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20 August 2021

King's Lynn Town vs Southend United...


Southend United take a step into the unknown tomorrow as they make their first-ever appearance in the National League against a side that they’ve never faced before in King’s Lynn Town.

Phil Brown’s side will travel to Norfolk looking to get their new campaign off to the best possible start and they’ll be backed by a huge number of travelling Blues fans against The Linnets. 

Having not travelled to a single away game since February 2020, over 1,000 Southend supporters will be making the trip to The Walks Stadium hoping to see their side pick up three points. 

The Opposition:

King’s Lynn finished 21st last season in the National League but were reprieved from relegation due to the curtailment of all divisions from Step 2 down meaning no sides went up or down.

As a result, The Linnets will be taking part in only their second-ever season at this level with the club having enjoyed a meteoric rise after being reformed in 2010 and joining the United Counties League.

The Norfolk side went full-time over the summer having been one of a small number of National League clubs to be part-time last season, in the hope they can improve on last season’s campaign.

Managed by Ian Culverhouse, The Linnets’ most notable signing of the summer has to be Junior Morias – the former Peterborough striker who joined on a permanent deal in the summer.


Although not much can be read into results when it comes to pre-season, Blues did pick up three wins, two draws and two defeats from their warm-up games ahead of the new campaign. 

Southend were victorious against Great Wakering Rovers, Harlow Town and Norwich City’s u23s with Blues managing to score in every single one of their pre-season outings.

King’s Lynn’s pre-season fixture list saw them too pick up three wins from their seven matches, beating Gorleston, Stratford Town and an impressive 1-0 win over Championship side Peterborough.

From The Boss:

"We’ve got to create a new vibe and a new environment which is what we’ve tried to do with the new signings, the players that have signed on loan, the ones that have re-signed and the ones that have come through the ranks.

"At the moment, yes it looks like we’ve moved away from the back-to-back relegations and turned a corner but you’ll not find that out until we start playing. When that first whistle goes, we’ve got to have a mentality that’s different to the last few seasons; totally different.

"It’s got to be on the front foot, positive, it’s got to be driven by fitness levels and the motivation to win things. That expectancy to lose, which has been around the club for too long, has to change. We’ve got a responsibility to change that, myself included."

Blues Team News:

All nine of Blues’ summer signings are in line to face King’s Lynn tomorrow with the club this week confirming the arrival of Matt Dennis and Hamzad Kargbo on loan as Phil Brown’s latest recruits.

Dennis and Kargbo join Steve Arnold, Josh Coulson, James Dunne, Abu Ogogo, Rhys Murphy and Sam Dalby through the door at Southend, along with Jack Bridge who’s returned for a second spell.

One definite absentee tomorrow will be full-back Tom Clifford who picked up an ankle injury against Ebbsfleet United in pre-season and is expected to be out for several weeks.

Ref Watch:

Daniel Middleton will be the man in the middle at The Walks Stadium tomorrow afternoon as he begins his fifth season as a National League referee.

Middleton officiated 19 games last season, with his final game of the campaign seeing him oversee a 4-2 win for Wrexham against tomorrow’s hosts, King’s Lynn.

Over the course of last season, Middleton issued a total of 46 yellow cards – an average of 2.4 per game – and five red cards. It’ll be his first visit to King’s Lynn since November 2020.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Aldershot Town vs Chesterfield

Barnet vs Notts County

FC Halifax Town vs Maidenhead United

Solihull Moors vs Wrexham*

Stockport County vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Torquay United vs Altrincham

Wealdstone vs Woking

Weymouth vs Boreham Wood

Postponed Games:

Bromley P-P Grimsby Town

Dover Athletic P-P Solihull Moors

Wrexham P-P Yeovil Town

*Solihull & Wrexham agreed to play each other after their opening games were postponed

How to Follow:

Blues fans that aren’t travelling to The Walks Stadium tomorrow will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

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Match Reports


21 August 2021

Southend United began life in the Vanarama National League with a 1-0 win over King’s Lynn Town at The Walks Stadium with Sam Dalby’s early strike the difference between the two sides.

Dalby scored eight minutes in for the visitors who were backed by over 1,000 raucous Blues fans who were able to attend their first away game since February 2020.

The hosts finished the game with 10 men after Junior Morias was sent off, and the Linnets were indebted stopper Paul Jones for keeping the scoreline down to one with the King's Lynn goalkeeper pulling off a string of impressive saves.

Phil Brown gave full debuts to six of his nine summer signings with Steve Arnold, Abu Ogogo, Josh Coulson, Jack Bridge, Rhys Murphy and Sam Dalby all making the starting 11. Loanees Hamzad Kargbo and Matt Dennis made the bench, while James Dunne missed out through injury.

And Blues’ first venture into the Vanarama National League got off to the perfect start as Sam Dalby opened the scoring for the visitors early on at The Walks Stadium. Harry Phillips’ free-kick found its way out to Jack Bridge whose low cross was stabbed home by Dalby after just eight minutes.

That lead could, and arguably should, have been doubled two minutes later when Nathan Ferguson picked up the ball on the edge of the box, but the midfielder was unable to trouble Paul Jones in the King’s Lynn goal as he dragged his effort just wide.

After a bright start for the visitors, The Linnets grew into the game and had a good chance to equalise when Ross Barrows’ cross was headed over by Tyler Denton before new signing Junior Morias saw a couple of efforts fly off target.

Southend though ended the first-half the stronger and went close to doubling their lead just before the interval when a Jason Demetriou cross from the right was just out of reach of Bridge who’d snuck in at the far post.

The visitors looked to press home their advantage in the second-half and had a flurry of chances fall to Rhys Murphy who was first denied by the outstretched boot of Kyle Callan-McFadden before slicing a volley wide from 12 yards minutes later with the goal at his mercy.

Quick thinking from Steve Arnold then set Murphy free down the left, with the striker cutting inside and forcing a save from close range from Jones. Dalby was following up, but he couldn’t divert the rebound on target as King’s Lynn clung on.

But completely against the run of play, The Linnets created their best chance of the afternoon as Gold Omotayo was picked out by a right-wing cross only for his header to be superbly saved low to his left by Arnold.

Blues needed a second and Ferguson went close with a toe-poked effort that was well saved by Jones, but with little over five minutes remaining the pressure was lifted as Morias was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Demetriou.

Blues peppered the Linnets goal looking for a second and sub Matt Dennis was denied from close range by a brilliant one-handed save from Jones before the in-form Jones denied Nathan Ralph with a low shot which rebounded out to Demetriou whose header clipped the top of the crossbar.

There was still a chance for King’s Lynn to nick a point at the death though as Barrows’ header came back off the crossbar in the final minute of five added on, but Southend held out for a deserved three points on the opening day of the Vanarama National League season.

King’s Lynn Town XI: Jones, Fernandez (Linton 62’), Denton, Callan-McFadden, Bird, Clunan (C) (Sundrie 78’), Coleman, Omotayo, Morias, Barrows, Rowley (Gyasi 74’). Subs Not Used: Bowry, Gascoigne

Blues XI: Arnold, Ralph, Ogogo, Coulson, Bridge (Hobson 81’), Murphy (Dennis 80’), Dalby, Ferguson, Phillips, Demetriou, White (C). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Egbri, Kargbo

Referee: Daniel Middleton

Assistants: Jacob Lehane & Andrew Gray

Fourth Official: Gareth Davis


King’s Lynn Town: None

Southend United: Sam Dalby 8’

Yellow Cards:

King’s Lynn Town: Ethan Coleman 43’, Pierce Bird 86’

Southend United: Nathan Ralph 38’, Rhys Murphy 85’

Red Cards:

King’s Lynn Town: Junior Morias 83’

Southend United: None

Attendance: 2,683

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Ticket News


3 August 2021

Details for our opening Vanarama National League game away to King’s Lynn Town.

The Club have been informed by King’s Lynn Town of the process for Blues supporters to buy tickets for the first game of the season at The Walks, which takes place on Saturday 21 August – 3pm kick-off.

Tickets will be sold through King’s Lynn’s ticketing website ONLY and will go on sale at 9am on Thursday 5 August.

We have been given an allocation of 989 terrace tickets which are available at the following prices:


Adults - £21
Concession - £19 (over 65’s)
Under 16s - £5

King's Lynn have also advised that, with no segregation, Blues supporters can also purchase seated tickets, priced at:


Adults - £23
Concessions - £21
Under 16s - £11

Premier Seating

£26 all seats no discount (halfway line behind directors’ box)



Three course meal, programme, parking, teamsheet, comp tea and coffee throughout day, access to VIP bar


Free helper (with proof) needs to be booked directly with club ticket price same as terrace

Coach Travel Information

The Shrimpers Trust's coaches will be making the 114 mile trip to King's Lynn with six pick-up points. 

A lot has changed since the Trust had to suspend its coach travel to Away fixtures due to the Covid-19 outbreak, however they are back and are looking forward to the new season.

Supporters can be assured that the Trust is working closely with their travel partner SBC, and have implemented processes within the guidelines provided by the world health organisation and the UK government to help supporters feel confident and most importantly remain safe when travelling to games with us.

Please take a look at the Away Travel Terms and Conditions for specific details on the steps that have been implemented.

Bookings and more information is available online from the Shrimpers Trust's website.

Click here for travel information for the King's Lynn match.

Shrimpers Trust Away Travel Terms and Conditions.


Parking at the stadium is also available via The Linnets' website at the cost of £4.

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