Southend United Football Club is an association football club, based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Founded 117 years ago in 1906, the team currently compete in the National League, the 5th tier of English football.
They play their home matches at Roots Hall, and are nicknamed "The Shrimpers".
The team's playing kit is manufactured by Macron.
Organised football in Southend-on-Sea began in the late 1890s, with teams such as Southend Victoria, Southend Amateurs, Southend Corinthians, Southend Ramblers and even Southend Wesleyans being established.
Southend United were formed in 1906 and gained election to the professional Southern League Second Division.
After World War I, the club moved to The Kursaal and were elected to the Football League in 1920.
During the 1920s, Bob Jack's side won two Southern League Division Two titles and they entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1907.
In 1933, Ted Birnie became manager and turned the club into one that challenged for promotion.
During World War II, the team had to relocate to Chelmsford City's New Writtle Street ground.
After the war, David Jack took over as manager and the team moved to the Southend Stadium in Grainger Road.
They narrowly missed the dreaded re-election vote in 1948/49, but the following season saw the Shrimpers challenging for promotion.