At the same time, they’ll be raising money for a good cause too.

What they’ve done

SUEPA have enlisted the help of four of their members - Roy McDonough, Glenn Pennyfather, Steve Tilson, and President Adam Barrett.

Their collective knowledge of life and times at Roots Hall is immense, and between them they have amassed well over 1,000 appearances in a Blues shirt.

Each were asked to sit down independently at their homes for just 15 minutes and write down the names of as many former Southend United players as they could think of in that time frame without reference to any books, internet, etc.

They then submitted their answers which now remain secret from everyone. Their responses have been checked as long as it was clear who was intended.

What you have to do

It’s simple. SUEPA want you to say who you think wrote down the most names (Adam, Roy, Glenn or Steve) and also how many names that person came up with.

You should state your entry on the SUEPA competition post on either the SUEPA Facebook page or the SUEPA Twitter page (or you can email us at suepassoc@gmail.com).

Each entry costs £5 and you can enter as many times as you like – all entry fees are paid online at the Shrimpers Trust website at: http://www.shrimperstrust.co.uk/shop.asp?catid=19

Where your money will go

50% of the monies raised will go to Little Havens Hospice who care for children and young people up to the age of 19 from Essex and the London surrounding boroughs who have been diagnosed with a complex or incurable condition.

The other half of the monies raised will be used by the Shrimpers Trust to help support the club.

The prize

A unique competition deserves a unique prize. Perhaps the ‘headline’ prize is a genuine Southend United shirt from the early 1970’s which is understood to have been worn by England international (and manager), our very own Peter Taylor. It’s believed the shirt was used in reserve games and/or training sessions. It is around 50 years old now but still in great condition.

There’s a collection of books all with a Southend United theme and some great goodies from ‘Stadium Photography’ to make up a prize that any Blues fan will love, and there’s only one of the ‘bumper bundle’ prize up for grabs!

Closing date

All entries must be made on the SUEPA Facebook and Twitter pages (and paid for!) by no later than 23:59 hours on Sunday 20 December 2020.

Announcing the prize winner

The prize winner will be announced on SUEPA and Shrimpers Trust Facebook/Twitter pages by Tuesday 22 December 2020. The winner will then be contacted and the prize will be posted out to them.

In the event of more than one person guessing the answer correctly (or making the same best ‘nearest guess’) then lots will be drawn to determine the winner. The decision of the competition organiser at SUEPA will be final.

Good luck everyone!