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Southend host Plymouth on opening day

Southend United fans Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Southend are at home to Plymouth on the the opening day of their League 2 season on August 3rd.

They play AFC Wimbledon away on Boxing Day and and Burton Albion at home on the final day of the season.

Shrimpers net unique Fergie record

Freddy Eastwood for Southend battles with United's Wes Brown Credit: PA/EMPICS

With Sir Alex Ferguson blowing the final whistle on his illustrious career at Old Trafford, Southend United have a unique record which now cannot be broken.

The Essex league Two side are the only British team Manchester United faced during Sir Alex's time in charge and didn't beat!

Southend played United in 2006 in the Carling Cup Fourth Round at Roots Hall, winning 1-0 thanks to a Freddy Eastwood strike.

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Change of heart over Southend's Wembley final

Former Southend manager Paul Sturrock has changed his mind about leading the team in Wembley final Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Paul Sturrock has had a change of heart and turned down the chance to manage Southend United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

Chairman Ron Martin announced on Sunday that Sturrock had been sacked as boss of the Shrimpers but that, bizarrely, he would return to take charge for the final against Crewe on Sunday 7 April.

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Phil Brown 'turned down' Southend job three years ago

Southend United's new manager Phil Brown revealed that he was asked about taking the job earlier in his managerial career.

Brown, who was unveiled at a new conference at Roots Hall, said that the opportunity first came after losing his job at Hull City.

"I spoke to the chairman Ron Martin three years ago when I was on gardening leave at Hull," Brown said.

"I looked at the challenge then but wasn't sure about moving from the Premier League to a lower division.

"But his ambitions for this club were clear for me then as they are now."

Brown also confirmed that he'd spoken to former boss Paul Sturrock about the Johnstone's Paints Trophy Final at Wembley.

"Strange things do happen in football. It's a subject that was broached to me when I spoke about the position," Brown added.

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