Roots Hall has been the home of my local football team, Southend United, since 1955. It's one of those old stadiums that's definitely fraying around the edges and is neatly tucked in amongst rows of houses and suburban streets. In the 1990s a move to a new out-of-town stadium was proposed and the plans have rumbled on ever since. It now seems likely that building work will finally begin in the next year or two, so I'm documenting the old ground (and the team's supporters) before it's bulldozed. There are good reasons for moving, not least financial ones and the need for better facilities such as disabled access; but to me it's part of the local community, with a real character of its own, and it will be sad to see it relocate to an identikit stadium surrounded by fields.


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