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Brown: Let's take over the Pirelli Stadium

6 May 2014

Manager hopes subsidised travel will help to ensure 1,700 fans make the trip to Burton Albion

Phil Brown has asked supporters to take over the Pirelli Stadium when Southend United face Burton Albion on Sunday 11th May, kick-off midday.

The club announced earlier today that we will be heavily subsidising travel to the game on Sunday, in partnership with the Shrimpers Trust, with just a notional fee of £5.

Brown was very pleased to hear about the offer, and hopes it’ll help ensure 1,700 Blues fans make the journey to Burton on Sunday.

He said: “I had a conversation with the Chairman and we agreed that we should look to do something to make sure we have as close to 1,700 supporters at the Pirelli Stadium as possible.

“It will put a real marker down and shows how big we are as a football club if we can take that sort of travelling support. It will feel as though we’ve got that 12th man on the road, too.

“Their attendances have average around 3,000 this season, so if we could take 1,700 it would be a real statement of intent from our supporters and the club.

“It’s a great opportunity to get an advantage in the first-leg ahead of returning to Roots Hall looking to book our place in the final at Wembley.

“I’m grateful that the club have agreed this, and hope that supporters take it up and come and support us on Sunday.”

Brown has been pleased with how everyone connected with the club has stuck together throughout the season, and urged for more of the same in the final games.

He added: “We’ve had our highs and lows. The low being no win in 12, but we all stuck together and we’ve come through it. Now we’ve got hopefully three more games and we must continue to stick together.

“All season everyone has been together as one and that has helped us make sure we were in the play-offs, even with that bad run.

“We had a great three games to start the season in the league. Now let’s have three great ones to end it on a huge high.”

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