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Southend United FC
Roots Hall

Capacity: 12,392 (all seated)
Address:
Victoria Ave, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 6NQ
Main Telephone No: 01702 304050 
Fax No: 01702  304124
Ticket Office: 08444 770077
Team Nickname: The Shrimpers
Year Ground Opened: 1955*
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Shirt Sponsors: MD
Home Kit Colours: Blue With Sky Blue Trim
Away Kit Colours: Yellow And Black
Kit Manufacturers: Nike
Official Web Site: www.southendunited.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
ShrimperZone
Southend United News (Vital Football Network)
Shrimpers 24 (Footy Mad Network)

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Contents

What's Roots Hall Like?
Future Developments
East & South Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
East Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
West Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
North Stand (photo)
By Train
A Closer Look At The South Stand (photo)
Admission Prices
Local Rivals

Programme & Fanzine
Ground Layout
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Roots Hall Location Map


 

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What's Roots Hall Like?

At one end of the ground is the relatively modern South Stand. This stand which was opened in 1994, replaced a former open terrace and greatly improved the overall look. It is a small 'double decker' type of stand, the upper tier hanging over the lower. It is all seated and covered, but unfortunately has a few supporting pillars. On its roof is a small clock, dedicated to former player, Director & Chairman, Frank Walton. There are a couple of blocks of flats that overlook the ground from behind this stand. Opposite is the North Stand, which like the West Stand at one side of the pitch, is single tiered and has an old looking 'barrel' shaped roof (that dates back to the 1950ís), with the West Stand having a unique double barrel roof. The West Stand extends around to the North Stand so that one corner is filled with seating. It has a number of supporting pillars right at the front, which may hinder your view of the action. It also has the most precarious looking TV gantry that stands on stilts and is accessed by a long ladder. On the other side is the East (Main) Stand which is another single tiered, covered stand, that has a row of executive boxes running across the back of it. At the front are some strange looking dugouts, which has the management team standing at the front leaning on a wall, with the players sitting behind. The ground has four tall traditional looking floodlight pylons. In other words a proper football ground! On the roof of the North Stand is a relatively new scoreboard that was installed in 2012. The club have an unusual looking club mascot called 'Elvis J Eel', the 'J' standing for jellied!

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Future Developments

After undertaking a public enquiry, full approval had been given for the Club to embark on building a new stadium at Fossetts Farm, just behind the clubís training ground in Eastern Avenue. Initially the stadium will only have three sides with a capacity of 14,000 seats. A fourth stand will be built at a later stage raising the all seated capacity to 22,000. The scheme will also feature a hotel, conference facilities, retail opportunities as well as residential accommodation. It is hoped that an announcement will be made soon as to when building work will commence. 

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The East & South Stands


East and South Stands

Thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the photos for this page.

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand (on the Main Stand side of the ground), where up to 1,200 away supporters can be accommodated. If demand requires it then the whole stand can be allocated bringing the allocation up to 2,000 seats. The stand is covered, but there are a number of supporting pillars running across the front of the stand that could impede your view. The stand is a former terrace and like most former terraces that have had seats bolted onto them, the leg room and height distance between each row is less than desirable. One good thing for away fans in the North Stand, is that comparatively few numbers of fans can really make some noise from it, making for a good atmosphere. Refreshments within the away area are served from an 'Transport Cafe' type establishment, complete with tables and chairs. Bear in mind though, that getting your drinks in one piece back to your seat can be quite a challenge. The front of the stand is below pitch level, with stairs leading up to each pitch access point where the stewards stand. Going up and down these flights of stairs, with a cup of coffee in each hand, can present a problem.

Even though Roots Hall is an older ground it has some rather modern electronic turnstiles. Each match ticket has a bar code printed onto it and fans insert their ticket into a bar code reader at the turnstile to gain entrance to the stadium. I did notice once inside the stadium, that the stewards were alerted when a concession or junior ticket was being used, so that they could check that it was for the appropriate person.

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East Stand


East Stand

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Where To Drink?

At the ground is the Shrimpers Bar. Although primarily for home fans, it does admit away supporters, apart from 'high profile' matches. It serves real ale and has a number of television screens showing the early kick off. Otherwise there is the Blue Boar pub which is located on the main Victoria Road, just up from the ground (going towards Southend town centre) on one corner of the crossroads. David Wells informs me; 'There is the Bar Victoria Court, which is located further down the A127 from Roots Hall towards Southend. It is not a traditional football pub by any means but it is okay for pre-match pint'. This Bar is about a ten minute walk away from the ground.

A bit further away is the 'The Bell', a large Toby Carvery, which you pass on your way into Southend on the A127. The town centre is around a 20 minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs including a Wetherspoons outlet (the Last Post on Clifftown Road). There are also a number of bars along the seafront, which can be quite nice on a a sunny Saturday afternoon. Any Walden adds; 'The Railway Tavern which is outside Prittlewell station is also used by away fans.'

The Spread Eagle pub near to the ground is for home fans only, whilst The 'Shrimpers Bar' at the ground itself, is members only. Please note that alcohol is not served to away fans within the stadium. There is also a good fish and chip shop located across the road from the Blue Boar by the traffic lights, called the 'Fish House', which I found to be excellent. Judging by the amount of fans standing outside eating fish and chips (there is some seating inside as well), then I'm not the only one that thinks it is good.

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West Stand


West Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
From M25 take Junction 29 and follow the A127 to Southend. Continue towards the town centre, through the lights near to the Bell Pub. At the next roundabout turn right (3rd turning), continuing on the A127. The ground is on the right just past the next traffic lights. If you turn right as you reach the ground, this will put you behind the away end where there is plenty of street parking to be found. Otherwise there is a car park at the ground, behind the Main Stand which costs £5, or there is the Southend High School For Boys which also offers car parking for £5 per car (the school entrance is on Prittlewell Road).

Bear in mind that in the fair weather months Aug/Sep/April/May, if the weather is at all sunny the whole of East London seems to head down the A127 on a Saturday afternoon, so allow an extra 30 mins if the temperature is on the warm side. 

Map showing the location of the Roots Hall football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV:
SS2 6NQ

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North Stand


North Stand

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By Train
The closest station to the ground is Prittlewell, about a five minute walk away. It is served by trains from London Liverpool Street. As you exit the station turn right, you will then come to a crossroads with traffic lights. On your right is the 'Fish House', fish and chip shop. Pass this and turn right. Walk about 100 yards and the ground is tucked away on your left.

If you happen to end up at Southend Central station (served by trains from London Fenchurch Street), you're about a 25 minute walk from the ground. The main bus station is close to Southend Central, and therefore it may be an idea to get a bus up to the ground, rather than walking.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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A Closer Look At The South Stand


A Closer Look At The South Stand

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Admission Prices
Home Fans*:
East Stand:
Adults £19, Senior Citizens £13, Under 21's/Students £12, Under 16's £9, Under 8's £4
South Stand:
Adults £19, Senior Citizens £13, Under 21's/Students £12, Under 16's £9, Under 8's £4
West Stand:
Adults £19, Senior Citizens £13, Under 21's/Students £12, Under 16's £9, Under 8's £4
Family Enclosure: 1 Adult + 1 Child £19, Additional Adults £15 Additional Child £4

Away Fans*:
North Stand:
Adults £19, Senior Citizens £13, Under 21's/Students £12, Under 16's £9, Under 8's £4

* Please note that these prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets purchased on the matchday itself can cost up to £2 more per ticket.

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Local Rivals
Colchester United, Leyton Orient, Dagenham and Redbridge and West Ham United.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme £3.
All At Sea Fanzine £1.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Southend United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
31,090 v Liverpool,
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 10th, 1979.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
11,735 v Yeovil Town
League Two, April 30th, 2005.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 5,960 (League Two)
2012-2013: 5,003 (League Two)
2011-2012: 6,000 (League Two)

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Fans Reviews Of Roots Hall

Simon Turner (Northampton Town) 17/8/13
Bill Lacey (Leyton Orient) 20/2/13

Nigel Watson (Rochdale) 24/11/12
Matt Stambach (Stockport County) 7/08/10
Peter Radford (Wycombe Wanderers) 23/01/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Southend Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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Map showing the location of Roots Hall, railway stations and listed pubs




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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

* Football had been played on the same site since 1906. The Club subsequently built a new ground at Roots Hall in the 1950's.



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Last Updated: 22 July 2014