In Memory – Richard (Big Rich) Brown

In Loving memory of Richard “Big Rich” Brown who was sadly taken from us on 26th December 2020.

A true gentle giant who was loved by so many and a huge part of the Southend United Family.

Richard followed Southend United ‘Home and Away” and his dry sense of humour, cheeky smile and warmer than life heart will never be forgotten.

RIP Richard Brown.

“If they dropped a tear in the ocean, we would never forget you until the day they found it”.


Southend United Website Article can be seen here in Memory of Big Rich.

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William ClarkSmashing lad. R.I.P Big Rich 


Jonathan Humphrey – Lovely guy, a real gentle giant and so friendly. Didn’t know him as well as others but always spoke to him at RH or on away travel. RIP Richard


Kirky Lad – Absolute gent one of the nicest blokes you could ever wish to meet RIP Big Rich


Ben Isaacs – Known the guy for 30 years and have never heard a bad word spoke about him. RIP.


Kevin McEvoy – Had the pleasure of sitting next to Rich on away days, and chatting to him at the Hall when I was on Medical cover as his seat was adjacent to our seated area, and we would often converse during the game. Sad loss, and my condolences go to all of his family and friends. RIP Rich.


Steven Walsh – Great guy a True Blues Family member, will have a pint 4 him when we all aloud back properly. R.I.P Rich x


Ian Holmes – RIP Big Rich – fellow shrimper, larger than life character and above all friend – we are poorer for losing you but rich in happy memories of time spent with you – you are sorely missed big fella xxx


Paul Marshall – The header photo ( nicked from Burger) says it all about Big Rich . A cheeky smile, not a bad bone in his body, Helpful and caring, Rich was a rare breed, what you saw is what you got. Always welcoming and eager to help out on the coach journeys ( one of the founder member of Sol/ TZ, Think Scotland trip was we saw the real Rich, he came out of his shell and was even more funnier that we knew he was. Looking at the photos and he was never that far from the Bar or me for that matter. Just finding it hard to come to terms with this. Going to miss the work talk, the Jess doggie stories or what was going on with his world. It’s been an honor to know you mate and a Pleasure, with all the memories we shared with everyone, xx


Katherine Stead – Sleep well Rich, a lovely chap taken far too soon, you will be missed 😢 Make sure you have a beer or two with Stevie H & Dougie 🍺💔♥️ Sending love & condolences to all his family and friends xxx


Christopher BentLike others have said Rich was a lovey man, a gentle giant, who was always smiling. We often talked on TZ away trips or around Roots Hall, in fact we saw each other only last week before the Grimsby game and had a quick chat in the Roots Hall car park. RIP Big Rich, you’ll be sorely missed mate.


Sarfend Wolfys – Scotland with Sturrock. Dougie and now Big Rich both really wonderful men. Big Rich a gentle giant and a true gent. So sad RIP big fella. Xxxx


Barbara Mercer – Such a nice friendly chap


Dean Allum – RIP Fellow Shrimper Big Rich #footballfamily


Richard Smith – Big Rich, a big part of the TZ family who will be sorely missed. Seems so wrong that that you can speak with somebody one week and he’s so cruelly taken away the next. I will miss our chats about the Stalag or at the Cliffs Pavilion, where we would invariably be sat next to or almost next to each other in the front row. RIP Big Fella.


Kieran Wiggins – A top top man with a heart of gold a true gentleman always so good to talk to always said hello and not one bad thing to say about bug rich you will be missed rip big man


Derek Reeves – R.I.P Big Rich your one of life’s best


Adrian Greene – Richard was a real top bloke. A massive part of blues on tour and travel zone. Everyone though the world of him. He is a big loss. Love to his two sisters and all their family xx


Martin Smith – One of the first I hugged at Wembley as he was sitting behind me RIP Richard


Nicola Stott – Still feeling so shocked. A friend to so many. Such a gentle giant with a dry sense of humour and a big heart. Lots of great memories of football, the darts, watching Elmsleigh Rangers on Sundays and so many great nights out at the pub. The football family have lost a very good friend. Once we can all be together again we will all raise a glass to you. Thoughts are with all his family at this sad time. RIP Rich xx


Karen FewsterRIP Rich – such a lovely gentle giant and kind man – we had so much fun celebrating the highs and low and our beloved team – he will be missed and my heart goes out to his family xx