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"Blues' Voice" - Fan Bulletin 02

posted by Dan McEvoy



From now until the end of the season, each Thursday a member of TBV will be posting their thoughts and comments from the games in the previous weeks, and previewing the week's games ahead for our team. This week, Dan's back as he gives an insight into TBV's links with the club and its supporter groups, and talks about our final 8 games. 



I'd be a liar if I said that Saturday's result didn't hurt. Watching a player who once gave us one of the best memory in recent times score against you, and put you even deeper into the relegation battle really, really hurts. Wimbledon were always going to be a tough test, they're a team who are fighting even harder than we are right now to escape the drop, and on the day, they fought harder than we did, unfortunately. Our home form has been incredibly poor, with us only picking up 1 win at home in 2019, with the win coming against Gillingham on New Year's Day. A worrying stat, but in truth, we can't do anything about it now, we have to move onto our next game, Peterborough away. 

But before we do that, I thought I'd expand on TBV's links within the club, as this week we met up with representatives from the club and its various supporter groups as well as the designated police liaison officer at Southend to talk about all things Southend related. We tend to meet up every 2/3 months to catch up, and the liaison meeting notes are usually made available online via Southend supporter's forum, ShrimperZone fairly soon after the meeting has taken place. But I thought I would include a few of the notes specifically relating to TBV in this write up, to give a little insight into what goes into improving the atmosphere at Southend games both home and away.


Recapping the meeting briefly, we discussed our concerns with how quiet Roots Hall is, and we have opened the question of "what can we do to improve the atmosphere" to the group. A few members of the group commented on the atmosphere at our previous home game against Wimbledon, and complimented the fans who never gave up singing, even when the team were up against it. After our first rally cry against Barnsley at home, to hear that the atmosphere on Saturday was improving despite the football is very encouraging, and it motivates us to continue doing what we do best, making noise. We have discussed more ideas with regards to how we can continue to evolve TBV in the future, and we are hoping to provide an update on this very, very soon, so watch this space! Also on the agenda was the discussion of maintenance and a potential tidy up of our current stadium, along with discussing recent games, future games, issues in previous matches (home and away), and, of course, thanking Ron for his very kind offer of free coach travel for the game on Saturday against Peterborough.



In our opinion, it's always best to maintain a strong working relationship with everyone heavily involved with the club. The club have always been very good to us, and catching up and keeping in touch with everyone on a regular basis is key to ensuring that we can continue supporting the club like we do. Our next meeting is scheduled for just before the season, so if there is anything that you would like me to bring up in the next meeting, please speak to me on a match day, or drop us a message and let us know. 

Moving back to the football, and we have a huge game on Saturday against Peterborough, and with our chairman laying on free coaches, now is time to get behind the lads more than ever. For 90 minutes, let's show them that we still believe in them. We have to put the Wimbledon result behind us, we cannot change anything from that game, so it's pointless to mull and ponder what could've been. What we must do now, is channel all of that disappointment and frustration into motivation for Saturday's game at Peterborough, and ensure that we recover from the result with a strong performance and hopefully a much more positive result. As mentioned last week, I've travelled across the country week in and week out to watch us play, and I totally understand that it can be frustrating watching us play at times, but it's vitally important that now, more than ever, we do our best from within the stands, to support the team for the final 8 games of the season. We've said it before on Twitter, it's been mentioned by Powell in pre and post match comments, and now it's been mentioned by Ron Martin too; we, as fans, need to get behind the team for the full 90 minutes, not matter what happens on the pitch. 24 points are up for grabs, and we need the fans to get behind the team as much as possible from now until the final whistle on the 4th May to ensure that we pick up as many of them available points as possible, starting on Saturday.

The last time we went to Peterborough was at the beginning of Chris Powell's reign at the club, and pre match, him and the team could hear how loud the fans were, and thought they were walking into a noisy home crowd.... they walked out and the noise was coming from the away end, and it inspired us to push on and get the full 3 points in one of our hardest fought games in recent time. Saturday, it won't be easy, but as fans, it's time to show the players that they have our backing, and push them onto victory. It's hard when everything's going against us, but negativity won't help the team. We've inspired the team once at Peterborough, let's do it again... leave all the negativity behind for 90 mins and let's sing our hearts out for the lads all game long, and be the 12th man that we all know that we can be.

#NeverGiveUp

The Blue Voice

Southend Fans... Your Club Needs YOU! - Blues' Voice Fan Bulletin 01

posted 14 Mar 2019, 08:40 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated ]



From now until the end of the season, each Thursday a member of TBV will be posting their thoughts and comments from the games in the previous weeks, and previewing the week's games ahead for our team. This week, kicking things off is the thoughts from TBV regular Dan, as he reviews 2 very different games of football, as well as talking about our massively important home game this weekend.



I think it's no secret that the situation that we're currently in is absolutely dire; I think any and all Southend fans know that far too well. For me, we are dangerously close to the drop zone in League One, and if you was to ask anyone if we'd be in a relegation battle at the beginning of the season, I'd be stunned if anyone said we would be. We went from playing really well against Blackpool only to suffer a setback in literally the last kick of the game, to producing comfortably the worst 45 mins of football in the 2nd half on Tuesday night of the season. I think it goes without saying that losing 4-1 to a team who, in truth, weren't brilliant themselves just goes to show you just how bad we were on Tuesday. The defending for the goals were embarrassing (bar one freak goal in the first half), and we were far too negative as a team, and it really baffles me as to why. It seemed like after the first goal went in, our heads dropped, and the team lost faith in ourselves, which is worrying. The hardcore Southend fans that travelled to Scunthorpe away did their best to get behind the team and get us playing again, but in honesty, there's only so much a few voices on a freezing cold Tuesday night can do.

But, in my mind, there's only one way we can get over a defeat of that magnitude, and that is to put in a real shift on Saturday, and make absolutely sure that we secure our future in League One, and that goes for the fans as well as the players. Watching back on the last couple of home games on Sky Sports, it dawned on me just how quiet Roots Hall was. Granted, for a long time at the end of the 2nd half vs Portsmouth you could hear Southend fans starting to sing and back the side, but more often than not, you will hear frustration and negativity breaking through and drowning out the positive backing. Now granted, watching Southend play, especially at home, hasn't been the most enjoyable of things for a fan to do, and as someone who regularly travels across the country supporting our team, I totally understand the frustration from some of our fans. However, negativity really isn't the answer in this situation, and it's something that we, as fans, need to address as soon as possible.

After our abysmal defeat against Barnsley, Chris Powell told the Southend Echo that he wants the fans to "keep on backing the team". Powell goes on to say that he understands that we, as fans, want to see their team win and perform to a good standard, but we are in a tough position right now and, that's where we need them even more". Yes, the team have let us down a number of times over the course of the season, but in my opinion, a true fan will stick beside their club during these tough times, and they will do their best to keep that team fighting and believing.

As a fan who travels the country week in and week out, I can safely say that our away support has been exceptional this season, maybe not in numbers, but vocally we do our best to make ourselves heard, out-singing 30,000 Sunderland fans at the Stadium of Light, even when losing 3-0, singing our hearts out at The Valley when 10 man Southend more than earned a 1-1 draw against Charlton, and 300 of us singing for 90 mins at Bradford for easily performance of the season so far. Our away support is incredible, and with that in mind, it absolutely astounds me just how different in contrast our home support is. Like the injury crisis surrounding the team right now, the acoustics of the stands at Roots Hall can only be blamed so much before we start looking at ourselves as fans, and seeing what more we can do to help back the team.

For me, our final 9 games should now be treated as "cup finals"... now, I hate this saying, but for us right now, I feel like it's the most suitable to avoid us from being dragged into an even bigger mess than we're in already (and believe me, this is some deep, deep mess that we're in right now). So, I urge all fans, whether it be home or away, to get behind this team, no matter how tough and hard it may be at the moment. Because if we don't get behind them soon, we could be facing the very real possibility of undoing all of the hard work we have done in seasons beforehand, and playing League Two football in the 2019/20 season, something I'm sure all fans of Southend United would absolutely hate to see. 

With that being said, consider this a message to both the fans, and to any of our players who may be reading this; 

Back in May 2015, the Sky Sports commentators described us as "the club that does not know when it is beaten" after equalising in the last 30 seconds of extra time, and now it's time to show everyone that nearly 4 years on, we're still that very same club that will never quit, and always find a way to fight back, even when we're up against it. The fans believe in you, and we'll always back you until that final whistle blows, and beyond. As fans, for the final 9 games, we need to go and show the team that we not only support them, but we believe in them too. We have a few tough, tough games over the next few weeks, but it's games that we are more than capable of getting a result out of, and we, as fans, need to get behind them and give them that extra push onto victory... 

UTB!

Dan and everyone involved with TBV

TBV - Addressing Issues

posted 12 Aug 2016, 03:59 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 18 Aug 2016, 01:23 ]

After the opening game of the 2016/17 season, we (TBV) have unfortunately been left in a very difficult position where we have been asked by various authorities to address an incident within the stands. This is not a post that myself or any other member of TBV wanted to make, and we are disappointed that we find ourselves having to address this situation.

After the Southend goal on Saturday a blue smoke bomb was let off from near the front of W block. Because of this incident, this could unfortunately lead to a number of problems for the club, including potential punishment from the Football Association (FA), which for a club like Southend, is not what we need.

We would firstly like to reiterate to all Southend supporters that The Blue Voice are not responsible for the smoke bomb incident, and we'd like to also remind fans that as a fan group, we do not advocate or encourage the use of smoke bombs or pyrotechnics in any way shape or form in Roots Hall, or any stadium in the UK. As a supporters group, we aim to be as family friendly as possible, and the use of smoke bombs and pyro can put off families, especially if they are first time supporters at Southend, attending their first game.

We have some fantastic links with the club, which we, as a supporters group, have worked very hard to maintain over recent years, and incidents such as the one on Saturday vs Gillingham does not do any favours to us or our reputation. I do fear that if similar behaviour or incidents occur, then you put our reputation with the club at serious risk, and in an absolute worst case scenario, this could potentially lead to TBV no longer operating on match days, which would be a massive shame to those who continue to support Southend vocally. Myself personally, I don't want it to ever come to that, as I truly believe that on our day, we have got fantastic support, and we can generate a lot of noise, however our support would not be as good as it is, if we didn't have the backing of the club.

Therefore, with that being said, we plea with fans to refrain from using  and pyrotechnics at both home and away games. By using pyrotechnics within a football stadium, you are risking a potential ban from ALL live UK and International games (not just Southend), along with potential arrest and fine, regardless of your age. You also put your club at risk of a potential fine from the football authorities for incidents with pyro, which can have a lot of knock on effects financially. As a fan group, we don't want to see fans ejected, banned, or arrested for stupid reasons on the day - that's the last thing we want to see happen, and I'm sure the club and authorities don't want that to happen either. 


For more information on the laws surrounding the use of pyro and smoke bomb in UK Football Stadiums, please see this fantastic post from ShrimperZone's "Cockle42" which goes into much more detail about the risks and repercussions. Once again, we ask fellow supporters in W block to refrain from using pyro of any sort at Southend games, otherwise you WILL risk getting arrested, banned, and likely fined. 


For those who were loud and vocal on Saturday and Tuesday night vs Gillingham, even when we were losing, thank you for your fantastic support, I know it's greatly appreciated by many, including the team. I know the first couple of results have been bad, but as a group we need to stay as positive as we can - it's a long season, let's keep our heads up and keep singing our hearts out, win, draw, or lose. Right now, the players need our support more than ever!

Up the Blues!
The Blue Voice. 

How you can support TBV this season

posted 30 Aug 2015, 08:22 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 22 Jul 2016, 18:08 by Dan McEvoy ]

With Southend United back in League One again this season, TBV are looking to step up their support at both home and away games, and we need YOUR help. There are many ways of supporting TBV this season;

JOIN IN:

You can either join us over in Block W of the West stand at Roots Hall, or you can help to support us by spreading the atmosphere that we create throughout the whole of the West stand. When it comes to supporting the blues and pushing them onto victory, every voice counts!

DONATE:

TBV is run by the fans, and everything that we utilise at home games comes at a cost to the fans involved. There is a way to get involved with TBV without having to move to Block W, and that is to donate to the cause. All of the money that is donated will be put back into bringing in new flags, drums, streamers, balloons, etc for TBV to use at home games. To donate to The Blue Voice, you can click on the PayPal button at the bottom of the website.

If you have any suggestions for how we could improve our support at home games, or if you have any new song ideas, please feel free to submit them via the Suggestions page, which can be found here.


Let's hope that this season is a good one for Southend, we are looking forward to seeing some exciting fixtures this year including the return of the Essex Derby! 

Up the Blues!

Regards,
The Blue Voice

TBV against Oxford

posted 4 Sep 2014, 12:57 by Dan McEvoy


Whilst Saturday's game against Oxford will no doubt be the biggest talking point of the day, there's another match taking place in the morning, which has a lot more at stake than just 3 points......

Members of The Blue Voice will be taking part in a match vs Oxford United's fans, in the first of what we hope to be many "fan games" against opposing clubs' fans. Last season, TravelZone (TZ) took a team of fans to Oxford's ground and won 3-1, and The Blue Voice are looking to ensure that our 100% record against their fans remains intact after Saturday's game.

Our brand new TBV football kits, kindly donated by SX Sports and sponsored by TravelZone, will be on display during the match. Managed by Scott Wallace and Josh Smith, the team consists of the following players;

Scott Peters (TrueBlue), Dan Sanders (Tarquin), James Driscoll, Edan Farmer, Robert Spooner, Ryan Smyth, James Radziusz, Dan Wolfendale (Wolfy), Dan McEvoy, Tim Dean, Mitch McEvoy, Will Simpson, Scott Wallace (C), and Josh Smith. 

The match will be taking place at the Old Southendians FC ground, located at Warner Bridge (click here to see map), and kick-off will be at 10-30am. So if you're at a loose end on Saturday morning and don't know what to do, come on down and support The Blue Voice - we would absolutely love to see as many Shrimpers down there as possible!

Up TBV!


Onto the Southend vs Oxford game in the league, and it's vital that we get behind the team and get back into form again. The past few weeks have seen what this team is capable of, with the likes of Payne, Weston, and Worrall all looking to prove themselves in this league, but the whole team need our backing. 

Whilst this Saturday is not as massive a game for us, the team haven't been firing on all cylinders recently, and it's time to turn this around. Its time to get out of this horrendous league, get bigger crowds and play attractive football. And we can be a part of that by singing our hearts out for 90 minutes throughout this season. 

Lets get ourselves up this table and kick on from Saturday. Everyone has to do their bit. So we urge you against Oxford to get involved not necessarily in W block but wherever you are in the ground.

Together we are The Blue Voice, there isn't a us and them situation, we all support our club, Southend United. And thats what matters, backing our team win, lose or draw. So we'll see you and hear you on Saturday and watch what I'm sure will be a brilliant game of football.

Up the Blues! 

The Blue Voice

Thank you from TBV

posted 27 Jul 2014, 10:42 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 27 Jul 2014, 10:51 ]


A huge thank you to everyone who donated to us at Meet The Blues Day today. We have counted up our donations, and a superb £180.45 was raised for The Blue Voice.

Thank you very much to everyone who took time out of their day to donate to The Blue Voice - your gratitude is greatly appreciated. If you were unable to donate today, it's still not too late to do so! You can donate to The Blue Voice via PayPal, by clicking the PayPal button below.
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PVFU4L5Y8ARJS

We are also taking orders for the polo shirts that we were wearing today (pictured on the left). These are priced at £20, if you are interested in ordering these please get in touch with us via the details on the Contact Us page.

Once again, thank you to everyone who donated, and helped out TBV today.


UTB!

The Blue Voice

TBV at SUFC Meet The Blues Day

posted 24 Jul 2014, 12:56 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 26 Jul 2014, 07:42 ]


TBV are pleased to announce that we will be in attendance this Sunday at Southend United's annual "Meet The Blues Day".

The Blue Voice will have a tent at the annual SUFC Meet The Blues Day this Sunday, where we will be selling TBV mugs and TBV pin badges, and walking around with collection buckets to contribute to the running costs of The Blue Voice. All donations will be going towards improving the atmosphere at both home and away games throughout the 2014-15 season. Any donation, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated, and these go towards paying for balloons, streamers, scarves, flags, etc, and it will also help us to maintain the drums that travel the country with us.

2014-15 is a huge season for Southend United, and as we push on to get promotion into League One, we need the support of every single Southend United supporter to help make the atmosphere at Roots Hall and at away games as good as we can possibly get it to be. Last season, the noise levels were excellent in the play-offs, let's make them even better this season!

If you would like to donate to, or find out more about The Blue Voice, keep an eye out for us on Sunday - we will be wearing our new uniforms (pictured below), kindly donated to us by SX Sports.

Up the Blues!

The Blue Voice

Welcome to The Blue Voice

posted 19 Jul 2014, 04:38 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 19 Jul 2014, 04:40 ]

Welcome to the brand new website of The Blue Voice.
Have a look round, and find what we're all about in supporting Southend United. As you browse the site you will see the "donate" button, this of course enables us to invest in various ways to improve the atmosphere or occasion on matchday. 

If you decide to donate it will help us to get balloons, scarves, streamers and maintain our drums that travel to games and get the crowd going. All of the above generally helps with the atmosphere at the Hall and away.
As well as your donation towards the atmosphere it would be great to see a few more of you Blues fans singing and getting involved with the Voice. We're positioned in the W block for home games however we need an atmosphere all around the ground so it would be great to hear a bit of a buzz at the Hall next year. Any donation is much appreciated and acknowledged.
Thanks,

Wolfy & everyone at The Blue Voice

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PVFU4L5Y8ARJS

TBV support impresses in the play-offs

posted 13 Jul 2014, 14:15 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 14 Jul 2014, 12:24 ]

Southend United fans have impressed throughout the season with their very vocal support at both home and away games, and when the play-offs came around, they were a class above the rest. A total of 1,400 shrimpers packed out the away stands at the Pirelli Stadium in the 1st leg of the play-offs, before then arriving in their numbers at Roots Hall, to create one of the best atmospheres of the season.

Armed with almost 200 streamers and 300 balloons, The Blue Voice done their absolute best to make sure that their support in the 2nd leg was a class above the rest, in a tremendous effort to help the team get back into the tie again following on from a 1-0 defeat in the 1st leg. Southend took a 2-1 lead thanks to a fantastic piece of skill by Ryan Leonard to counter an early Burton goal, and a fantastic cross and header from Anthony Straker which lifted the roof off Roots Hall,but late into the 2nd half, Southend unfortunately conceded an equaliser leaving the score on the day at 2-2 (2-3 on aggregate). 

The stand out point from the play-offs was the fans, who many believed to be the 12th man of Southend United during the 2nd leg especially. The fans were absolutely superb, and vocal throughout the game, whether we were leading or trailing in the game itself. The fans of Southend United did their team proud with the level of support they showed during that game.

Southend United now prepare themselves for a 5th season in League Two, having spent 4 seasons trying to escape from the Football League's bottom division, and they need your 
support more than ever. The Blue Voice are committed to ensuring that the support from our fans at both home and away games is the best that it can be, but we can't do it alone. At every single game, not only do we bring our voices, but we also bring flags, streamers, balloons and much more, in an attempt to improve the atmosphere. These items all come at the expense of the die-hard fans who spend every single weekend travelling up and down the country supporting the team.

What The Blue Voice are aiming to do for the 2014-15 season is build upon the fantastic support that the club has had over the last 12 months, and make it even better. We want to purchase more items such as streamers, flags, balloons etc for home and away games, but we need your help in doing this. 

How can you help?

There are many ways in which you can help TBV grow into the next season & beyond. You can help by getting involved with us on matchdays by joining us in & around W block in the west stand, but most importantly you can help by donating to us. All money that is received by TBV will be 100% reinvested into items such as streamers, balloons, new flags, new drums and much more. You can donate by visiting our Paypal page, or if you 

Announcement: Play-Offs 2nd Leg (2014)

posted 8 Jul 2014, 11:51 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 8 Jul 2014, 12:01 ]

We have been speaking and working with the club over the last few days and we would like to announce that TBV will be located in X Block in the west this Saturday we WILL NOT be moving over to the small part of the north that is open, we feel that being in the heart of the support we can galvanise the support better and with any luck do our part to roaring the lads on to wembley. So please if you want to join us get your tickets for West Stand X block or as close as you can.

Also for X block we have 150 streamers and hundreds of balloons for our regulars and we know the club has it's own streamers and balloons in place for the rest of the stadium, I would like to also take the opportunity to thank one of our own Dan McEvoy who at his own cost purchased the streamers costing somewhere in the region of £80 so thanks to him and it's people like him who slowly but surly are turning SUFC fans into something special in the lower leagues of football and you just can't buy that kind of commitment.

Lastly let's do all we can Saturday to roar the team on, they need us more then ever and it's time to get out of this god forsaken league

Be loud, be proud.


Thanks from the TBV lads and myself

TrueBlue
Scott Peters

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