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Fixtures: Blues' Opening Day Record

16 June 2015

We look back on the last eight opening day matches for the Blues.

We take a look back at some of the more recent opening day games involving the Blues. 

As you can see, it's fair to say we've been drawn at home a lot to kick seasons off, with seven of the last eight opening day matches played at Roots Hall.

2014-15 – Accrington Stanley (A) (Win)
Away at Accrington Stanley on the opening day of a season which would eventually lead to great things. Barry Corr had his penalty saved in the first half, but fortunately for the Blues, we were awarded another one in the second 45 minutes, after Lee Barnard was fouled in the box. Barnard dusted himself down to score the spot kick and give Blues the opening day points in Lancashire.

2013-14 – Plymouth Argyle (H) (Win)
Back in the summer of 2013, Southend got their season underway at a sun-drenched Roots Hall against Plymouth Argyle. The points were won after 15 minutes thanks to Barry Corr's poacher's effort from close range to earn Blues a deserved win, with a number of players making their competitive debuts for the Club on that day – including John White and Will Atkinson.

2012-13 – Accrington Stanley (H) (Loss)
Blues began at Roots Hall for the start of the 2012-13 campaign when Accrington Stanley came to Essex. The Blues had the majority of the play in a game full of chances for the hosts, however, Accrington won the game through a set piece, when on loan Reading forward Karl Sheppard headed home just after the hour mark.

2011-12 – Hereford United (H) (Win)
Bilel Mohsni scored the only goal of the game early on as Blues narrowly overcame Hereford United at Roots Hall. It all came from a bit of magic from Ryan Hall, as his pinpoint cross found Mohsni, who headed home. Southend had chance to increase the lead, but ran out comfortable 1-0 winners in the end.

2010-11 – Stockport County (H) (Draw)
It's been quite a while since our last opening day draw – which came against Stockport County at Roots Hall. The visitors took the lead in controversial circumstances when George Donnelly scored on 83 minutes - despite the assistant referee flagging for offside earlier in the move. Paul Sturrock was sent to the stands late in the game, but there was still time for his son Blair to bag a dramatic late equaliser in added time to earn a point for the Blues.

2009-10 – Huddersfield Town (H) (Draw)
Blues threw away a two-goal lead as ten-man Huddersfield Town battled back to earn a point on the opening day of the 2009-10 season. Lee Barnard gave Southend the lead early into the game from the penalty spot before Franck Moussa doubled the hosts' lead just before the hour. Anthony Pilkington pulled one back with 20 minutes left and then Jordan Rhodes equalised soon after for a Huddersfield side who had Michael Collins sent off with just minutes left.

2008-09 – Peterborough United (H) (Win)
Newly promoted Peterborough United came to Roots Hall looking to continue their momentum from their rise to League 1. However, Blues put paid to that by earning the three points at Roots Hall thanks to Peter Clarke. The defender smashed home from close range after Dan Harding's corner and Southend were victorious with a 1-0 win.

2007-08 – Leyton Orient (H) (Loss)
A local derby kicked off the season, but it wasn't as Blues planned, as we were defeated at home to Leyton Orient, 1-2. Thing began well for the Blues as Mark Gower gave us the lead in the first half before Sean Thornton scored with a sensational free kick. It looked as if the game would finish all square, only for Adam Boyd to score for the O's with just four minutes remaining to take the points back to east London.

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