‘We’ve got our club back’: Southend fans celebrate win and takeover deal

03 October 2023 10:52
Victory over Oxford City came after a sale, led by Australian investor Justin Rees, had been agreed at the last minuteIf ever a 6ft polyester crustacean could be said to have captured the mood of a city, this was the moment. Bouncing up and down on the touchline, arms aloft and pointy plush head waggling, Sammy the Shrimp was a picture of delight. Admittedly that’s the way his costume is designed, but still, the mascot’s smile echoed those of every Southend fan in Roots Hall.This match, a National League fixture against Oxford City, had been expected to be a wake. A winding up order was to be heard in the High Court on Wednesday, the final, inexorable verdict on the 25-year ownership of Ron Martin, a property developer who took Southend to the Championship and promised an even brighter future, only for everything to come crashing down over the past half-a-dozen years, league position included. Continue readingread full article

Source: TheGuardian