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Preview: Southend vs Stags

1 November 2013

Our team travel to Southend United tonight, keen to stretch their unbeaten away record in Sky Bet League Two to seven matches.

Here’s everything that you need to know ahead of the clash at Roots Hall…


Defender James Jennings could return to the starting line-up, having served a one-match suspension for receiving five yellow cards.

Meanwhile, shot-stopper Alan Marriott and centre-back Ryan Tafazolli could both be in contention for the match.

However, we will be without John Dempster (suspended), Martin Riley (achilles) and Chris Clements (achilles).


We go into the match at Roots Hall unbeaten in six away matches in Sky Bet League Two.

Our side, who have already amassed 12 points on the road, also boast the joint-tightest defence in the league, having shipped just 12 goals.

Nevertheless, we haven’t taken maximum points since Saturday 28 September, when Calvin Andrew found the net in our 1-0 success at Chesterfield.

Southend, who are currently in 13th position, go into the clash on the back of defeats to Dagenham & Redbridge and Newport County respectively.

The Shrimpers have Won 6, Drew 2 and Lost 6 of their 14 matches this season.


Our team have registered maximum points on their last two visits to Roots Hall.

In the 2004/05 campaign, we were 1-0 winners thanks to a late strike by Paul Warne. In the previous season, we won 3-0 with Iyesden Christie bagging a hat-trick.

Our full record against the Shrimpers is as follows: Won 20, Drew 13, Lost 16.


Supporters will be able to purchase tickets from the North Stand Ticket Office at Roots Hall.

Our fans will be housed in the covered North Stand, which is an all-seater stand situated behind the goal that can accommodate up to 1,200 people.

Tickets are priced as follows:

£21: Adults 
£15: Senior Citizens
£14: Students (in full-time education and with a valid NUS card)
£14: Young Persons (Aged 17-20)
£14: Disabled
£10: Children (Aged 9-16)
£5: Under 8s

Supporters who qualify for a ticket at a concessionary rate will be required to produce proof of their entitlement at the time of purchase.

Supporters who require wheelchair access are advised to contact Southend United directly on 08444 770077. Carers are admitted free-of-charge.


- By Road…

Leave the M25 at Junction 29 and follow signs for the A127 (Southend-on-Sea). Continue towards the town centre, through the traffic lights near to The Bell Pub and at the next roundabout, turn right (3rd exit), continuing on the A127. Roots Hall is on the right-hand side, just past the next traffic lights.

- By Rail…

The nearest station to Roots Hall is Prittlewell, which about a 10-minute walk. As you exit the station, turn right and you will come to a crossroads with some traffic lights. On your right is the 'Fish House' fish and chip shop. Pass this shop and turn right, continuing approximately 100 yards, and Roots Hall is on your left-hand side.

- Parking…

Situated just behind the North Stand (away end) are residential streets, where supporters can park. Otherwise there is a car park at the stadium, behind the Main Stand, which costs £5. Alternatively, Southend High School For Boys also offers car parking (the school entrance is on Prittlewell Road).


If you aren’t travelling to Roots Hall tomorrow night, you can listen to full-match commentary on both Stags Player (online) and Mansfield 103.2 (local radio only).

Mansfield 103.2’s ‘Stags FM’ show begins at 6.00pm. To subscribe to Stags Player, click here.

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