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10 September 2021

Halifax Town v Southend United…


Whilst being robust and tough to beat, Southend United have yet to taste victory since their 1-0 victory away at King's Lynn on opening day.

The Blues looked to be on their way to picking up all three points last time out as they took a two-goal lead against a well-backed Wrexham side, but a quick-fire double put pay to ambitions of a points maximum as they were forced to take a share of the spoils.

Phil Brown’s side have picked up four points from a possible six away from home so far this season, and a win could propel Blues into the top half of the early Vanarama National League standings.

Halifax Town and Southend have not met since the Shaymen’s reformation in 2008.

The Opposition:

Halifax finished in a very respectable 10th position in the Vanarama National League last season.

However, they have lost key members of their squad this summer, most notably Jake Hyde and Jeff King as they moved on to Wrexham and Chesterfield respectively.

The club was reformed 13 years ago having been unable to pay their crippling debts, thus forcing them down the non-league ladder.

Since then, the Shaymen have yet to return to the Football League, where they resided when Blues boss Brown played and captained the club between 1985 and 1988, winning the supporters' player of year in his final season.

The closest they came to a return to the top four tiers occurred in the 13/14 season, as they finished fifth in the National League.


Saturday’s hosts are one point better off than Southend from their first four matches, having picked up six points from a possible 12 so far this campaign.

Unlike the Blues, Halifax have yet to draw a match, emerging victorious twice while also falling to defeat twice.

Pete Wild’s side managed to see off Altrincham by two goals to nil a week after beating Woking 3-2, however they suffered defeats against Maidenhead United and Yeovil Town either side of the triumphs.

In comparison, the visiting Blues have been held to draws twice so far, against Wealdstone and Wrexham, and suffered defeat against Stockport County two weeks ago, after defeating King’s Lynn Town on the opening day.

From The Boss:

"I’m going back to where it all started,” said Phil Brown.

"Everybody thinks Hartlepool is the place it all started; yes it’s where I made my debut and played 200 odd games, but my first move south, as it were, was to Halifax Town so I’ve got really fond memories of the place.

"They say once a Shayman, always a Shayman, and that is true. I’ve got fond memories of the area, fond memories of the people and the football club, but I’ll not be fond of them on Saturday that is for sure.

"The ex-player’s association have invited me to the boardroom after the game so it’s nice to know that I’m still regarded in those circumstances, but bottom line is I’m going there simply with one thing in my mind which is to win the game.

"If we win the game it could kickstart our season. We’ve got to get back to that winning way and that has to start on Saturday at Halifax Town."

Blues’ Team News:

Left-back Tom Clifford remains a long-term absentee with his injury sustained in pre-season.

After suffering concussion in last weekend’s outing against Wrexham, Blues boss Brown declared Nathan Ralph as ‘touch and go’ for the trip to West Yorkshire, but will wait upon guidance as to whether the left-back can feature.

Summer signing Abu Ogogo is nearing a return, but Saturday may come slightly too soon after he was forced off the pitch with a hamstring problem against Stockport.

Blues’ most recent recruit, Will Atkinson, featured for the U23’s on Monday evening and is pushing to feature come Saturday.

Ref Watch:

Andrew Miller will be the man in the middle at the Shay on Saturday.

He has only ever officiated Southend in the capacity of a fourth official, it will be his first time calling the shots against the Blues.

Miller has taken charge of one National League fixture so far this season, refereeing Stockport’s 3-1 defeat on opening day against Dagenham and Redbridge, he issued five yellow cards on the day.

He was last involved in a Southend game during Mark Molesley's second league match in charge of the club, as his side fell to a 2-0 defeat away at Carlisle United last season.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Aldershot Town v Solihull Moors

Barnet v Eastleigh

Bromley v Boreham Wood

Dover Athletic v Chesterfield

Stockport County v Yeovil Town

Torquay United v Grimsby Town

Wealdstone v Altrincham

Weymouth v Notts County

Wrexham v Woking

King’s Lynn Town v Dagenham and Redbridge

How to Follow:

The best way will be at the Shay Stadium where tickets are only on sale on the day from the turnstiles - more details here.

Blues fans not making the trip to West Yorkshire on Saturday 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.

Please note, if technical difficulties are encountered then please email

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


11 September 2021

Southend United were handed a 3-1 defeat by FC Halifax Town at the Shay Stadium

Jordan Slew’s tap-in six minutes from the interval put the home side in front before Slew turned provider for Billy Waters to head in a second shortly after the restart. Niall Maher then wrapped up the victory on an afternoon to forget for Phil Brown’s side as he headed in Martin Wood’s free-kick.

Southend did manage to grab a consolation goal late on as Jack Bridge picked out Rhys Murphy with a low ball into the box that was finished off by the Blues striker, but the damage had been done as Southend suffered defeat.

Blues made just the one enforced change for the trip to West Yorkshire with goalkeeper Steve Arnold being replaced by Harry Seaden after the Southend number one dislocated a finger in training earlier in the week.

Following back-to-back draws, Phil Brown’s side were looking to get back to winning ways and were inches away from making an ideal start at the Shay Stadium when a Jack Bridge cross picked out Rhys Murphy inside three minutes, but the striker was unable to find the target from close range.

Once again backed by superb travelling support, Southend weathered a mini-storm from Halifax in the form of a series of corners, before Blues created another golden chance midway through the first-half when Bridge flashed a cross across goal that managed to evade everyone in white.

The Shaymen had looked threatening from set-pieces and balls into the box from wide positions and they had a handball shout go begging when Martin Woods’ free-kick into the near-post was put behind by Murphy, with the referee uninterested in the home side’s appeals.

But Halifax’s wing-play would eventually unlock the Blues defences as Tom Bradbury found space down the left to fizz in a wicked ball towards Jordan Slew who was on hand to tap in and put the home side in front at the interval.

Southend’s problems though only worsened after the break as they fell further behind just two minutes into the second-half when Billy Waters managed to head Slew’s cross out of the reach of Seaden to put Halifax firmly in control.

Brown had seen enough and immediately made a triple change with Shaun Hobson, Terrell Egbri and Will Atkinson coming on, but it didn’t turn the tide. Instead, Halifax should have scored a third as Waters picked out the unmarked Matty Warburton who fluffed his lines at the vital moment.

There was still time for Blues to mount a comeback and they had a half-chance come and go as Hobson flicked on a set-piece from the right towards Josh Coulson but the centre-half was unable to direct his subsequent header on target.

But any hope of a comeback was ended when the home side scored a third to kill the game off. Woods, who’d been excellent with his deliveries all afternoon, whipped in another dangerous ball that was glanced into the back of the net by Shaymen captain Niall Maher.

Southend did manage to get themselves on the scoresheet and grab a consolation late on as Bridge’s low ball into the box was turned home by Murphy, but it was too little too late for Brown’s side who suffered defeat ahead of Tuesday night’s home game against Aldershot Town.

FC Halifax Town XI: Johnson, Benn (Warren 30’), Debrah, Bradbury, Green, Warburton, Waters, Gilmour (Vale 76’), Slew (Allen 70’), Woods, Maher (C). Subs Not Used: Spence, Swaby-Nevin

Blues XI: Seaden, Ralph, Coulson, Bridge, Dunne, Murphy, Dalby, Ferguson (Hobson 51’), Phillips (Atkinson 51’), Demetriou, White (C) (Egbri 52’). Subs Not Used: Andeng Ndi, Kargbo

Referee: Andrew Miller

Assistants: Alex Clark & Adam Nichol

Fourth Official: Mark Ryan


FC Halifax Town: Jordan Slew 39’, Billy Waters 47’, Niall Maher 73’

Southend United: Rhys Murphy 88’

Yellow Cards:

FC Halifax Town: Kieran Green 35’, Jordan Slew 63’, Niall Maher 90'

Southend United: Harry Phillips 28’, Harry Seaden 49’, Jason Demetriou 59’, James Dunne 63’, Josh Coulson 72’, Jack Bridge 90’

Attendance: 1,959

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Ticket News


Details for the trip to the Shay Stadium

7 September 2021

Tickets for the game against FC Halifax Town are only available on the day.

Blues travel to west Yorkshire on Saturday 11th September - 3pm kick-off.

Halifax do not sell tickets in advance and have advised that it will be cash only on the turnstiles.

Blues supporters will be situated in Blocks A & B of Halifax’s East (Main) stand. This area has in excess of 900 seats.


Adults - £21

Over 65s - £18

Under 18s - £12

Under 12s - Free with a full paying adult

Away Ticket Priority Scheme

Following consultation with Halifax Town, we are pleased to announce that supporters making the journey to the Shay Stadium will be allocated points as part of Blues’ Away Ticket Priority Scheme.

Halifax Town have kindly agreed that when supporters pay by cash at the turnstile, they will be given a voucher which will be proof of purchase of attending the fixture.

Please email an image of your voucher to so your points can be added to your account.

Coach Travel Information 

Click here for travel information for the Halifax match.

Click here for the Shrimpers Trust Away Travel Terms and Conditions.

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