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Simon Dobbin trial: Jury retires to consider verdict

Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall was assaulted following United's game with Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jury in the trail of thirteen men accused of being involved in an attack on a Cambridge United football fan have, in the last hour, begun to consider their verdicts.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, was left unable to walk or talk after he was brutally attacked after a match at Southend's Roots Hall in March 2015.

He spent a year in hospital after being hit and stamped on repeatedly.

A total of 13 defendants standing trial at Basildon Crown Court charged in connection with the attack, deny conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

Simon Dobbin trial: Defendant claims he 'saw nothing'

The defence has begun in the trial of 13 men accused of attacking a Suffolk father after a football match that left him needing round-the-clock care.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, suffered a life-changing brain injury when he was assaulted in March 2015 outside The Railway Pub in Southend.

After being treated in hospital for almost a year, Simon returned home in March 2016. His condition means he is unable to move or speak.

The prosecution said the only defendant who was giving evidence was maintaining he "saw nothing, heard nothing and did nothing."


Adam Thompson: Southend defender opts to join Bury

Adam Thompson has made more than 100 appearances for Southend. Credit: PA

Southend United defender Adam Thompson has opted to join League One rivals Bury after rejecting a new deal at Roots Hall.

The 24-year-old Northern Ireland international was offered improved terms at Southend, but turned the proposal down in order to push through a move to Gigg Lane instead.

The news will come as a blow to the Shrimpers who also lost winger Will Atkinson to Mansfield Town earlier this week.

Thompson attracted interest from a number of clubs, but decided to sign a three-year contract at Bury.

I am delighted to have signed Adam. He's a fantastic player who is used to playing at the top end of League One, having just missed out on promotion to the Championship with Southend United.

I have seen Adam operate at close quarters this season and he was very impressive, and it's that impressive form which has led to his call-up to the Northern Ireland squad.

Adam is a fantastic signing for us. I am thrilled to have signed a young, talented, international player who is at the age where we can still help him develop and he can help us improve.

– Lee Clark, Bury manager

Meanwhile, Cambridge United have signed midfielder Gary Deegan on a two-year deal following his exit from League One club Shrewsbury Town.

Southend United considering striker Nile Ranger's future

Ranger admitted switching over £2,000 from a woman's account to another in 2015. Credit: PA

Southend United say they'll take time to consider striker Nile Ranger's future, after he was jailed for online banking fraud.

The 26-year-old joined the Shrimpers last August, and signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the League One club in December.

He's been jailed for eight months after admitting to charges of conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money.

The club needs time to consider its position and also the impact of this startling, unexpected, outcome...

This offence occurred long before Nile joined the club and everyone deserves a second chance, which the club has afforded Nile.

Nile Ranger is unlikely to ever be a model professional, however during his time at Southend his behaviour has been acceptable and improved.

– Ron Martin, Chairman


Southend United ready for one last play-off push

It's last chance saloon for Southend United this weekend in their bid to break into League One play-offs.

Agonisingly, they're still a point outside the top six going into their final game of the season against Bury on Sunday but defeat for Millwall could open the door.

Elsewhere, Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole has signed a new two-year contract ahead of their game against Gillingham at Sixfields.

This weekend's other fixtures

  • Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday (The Championship)
  • Leeds United v Norwich City (The Championship)
  • Bolton Wanderers v Peterborough United (League One)
  • Northampton Town v Gillingham (League One)
  • Walsall v MK Dons (League One)
  • Accrington Stanley v Luton Town (League Two)
  • Cambridge United v Crawley Town (League Two)
  • Leyton Orient v Colchester United (League Two)
  • Yeovil Town v Stevenage (League Two)

Southend United legend Barrett retires from football

Adam Barrett is retiring. Credit: PA

Southend United legend Adam Barrett has announced his retirement from football with immediate effect.

The defender made 354 appearances for the Shrimpers during his time at the club, scoring 33 goals.

The 37-year-old also played for the likes of Crystal Palace and Gillingham.

It has been an honour and a privilege to represent Southend United Football Club for many years and I am extremely proud to have been given the role of Captain during both spells.

I have many happy memories and experienced fantastic times at the club. I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to the Chairman and staff for everything they have done for me over the years.

Lastly, I would like to thank the supporters who have shown unbelievable support from the day I joined and are a large part of why the bond I have with the club is so special. I cannot thank you all enough.

– Adam Barrett, former Southend United captain

Tottenham loan midfielder Amos to Southend United

Luke Amos makes a tackle for Tottenham's academy side. Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Young Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luke Amos has joined Southend United on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old is yet to feature for Spurs' first team but was named on the bench for their EFL Cup tie at Liverpool back in October.

Amos, who is an England youth international, could make his Shrimpers debut at Fleetwood Town today.

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