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News: Phil Brown pays Blues fan a surprise visit

27 February 2015

Manager surprises Blues fan for his birthday.

This afternoon, Southend United boss Phil Brown gave one Blues fan a surprise visit, for his 60th birthday.

The manager popped into Southend Hospital to surprise Ray Johnstone, who works at the hospital, and joined Ray's family and friends to celebrate his birthday with cake and tea!

Phil said: “It's one of the pleasures of being involved in football. It offers a great chance to meet good people. Ray does a terrific job for the NHS and is a lifelong support of the Club.

“It's no skin off my nose. I enjoyed spending time with him and hopefully a great 60th year for him will coincide with a successful season for Southend United.”

A thrilled Ray beamed: “I was absolutely delighted to meet Phil. It was very good of him to meet me and take time out. I've been supporting Blues for over 50 years now and I was absolutely thrilled and shocked when he walked through the door!”

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