A closer look at another new team that will compete in League One next season, promoted Bury.
Bury, who were not too long ago relegated from League One but have since found their way back, were founded in 1885 and have been members of the English Football League since 1894.
They are two time winners of the FA Cup, in 1900 and 1903, after wins over Southampton and Derby County respectively. The 6-0 victory over Derby was out on its own as the record winning margin in an FA Cup game until Man City beat Watford by the same scoreline last month.
Stan Ternent secured successive promotions with the club from Division Three to Division One in 1996 and 1997, winning promotion as champions in the latter of the two seasons.
They would remain there for two seasons before getting relegated twice in four season and that is the story for the majority of their recent history, earning promotion to League One in 2010/11 and 2014/15 and relegations in 2012/13 and 2017/18 seasons prior to their brilliant promotion last season while battling financial difficulties off the field.
Despite getting the club promoted last season and also playing at Bury in three different spells throughout his career, leading many to label him as a club legend, Ryan Lowe has this week taken the managerial job at League Two side Plymouth Arygle.
That leaves Bury managerless ahead of their return to League One and is far from ideal preparation, coupled with their numerous off-field issues. The Shakers also only have nine contracted players for next season amid the owner also trying to sell the club, so much is still to do alongside the need for a new man in the dugout.
Previous Meetings Between the Sides
Southend and Bury have met 46 times in total, with the first game stretching all the way back to 13th September 1958 where Blues ran out 3-2 winners.
The most recent game between us and the Shakers came on the 13th February 2018 with the result being a 0-0 draw at Gigg Lane on a cold February night.
In our last five games against Bury we have only lost one match.
- Sponsorship commitments mean their ground is called the Planet-U Energy Stadium and it has a capacity of 11,840.
- There highest recorded attendance for a match was 35,000 and this was from an FA Cup game against local rivals Bolton Wanderers in 1960.
- Bury are part of a prestigious group of football clubs that have scored 6,000 goals in the league since their creation – with only Bolton Wanderers, Lincoln City and Sunderland the only other teams from League One to have reached such an impressive number.