SOUTHEND United fans have not had much to celebrate so far this season.

But that does not include seven-year-old Matilda Harrison, thanks to the actions of Blues chairman Ron Martin.

Matilda sent the Shrimpers supremo a letter of congratulations after avoiding relegation.

And the youngster’s father Paul revealed Matilda was jumping for joy after receiving gifts from the Blues chairman before also meeting up with the first team squad.

“Matilda was adamant that she wanted to thank Ron, so we posted off her letter and I had forgotten about it if I’m honest,” said Paul, who lives on Canvey Island.

“Ron is obviously extremely busy but this week a bag was dropped off with a signed ball, a Southend United teddy and a really nice letter from Ron.

“She loved reading it and I just think it goes to show why it’s nice to support your local side rather than a big side.”

However, the excitement did not stop there for Matilda as she also met the Shrimpers squad, including her favourite players Mark Oxley, Simon Cox and Stephen Humphrys.

“We had a tour and it was superb being around the pitch and behind the scenes,” said Paul.

“She had been excited all week and meeting the players was a real high for her.

“It’s also lovely for me as I’ve been going since 1986 with my father and he was going before that too.

“My nephew Jack comes with us too so it’s a really special thing as Southend gives us something to share.”

Matilda is also enjoying her football on the pitch after being signed up for West Ham United’s academy.