Special guests of the club on Saturday are two old friends, one a fan and one a player/Roots Hall legend. Both are part of the club’s fabric and long history.
Tony Bentley joined Southend from Stoke in 1961 (in a deal that then enabled Stoke to re-sign Stanley Mathews!), and over the next decade the tough-tackling full back played 417 times which puts him fourth highest in our all-time appearances list.
During his time at the club Tony struck up a friendship with long-time fan Ray Sorrell, who has been supporting Southend since our days at the Kursaal back in the 1930’s.
Ray still follows The Blues and, now aged 90, attended our recent match v Gillingham.
Read more about their friendship and their own Shrimper memories in Saturday’s match day programme.
The Southend United Ex Players Association (SUEPA) have arranged for Tony and Ray to meet up again at the match v Bristol Rovers and both will be introduced to the crowd shortly prior to kick-off.
We hope you will give them both a great Roots Hall welcome!