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Former Southend United crowd favourite, Stan Collymore told Blues fans groups that he is more than willing to help the ailing Sky Bet League Two outfit in the darkest chapter in their 115-year history.
The Blues are all but relegated to the National League following Tuesday’s dismal 2-0 defeat at Essex rivals, Colchester United. The dismal campaign has yielded just eight victories and twenty-four goals from their forty-two games to date and while aired fans concerned over the clubs continued financial issues as well as the hapless performances on the pitch, Collymore explained during a zoom meeting that he is ready to do whatever he can to help the club which gave him his big break in the professional game.
Collymore, who after netting fifteen times in thirty matches for the Blues back in the 1992/93 season, went on to represent several top clubs, including Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Leicester City, talk to Chairman, Ron Martin on Friday to offer assistance.
Meanwhile, Blues supporters were impressed with Collymore’s knowledge and delivery during the meeting. Scott Peters from the Save Our Southend group, told Yellow Sport: “I thought it was heartwarming to hear an ex-player like Stan show so much passion and drive to want to help Southend United.”
Kerry Fairless, also from SOS, said: ” A really positive and enlightening meeting with Stan. The best 90 minutes involving Southend for a long, long time. Fingers crossed that he can get through to Ron Martin and save this wonderful club from the abyss we face.”
Meanwhile, season card holder, Richard Smith said: “It was an amazing experience to be able to see first hand the genuine love for the club by somebody who spent a relatively short period at the club. The desire to try to help our club was heartwarming. I hope he can achieve something.
Mr Smith added: “It was encouraging that so many different groups and factions were pulling in the same direction.”
Blues will be relegated from the EFL after 100-years should they fail to beat Leyton Orient at Roots Hall Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
The zoom meeting can be accessed via the Save Our Southend YouTube Channel