hesitated on a long ball which allowed Tom Hopper to get in behind. The striker was bundled to the ground by Chapman appealing for a penalty but the referee was unmoved.

Both sides had a couple of further chances each to break the deadlock before the interval with Tranmere having the best of the bunch when Connor Jennings was put clean through one-on-one.

A first-time pass from midfield cut through the Southend defence and put The Whites striker through but Oxley did brilliantly well to spread himself at the feet of Jennings to make the save.

Early in the second-half, Southend were looking threatening from set-pieces and had a couple of early chances after the interval fall to Hopper and Timothee Dieng.

Both chances came from in-swinging corners from the left, with Hopper coming through a crowd to head over the crossbar before Dieng got on the end of a John White nod back to volley over.

Tranmere in response went close when Danns carried the ball forward unchallenged and unleashed a right-footed shot from outside the box the flew just wide of Oxley’s right-hand post.

Blues responded in kind with Humphrys stinging the palms of Chapman from a tight angle moments before Stephen McLaughlin had by far Southend’s best chance of the afternoon saved by Chapman.

After a neat one-two, McLaughlin got goal side and fired a low shot across Chapman that looked destined for the net only for it to come off the heel of the Tranmere goalkeeper and go wide.

In a tense final few minutes, both teams tried to push forward in order to steal a vital three points but they couldn’t force a breakthrough as Blues had to settle for their third draw in a row.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Milligan, Humphrys (Kelman 74’), Dieng (C), Hopper, McLaughlin, Kiernan, Mantom, Demetriou (Barratt 90’), White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Goodship, Hutchinson, Rush, Kinali

Tranmere Rovers XI: Chapman, Woods (Ridehalgh 90+4’), Monthe, Morris, Ferrier, Jennings (Mullin 39’), Caprice, Perkins (C), Clarke, Danns (Blackett-Taylor 78’), Woodyard. Subs Not Used: Pilling, Gilmour, Banks, Payne

Referee: Alan Young

Assistants: Adrian Tranter & Matthew Lee

Fourth Official: Callum Walchester


Southend United: None

Tranmere Rovers: None

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 78'

Tranmere Rovers: Manny Monthe 17’, Paul Mullin 40’, Peter Clarke 42’, Neil Danns 66’, Morgan Ferrier 84'

Attendance: 5,988 (392 Away Fans)

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Ticket News

Tranmere Rovers Tickets

Get your tickets for our first home game of 2020!

10 January 2020

Blues return to action this week as they take on Micky Mellon's Tranmere Rovers at Roots Hall.

Sol Campbell's side will be refreshed and ready for the fight against the Whites having had a weekend off due to the Emirates FA Cup games taking place.

But the 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon on New Year's Day will still be fresh in the minds of the Blues squad and they will want to go one step further and pick up three valuable points at home.

The Tranmere Rovers fixture is also our dedicated 'Kids For A Quid' game, meaning all young fans 16 & under can watch the match for just £1!

Category Advanced Matchday
Adult (23-59) £22 £25
Senior (60+) £15 £18
Young Adult (17-22) £14 £17
Student (with valid ID) £14 £17
Junior (9-16) £1 £1
Under 9 £1 £1

Family Enclosure ticket prices are as follows:

Family enclosure (Blocks P, Q and R in the West Stand and the South Lower) Advanced  Matchday
Family Ticket (1 Adult and 1 Under 16) £19 £21
Additional Adult £18 £20
Additional Junior £1 £1
Additional Under 9 £1 £1
Senior (60+) £15 £18
Young Adult (17-22) £14 £17
Student (with valid ID) £14 £17

*Students will be required to provide proof that they are in full-time education to qualify for the concessionary rate.

Members of the emergency services can purchase tickets to the game for a discounted price of £15 with proof of ID when bought in advance of the game. Matchday prices will apply on the day.

Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

Hospitality for this game is also available and can be booked by emailing or calling 01702 304147/304136.

Want to take a look at what packages are on offer for the Tranmere Rovers fixture? Click here to find out!

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