Blues fans react angrily to Ron confrontation

Solihull Moors v Southend United – Vanarama National League – SportNation.bet Stadium – Report

Solihull Moors 2-0 Southend United

Disgruntled Southend United supporters reacted angrily towards Chairman Ron Martin after he confronted them during the Blues 2-0 Vanarama National League defeat at Solihull Moors.

The defeat – Southend’s fourth on the bounce, extending their winless sequence to seven – saw them slip into the bottom three with a third-successive relegation now looking a real possibility for the beleaguered Roots Hall Stadium outfit.

Shaun Hobson, drafted in after John White picked up an injury during the warm-up – turned Joe Sbarra’s centre into his own net just before the half-hour mark. And it was 2-0 nine minutes after the restart when James Ball fired home from the penalty spot after Jason Demetriou felled ​​Danny Newton.

Mr Martin made his way to the sizable away contingent shortly after Solhull’s second goal to confront fans demanding his resignation. Following angry verbal exchanges, the Blues Chairman was escorted away by police and stewards to a torrent of abuse from the enraged supporters.

Life-long Blues supporter, Richard Smith told Yellow Sport: “ It was probably the most bizarre thing I have ever seen at a football ever.

“Ron Martin came into the terraces mob-handed with security and police to take issue with some people chanting Martin out.

People continued to take issue with him and he went back for another go at somebody shouting at him. A hamburger then missed him. He nearly incited a problem – it was mental!

Meanwhile, Kerry Fairless added: “The chairman decided to front up the ‘Martin Out’ shouters in the away end, during the game.

“He almost caused a riot, And then he’s come back for seconds. No doubt fans will be tarred as the bad boys. My club is one pathetic sick excuse of a football team.”

Jackie Smith said: “What an Earth was he hoping to achieve by doing this? In fact, he has probably made a bad situation worse and to confront supporters who are already angry and calling for you to go is not the answer.”

Gary Paterson was another angry Blues fan: “Two-nil down in the middle of the second half and the bloke thinks it’s appropriate to just drop in for a chat. I was surprised he wasn’t lynched.”

Andy Hill is also unhappy with Mr Martin’s tenure: “He has no care for the club or the fans. It’s all about the land to him.”

Stewy Pocock believes Mr Martin has his priorities all wrong, adding: “He’s a disgrace and the reason we are in the National League. He’s putting all his money and time into a new stadium instead of putting that money into the squad to get us out of the National League.”

Loyal Blues follower, Dan McEvoy spoke to us: “Just when you thought our club had hit its lowest point, Ron Martin comes out and drags it even further through the mud. Genuinely the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever witnessed at a football ground, by any club official, ever!”

Southend United return to Vanarama National League action on Tuesday, October 5 when Eastleigh visit Roots Hall Stadium (7:45pm). The Blues then host Chesterfield on Saturday 9 (3pm)

Solihull Moors: Boot, Cranston, Howe, Gudger, Sbarra, Maycock, Donawa, Ball (Williams 90+3’), Dallas (Hudlin 79’), Newton (Osborne 88’), Maynard Subs not used: Rooney, Allsopp (GK)

Southend United: Arnold, Ogogo, Hobson, Coulson, Bridge, Dunne, Murphy (Dalby 53’), Walsh (Ferguson 75’), Sayers, Demetriou, Kimpioka (Dennis 68’) Subs not used: Seaden (GK), Atkinson

Referee: Tom Bishop
Assistants: Danny Guest and Daniel Jarvis
Fourth Official: Liam Corbett

Attendance: 1,527 (513 from Southend United)

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Brian Jeeves

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