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BLUES at 110 | Southend United are born!

19 May 2016

Take a look back at how Southend United were founded on May 19th 1906.

The face of football in Southend was to change forever following a meeting held in the Blue Boar Public House on May 19th 1906. 

Southend United were formed at this meeting assembled by landlord Oliver Trigg and a band of fellow enthusiasts.

Following their formation, the club gained election to the professional Southern League Second Division. Their opponents were mainly reserve teams but also included the likes of Hastings and St Leonards, Tunbridge Wells Rangers and Salisbury City.

Another club baying for the Southend public’s affection was Southend Athletic, but with professional contracts on the table at United, many of Athletics’ players made the move across town in 1906.

The loss of so many of their recruits forced Athletic to merge with fellow amateur side Southend Victoria. This was to spark a bitter rivalry between the sides for many years.

The Southern League Division Two title was won twice in succession in the club's first two seasons. Bob Jack's side, led by goal machine Harold Halse and the mercurial inside forward Prince Blott, lost only five matches in that time.

In later Southern League campaigns The Blues were forced on long trips to deepest Wales to fulfil fixtures against the likes of Mardy, Treharris and Mid Rhondda.

The FA Cup was entered for the first time in 1907 with a match against East Ham. Early ties included games against long lost teams such as London Caledonians, Walthamstow Grange, Southend Amateurs, Custom House and the 4th Kings Royal Rifles.

In 1920 the Southern League clubs, including Southend United, were elected to form the new Third Division of the Football League. A year later this became the Third Division South as a northern section had also been introduced. The honour of scoring Southend’s first ever goal in the Football League fell to Albert Fairclough.

Southend United would like to thank David Goody for providing the club with images to help celebrate Blues' 110th Birthday!

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