Alan Moody collection will take place this weekend against Plymouth Argyle...
With the collection match against Plymouth for Alan Moody fast approaching, we take a moment here to remember that, during his 12 years at Roots Hall, Alan was not only a massive influence on the pitch, he made a big impression off it too. Here are some memories from Blues fan Dave Goody:
“When I was 10 years old (in 1974) our house was in a road which adjoined the one where Alan Moody lived. I used to walk home from Hockley Primary School and often bumped into Alan, as he used to help out in a local shoe menders. As a 10 year-old I was besotted by Alan and he would spend the 20 minute walk chatting with me about football. He was an absolute gentleman, and one of the greatest influences on my footballing upbringing.
Just two days before the FA Cup 5th Round match in 1976 away to Derby I again walked home with Alan. He asked me if I was going and at the time I thought I wasn't so I said "No" (it turned out my Dad surprised me with tickets on the Friday). I was thrilled, and when I bumped into Alan again the following week I told him I had been to the match which pleased him. When we got to his house he asked me to wait outside; he went in and returned with a programme, fully signed by both teams! Although it was a massive match in his career, he had found time to get a souvenir for me because he thought I wasn't going - I have treasured it ever since.
I last met up with Alan at Roots Hall about 20 years ago and not only did he remember my story, he recognised me! Alan is my all-time Southend United hero.”
In advance of the collection at the next home game against Plymouth you are reminded that, if you would like to donate online in support of our tribute to Alan and raising funds to help with the purchase for him of a specially adapted disability car, the link is: