'Supporter Spotlight' on Terry Hall...
It was my great pleasure to speak to Terry Hall recently to discuss his time as a Shrimper and indeed, all things Southend.
As Terry, 39, from Bedford explained: “I supported Manchester United as a kid as many kids do, but it was when I was watching The Match on ITV during the 1995/96 season and one of the games on the programme was Southend’s 2-0 defeat by Birmingham City that I started to take an interest in the club and follow their results, to the point where they became my second team and indeed, not long after that I actually started to support them as my main club.”
“I love the fact that I alone pretty much represent Southend in Bedford as you certainly don’t see too many of our famous blue shirts around the town. Having said that, I have heard that there may be one other Shrimper in the area, but I don’t actually know them,” he laughed.
“My first game was actually an away match at Ipswich Town in 1996. A 1-1 draw. My mate’s dad supported Ipswich and he drove us to Portman Road, where we sat at separate ends. This was a very memorable day for me, not least because it was the very first time I’d actually seen another human being in the flesh wearing a Southend shirt.
“We had so many fans at the game and the atmosphere in the away end was absolutely brilliant. It really made me feel so proud to be a Shrimper and from that day on, as they say, I was totally hooked."
“I visited Roots Hall for the first time in March 1997 for the game v Barnsley – a 2-1 defeat. I sat in the South Lower and paid £4.00 for my seat. From then on, I would attend around 8-10 matches a season, making mum and dad drive me the 80 miles from Bedford on a Saturday so that they could sample the delights of shopping in Southend High Street, whilst I went to the game.
“Those were bad days for the club and I can remember it was only on my 12th visit to the ground that I finally saw us win a game – 1-0 v Scarborough in 1998 and it is fair to say that I went completely and utterly mental,” he laughed.
When asked about his favourite game, Terry replied: “It’s a surprising one as it was a pretty standard match but for me, the 4-1 win v Brentford at home in 2006 really stands out as we were so completely dominant that day. Brentford were promotion rivals, but we ripped them apart with Adam Barrett and Efe Sodje absolutely magnificent in defence. I have never seen us play so well before or since that game and it was a joy to watch a Southend team perform with so much confidence.”
Worst time following Southend? “Any time we lose a game to a team that one of my mates follow, mainly in my case Ipswich Town, Barnet and Doncaster Rovers. The latter are certainly our bogey team as one result against them last season that I won’t mention, would certainly bear out.”
“I am a memorabilia geek. I have a huge collection of souvenirs and collectibles relating to the club including every home shirt since 1987, many away shirts and about 50 scarves etc. I collect absolutely anything with a badge on,” he laughed.
“Not really a funny story but MK Dons away in 2006 was an easy game for me to get to living only 15 miles away. At the old Milton Keynes Hockey Stadium that they played at that time; they had an open terrace for away fans. I spent a lot of the second half underneath the stand trying to warm up instead of watching the game. I’m not proud of myself but I have honestly never been so cold in all my life,” he remembered.
“Simon Royce is my favourite ever Southend player. I have always liked our goalkeepers over the years and Roycie was a top-class keeper. Many will remember a game v Bradford City in 1997. He was truly magnificent that day!”
When asked to name his “Southend XI” Terry selected (Based on who he has seen play rather than an all-time XI) the following –
Goalkeeper - Simon Royce
Defender - Duncan Jupp
Defender - Peter Clarke
Defender - Adam Barrett
Defender - Ben Coker
Midfielder - Jamal Campbell-Ryce
Midfielder - Ryan Leonard
Midfielder - Kevin Maher
Midfielder - Mark Gower
Striker - Freddy Eastwood
Striker - Leon Constantine
“Honourable mentions to Leon Clarke and Britt Assombalonga, both of whom were fantastic loans of course.”
A Shrimper from slightly further afield than usual but a top-class Shrimper, nonetheless. #COYB
This Supporter Spotlight was featured in the Salford City matchday programme. Click here to buy a copy.