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Two former players pay tribute to Adam Barrett

6 March 2017

Mark Bentley and Darryl Flahavan on their former team-mate...

In Saturday's 'Roots Review', Mark Benltey and Darryl Flahavan spoke about their former team-mate, Adam Barrett, following his retirement from professional football.

The programme had various Barrett tributes, with the double-page spread from Bentley and Flahavan taking prominence. The former Blues midfielder, along with the former shotstopper who made over 300 appearances for Blues shared their insight on Barrett and told how highly they think of him.

Remember to buy the programme, on sale for £3, to read interviews and features like this first.

Mark Bentley

He set the standard.

What sticks out in the early part of the League Two promotion winning season was just how many goals he scored. It was a frightening record for a centre half. 

Because he wasn’t the tallest of centre backs, he went unnoticed in the box at times but he attacked the ball really well.

That in particular sticks out in my memory, but he is just a really good guy as well and a person you want on the team.

His enthusiasm, his love for Southend; he put his body on the line every game.

Everyone else had to get up to his standard of wanting to win and I think everyone bought into that.

There’s nothing big time about him. He’s just a nice guy.

He always used to play with a smile on his face and you can see the love that he had for the game.

You don’t play that many games for one club and not become a legend.

Not only the three promotions he’s had, he lead by example in every game he played. Along with Kevin Maher in my time, I put them two up among the legends. 

Darryl Flahavan

In 21 years of my playing career, Adam was always my favourite centre half to play behind.

I played at a lot of clubs with a lot of good centre backs, but I’ve got to say that Adam was the best.

I loved playing behind him. We had a great understanding.

He was a warrior on the pitch. Wholehearted, committed and had bags of talent. 

Whether it was attacking the ball in the air, making blocks in front of me - shots that were going to beat me - Adam was always there to stop it. And what a leader as well!

He was a massive reason why we had probably the most successful time in the club’s history. A lot of that was down to Adam Barrett. 

There are so many memories. The promotions, the League Cup runs, the LDV Vans Trophy Finals, clean sheet records, we had some fantastic times. Too many to pigeon hole one.

There’s no coincidence that the best period in the club’s history was having Ad’s there at centre half.

The word legend gets bandied around too easily these days but there won’t be too many that surpass Adam’s status at Southend. It’s fully deserved. 

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