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Richard Smith – Southend United
This week, 54-year-old Richard Smith from Benfleet is featured as our #YellowSport Fan of the Week
How long have you supported Southend United?
Forty-five years, just after moving to Southend. My Dad took me to my first game at Roots Hall. Just loved the game under floodlights.
Where in the ground do you sit?
East Stand blacks seats. I’ve sat with the same group for about the last fifteen years. I think we only go for Wendy Owers half-time homemade cakes.
Favourite all-time player?
Stan Collymore. The first player I saw regularly that had real star quality. So many amazing goals.
Favourite current player?
John White. So consistent and rarely has a bad game. I think I’ve seen every goal he’s scored.
Most memorable match?
When Southend knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup. An amazing night with Rooney, Ronaldo and a team of internationals being beaten at a bouncing Roots Hall and live on Sky too.
If I could sign one player for my team it would be?
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Belgium. A class player who can tear any team apart with ease.