Following Boxing Day’s win over Colchester United, the club were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of one of the Southend United family.
Richard Brown was well-known to a lot of Blues fans and followed the club up and down the country.
He was one of the original travellers on the old Shrimpers on Line coaches which then became TravelZone and is now Blues on Tour. At Roots Hall he sat at the front of East Stand red seats.
Described by everyone who knew him as a genuinely nice, kind and big hearted man, ‘Big Rich’ sadly passed away on Saturday morning after battling Covid-19.
Southend manager Mark Molesley paid his own respects to Richard, saying:
“It was after the game that we learned of the terrible news. I don’t confess to know Richard Brown, but what I do know is how well thought of he was in the Southend family.
“He travelled and supported this club, was affectionately known as ‘Big Rich’ and we’re really saddened by the news. I want to pass on our condolences to his family.
“It’s another stark reminder of how serious this Covid is and how we’ve all got to play our part in trying to rid it as quickly as we can.
“It’s really sad times for everyone and especially compounded when you hear news like that, losing one of the Southend family.
“We’re deeply sorry and like I say, we all have to be very careful and do everything we can to get rid of it. One thing you can’t buy is health and time with your families and loved ones.
“On behalf of everyone at Southend United Football Club we send our condolences to Richard’s family and friends.
“Hopefully the win on Saturday can be in tribute to Big Rich.”
Along with Mark Molesley, supporters have paid their respects to Richard. Click here to read them.
Rest in peace, Richard Brown.