THE latest in our series with Southend United's supporters. 

Name: Christopher Bent

Age: 48

How long have you been a Blues fan?

"Since discovering football at Infant School, I was asked who my team was and said my team local team, Southend."

What was your first ever Blues game?

"Saturday 22nd November 1980, taken by my Dad with a mate to an FA Cup defeat by Hereford United. Think it was our only home loss all season."

What's your favourite ever Blues goal?

"Difficult to pick one, Peter Clarke’s goal at Stamford Bridge and Joe Piggott’s Wembley equaliser, Stephen Humphrys' goal last season to save us from relegation and Wayne Gray’s title clincher are all up there. However Freddy’s screamer against Man Utd would probably have to be the one.”

Favourite ever Blues player?

"Whilst the likes of Stan Collymore and Freddy Eastwood got you up out of your seat when they got on the ball, it’s got to be “Sir” Adam Barrett, obviously a club legend but also a complete gentlemen when ever I’ve met him."

Favourite ever manager?

"Got to be Steve Tilson, guided us to the double promotions including winning League One and taking us up into Championship after saving us from going out of the Football League. Have to give honourable mentions to both David Webb and Paul Sturrock as well.”

Favourite ever game?

The play off final at Wembley for just the fact it was Wembley and pure emotion of winning on penalties stands out, but again it’s got to be the League Cup win over Manchester United at Roots Hall. Freddy’s goal and Flavs' goalkeeping masterclass still live on in the memory.”

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