James ball is an active footballer for the Essex police and is head of commercial at league one club Southend United.
Hermann Hreiðarsson is an Icelandic former footballer and football coach. He played as a defender and spent 15 seasons in England, gaining a total of 315 appearances in the Premier League.
Andrew Cole is an English former professional footballer. Playing as a striker, his career lasted from 1988 to 2008. He is most notably remembered for his time in the Premier League, with Manchester United, where he spent six years of his career, winning numerous trophies in the process.
He also played in the top division of English football for Arsenal, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland, as well as in the Football League for Bristol City, Birmingham City, Burnley and Nottingham Forest. He is the third-highest goalscorer in Premier League history with 187 goals.
Cole has the distinction of being one of the few players in England to have swept all possible honours in the English game, including the PFA Young Player of the Year award, as well as the coveted UEFA Champions League title. Cole was also capped 15 times for the England national team between 1995 and 2001, scoring once against Albania in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Campbell began his career with Tottenham Hotspur in December 1992. He spent nine years at Spurs, scoring 10 goals in 255 appearances, and captaining the team to victory in the 1999 Football League Cup Final against Leicester City. In his five years and 195 appearances at Arsenal, he won two Premier League winners medals and two FA Cup winners medals, encompassing the 2001–02 league and FA Cup double, and being part of the team that became known as The Invincibles for their undefeated 2003–04 Premier League campaign. He scored Arsenal's only goal in their 2–1 defeat to Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.
Having already won caps for the England under-21s and England B team, Campbell gained his first of 73 full caps for England aged 21. In May 1998, Campbell became what was then England's second-youngest captain, after Bobby Moore, aged 23 years 248 days. In 2006, he became the only player to have represented England in six consecutive major tournaments, playing in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships; and the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. He was named in the Teams of the Tournament for the 2002 World Cup and at Euro 2004. Other honours in the game include being in the PFA Team of the Year three times, in 1999, 2003 and 2004.
Cultured midfielder Lewis Gard followed his brother Freddie through the ranks at the club’s Academy before making his League One debut in a 3-0 win at Oldham Athletic in April 2018.
Basildon-based Gard also came on off the substitutes bench in the following game, away to Bradford City, before featuring in both of Blues’ first two EFL Trophy fixtures in 2018/19.
Unfortunately, twin medial ligament damage suffered in the match against Colchester United in that competition meant Gard started 2019/20 in the treatment room following surgery as he tries to carve out a professional career with the club that he has played for since joining from Lee Chapel Youth at the age of eight.
Gard, who excels in an attacking role but can play as a box-to-box midfielder, scored ten goals in 62 youth team appearances for the Shrimpers before earning his first professional contract in the summer of 2018.
He spent an impressive period on loan in the Isthmian League North Division with Aveley during the 2017/18 season, scoring once in 12 league appearances.
Kelman scored 61 goals at youth level for Southend United in the 2017/18 season and he was to be rewarded for that the following season by making his mark in the first team.
He emphatically announced himself with a goal from inside his own half against Plymouth Argyle on his league debut which made reverberations around the footballing world and won him the League One January Goal of the Month. Since then, he signed his professional contract and will be looking to kick on.
Sam Barratt was the first 2018 summer signing. The 23-year-old winger joined for an undisclosed fee from Vanarama National League side Maidenhead United.
An England C international in his time at the Magpies, Sam began his career at Bracknell Town, scoring on his debut aged 16 before moving to Maidenhead in 2014.
In his time at York Road, he helped the club win the Vanarama National League South title in 2017. Barratt made 39 appearances, scoring seven goals and assisting 11 in the 17/18 season, including writing himself into the club’s record books by scoring their first-ever goal at Step 1 level on an opening day against Maidstone. But his first season at the club ended extremely prematurely, days after the first game of the season following a training ground game injury which left him with a ruptured ACL.
Former Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam was a summer signing in 2018 at Roots Hall following his release from the Championship club.
The 27-year-old made 146 appearances for the Tractor Boys having joined as an 11-year-old. A midfielder who likes to get stuck in, he will be hoping to overcome his injury problems from his debut season at Southend in 2019/20.
John White has been at Southend since 2013, with his biggest achievement to date being captain of the club as Blues won promotion to League One in 2015, although the end to the 2018/19 season comes close.
The right-back spent nine years with Colchester United, featuring regularly every season.
He had a short loan spell with Blues in 2009 and made six appearances before returning to Colchester. He moved permanently to Roots Hall in June 2013 following the expiration of his Colchester contract, initially signing a two-year deal.
White who has shown versatility to play anywhere across the defence, scored his first-ever professional goal during 2013/14, in a 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United.
He now sees himself as an out-and-out centre back and continues to put in solid displays.
White made his 200th appearance for Blues in a 2-1 victory away to Burton Albion on Tuesday 2nd October.
He also played a crucial part in Southend’s dramatic survival in League One scoring the opening goal of the game against Sunderland on the final day of the 18/19 league season.
Harry Kypros Kyprianou is a Cypriot footballer who plays as a full-back or winger for Southend United in League One.
Harry Kyprianou made his debut for Southend United on Tuesday 30 August 2016, scoring the second in a 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion which he followed up with a debut goal against Bolton Wanderers days later.
Kyprianou showed his versatility with a fine run of displays at center-back in the first half of the 2017/18 season and also being named Player of the Month, which led to him extending his contract for three-and-a-half years.
Harry has also played internationally for Cyprus U21.