On Saturday for our match versus Altrincham we welcome back our former full-back stalwart Micky Stead who is the latest match day guest of the Southend United Ex Players Association (SUEPA).
Micky was born in the East End and started his playing career at Spurs where he made 15 appearances, but it was Roots Hall, via a brief loan spell with Swansea City, where he really put down his footballing roots. He stayed with us for over seven years until leaving for Doncaster Rovers in 1985.
From September 1978 onwards, Micky made nearly 350 appearances in a Shrimpers shirt, the majority of them during the managerial reign of Dave Smith, rarely missing a game and forming full back partnerships first with Steve Yates and then Steve Collins. In our record-breaking 1980/81 Division Four promotion campaign the defensive back four protecting Mervyn Cawston of ‘Stead, Yates, Hadley and Moody’ featured in the vast majority of the games. They proved to be the rock upon which our success was built, conceding only six goals in an unbeaten home campaign.
Micky also played in some memorable cup games, being part of the teams that took both Liverpool and West Ham to replays at the end of the 1970’s, though his final game for us back in November 1985 was in a less successful FA Cup match when Big Roy got one of his many sending’s-off and we bowed out to Newport!
Micky, who is now a cab driver (SUEPA got in touch with him via the London Cabbies Association), will be at the match on Saturday for the first time since Ronnie Pountney’s testimonial in 2000, and we are sure you will all give him a great reception.