On Wednesday 24th July ahead of Blues’ pre-season friendly against Millwall our Matchday Experience Officer invited two local Southend supporters to Roots Hall to meet the first-team squad face-to-face ahead of kick-off.
For the first experience in ahead of the new season we had two Blues fans Alex Kennedy and his Grandad, ‘Colin Waller’ a fan who has supported Southend from a very young age come down to ahead of the game.
Alex contacted us about his Grandad, who is currently recovering from an operation which stopped him from attending games towards the end of last season, and after speaking to our matchday experience officer we gave the pair a chance to see the workings of a matchday from behind the scenes.
Alex and Colin were taken pitchside prior to kick-off against the Lions to have their pictures taken in the home dug-out and were able to meet not only some of the current Southend United squad but also some ex-players such as Frankie Banks and Adam Barrett.
They were also able to interact with the players and watch them warm-up before being escorted to their seats for the pre-season fixture.
We will be continuing similar experiences such as the one above throughout the 2019/20 campaign at all home games, so if you know someone in mind who you think is deserving of a bit of behind the scenes access and wants to come and meet their favourite player pre-game or celebrate a birthday in a way that they or you will never forget, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.