Adam Barrett retires...
The Club today announces that Adam Barrett will be retiring as a Professional Footballer.
Adam has been a Professional Footballer for 19 years completing 735 appearances, with his first spell at Roots Hall in 2004.
The centre back was integral in successive promotions as Blues went from League Two to the Championship in his first two seasons at the Club.
Barrett made 55 appearances throughout the 2004/05 campaign, scoring 11 goals, picking up only two yellow cards and winning the Player of the Season Award voted by Blues fans in a season which ended with a Play-Off victory at the Millennium Stadium against Lincoln City.
Then, as Blues stormed to the League One title the following season, Barrett was equally impressive and consistent making 49 appearances.
In 2008, Barrett almost guided Blues to another Play-Off Final, missing out to Doncaster Rovers in attempt to bounce back to the Championship.
He left for Crystal Palace in 2010, but five years later was back to make more memories, notably playing a pivotal part as Blues were promoted back to League One at Wembley that year.
In total he made 354 appearances and endeared himself to supporters with his pride and passion.
The fans’ favourite always wore the shirt with pride and such was his influence, the armband when it came his way.
Of his 33 goals in a Southend shirt, memorable moments against Chelsea at Roots Hall in an FA Cup replay, smashing home his penalty at Wembley against Wycombe along with a towering header against Colchester in a 3-0 win last season will live long in the memory.
Adam Barrett said “It has been an honour and a privilege to represent Southend United Football Club for many years and I am extremely proud to have been given the role of Captain during both spells. I have many happy memories and experienced fantastic times at the Club. I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to the Chairman and staff for everything they have done for me over the years. Lastly, I would like to thank the supporters who have shown unbelievable support from the day I joined and are a large part of why the bond I have with the Club is so special. I cannot thank you all enough. I wish the Club every success in the future”.
Phil Brown said: “He will be remembered as one of Blues’ greatest and a true legend. We thank Adam for his long-lasting commitment in his time at Roots Hall and wish him all the best for the future.”
Finally we are delighted that Adam will return to join us at our End of Season Gala Dinner on Sunday 30th April