Thursday, April 29, 2010

BBC Sport News: Southend skipper rues relegation

Southend United captain Adam Barrett said their relegation from League One was 'extremely hard to take.'

The Blues' 2-2 draw at Oldham consigned them to the bottom tier of the Football League for the first time since 2005.
Barrett told BBC Essex: "From where we've worked so hard to be and now be back to square one is very hard to take it's been extremely difficult.
"I'm sad for the supporters and everyone involved with the football club and I'm devastated with it all."
Barrett has been at the heart of the Blues' defence throughout the club's rise to the Championship and their subsequent fall back to League Two.
The 30-year-old pointed to a number of reasons for this season's league position.
"Too much has gone on this year," he said.
"You can start with the team and the chops and changes, plus we haven't been able to field the bench for half the season.
"For myself with the partners at the back, you're looking at God knows how many centre-half partners. There's just been no consistency, no continuity there.
"Then on top of that there's obviously been the well documented events going on off the field and, as I've said before, it's been the most stressful and most difficult period I've ever known."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Southend United settle tax bill to avoid HMRC winding-up order

• Club pays outstanding debt to the revenue
• Wednesday's winding-up order will not now proceed

Southend United have confirmed they will not be wound up tomorrow when they return to the high court. The League One club were given a further seven days to pay their £378,487.36 debt to Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs after their case was adjourned until Wednesday.

However, the Shrimpers have revealed that the outstanding tax bill was settled last week but "as a formality the case still has to go before the court to be dismissed".

This is the fourth time in the past six months that the club has successfully avoided a winding-up order. The chairman, Ron Martin, told the Southend Echo that he felt their financial troubles were now behind the League One club.

"I'm really positive about the future of the club," Martin said. "When people look back on this in the future they will say this is just a blip. The world has been in financial turmoil and I'm not immune to it."

Shrimpers accept League Two football with season card reductions

The club announced Monday that season card prices for 2010/11 will be reduced by 20% to £300 accepting that Southend will be relegated into the fourth tier.

Miracles Tilly, forget it, though the maths tell the Shrimpers they still have a chance, a very unlikely one, Uncle Ron has decided it's all done and dusted and knocked £80 off season card prices for next season as well as match day.
To take advantage of this reduction though you have until close of box office on Saturday to take advantage. Don't worry if you've already coughed up, Ron will give you your dosh back, promising your refund is in the post, before August! Anyway, matchday prices will be down to £16 in advance of the game and £18 on the day. A full price schedule, including all supporter categories will be announced on Tuesday.

If you want to call the club to buy the new cut price card, there can be purchased from 09.30 Tuesday on 08444 77 00 77.