A GROUP of Southend United supporters swapped the Roots Hall stands for the pitch to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The game - which raised close to £1,700 - was organised by 15-year-old Blues fan Rylee Doe.

And the youngster was delighted to have raised so much money.

“When I first started organising it all I set myself the target of raising £800 and I wondered if that was realistic so I’m delighted and proud to have raised so much,” said Rylee.

“The figure will rise in the next few days and it was brilliant how everything went.

“To play on the pitch at Roots Hall with a group of mates made it one of the best nights of my life.

“I know it will make a difference to people’s lives and the support I received has been phenomenal.

“It is wonderful to know hard work is appreciated.

“And hopefully we will be able to do this again next year now and raise even more money for charity.”


Winners - United FC

Rylee played in goal for Rydog FC and his side led 1-0 at half-time thanks to a goal from Kieran Coult, which went in off the inside of the left post.

However, United FC hit back after the break with Jesse James firing home a long range free-kick before Kieran Staggs bagged the winning goal to ensure victory for his side.

United FC centre-back Jack Gibson was named his side’s man of the match while Connor Dobson Amos picked up the prize for Rydog FC.

The sponsor’s man of the match went to Rydog’s Obi Molefi and Southend United defender Harry Kyprianou handed out the after match medals and prizes.