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Barrett: "I haven’t seen a few of the boys for a long while so it will be good to get out there and put the kit back on again."

Adam Barrett gives his preview ahead of tonight's Charity match against Colchester United.

20 May 2019

Former Blues defender and captain Adam Barrett has been looking back at his time with the club as he gets ready to play on the Roots Hall pitch to raise money for Havens Hospices...

On renewing old rivalries…

First of all, it’s for a great cause but it will be great to get the team of 2006 back together, we had some really good battles with Colchester for a couple of seasons. It will be nice to see everyone, I haven’t seen a few of the boys for a long while so it will be good to get out there and put the kit back on again.

On the special few years for the club…

It was a really special time for the football club with the promotions and cup games, there was a real good factor about the place at the time. To be a part of that was something special, something to be really proud of and to bring that team and some of the familiar faces back from that era as well.

We had a special comradery, it was a special group and its only when you get older and when you retire you realise what a special moment that was.

On the battle with Colchester for promotion…

We were toe for toe and we had some really competitive games against them and some really great moments playing against them, we had some bad ones as well but it was brilliant and great for professional football as well as the county to have two clubs pushing for promotion, and I think in 2006 probably both of us were one of the favourites to go down.

For us to then win the title was an amazing achievement but also for Colchester it’s a relatively small football club, they had a good team spirit there that year with some good players and I thought we both thoroughly deserved to go up in the end.

On running the London Marathon recently…

It was tough, it was probably physically the toughest thing I’ve done. I thought I would find it easier than what I did but it was an amazing occasion. It was something I’ve always wanted to do when I retired and to do it for Havens Hospices, who looked after my mum, father-in-law and sister-in-law’s mum as well so it’s one which is close to my heart. It was a brilliant day, very tough but I'm pleased it’s done.

If he would ever run the Marathon again…

I’d do the day again but the training it just takes over your life really, I’m in no great rush to do it again but maybe in years to come. At the moment I’m content that I’ve done it and happy with what I did overall.

On his relationship with Havens Hospices and the job they do…

I can’t speak highly enough of them, I was lucky enough to be an ambassador of little Havens in my first spell at the football club back in 2006 and I've had a close link with them since back then and obviously they looked after my mum before she passed away as well as my father-in-law and recently my sister-in-law’s mother as well.

They really do need all the help they can get and most of all they are a fantastic charity. They just make life’s easier, not just for the person whose suffering but also the families.

The support they showed to my brother, dad and myself was quite amazing and we really do appreciate all the support, so if we can do anything to help and raise as much money as possible then it's only going to benefit other families that are in a similar situation.

On Southend’s end to the season…

It was a tough season, there are no two ways about it. To stay up on goal difference just shows you how tight and close things were. We (Millwall) had Wigan Athletic away on the Sunday and I was up in the hotel cheering the lads on, I was absolutely delighted that the club survived.

I think it was so important that the club stayed in the division. I was part of the team that worked so hard to get us out of the division and back there, it just shows how difficult it is, it was a tough season and hopefully, now the club can stabilise a bit and start to progress to push on from there.

It was dramatic scenes on the final day, I must admit it was very nerve-racking I was sat there biting my fingernails, lost even more hair but just delighted that in the end the results went the way and that Southend managed to stay up.

On past meetings with John White…

There’s a little rivalry, I’ve known him a long while and if he doesn’t want to put on a Colchester kit again he can break his hand and do whatever he wants.

John had a good spell at Colchester and he’s come into Southend and done really well. There is that rivalry there though, I’m not sure he is going to be able to play as he is recovering but he will be one of the fitter lads out there so hopefully he doesn’t play as I’m not sure if some of our lot are up to the fitness standards that are required at the moment. But nevertheless it will be a great occasion and a great day, hopefully, we can raise as much money as possible for the charity.

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