FOR fans travelling to Roots Hall for our next match against Southend, our hosts have asked us to let you know that a collection is being held for one of their ex-players, Alan Moody.
Alan served Southend from 1972 to 1984 as a central defender making over 500 appearances, more than any other player in their history. However, he now faces one of the biggest of life’s challenges in coping with disability.
Two years ago, at the age of 64, and despite living a healthy and active life, after suffering from a short period of severe leg pain Alan was dealt the shattering blow of being told that he needed to have both of his legs amputated. Since then, and with the loving support of his family back up in his native North East, he has been slowly re-building his life.
Improving mobility is vital and the plan now is for Alan to get a specially adapted car that will enable him to drive again. Southend United, in conjunction with their supporters, are helping with this and a key initiative will be holding a collection at their match against us on Saturday, August 19.
If you would like to add your support there will be official ‘Moody Blues’ collectors outside the ground before the match and around the perimeter at half-time. There is also an online donation facility at:http://www.shrimperstrust.co.uk/home.asp?page_id=766