On Saturday against Rochdale two Southend fans were invited pitchside to meet some of the first-team squad before the game.
The two fans, who got to enjoy the first matchday experience offered by the club of the 2019/20 League season, were Paul and his son Thomas who is a Junior Blue.
Paul recently contacted us about his son having the matchday experience for the Sunderland game at the end of last season but the position was already taken. They were then later surprised with an invite to come along pre-match before for the Rochdale game on Saturday.
Both Paul and his son are season ticket holders at the club and attend every home game to support the team.
They were both very pleased to have been given the chance to take their matchday at Roots Hall to a new level with a special vantage point of the build-up to kick-off.
Their day started by being greeted at reception and then were both brought pitchside to have their pictures taken with some of their favourite players, including Simon Cox, Stephen Humphrys, Charlie Kelman and Timothee Dieng.
We will be continuing to do experiences such as ones like the above throughout the whole of the 2019/20 campaign at Roots Hall, 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.
We also had young fans of both Blues and Rochdale read the teams out before kick-off, another one of our pre-match activities taking place this season.
Lauren and Alfie got the chance this time, and if you want to or know someone who would like to do this at a future game make sure to contact email@example.com.