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The club were founded in 1906 in the Blue Boar pub and became a member of the Football League in 1920. They are nicknamed ‘The Shrimpers’ as a reference to the area’s maritime industry included as one of the quarterings on the badge. They play their home matches at Roots Hall and remember, you can access all the exclusive Southend United news right here in just a few, easy clicks.
Southend have spent most of their history in the lower divisions while spending seven seasons in the second tier. They have won the Third Division once – achieved in the 2005/06 campaign – and have also finished runners-up once. The Shrimpers were crowned champions of the Fourth Division in 1981, but have failed to do so since, finishing runners-up twice and winning the play-offs twice.
The club have come close to winning the Football League Trophy on three occasions – 2004, 2005 and 2013 – but have fallen in the final thrice. In the early days, Southend won back-to-back Southern League Second Division titles between 1906 and 1908, while finishing runners-up in the 1912/13 campaign.
Southend’s widest margin of victory has been 10-1, achieved on three separate occasions against Golders Green, Brentwood and Aldershot. Alan Moody has racked up the most appearances, featuring 506 times between 1972 and 1984, while Roy Hollis tops the all-time goalscoring charts with 135.