A WHOLE host of former Southend United favourites reunited to raise funds for charities.

A match between a Shrimpers legends side and the England over 50s at Herongate Athletic raised more than £2,000 for Dementia UK and Prostate Cancer UK.

And former Blues manager Steve Tilson, who helped to organise the event, was delighted by the turn-out.

“I loved it,” said Tilson.

“It was for two great causes in Dementia UK and Prostate Cancer UK and we ended up raising £2, 146 which was really good.

“There was a really good turn out both from the players and supporters as well.

“The weather was on our side in the end as well and we were really pleased with how it went.

“It was nice to see some old faces and I’m looking forward to maybe doing it again next year now.”

The Southend side triumphed 7-3 with Lee Barnard bagging a brace alongside efforts from both Alan McCormack and Tilson himself.

Blues’ other four goals were scored by Mark Bellingham, the father of England international Jude, who remains a key Southend fan.

“I’ve played with Mark in the vets at Herongate,” said Tilson.

“He’s a Southend supporter and watched the team growing up.

“It was brilliant he played and to see him out there with all the others.”

Duncan Jupp, Andy Edwards, Mark Bentley, Leo Roget, Tes Bramble also started for Blues along with comedian Terry Alderton who lined up between the sticks.