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14 September 2021

Southend United v Aldershot Town…


Following a lengthy journey to West Yorkshire at the weekend, Southend United are back in familiar surroundings tonight as they welcome Aldershot Town to Roots Hall.

Phil Brown’s side slumped to a 3-1 defeat on Saturday as they were put to the sword by the Shaymen. Luckily for Blues they have a short turnaround to make amends.

Southend have certainly had to adjust to life in the fifth tier so far, having not tasted victory since opening day, but Brown’s men will be eyeing up three points against the slow-starting Shots this evening. 

The two sides last met in April 2013 in a League Two clash, Southend wheeling away 2-0 victors, courtesy of second-half goals from Barry Corr and Britt Assombalonga.

The Opposition:

Aldershot Town FC rose from the ashes of Aldershot Football Club, which went out of business in 1992.

They enjoyed successive promotions, propelling the club into the Football League in 2008; their EFL stay lasted for five years.

The Shots have remained in the National since their return in 2013, though they were agonisingly close to suffering relegation from the fifth tier in 2019, only saved by the administration of Gateshead.

Current manager Danny Searle joined the club at the conclusion of that season, replacing former Southend caretaker boss Gary Waddock at the helm. 


Tuesday night’s visitors have suffered a very tough start to the 21/22 campaign.

Searle’s side have only experienced defeat so far this season, having played five league matches and falling short each time.

But the Shots’ opening fixtures have been tough.

They have already done battle with Boreham Wood, Chesterfield and Notts County, all sides sitting high in the early season standings.

They will be looking for their first points of the season as they make the trip to Roots Hall to face a Southend side who suffered their second defeat of the season on Saturday.

Brown’s side are winless in their last four matches, defeated by Stockport County and FC Halifax either side of their draws against Wealdstone and Wrexham.

From The Boss:

"The most important part of the training session was the talk", said Brown.

"It was all about what we wanted to achieve; if we want to go out there on a daily basis and just be mediocre or average, I don’t want players at this club who want just that. I was harsh with my words after the game on Saturday.

"I took the Echo in and I pinned it up on the noticeboard. My first question was, ‘do you want to play for the club?’ And, ‘do you want to play for me?’

"It was a unanimous yes. But it’s alright saying it, they’ve got to go and show that now. There needs to be a change in the thought process of how to win games of football at this level.

"You’ve got to be motivated and self-motivated at this level more than anywhere."

Blues’ Team News:

Steve Arnold missed out on Saturday due to a dislocated finger, and he is rated “50/50” for the clash at Roots Hall tonight. Phil Brown suggested that the shot-stopper may undergo an injection to return between the sticks against the Shots.

Abu Ogogo is also nearing a return to fitness, having been out for just over two weeks with a hamstring problem. The midfielder has also been rated with half a chance of featuring against Danny Searle’s side.

Matt Dennis, however, will remain out after pulling up with a hamstring issue in Saturday’s warm up.

He’s joined on the treatment table by Tom Clifford, who has yet to feature for the Blues this season.

Ref Watch:

Adrian Quelch will be taking charge of proceedings on the night.

It will be Quelch’s first visit to Roots Hall as referee.

In his two National League games so far this season, Quelch has issued five yellow cards and one red, coming on bank holiday Monday in August between Torquay and Woking.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Altrincham v King’s Lynn Town

Boreham Wood v FC Halifax

Chesterfield v Barnet

Dagenham and Redbridge v Weymouth

Eastleigh v Dover Athletic

Grimsby Town v Wrexham

Maidenhead United v Stockport County

Notts County v Wealdstone

Solihull Moors v Torquay United

Woking v Bromley

How to Follow:

Tickets are on sale for the game from the Blues Box Office online, on the phone (0344 477 0077) or in person. Tickets cost £20 for adults, £15 for concessions, £10 for juniors (9-16) and £5 for children (8 and under).

Blues fans unable to attend Roots Hall on Tuesday evening 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


14 September 2021

Southend United suffered a second consecutive defeat tonight, as Aldershot Town ran away 3-2 victors.

5004 fans were in attendance, the vast majority of which jumped for joy in the 17th minute as Rhys Murphy put Phil Brown’s side ahead in freak circumstances.

However, the evening was to prove more fruitful for the visiting side; they levelled the game before half-time and hit a second-half double as they enjoyed their first victory of the 2021/22 campaign.

Jason Demetriou claimed a late consolation goal, but it was too little too late for the Shrimpers on the night.  

The hosts started the brightest, winning the first corner of the match as Murphy cut in from the left flank before sending an effort goal bound; his effort was blocked and sent out of play.

Four minutes later, the Blues again charged forward as, on the counter-attack, Sam Dalby flashed a dangerous cross into the box, it was met by Terrell Egbri who awkwardly made contact to send an effort wide.

Two minutes later, Brown’s side found themselves fortunate to keep the game level.

Aldershot came agonisingly close to opening the lead, Jayden Harris hit a well-struck effort from just outside Blues’ penalty area, forcing Steve Arnold into a smart save before sending his follow up effort inches wide of the right post.

Eight minutes later, it was the hosts who opened the scoring, in bizarre circumstances.

Mitch Walker went to clear the ball from a goal kick, he was halted by Murphy who was lurking by the Shots ‘keeper, Blues’ captain nabbed the ball from Walker and walked it into an empty net.

Despite Danny Searle’s side’s protests, the goal was given with Walker receiving a yellow card for his protests.

The Shrimpers looked comfortable in the game, until the 37th minute when they were pegged back by the visitors.

A good passage of play by the Shots resulted in a ball out wide falling to Alfy Whittingham somewhat fortuitously, he drilled a cross into the box, met only by the foot of Demetriou who turned the ball into his own net.

The home side, looking to regain their lead, nearly got themselves back ahead when Josh Coulson sent a shot into the side netting from close range five minutes later.

But the two sides went in for the half-time interval level, neither side managing to get a real hold on the match.

Six minutes after the break, the visitors took the lead.

Coulson was beaten for pace by Corie Andrews, who whipped a ball in for Mo Bettamer; the striker found himself within plenty of space in the Blues box to calmly slot into the net.

Brown’s side struggled to threaten Searle’s side in the opening exchanges of the half, the visitors nearly had their third midway into the second period, Bettamer converted from a great ball by Whittingham, but the striker was ruled offside.

In desperation of the levelling goal, the hosts came close on the 74th minute.

Jack Bridge did well to work his way to the left-side of the penalty area, he fizzed a ball in with the intention of it meeting Egbri at the back post, Blues’ winger couldn’t quite make contact.

The fate of the game was sealed in the 88th minute, as the Shots scored their third of the evening.

Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong was sent through, in behind the hosts defence; his calm finish was slotted neatly past Arnold, condemning the Shrimpers to more misery, whilst sending the 124 away fans into jubilation.

The home side did, however, score a consolation goal, as Demetriou’s dangerous cross crashed off the left post and into the net.

The Roots Hall faithful made their discontent known when Adrian Quelch blew the full-time whistle, as the Blues were beaten for the second time in four days.



Southend United XI: Arnold, Ralph, Hobson, Coulson (White 57’), Bridge, Dunne, Murphy, Dalby (Rush 80’), Egbri (Walsh 80’), Atkinson, Demetriou.

Aldershot XI: Walker, Fowler, Kinsella, Lyons-Foster, Whittingham, Edser, Bettamer (Berkeley-Agyepong), Andrews, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Phillips, Harris. 

Referee: Adrian Quelch

Assistants: Steve Durnall and Stuart Kane

Fourth Official: Aji Ajibola


Southend United: Murphy (17’) Demetriou (90+6)

Aldershot: Demetriou OG (37’) Bettamer (51’) Berkeley-Agyepong (88’)

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Dunne (31’)

Aldershot: Walker (17’) Kinsella (43’) Harris (79’) Oxlade-Chamberlain (85’) Andrews (88’)

Attendance: 5004


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Ticket News


14 September 2021

Information ahead of tonight’s game against Aldershot Town.

Paul Robinson West Stand Ticket Office

Unfortunately, the Paul Robinson West Stand Ticket Office is closed for tonight’s Vanarama National League fixture against Aldershot Town.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

Buying Tickets?

Tickets can be purchased from the Blues Box Office up until kick-off. 

If you are calling the ticket office please use the new Box Office phone number 0344 477 0077. You can also purchase in person before the game and online.

Collecting Tickets?

Supporters can collect their tickets from the North East Ticket Collection which is located near the Main Reception of Roots Hall Stadium from 5.30pm. 

Season Card Wallets

Season card wallets, which come as part of 2021/22 season card holders' benefits, can now be collected from the main Ticket Office at supporters’ convenience.


2020/21 season card holders qualify for an exclusive Southend United lanyard.

These are also now available for collection from the main ticket office at supporters’ convenience.

Thank you for your continued support.

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