Oh dear, oh dear, it has all kicked off. Well as an independent observer, can I just welcome the Southend supporters to this Non League forum (nice to see that you recognise the fact that "we" - the collective "we" that is - exist outside the peramiters of League Division Football) and fill them in on a couple of things.
1. Canvey Island supporters take their football seriously. Even friendlies. To back this fact up, please see the previous message links re. their other friendlies. This cannot be understated!!! These people are serious Non League footie fanatics.
2. You are right. It is a friendly and therefore nothing as regards the future of Southend United can be based on the 1 nil defeat that Canvey handed out to you. Likewise for Canvey Island. These games are for getting players match fit for the coming season as well to re build or try out new players. Again, our Canvey supporters seem not to see this, as every game is a competitive battle to be won. If not won, then the other team woz lucky. Again, I am not here to judge their standing on this. Their attitude and loyalty towards their team is an example to us all.
3. Friendlies are also an opportunity for the local supporter to see either their favorite professional team pit their skill against their fav local team whilst generating some much needed cash for the local side. I'll leave this argument alone but won't as I can't see Canvey playing at Roots Hall a major money spinner for Southend United. Whilst a league team playing at Canvey's game would've been good PR for the League team and would've generated much needed cash (?) for the Non League team.
4. Freindlies of this nature are of a "show boating" style. Football skills for both teams are to the fore as the League team don't want to see their first team players injured and neither does the Non League team but the Non League team WILL want to put in a good show and a victory for the lower league team is always a point to boast about, given the standing of the professional team. The local rivalry makes this even more so.
Billericay are playing Lyton Orient, Gillingham and a Spurs XI (a little plug here). I do not exepct any more or any less from those games for my part (before anyone from Canvey wishes to "take the piss").
Pre season friendlies are an important part of a season programme and long may they continue but, lads, lets get some pesective here and enjoy them for what they are.
With tounge firmly in cheek, I bid you all a successful season (both teams).
And I still haven't had my tea or coffee and read the report in the papers...