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SUEPA Reaching Out

20 May 2020

The Southend United Ex-Players Association (SUEPA), part of the Shrimpers Trust, has been established for a little over two years now and continues to strive to create new memories.

Core to what SUEPA is all about is re-connecting former players/coaching staff with each other, the club and the fans.

So when SUEPA Facebook follower Andrew Hayes sent them a picture of a fellow Blues fan he came across they felt they just had to do something.

Andrew helps to provide some entertainment for the residents of a care home in Great Yarmouth, and through the window when visiting recently he was delighted to see resident Michael proudly sporting a large badge of the Shrimpers on his zimmer frame. They had a 'socially distanced' chat about days gone by at Roots Hall when Andrew discovered that Michael was a regular attendee during the late 1970's/1980's.

As we all know these are difficult times, and Andrew wondered whether anything could be done to help bring a little cheer to Michael in these lockdown days. So SUEPA made a quick call to our 1980/81 Player of the Year Derek Spence which solved things quite nicely.

Derek, as many of you know, recently finished his autobiography, and typically he was more than willing to send through a free copy of his book with a dedication to Michael, and via SUEPA it reached Michael earlier this week.

Derek was scoring goals for fun when Michael was a Roots Hall regular, so reading the book should help to bring back some great memories for him.

Not only that but the book is a top read too, charting Derek's times from growing up in trouble-torn Belfast to playing international football alongside George Best.

We know that there are many Shrimpers out there more than willing to spread a little cheer in these lockdown days, and it is lovely to learn of this one little example.

SUEPA, Derek and Andrew, thank you.

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