Roots Hall, Southend United
League One  v Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday January 23rd 2010, 3pm

Peter Radford

A good old style ground that I had been looking forward to visiting, even though it may soon be replaced by a new-build.  Easy to park on Prittlewell Chase which runs north from the ground leaving no more than a 5 minute walk to the away end.

I arrived early but found no decent pubs for away fans around the ground so headed into the ground.  Once through the turnstiles I was greeted by the stench from the toilets but survived to find the small cafe by the entrance to the stand.  The cafe was basic and the food didnít look too appetising but the staff were friendly. 

I settled for a warm cuppa and a read of the programme which, given the recent activity in the transfer window, was understandably well behind the comings and goings at both clubs.

I liked the ground, basic, no frills, pillars but seats close to the pitch, pleasant stewarding, fully covered so that the noise made by fans could be heard around the ground generating a good atmosphere given the modest attendance.

It was not a game for the puriest and both sides missed excellent chances to secure victory but it gave hope to both sets of fans that they could progress up the table.

Easy to get back to the car and get moving however the route back towards the M25 was slow for a round 10 miles but all in all a relatively painless journey.

Score: Southend 1 Wycombe 1
Attendance: 6,675
Ground No: 35 (of the 92)


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