Southend United are clinging on to their existence
SOUL OF SPORT: Southend United are sticking to their existence after years of mismanagement. Barnet took all three points on Friday night but fans are happy to have just one club to support – KEVIN QUIGLEY captures the mood in pictures
By Kevin Quigley for the Daily Mail
07:00 06 Mar 2023, updated 07:49 06 Mar 2023
- Each week on a Monday, our Soul of Sport series takes readers behind the scenes at top sporting events
- Kevin Quigley traveled to south-east Essex on Friday to capture the raw emotions of Southend United fans
- His photographs give a perfect insight into the love that fans have for their local non-league football teams
Welcome back to the soul of sport. sports mail‘s photographers captured the optimism, passion and eventual heartache of Newcastle fans during their Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester United last week and have returned to provide behind-the-scenes detail in yet another sporting event.
From the riches of Carabao Cup glory to the rags of financial turmoil in non-league football, sports mail were keen to capture the raw emotions of fans who are on the verge of losing their club.
So for our second installment in the series, KEVIN QUIGLEY traveled to south-east Essex to visit Southend United of the National League, who finally paid their £1.4million debt to HMRC last Tuesday but their long-term future is on a knife edge.
Several fans feared last month’s clash with Gateshead would be the last game at Roots Hall for Southend, but fans flocked to cheer for their side against Barnet on Friday – and against chairman Ron Martin’s leadership during the 0-1 defeat to protest .
The match was emotional. It showed how much football clubs mean to the fans. This is the soul of the sport.
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