Blues match set to go ahead at Roots Hall

Southend United’s opening Vanarama National League match of the 2023/24 season against Oldham Athletic will go ahead at Roots Hall Stadium after the Blues’ spiritual home was granted a safety certificate by the relevant authorities.

More than 160 supporters, headed up by Lawrence Austin, spent much of Sunday cleaning up the stadium along with the considerable assistance of Mick Maddocks of Electrical Contractors R B Emersons.

Speaking to, Austin said: “The turn-out was incredible.

“I expected about 50 people to turn up and it was 165 people in the end. The support was overwhelming.

“There was a real good sense of community, everybody mucked in really well and no one shirked a responsibility. The stands are now looking really good.

“There were people offering materials, we had a professional cleaning company turn up which was paid for by a fan, we’ve had fans buying paint, buckets, brooms and bleach, the Shrimpers Trust supplied chips from the fish shop, there was tea, coffee, biscuits and cupcakes supplied too. Just so much went into it, I can’t believe people how much people did to support it.

“You can see from afar there’s actually colour on the seats! It’s just so pleasing to see how everyone came together.”

Supporters continue to call upon the clubs’ unpopular Chairman, Ron Martin to sell the ailing club, with many continuing weekly protests outside his Benfleet home.

The Blues clash with the Latics is scheduled for Saturday, August 5 at Roots Hall Stadium (3pm). Fans can purchase tickets via the club’s new online ticketing system.


Brian Jeeves