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TBV - Addressing Issues

posted 12 Aug 2016, 03:59 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 18 Aug 2016, 01:23 ]

After the opening game of the 2016/17 season, we (TBV) have unfortunately been left in a very difficult position where we have been asked by various authorities to address an incident within the stands. This is not a post that myself or any other member of TBV wanted to make, and we are disappointed that we find ourselves having to address this situation.

After the Southend goal on Saturday a blue smoke bomb was let off from near the front of W block. Because of this incident, this could unfortunately lead to a number of problems for the club, including potential punishment from the Football Association (FA), which for a club like Southend, is not what we need.

We would firstly like to reiterate to all Southend supporters that The Blue Voice are not responsible for the smoke bomb incident, and we'd like to also remind fans that as a fan group, we do not advocate or encourage the use of smoke bombs or pyrotechnics in any way shape or form in Roots Hall, or any stadium in the UK. As a supporters group, we aim to be as family friendly as possible, and the use of smoke bombs and pyro can put off families, especially if they are first time supporters at Southend, attending their first game.

We have some fantastic links with the club, which we, as a supporters group, have worked very hard to maintain over recent years, and incidents such as the one on Saturday vs Gillingham does not do any favours to us or our reputation. I do fear that if similar behaviour or incidents occur, then you put our reputation with the club at serious risk, and in an absolute worst case scenario, this could potentially lead to TBV no longer operating on match days, which would be a massive shame to those who continue to support Southend vocally. Myself personally, I don't want it to ever come to that, as I truly believe that on our day, we have got fantastic support, and we can generate a lot of noise, however our support would not be as good as it is, if we didn't have the backing of the club.

Therefore, with that being said, we plea with fans to refrain from using  and pyrotechnics at both home and away games. By using pyrotechnics within a football stadium, you are risking a potential ban from ALL live UK and International games (not just Southend), along with potential arrest and fine, regardless of your age. You also put your club at risk of a potential fine from the football authorities for incidents with pyro, which can have a lot of knock on effects financially. As a fan group, we don't want to see fans ejected, banned, or arrested for stupid reasons on the day - that's the last thing we want to see happen, and I'm sure the club and authorities don't want that to happen either. 


For more information on the laws surrounding the use of pyro and smoke bomb in UK Football Stadiums, please see this fantastic post from ShrimperZone's "Cockle42" which goes into much more detail about the risks and repercussions. Once again, we ask fellow supporters in W block to refrain from using pyro of any sort at Southend games, otherwise you WILL risk getting arrested, banned, and likely fined. 


For those who were loud and vocal on Saturday and Tuesday night vs Gillingham, even when we were losing, thank you for your fantastic support, I know it's greatly appreciated by many, including the team. I know the first couple of results have been bad, but as a group we need to stay as positive as we can - it's a long season, let's keep our heads up and keep singing our hearts out, win, draw, or lose. Right now, the players need our support more than ever!

Up the Blues!
The Blue Voice. 

How you can support TBV this season

posted 30 Aug 2015, 08:22 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 22 Jul 2016, 18:08 by Dan McEvoy ]

With Southend United back in League One again this season, TBV are looking to step up their support at both home and away games, and we need YOUR help. There are many ways of supporting TBV this season;

JOIN IN:

You can either join us over in Block W of the West stand at Roots Hall, or you can help to support us by spreading the atmosphere that we create throughout the whole of the West stand. When it comes to supporting the blues and pushing them onto victory, every voice counts!

DONATE:

TBV is run by the fans, and everything that we utilise at home games comes at a cost to the fans involved. There is a way to get involved with TBV without having to move to Block W, and that is to donate to the cause. All of the money that is donated will be put back into bringing in new flags, drums, streamers, balloons, etc for TBV to use at home games. To donate to The Blue Voice, you can click on the PayPal button at the bottom of the website.

If you have any suggestions for how we could improve our support at home games, or if you have any new song ideas, please feel free to submit them via the Suggestions page, which can be found here.


Let's hope that this season is a good one for Southend, we are looking forward to seeing some exciting fixtures this year including the return of the Essex Derby! 

Up the Blues!

Regards,
The Blue Voice

TBV against Oxford

posted 4 Sep 2014, 12:57 by Dan McEvoy


Whilst Saturday's game against Oxford will no doubt be the biggest talking point of the day, there's another match taking place in the morning, which has a lot more at stake than just 3 points......

Members of The Blue Voice will be taking part in a match vs Oxford United's fans, in the first of what we hope to be many "fan games" against opposing clubs' fans. Last season, TravelZone (TZ) took a team of fans to Oxford's ground and won 3-1, and The Blue Voice are looking to ensure that our 100% record against their fans remains intact after Saturday's game.

Our brand new TBV football kits, kindly donated by SX Sports and sponsored by TravelZone, will be on display during the match. Managed by Scott Wallace and Josh Smith, the team consists of the following players;

Scott Peters (TrueBlue), Dan Sanders (Tarquin), James Driscoll, Edan Farmer, Robert Spooner, Ryan Smyth, James Radziusz, Dan Wolfendale (Wolfy), Dan McEvoy, Tim Dean, Mitch McEvoy, Will Simpson, Scott Wallace (C), and Josh Smith. 

The match will be taking place at the Old Southendians FC ground, located at Warner Bridge (click here to see map), and kick-off will be at 10-30am. So if you're at a loose end on Saturday morning and don't know what to do, come on down and support The Blue Voice - we would absolutely love to see as many Shrimpers down there as possible!

Up TBV!


Onto the Southend vs Oxford game in the league, and it's vital that we get behind the team and get back into form again. The past few weeks have seen what this team is capable of, with the likes of Payne, Weston, and Worrall all looking to prove themselves in this league, but the whole team need our backing. 

Whilst this Saturday is not as massive a game for us, the team haven't been firing on all cylinders recently, and it's time to turn this around. Its time to get out of this horrendous league, get bigger crowds and play attractive football. And we can be a part of that by singing our hearts out for 90 minutes throughout this season. 

Lets get ourselves up this table and kick on from Saturday. Everyone has to do their bit. So we urge you against Oxford to get involved not necessarily in W block but wherever you are in the ground.

Together we are The Blue Voice, there isn't a us and them situation, we all support our club, Southend United. And thats what matters, backing our team win, lose or draw. So we'll see you and hear you on Saturday and watch what I'm sure will be a brilliant game of football.

Up the Blues! 

The Blue Voice

Thank you from TBV

posted 27 Jul 2014, 10:42 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 27 Jul 2014, 10:51 ]


A huge thank you to everyone who donated to us at Meet The Blues Day today. We have counted up our donations, and a superb £180.45 was raised for The Blue Voice.

Thank you very much to everyone who took time out of their day to donate to The Blue Voice - your gratitude is greatly appreciated. If you were unable to donate today, it's still not too late to do so! You can donate to The Blue Voice via PayPal, by clicking the PayPal button below.
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PVFU4L5Y8ARJS

We are also taking orders for the polo shirts that we were wearing today (pictured on the left). These are priced at £20, if you are interested in ordering these please get in touch with us via the details on the Contact Us page.

Once again, thank you to everyone who donated, and helped out TBV today.


UTB!

The Blue Voice

TBV at SUFC Meet The Blues Day

posted 24 Jul 2014, 12:56 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 26 Jul 2014, 07:42 ]


TBV are pleased to announce that we will be in attendance this Sunday at Southend United's annual "Meet The Blues Day".

The Blue Voice will have a tent at the annual SUFC Meet The Blues Day this Sunday, where we will be selling TBV mugs and TBV pin badges, and walking around with collection buckets to contribute to the running costs of The Blue Voice. All donations will be going towards improving the atmosphere at both home and away games throughout the 2014-15 season. Any donation, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated, and these go towards paying for balloons, streamers, scarves, flags, etc, and it will also help us to maintain the drums that travel the country with us.

2014-15 is a huge season for Southend United, and as we push on to get promotion into League One, we need the support of every single Southend United supporter to help make the atmosphere at Roots Hall and at away games as good as we can possibly get it to be. Last season, the noise levels were excellent in the play-offs, let's make them even better this season!

If you would like to donate to, or find out more about The Blue Voice, keep an eye out for us on Sunday - we will be wearing our new uniforms (pictured below), kindly donated to us by SX Sports.

Up the Blues!

The Blue Voice

Welcome to The Blue Voice

posted 19 Jul 2014, 04:38 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 19 Jul 2014, 04:40 ]

Welcome to the brand new website of The Blue Voice.
Have a look round, and find what we're all about in supporting Southend United. As you browse the site you will see the "donate" button, this of course enables us to invest in various ways to improve the atmosphere or occasion on matchday. 

If you decide to donate it will help us to get balloons, scarves, streamers and maintain our drums that travel to games and get the crowd going. All of the above generally helps with the atmosphere at the Hall and away.
As well as your donation towards the atmosphere it would be great to see a few more of you Blues fans singing and getting involved with the Voice. We're positioned in the W block for home games however we need an atmosphere all around the ground so it would be great to hear a bit of a buzz at the Hall next year. Any donation is much appreciated and acknowledged.
Thanks,

Wolfy & everyone at The Blue Voice

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PVFU4L5Y8ARJS

TBV support impresses in the play-offs

posted 13 Jul 2014, 14:15 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 14 Jul 2014, 12:24 ]

Southend United fans have impressed throughout the season with their very vocal support at both home and away games, and when the play-offs came around, they were a class above the rest. A total of 1,400 shrimpers packed out the away stands at the Pirelli Stadium in the 1st leg of the play-offs, before then arriving in their numbers at Roots Hall, to create one of the best atmospheres of the season.

Armed with almost 200 streamers and 300 balloons, The Blue Voice done their absolute best to make sure that their support in the 2nd leg was a class above the rest, in a tremendous effort to help the team get back into the tie again following on from a 1-0 defeat in the 1st leg. Southend took a 2-1 lead thanks to a fantastic piece of skill by Ryan Leonard to counter an early Burton goal, and a fantastic cross and header from Anthony Straker which lifted the roof off Roots Hall,but late into the 2nd half, Southend unfortunately conceded an equaliser leaving the score on the day at 2-2 (2-3 on aggregate). 

The stand out point from the play-offs was the fans, who many believed to be the 12th man of Southend United during the 2nd leg especially. The fans were absolutely superb, and vocal throughout the game, whether we were leading or trailing in the game itself. The fans of Southend United did their team proud with the level of support they showed during that game.

Southend United now prepare themselves for a 5th season in League Two, having spent 4 seasons trying to escape from the Football League's bottom division, and they need your 
support more than ever. The Blue Voice are committed to ensuring that the support from our fans at both home and away games is the best that it can be, but we can't do it alone. At every single game, not only do we bring our voices, but we also bring flags, streamers, balloons and much more, in an attempt to improve the atmosphere. These items all come at the expense of the die-hard fans who spend every single weekend travelling up and down the country supporting the team.

What The Blue Voice are aiming to do for the 2014-15 season is build upon the fantastic support that the club has had over the last 12 months, and make it even better. We want to purchase more items such as streamers, flags, balloons etc for home and away games, but we need your help in doing this. 

How can you help?

There are many ways in which you can help TBV grow into the next season & beyond. You can help by getting involved with us on matchdays by joining us in & around W block in the west stand, but most importantly you can help by donating to us. All money that is received by TBV will be 100% reinvested into items such as streamers, balloons, new flags, new drums and much more. You can donate by visiting our Paypal page, or if you 

Announcement: Play-Offs 2nd Leg (2014)

posted 8 Jul 2014, 11:51 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 8 Jul 2014, 12:01 ]

We have been speaking and working with the club over the last few days and we would like to announce that TBV will be located in X Block in the west this Saturday we WILL NOT be moving over to the small part of the north that is open, we feel that being in the heart of the support we can galvanise the support better and with any luck do our part to roaring the lads on to wembley. So please if you want to join us get your tickets for West Stand X block or as close as you can.

Also for X block we have 150 streamers and hundreds of balloons for our regulars and we know the club has it's own streamers and balloons in place for the rest of the stadium, I would like to also take the opportunity to thank one of our own Dan McEvoy who at his own cost purchased the streamers costing somewhere in the region of £80 so thanks to him and it's people like him who slowly but surly are turning SUFC fans into something special in the lower leagues of football and you just can't buy that kind of commitment.

Lastly let's do all we can Saturday to roar the team on, they need us more then ever and it's time to get out of this god forsaken league

Be loud, be proud.


Thanks from the TBV lads and myself

TrueBlue
Scott Peters

It's time for the final push for promotion...

posted 6 Apr 2014, 16:03 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 21 Apr 2014, 04:53 ]


The final 3 games are fast approaching, and with the blues currently sitting in 6th position, it's time for the final push for promotion. With everyone around us due to play each other, and with us facing fellow play-off opposition in our final 2 games of the season, our season can switch around very quickly! If we lose or draw just 1-2 of our final games, we risk losing our place in the play-offs. If we win most of our remaining games, then we stand a very good chance of securing our place in the play-offs. The division this year has been one of the tightest, most unpredictable seasons that this league has seen in a while, and it could all very much change in the next few weeks.

This means that your support is even more vital than ever. The last two home games (vs Oxford and Torquay), and at our last away game (vs Cheltenham), the support from the Southend fans has been at a very high level & the players have acknowledged the fantastic support from the Southend fans via Twitter and post match interviews.

It goes to show you that the players do feel the effects of the whole crowd getting behind you, willing you onto victory, and pushing you further up the table, which is exactly why we need to unite together as one for these final 5 games, and mount a very serious challenge for promotion. On Saturday, we need to be even louder than ever, and ensure that Southend have the advantage of the 12th man on their side.

Up the Blues!

TBV

TBV in fine voice as Blues beat Oxford Live on Sky

posted 25 Mar 2014, 15:41 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 12 Apr 2014, 13:22 ]

Southend finally ended their run of 13 games without a win in style with a 3-0 win vs Oxford at home on Monday 24th March 2014. The game was broadcasted live on Sky Sports, and the Southend fans in Block W were in fantastic voice all game long. The support from not only TBV, but from the whole of Block W and the West stand was absolutely phenomenal all night long, and it really did help spur on the team to produce a performance of top quality to end their winless streak.

We now have 7 games remaining, 4 of which are at Roots Hall, and the team needs your support now more than ever. Performances like that come from confidence within the team, and the support of the fans plays a vital part in this. We are currently in 8th position, and only 2 points of 7th place. We can still make the play-offs this year, but the team needs your help!!!

Our next game is at Roots Hall against 24th placed Torquay United, who will no doubt be looking to bounce back and try to escape the relegation zone after losing 1-0 to York on Tuesday. It'll be a very tough encounter with both teams needing all 3 points, so make sure you get yourself down to Roots Hall and into (or near to) Block W, and get ready to cheer on the Shrimpers, and become the 12th man once again! Come on you Blues!

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