Recent events such as the Moody Blues campaign in August run as a tribute to our record appearances holder Alan Moody, and the visits to Roots Hall in 2017 of a number of ex-players such as Derek Spence, Keith Mercer and Billy Best, have highlighted the value of staying in touch and have all been occasions to remember.
With this in mind, we are excited to announce the setting up of a Southend United Ex-Players Association (SUEPA). All ex-players and previous coaching staff are eligible to join.
The aims of SUEPA are:
- To help rekindle player relationships by putting ex-players in touch with each other
- On occasion and where possible, to help ex-players facing difficulties
- To celebrate past achievements
- To hold events from time to time
- Help promote a positive image for the club
- Allow fans to meet their former heroes when appropriate
We are delighted that Adam Barrett has agreed to be SUEPA President.
SUEPA will be administered by the Shrimpers Trust, who are currently working on getting in touch with current known contacts with the aim of issuing them a Newsletter in February and then the possibility of holding an event towards the end of the current season.
The Shrimpers Trust are currently working on getting in touch with known ex-player contacts but could do with your help. So, if you are in contact with any eligible SUEPA person (or indeed if you are an ex member of our playing/coaching staff yourself), could you please get in touch by using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and things can be taken from there.
This is an initiative that we believe is great news for the club and its fans as well as the ex-players and coaching staff. We will keep you informed on its progress and hope you will give it your support.