The Shrimpers Trust do some great work to help support our club, and late last year they initiated a retro shirt range with Chablais Sport as a way of not only raising funds but also to provide fans with a great opportunity to obtain a memory from the past.
‘Back in the day’ the availability of team shirts was not as widespread as it is now, and the sight of someone wearing a club top from, say, the 1980’s, was a rare one. Consequently, shirts from those days can often fetch big money on internet auction sites.
The Shrimpers Trust retro range offers shirts at an affordable price, and there are now five different tops available.
The range started last year with our affectionately known ‘Custard Splat’ shirt from the mid-1990s, and then the 1980/81 championship-winning team shirt was added just before Christmas.
Their number has now been boosted by the well-loved ‘red and white stripe’ 1976-78 shirt which saw Dave Smith earn his first Shrimpers promotion, the 1985-86 ‘Laing’ shirt from the Bobby Moore era which kicked-off a series of different ‘blue and yellow’ combo’s for the seasons that followed, and finally our first ever shirt from the time the club was founded in 1906.
The Southend United Ex-Players Association organised five ‘SUEPA models’ to pose in the new shirts – seen above from left to right are Shane Westley, Ron Pountney, fan Dave Brabbing (all top row), Derek Spence, Adrian Clarke, and finally, one of our younger fans in a baby grow version of The Splat.
More details about the shirts, size options, prices, and how to buy can found by clicking here.