The Essex outfit are profiled by Dale Jenkins.
Southend United FC were formed in 1906 and has been a member of the Football League since 1920. The Essex club have played at the ageing Roots Hall since 1955, which has a capacity of 12,392.
The Blues have an intense rivalry with Colchester United and have spent most of their history in the lower leagues, having only a couple of brief spells in the second tier after promotions from the Third Division or what is now known as League One in 1989-90 and 2005-06 when the Shrimpers were promoted as Champions. The Seasiders have also finished runners up in the Football League Trophy in 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2013/14.
The club have recently survived through some troubled times including being faced with a winding up order from HMRC in 2009. Southend have played in the fourth tier since being relegated alongside Wanderers in 2010 and are now managed by ex-Hull City manager Phil Brown who took over from Paul Sturrock.
Phil Brown has parted company with Freddy Eastwood, Marc Laird, Mark Phillips, Bedsante Gomis, Seedy Njie, Marlon Agyakwa, Aaron Tatham and Jack Edwards this summer. Incoming signings include academy youngster Ellis Brown, midfielder David Worrall from Rotherham, striker Lee Barnard returning to the club permanently from Southampton and winger Myles Weston joining following his release from Gillingham.
The Shrimpers travel to Adams Park on Saturday 13th December 2014.
Wanderers make the journey to Roots Hall on Saturday 7th March 2015.