In another event arranged by the Southend United Ex Players Association (SUEPA) last Saturday it was great to see our former mid 1990’s midfielder Mark Hone back at Roots Hall.
It is 24 years since Mark left us for Lincoln, a place where he now lives with his wife Toni who came back with Mark for his first return to Roots Hall since leaving us in 1996. Mark sometimes helps out BBC Lincs with radio match commentaries – on Saturday it was our former manager Steve Thompson fulfilling that role, but he found the time to join Mark for a quick introduction to the crowd just before kick-off.
In the bar after the match, Mark was joined by our 1970’s former centre half Neil Townsend who was at Roots Hall celebrating his 70th birthday …. as well as our win! Our matchday hosts Frankie Banks and David Crown were there too, so with Mark and Neil made up a great quartet of our former Shrimpers representing each decade from the 1960’s to the 1990’s.
SUEPA had a busy day, signing up our 2015/16 leading scorer Jack Payne as the 214th former Shrimper to join their ranks.
There are a number of SUEPA match day events planned for the remainder of the season – follow what they are up to on: