Match preview: Southend United (a)

James Rowe and his men will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they face another long trip down south, when they face Southend United. They will be looking to build on the impressive away performance at Wrexham in midweek.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Southend United

Where: Roots Hall


Tickets are available to purchase on the day but please note that payment should be made by CASH only.

Live radio commentary

Our brand-new radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide commentary of all our National League games over the 2021/22 season. Supporters will be able to listen to full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis. 

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week! 

You can download the app from the Apple Store here:

If you’re an Android user, you can download the app here:

Alternatively, you can listen online here:          

It is also available via Alexa.

Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by iDeal Flooring – check out their website here:

Social media

Our official Twitter page ( will provide regular updates on the match. It is also the place to find our exclusive goal GIFs, which are used when a player scores a goal. 

Key news will also be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found here:

Our official Instagram page will keep you posted with key moments and content throughout the day on our stories:

The post-match interview with manager James Rowe will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel. 

George Carline won’t feature in this fixture after suffering a fractured kneecap in the midweek game against Wrexham. The defender looks set to face a significant time in the treatment room.

Stefan Payne will also miss out on the fixture, as he picked up his fifth booking of the season on Tuesday night, meaning he will serve a one-match ban. 

Alex Whittle and Calvin Miller will be pushing for places in the starting XI while Nathan Tyson will be looking to make his first appearance of the season.

Fact file

Name: Southend United
Nicknames: The Shrimpers
Founded: 1906
Stadium: Roots Hall
Address: Roots Hall, Southend-on-Sea, England, SS2
Capacity: 12,492
Manager: Phil Brown

On Southend United

Southend United are an established English football club, with over 100 years of competitive football to their name. They won double promotion back in 2004/2005 & 2005/2006, which earned the club a place in the Championship, where they spent one season before being instantly relegated back down to League One. After financial difficulty, the club suffered back-to-back relegations, and were relegated to the National League last season, after a 101 year stay in the Football League.

The club are looking at moving to a new stadium soon. Southend have struggled to get going this season but picked up their second win on Saturday at home to Eastleigh.

One to watch

Rhys Murphy is a 30-year-old striker, who has played for several different clubs, including Preston North End, Gillingham, Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town. He scored 29 goals in 58 appearances for Yeovil, before signing for Southend at the start of this season, where he has made seven appearances, scoring three goals.

The Spireites’ last three: (D/L/D)

Drew – Chesterfield 2-2 Torquay – National League  

Lost – Woking 3-1 Chesterfield – National League 

Drew – Wrexham 1-1 Chesterfield – National League

The Shrimpers’ last three: (L/L/W)

Lost – Torquay 1-0 Southend – National League

Lost – Solihull 2-0 Southend – National League 

Won – Southend 1-0 Eastleigh – National League 

The last time the Spireites met the Shrimpers was back in April 2017. Southend ran riot that day, leaving Chesterfield with all three points, after a 4-0 victory.