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Club legend interview: Ronnie Pountney

16 May 2017

Former midfielder on his stint in South Essex...

(Ronnie Pountney pictured centre with Dave Cusack left and Garry Nelson right)

Blues welcomed club legend Ronnie Pountney as a guest in the Blues Legends Lounge for the Sky Bet League One game against Bradford City back in November which finished 3-0 to Blues.

Pountney spent just over a decade at Roots Hall, played over 400 games and famously picked up three Player of the Year awards.

He was also integral in a side that claimed the Fourth Division title in 1980/81 – the club’s first major trophy in the Football League.

And Pountney has fond memories of that achievement, his stand-out moment in his time at the club.

"We’ve all had highs and lows, but to be involved in the first team that won a championship at the club was very special,” he said.

"We had a really good side. We used to go out thinking we were never going to get beat, that’s how together we were that year.

"After that we had our ups and downs, but for me personally I thoroughly enjoyed myself at Southend. We had a good side that year.

"I think Dave Smith only used a squad of about 15 players all through that season because we had a settled side. He was very reluctant to change it.”

Pountney, who was brought up in the midlands and was released by Walsall before joining Blues aged 19, became a fan favourite with the Roots Hall faithful.

“It’s like anything. If you’re going to go out and play football and give 100 per cent every game, the supporters appreciate it,” he added.

"I used to go in the Shrimpers Bar after every match, whether we won or got beat and if I had a stinker they would let me know.

"But on the other hand, if I played well, they would also let me know.”

(Picture courtesy of @SUFC_History)

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