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Train named in Blues' honour

27 March 2013

National Express train operator c2c are backing Southend United’s march to Wembley

National Express train operator c2c have backed Southend United’s march to Wembley – by naming a train in honour of the Blues.
Southend Mayor, Cllr Sally Carr, Southend United chief executive Steve Kavanagh, and players Paul Smith and Ryan Leonard joined c2c managing director Julian Drury and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Southend Central station for the train naming ceremony.

c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “Naming a train is the railway industry’s traditional way of showing support for excellent achievement, and it’s an event reserved for truly special occasions – the last train we named was in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. Southend United have really put the town on the map with this cup run, and we’re backing the Blues all the way to Wembley.”
Southend United Chief Executive Steve Kavanagh said: “c2c have been extremely supportive to the Club and we feel truly honoured that they have bestowed such a unique privilege on the Club.  They form a vital part of Southend’s transport infrastructure and we are proud to be working in partnership with them in the build up to our historic game at Wembley, and of course beyond April 7th. We hope to see many of our fans travelling to and from London on our train in the future.”
Southend United goalkeeper Paul Smith added: “This was certainly a unique experience – not something I’ve ever experienced before. On behalf of all the players and everyone at the club, thanks for all the support we’ve been getting from fans and the local community.”
Cllr Sally Carr, Mayor of Southend said: “We’re totally behind the club, and we’ll all be there to cheer them on. We wish them all success and look forward to them coming back with the cup.”
If you haven’t yet purchased tickets for the game, you can do so from as little as £11 per child and £21 per adult. Please contact 08444 77 00 77 to book your tickets or head down to Roots Hall’s Blues Box Office.
c2c are running a special timetable to get fans to Wembley on April 7th, with extra services, longer trains and free car parking. Altogether c2c will be providing 14,000 seats into central London between 8am and midday – enough to fill Southend’s Roots Hall ground and still have room for extra fans.

Four adults can travel together for just £8 return each with a GroupSave ticket, and fans are advised to buy their train tickets in advance and beat the queues on the day.

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