Jimmy Cantrell on the attack against Southend at the Kursaal in 1921.
Southend United went from Roots Hall, Prittlewell, to the Kursaal Gardens in 1920, on to Southend Stadium in 1934 and then back to their current Roots Hall home in 1955.
So when we played United on our way to our second FA Cup success in 1921 that third round game was staged at the Kursaal which had been opened in 1894 and quickly became the largest fairground in the south.
In addition to housing the local football club, the venue was also used for greyhound racing as the owners looked to make it a true sports and entertainment centre. The word Kursaal is German, meaning cure hall or spa.
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