We can confirm the first four friendlies to be included in our pre-season schedule ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Preparations for the Vanarama National League season will begin with the traditional encounter against Great Wakering Rovers at Burroughs Park.
Blues then welcome a West Ham XI to Roots Hall, before travelling to Maidstone United the following day as Phil Brown takes the opportunity to give his squad an hour of game time between the two matches.
We will also face Ebbsfleet United away on Saturday 7th August (3pm KO), with more games to be added to the schedule.
21/22 pre-season schedule so far:
|Tuesday 20th July||Great Wakering Rovers||Away||TBC|
|Friday 23rd July||West Ham XI||Home||TBC|
|Saturday 24th July||Maidstone United||Away||3pm|
|Saturday 7th August||Ebbsfleet United||Away||3pm|
Southend manager Phil Brown said: "We’ll be talking to other clubs because we’ve still got another four or five spaces to fill.
"If we get eight or nine pre-season friendlies then the majority of players have a chance of getting three or four full 90 minutes under their belt, so we’re still looking for more.
"It’s always nice, the first game in pre-season, and we always go to Great Wakering for the opening one to get a couple of 45 minutes under our belt.
"We’ve got a good relationship with them and it’s always a good game of football.
"Then we step straight into a West Ham XI game on the Friday and then Saturday against Maidstone United.
"We’re jumping in the deep end going up against a West Ham side who have had an absolutely fantastic year in the Premier League. To take them on, regardless of what team they send along, will be a good test for us.
"With them two games I can get into my 60/30, 30/60 [minutes] with the Maidstone United game the following day.
"I want everybody match fit before the season starts on the 21st August, and that’s not just the first XI. That’s the second XI and the third XI.
"We’re hoping for another home game, hopefully against Premier League opposition."
We will share details of other pre-season friendlies as soon as they are confirmed.