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White: “The rivalry between Colchester and Southend is something that goes back years and years."

20 May 2019

John White will be reunited with his old Colchester United team-mates tonight when they take on Southend United’s squad from the 2005/06 season in the Sid Broomfield Trophy Charity match at Roots Hall, a game that will raise funds for the Havens Hospices charity...

The defender started off his career with the U’s and said the experience he gained from the promotion winning season has helped his career massively. 

“To have those kind of experiences can only stand you in good stead for what’s to come. 

“Since then, I’ve had the promotion with Southend as well and that gave me that little bit of extra experience which is invaluable.” 

White will be kicking off the game tonight, unfortunately he will sadly be coming off straight away due to his injury, which he sustained during Blues’ 2-1 win over Sunderland on the final game of the 2018/19 season. 

But the 32-year-old said he won’t be letting his broken hand get in the way of enjoying a great night. 

“I wasn’t going to miss this one! 

“I’ve been looking forward to it for quite a while and I was gutted when I realised I couldn’t be involved but I’d like to play some part tonight. 

“It’s brilliant and everyone’s really looking forward to it and it’s nice to get all the boys back together. 

“The memories of that day feel like yesterday – I can still see us in the changing room and being with the fans on the pitch. 

“It’ll be an interesting one for me and I think a few people are a bit shocked that I’ll be at Roots Hall wearing a Colchester shirt on the night! 

“Going back into that away dressing room will be different and being in a Colchester shirt again will be strange after all these years! 

“But the game is about the two promotion sides from 2006 and that’s what it’s about. We (Colchester) came second that year but at the same time, it didn’t really matter as long as we went up. 

The rivalry between Colchester and Southend is something that goes back years and years, and as everyone knows I’ve been at Southend for six years now, but both clubs are extremely close to my heart no matter what. 

“The bottom line is the charity – that’s the main reason that everyone is giving up their time, some of whom are travelling a long way, to get there.” 

Prices for tonight’s match, which kicks off at 7.30pm, are £5 for adults and £1 for concessions – tickets will be available to purchase tonight.

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