Southend United v Brighton and Hove Albion, 12 August 2000

Score2-0 to Southend United
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueRoots Hall
Attendance7,492
At the end of a traumatic close season that had seen the Essex club facing a winding-up order brought by the Inland Revenue and chairman John Main on the brink of dismissal following a boardroom power struggle, Southend were pleased to see the start of the new season. It showed in a determined performance, with last term's leading scorer Martin Carruthers needing only five minutes to open his 2000/01 account. Home goalie Woodman was only tested twice throughout while Brighton's second-half sub keeper Cartwright kept the visitors in with a chance. Former Tottenham midfielder David Lee clinched a deserved victory near the end when he advanced from his own half before unleashing a tremendous 25 yard scorcher.

Goals:

Martin Carruthers 5 G
David Lee 83 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andy Woodman
Defender/Right back Martyn Booty
Defender/Centre back Leo Roget
Defender/Midfielder David Morley
Defender/Left back Damon Searle
Midfielder Scott Houghton
Midfielder David Lee
Midfielder Kevin Maher
Midfielder Mark Tinkler
Forward Neil Tolson

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Michel Kuipers
Defender/Right back Paul Watson
Defender/Centre back Darren Carr
Defender/Centre back Andy Crosby
Defender/Midfielder Kerry Mayo
Midfielder Richard Carpenter
Midfielder Charlie Oatway
Midfielder Paul Rogers
Midfielder/Forward Paul Brooker
Midfielder/Forward Gary Hart
Forward Bobby Zamora

Substitutions:

Gordon Connelly for Kevin Maher 73
Scott Forbes for Scott Houghton 73
Phil Whelan for Neil Tolson 90

Substitutions:

Mark Cartwright for Michel Kuipers 46
Darren Freeman for Paul Rogers 46
Lee Steele for Gary Hart 67

On the bench:

Defender/Centre back Phil Whelan
Midfielder Gordon Connelly
Midfielder Scott Forbes

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mark Cartwright
Forward Darren Freeman
Forward Lee Steele

Comments:

Andy Woodman, David Lee, Damon Searle, Phil Whelan and Scott Forbes were all making their Shrimpers debut.

Comments:

Manager Micky Adams fielded new Seagulls Michels Kuipers, Mark Cartwright, Paul Brooker and Lee Steele. Bobby Zamora - on loan from Bristol Rovers last season - also featured after his £100,000 permanent move.