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RIVALS UNITE 2022

14 April 2022

Southend United are proud to confirm details of long serving member of the Blues squad John White’s testimonial, which will take place in conjunction with the Essex Charity Cup’s Rivals Unite day at Roots Hall Stadium on Sunday 22nd May 2022.

The event, which is raising funds for Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation as well as supporting John’s testimonial, will include all three professional sides from the South East.

Blues will be fielding two sides on the day- first a mixture of fans and legends in an 11.30 kick-off against their Leyton Orient counterparts before a Southend Legends team will take on Colchester Legends in the 14.00 kick-off. Ryan Leonard, Barry Corr, Darren Currie, Mark Phillips, Neil Harris, Anthony Grant, Nile Ranger and many more to be announced.

We hope that there will also be live music pitch side, as well as a number of other activities for all the family, before finishing at 4PM where fans can watch the final day of Premier League action.

There will also be an auction as well as a raffle which will help to raise vital funds.

Whitey has been an ever-present member of the Blues squad, making 287 appearances since joining in 2013 from local rivals Colchester United. Whether it was captaining Blues to promotion at Wembley, scoring that vital goal against Sunderland to keep us in League One, or his volley in the Essex Derby, White has solidified himself as a fan favourite and written himself into Southend United history.

On his testimonial, White said “I am so excited to see the fans come out for what will hopefully be a wonderful day of family fun combined with two very special football matches.

I can’t wait to see as many people as possible there and put on a great show with plenty of familiar faces from the past and present.”

Essex Charity Cup founder Rylee Doe said, “I can’t wait to get this event on. It’s been a long time coming, having originally planned the event in January 2020. I hope fans from all three clubs can come together and have a fantastic, family-orientated day and really show the power of football.”

Charlie Edinburgh, founder of Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation, added “This is set to be a fantastic occasion, and this is testament to the efforts of Rylee, everyone at the foundation cannot thank him enough for all of his efforts to make this an event not to miss.

It has been an extremely difficult period for charities in the last 18 months and every ticket sold will make a huge difference to the work we do as a charity whilst coming together to remember my father through the game he loved so dearly. “

Tickets, which are on sale now, can be found by clicking https://ww2.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/rivals-unite-2022/10053666. Tickets will also be on sale from the Shrimpers Trust bar before home games in the coming weeks.

There is an early bird period running until April 28th in which Adults will cost just £10, before rising to £12 until May 16th. Tickets will also be available on the day at a price of £15, whilst those under 18 can go for just £5.

For more information, follow @EssexCharityCup or email ryleedoe@outlook.com


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