Top 10 Barry moments

Barry Corr has left Southend for Cambridge United

Barry Corr has left Southend for Cambridge United

THE departure of Barry Corr to Cambridge United this week came as a shock and a blow to Southend fans.

While deep down we were all a little concerned about his ability to adapt to League One football and the fact he was always offside, there’s no denying Corr was a fans’ favourite at Roots Hall having scored 63 goals in five years.

His never-say-die attitude, his link-up play and ability to ruffle even the most experienced defender’s feathers were also trademarks of his play.

The period in which Corr was at the club will be remembered in our history as a difficult transitional period, where financial constraints resulted in a “make do and mend” attitude towards the playing side. Aside from that nightmare 18 months out injured, Corr was a rare constant and without his goals in this period, particularly his 21 in 2010/11, who knows where we would be.

Barry may have left us for pastures new, but we at All At Sea hold on to some fantastic memories from the big man’s time at Roots Hall. Even if you don’t rate him (and plenty don’t) as a striker, there’s no doubt you’ll read some of these and smile. Good luck Barry.

10: Stevenage 1-1 Southend: Back in November 2010 there wasn’t too much to shout about, but Barry Corr was a standout performer in that season of consolidation. This was probably his best moment that season (a campaign in which he netted 21 times). Having come on as a sub just eight minutes earlier, he sent a crisp angled strike into the net for an 85th-minute equaliser in Southend’s first ever visit to Broadhall Way.

9: Southend 3-0 Chesterfield: Friday night under the lights at Roots Hall is always a special occasion, especially when it’s the week before Christmas and you smash the league leaders. Corr wrapped up the points with a deft chip over the advancing goalkeeper, surely one of his best goals for the club.

8: Southend 2-2 Brentford: Southend looked down and out of the FA Cup at the 3rd round stage when two first-half goals put their League One visitors in the ascendency. Southend looked to their talisman for inspiration and two textbook Barry headed goals put them back in the game and forced a replay at Griffin Park.

7: Oxford 3-3 Southend (3-5 penalties): Two goals from Corr had a massive influence on this dramatic encounter which set up an Area Final with Leyton Orient. His second on the hour was a splendid sidefooted long-range strike which looked to have won it until a late goal by the hosts, by which time Corr had been substituted for Elliot Benyon.

6: Southend 4-1 Millwall: One of the most famous FA Cup games ever to be played at Roots Hall was sparked into life when Corr headed powerfully into the net early on to put the Championship side on the back foot – and they never recovered.

5: Stevenage 1-1 Southend: Stevenage, like Wycombe, must have been sick to the stomach when they found out Barry Corr would yet again be facing them next season. Boro have been on the receiving end of Barry’s goals four times in recent years and this one was by far the most important. It was scrappy, a far post header deflected in off a defender, but it snuffed out the momentum Stevenage had found having gone a goal up in this vital play-off semi-final just a few minutes earlier.

4: Portsmouth 1-2 Southend: Our first trip to Portsmouth since the mid 1990s was not going well. A goal down early on, Cauley Woodrow was sent off leaving Southend with an uphill task to get anything from this trip to Fratton Park. However, we had not reckoned on Corr. First, his reverse pass set Will Atkinson away to equalise. Then, with eight minutes left, having won the header that started the move, the striker met John White’s cross with his trusty bonce to give Southend a delightfully illicit three points.

3: Southend 2-2 Leyton Orient (3-2 aggregate): Left out of the side as Paul Sturrock opted for a 4-5-1 to protect a first-leg lead, Corr was brought on after just half an hour for Alex Woodyard after Shaun Batt spoiled the Scotsman’s plans. Dividends were paid just after the break, when Corr volleyed home an Assombalonga knock-down to put Southend back in front in the tie and almost take the roof off a sold-out Roots Hall.

2: Southend 1-1 Wycombe (7-6 penalties): Barry Corr’s final touch of the ball for Southend United was arguably his most important. With 122 minutes on the clock at Wembley, the referee was about to end Southend’s hopes of promotion for another year as they trailed 1-0 to Wycombe Wanderers. More in hope than expectation, Myles Weston sent a cross into the box. It was behind Corr but he managed to direct a cushioned header to Joe Pigott, who controlled and sent a low shot into the corner of the net. Season saved, and the rest is history.

1: Southend 2-1 Exeter City: Having endured 18 months out injured, many thought Barry Corr would never play football again. He received a huge cheer when coming off the bench against his former club Exeter City on 72 minutes, with Southend trailing. But that was nothing. Within six minutes, a right-wing cross came towards him, 12 yards out and at an acute angle. While others may have opted to put the ball back across the goal, there was only one thought in Corr’s mind. He sent a thumping header, the unfeasible power generated by a year and a half’s frustration, into the bottom corner of the net. A few minutes later, another returning hero, Freddy Eastwood, completed the comeback in one of the most memorable games at Roots Hall in recent years.