This day in Blues history...
Southend 1-1 Bristol City
Blues equalised late to secure a draw on the opening day of the season against Bristol City.
The game started in the Robins’ favour with Nicky Morgan opening the scoring in the 21st minute.
Blues never came close to scoring in the first half but in the second half it was a different story.
Shots from Andy Ansah, Steve Tilson and Brett Angell were all saved and the opposition’s defence were continuously tested.
But in the 85th minute Blues forward Ian Benjamin placed a well-timed shot into the bottom corner earning Southend a point.
Southend 1-1 Tranmere
The first game of the 1996 season saw Blues draw against a ten-man Tranmere.
Blues scored one minute into the game with Andy Rammell putting the ball into the net from close range.
But midway through the first half Tranmere equalised which came from John Morrissey latching onto a low cross in the box.
Neither side tested the goal in the second half, but Tranmere defender Alan Rogers was shown red in the 69th minute for a harsh tackle.
Southend 2-0 Northampton
Blues made it three wins in three in League Two on the second home game of the season.
Northampton’s Chris Hackett was shown a second yellow in the 22nd minute after a late challenge on Anthony Straker who then gave Blues a 38th minute lead with his first Southend goal.
It was 2-0 in the 68th minute with John White playing Freddy Eastwood through so the striker could slot the ball home from 12-yards.