A brief look back at three games that occurred on this day in years gone by...
Southend 2-0 Scunthorpe
Two second half goals put Dave Smith’s side three points clear at the top of the English Division Four.
Blues closet chance in the first half came when Terry Gray crossed the ball into the box with Derek Spence on the receiving end but the forward knocked the ball just wide of the post.
Garry Nelson put Blues one nil up when the forward was left unmarked and found a Jeff Hull corner, heading volleying the ball into the top of the net.
Keith Mercer doubled Blues lead with a shot from outside the box that deflected on its way sending Jimmy Gordon the wrong way.
Burnley 0-0 Southend
Struggling Southend managed to earn a valuable point at Turf Moor.
Gifton Noel-Williams wasted a host of chances for Burnley, heading a Frank Sinclair cross over the bar and then shooting wide from Wade Elliott’s corner.
Blues shot stopper Darryl Flahavan made an exceptional save to push Steve Jones’ shot past the post before denying Elliot’s attempt on goal.
Freddy Eastwood missed Blues best chances, firing one shot wide and another being saved by Brian Jensen.
Southend 2-1 Bristol Rovers
League One top scorer Lee Barnard took his tally to 10 goals as Blues beat Bristol Rovers.
Barnard opened the scoring in the 13th minute after the inform striker slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
His second came in the 48th minute after he latched onto Alan McCormack’s cross to score from close range.
Rovers pulled a goal back when Anthony Grant put Mark Wright’s cross through his own net after being put under pressure by Jo Kuffour.
The visitors piled on the pressure but Southend held on to deny Paul Trollope’s side.