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Introducing Southend United

23 June 2015

United secured promotion at Wembley Stadium last month

Name: Southend United Football Club
Founded: 1906
Stadium: Roots Hall
Capacity: 12,392
Manager: Phil Brown
Last season: Fifth in League Two (promoted via Play-Offs)

Southend United booked their place in League One last season following a thrilling penalty shoot-out against Wycombe Wanderers in the Play-Off final.

The Essex outfit will be hoping that under the management of Phil Brown, they can consolidate themselves in the third tier of English football.

South Shields-born Brown turned professional with Hartlepool United in 1978 – and turned out 217 times at Victoria Park, before making the move to Halifax Town in 1985.

Three years and 135 appearances followed at the Shay, with Bolton Wanderers securing the services of the right-back in 1988.

He left Bolton in 1994 after turning out 256 times, before ending his career with a two-year stint at Blackpool.

Brown took his first footsteps into coaching when he assisted his former manager Sam Allardyce at Blackpool and later Bolton over a nine-year period.

The 56-year-old was appointed manager at Derby in June 2005, spending just seven months at Pride Park before his sacking in January 2006.

Having been appointed as a first-team coach at Hull City – Brown took over as permanent manager in January 2007.

He helped the Tigers to the Premier League in May 2008, following a 1-0 win over Bristol City at Wembley in the Play-Off final, and subsequently achieved survival in the top-flight.

Brown left Hull in March 2010, and following a brief spell at Preston North End, was back in management with Southend United in March 2013.

Highly-rated goalkeeper Daniel Bentley will be the one to watch for the Shrimpers next term.

The 21-year-old Basildon native came through the youth set-up at Roots Hall, making his professional debut in a 4-1 triumph over Torquay United in October 2011.

Since then, the keeper has gone from strength to strength, with Bentley appearing 98 times in his four-years in the first-team to date.

The Cod Army have met with Southend four times, the last of which came in a League Two encounter in April 2014, which ended in a 1-1 stalemate at Highbury.

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