Southend United Football Club is an English football club from Southend-on-Sea, Essex. They will play the 2015–16 season in League One, the third tier of English football, having earned promotion from League Two via the play-offs. Southend are known as "The Shrimpers", a reference to the area's maritime industry included as one of the quarterings on the club badge.
Founded 19 May 1906 in the Blue Boar pub Southend has been a member of the Football League since 1920. The club has spent most of its League career in the English lower divisions, with seven seasons in the League's second tier (Division 2/Championship).
The club is based at Roots Hall Stadium in Prittlewell, with plans to move to a new stadium at Fossetts Farm.