Southend United fans can subscribe to the Basildon and Southend Echo news site for an exclusive offer of £5 for five months or over 30 per cent off an annual subscription.

A digital subscription is the best way to read all the exclusive stories and match reports by Blues expert Chris Phillips as subscribers have unlimited access to sport and news articles, with fewer ads and interruptions. 

A consortium is just weeks away from taking over the historic club that survived a winding-up order with just hours to spare and Chris has led the news agenda throughout.

If you're a Southend United fan or have an interest in news affecting south Essex this is the perfect offer for you. And there is plenty more to come from Chris and our news reporters as the Blues' new owners set about transforming the fortunes of the club on and off the pitch.

In addition to unlimited access to articles and fewer ads, subscribers can also enjoy monthly savings on big brands through the reader rewards scheme, as well as puzzles that you can play online. 

Access to the ad-free app is also included with a digital subscription, available on mobile and tablet from the Apple App Store and Google Play.  

App users can browse all news stories, read the digital edition and play puzzles without any ad interruptions. 

Readers can subscribe for just £5 for the first five monthss or get an annual subscription at only £35 (over 30% off the full price of £52) if they join before the promotion ends. 

After the five-month trial period, the monthly subscription will be renewed at £4.99 per month. 

Visit the subscribe page for further details. 

This deal is only for new subscribers, but if you're already a subscriber, there are other ways to enjoy money-saving benefits. 

Reader Rewards offer hundreds of deals, discounts and special offers on big brands to all our subscribers.  

Visit our Reader Rewards page for details on how to access the deals. 

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