SOUTHEND United fans will be ‘protesting for change’ at Roots Hall this weekend.

The already relegated Shrimpers complete another poor season at home to Newport County on Saturday.

And prior to kick off Blues fans will be gathering to show their frustration after seeing the club fall out of the Football League for the first time since 1920.

The protest has been organised by the Save Our Southend supporter group and founder Scott Peters is keen for as many fans as possible to attend.

“I’m calling upon all Southend United fans to come and support the protest on Saturday,” said Peters.

“This is a protest for change at the club and we urge people to come down for a peaceful but passionate protest in a display of unity and love for our club.

“We want to vent our disappointment at our club falling out of the Football League which we have been in for 101 years.”


Wanting fans to attend - SOS founder Scott Peters

Blues were also relegated from League One last season and will now be in the National League next term.

And it was concern for the future of the club which led to Peters starting up the group.

“SOS was set up to be a voice for the fans about what is going on at Southend United,” said Peters.

“We have a strong committee of different Southend fans from all backgrounds, all ages and professions.

“We’re calling for transparency, accountability, sustainability and unity.”

The protest also has the backing of other supporter groups, including the Shrimpers Trust.

And Peters is expecting at least 500 fans to be in attendance.

“Everything has been done properly and we expect between 500 to 1,000 fans to be there,” said Peters.

“We’ve worked with Essex Police and carried out a full risk assessment too.

“We’’ll be meeting in the club car park from 12 noon but it probably won’t get going fully until about 1pm.”