Let's look at our new opponents for the 2018/19 season...
The 2017/18 season is unfortunately over and done with for Blues and now it's time to look ahead to the new season which brings new challenges.
This week for 'New Season, New Team' we look at the final team to be relegated from the Championship which is Barnsley.
Barnsley were formed in 1887 and earnt promotion to the Football League in 1898.
It took them just 24 years to earn their first major silverware and this happened to be the FA Cup which they lifted in 1912.
The Tykes once played in the Premier League and can boast over 60 years of experience in England's second division but their recent form has seen them dive in and out of divisions.
They play at Oakwell Stadium and have done since the stadium was opened in 1888.
Oakwell was renovated from 1992-1999 and can now hold 23,287 supporters.
Blues have played Barnsley 22 times at their ground and have won seven, drawn seven and lost eight times when away to the Tykes.
They finished the 2017/18 season in 22nd after winning nine, drawing 14 and losing 23 games ending with just 41 points.
Following their relegation, the Club released 15 players with the likes of Andy Yiadom, Matt Mills and Adam Hammill all departing as they look to rebuild the squad for next season.
After being relegated, manager José Morais left the club and it wasn't until recently that the Club had found a replacement in Daniel Stendel.
Stendel, a former Hannover 96 striker notched up over 363 appearances during his career and went on to manage the Club before joining Barnsley.
The last time we met Barnsley was in the 2015/16 season.
Jack Payne turned a defender before finishing in the left hand corner after just five minutes.
Conor Hourihane missed a chance to level for the hosts, as his penalty went wide after Daniel Bentley fouled Ashley Fletcher.
Michael Timlin wrapped up Southend's win with a stunning 25-yard strike.