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Fans: Phil Cox's fantastic support

13 February 2014

In Saturday's programme, we'll be talking to Phil Cox, who has attended 1,300 consecutive Southend United matches

Southend United fan Phil Cox will be watching his 1,301st consecutive Blues game on Saturday.

We’re covering Phil’s fantastic achievement in Saturday’s programme when Exeter City visit, but here’s some of what Phil told Blues:  

“Match number one of this run was at Roots Hall v Colchester on Boxing Day 1989. These were good times for Southend, Promotion to Division Three then Division Two followed.

“I decided then that I wanted to see every match I could in Division Two, we of course lasted 6 seasons at this level, by now I was nearly up to 500 consecutive matches. 

“From here on I just kept going through the subsequent relegations, saying to myself let’s see how far I can go. 

“The bad years of the Division three years nearly broke me but I just carried on. Visits to the Millennium Stadium and eventual promotion back to the third tier made up for it (even had a page to myself in Wrexham FLT final programme).

“I got to a 1000 consecutive in September 2008 (at Carlisle of all places) and now it is up to 1,300. 

“Why I keep going is a good question, but now I think it would be very difficult to miss one, deliberately.

“The best memories are all those promotion matches - at Peterborough, Bury, Lincoln in Cardiff and Swansea. The matches at the Millennium Stadium, the Anglo Italian Cup away games (something totally different), the victories over Man United and Spurs and being the only Blues fan at a reserve match at Wokingham Town.”

Make sure you read Blues this Saturday to hear more of Phil’s story.

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