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Boss riles Royce!; Southend 0 Port Vale 0.

Southend keeper Simon Royce has a new Gazza hair-do - and a massive grudge against chairman Vic Jobson.

Royce, rated the best keeper in the First Division, accused Jobson of going back on the promise of a new contract.

"The club came to me and offered a two-year extension to my current contract, saying I had done well for them," said Royce.

"It took a month to sort everything out with vice-chairman John Adams doing the negotiating because the chairman was in hospital. But when the contract was drawn up and ready to sign the chairman refused to do it - claiming he had not agreed to it.

"As I'm still under contact there is nothing I can do about it - but I feel badly let down."

Royce kept his second clean sheet in a row in what Southend boss Ronnie Whelan described as their worst performance of the season.

"I suppose you're going to get games like this - but we seem to get more than most," said Whelan.

"But at least we kept a clean sheet. Lack of consistency has been our problem, but we have now lost only once in five games. So I think we are getting there."

Whelan had a blast at ref Mike Bailey for allowing play to go on while Andy Harris was on the floor with blood pouring from the nose injury that needed six stitches.

"They're supposed to stop play immediately with any injury to the head. But there is no consistency," said Whelan.

Southend never looked like scoring against vastly superior Vale.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Steggles, Jack
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 22, 1996
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