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Previewing the Boxing Day clash at Hayes Lane...

24 December 2021

Southend United start a busy week of fixtures when they head to Hayes Lane on Boxing Day for a 5.20pm kick-off against Bromley.

We’ve taken a look at five talking points ahead of the fixture.

Southend Sell Out

Kevin Maher’s side will once again be backed by brilliant numbers in South London. Despite a lack of public transport, and the game being televised on BT Sport, over 800 Blues fans have snapped up tickets as both Bromley and Southend have come together to offer ‘Festive Football for a Fiver’. For any Blues fans unable to get to the game, you can tune in to BT Sport or BBC Essex and cheer on the Blues from the comfort of your living room.


Bromley and Southend are joining the rest of the Vanarama National League in backing Shelter’s #NoHomeKit Campaign. This Boxing Day, Shelter is calling on all football clubs and their fans to leave their home shirts and wear either an away or third shirt. With Bromley wearing their red away kit, Blues will be in their white away kit. Any fans wishing to back the campaign should share their involvement using #NoHomeKit and tell their friends and family to do the same. Supporters can also donate by clicking here.

Between The Sticks?

Kevin Maher has had an easy choice selecting who goes in between the sticks this season but 18-year-old Collin Andeng Ndi may have something to say about that. After an impressive debut against Dorking Wanderers in the FA Trophy, in which Andeng Ndi saved a penalty, Maher may choose to give the young goalkeeper a chance in the league. However, Arnold has trained this week and is the man likely to get the nod as Blues’ number one this season.

Scoring Goals

At the start of the season, most Blues fans would probably have been happy with one person hitting double figures- after all the top goal scorer last season had just three to their name. However, this season both Rhys Murphy and Sam Dalby, two summer signings, have been in good form. Murphy, signed from Yeovil, currently has nine goals to his name in all competitions and after scoring last week against Dorking, Sam Dalby now has six goals. With three in his last four, could we see Dalby hitting form at an important part of the season?

The Fortress

Blues will have to be at their absolute best if they are to beat Bromley on Sunday. The Ravens currently have the second-best home form in the division, having won seven of their 10 games, and losing just once. Bromley are also on good form in recent weeks, with three wins in their last three games in all competitions including a 1-0 win at Dover last Saturday.


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