We take a look at our new opponents for 2016/17.
Who are this lot then?
Bolton Wanderers are very much a club rebuilding following a torrid few years.
After suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2012 following a ten-year stay, the Trotters struggled to adjust to life in the second tier and last season with troubles on and off the field apparent, the Lancashire club succumbed to their second relegation in five seasons.
With new owners now at the helm and a new manager to go with it, Bolton will be looking to make an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship in 2016/17.
How did they get on last season?
Many Bolton fans will tell you that the 2015/16 was a season to forget for the club.
After only winning one of their first 23 games, the second half didn’t get much better for Wanderers and relegation was confirmed in early April having relieved manager Neil Lennon of his duties a month before.
Who’s the Manager?
Bolton Wanderers announced Phil Parkinson as the club’s new first team manager on Friday 10 June.
Parkinson, joined the Trotters from fellow Sky Bet League One club Bradford City, after the two clubs agreed a compensation package.
The former Colchester United Boss signed a two-year contract with the club and will be joined by assistant manager Steve Parkin in making the move to Macron Stadium.
What happened last time?
Southend United last met Bolton back in December 1996 in Division One as it was labelled back then.
The Trotters were 3-1 winners with Andy Rammell netting for Blues. Southend midfielder Phil Gridelet received a red card after conceding a penalty which lead to Bolton’s third goal.
What’s the ground like?
The Macron Stadium was officially opened as the Reebok Stadium in 1997 following the move from Burnden Park.
Away fans are housed in the two tiered South Stand at one end of the ground, which seats up to 5,000 supporters.