Southend – sea, sand and success

SOUTHEND used to be all about the “lights”, jellied eels, the nightlife, “kiss me quick” hats and a paddle in the freezing cold sea. From a football perspective, Southend played on Friday nights and they had one Billy Best in their line-up. The Kursaal, an amusement park, once played host to legendary rock bands like Queen, Deep Purple, Mott the Hoople and Black Sabbath. Roots Hall is one of those old fashioned football grounds that used to proliferate the third and fourth divisions of the old Football League structure. Big floodlights that can be used as pointers to the ground’s … Continue reading Southend – sea, sand and success

A far cry from concrete cows

IF there’s a better football ground in League One than the MK Stadium, then I haven’t seen it. Some say it lacks atmosphere, but that’s nothing to do with the design, for it’s as good as any modern stadium and certainly comfortable. Padded seats, decent access, facilities nearby and a reasonable pricing policy – MK Dons have a good home. And contrary to some reports, and the belief that you need a car if you live in MK, it is not difficult to find – number one or six bus from the MK Central (£2.30 return if you have a … Continue reading A far cry from concrete cows

Calling in on….Dagenham & Redbridge – it’s Essex ‘init?

It’s nothing short of a miracle that the Daggers are in their seventh Football League season. When they won promotion in 2007, the immediate reaction from football fans was, “London doesn’t need another Football League club”. Indeed, with West Ham and Leyton Orient not too far away, the popular suggestion was that Dagenham wouldn’t draw anything near enough people to remain at that level. It’s tough, true, but the Daggers have not only survived – and they almost certainly can look forward to an eighth season –  but they enjoyed one promotion in the process. Much of their success was … Continue reading Calling in on….Dagenham & Redbridge – it’s Essex ‘init?