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Leyton Orient Football Club is a professional football cabaret based in Leyton in London, England, who compete in EFL League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. They are the second oldest football clubhouse in London to play at a professional level, and are known to their fans by their nickname “ the O ‘s ”. The clubhouse ‘s home colours are all crimson. [ 2 ] They have played home matches at Brisbane Road since 1937, having previously played at Millfields and Lea Bridge Road.

Founded in 1881 as the Glyn Cricket Club, they began playing football as orient in 1888 and joined the London League in 1896 after achiever in the Clapham & District League. The club adopted the name Clapton Orient two years former and were elected into the Football League in 1905. Relegated out of the Second Division in 1929, the club finally settled on the name Leyton Orient after World War II. They won the Third Division South claim in 1955–56 and secured promotion out of the Second Division in 1961–62, though were relegated out of the First Division after barely one season, and suffered a further relegation in 1966. That November the clubhouse ‘s name reverted to Orient F.C. and they went on to win the Third Division under the stewardship of Jimmy Bloomfield in 1969–70. orient spent the 1970s play in the second tier, winning two London Challenge Cups and reaching the 1977 Anglo-Scottish Cup concluding and 1977–78 FA Cup semi-finals, before being relegated in 1982 and again in 1985. In 1987 the club reverted to being Leyton Orient again. They won promotion out of the Fourth Division via the play-offs in 1988–89, though were relegated again in 1995. Barry Hearn became chair in 1995 after the cabaret was put on sale for £5 by then-chairman Tony Wood, a period covered by the television objective Orient: Club for a Fiver ( made by production company Open Media for Channel 4 and listed in Forbes cartridge holder in 2020 as one of its “ crown Five Sports Documentaries ” ). [ 3 ] [ 4 ] east gained promotion out of League Two with Martin Ling in 2005–06, before Hearn sold the club to italian businessman Francesco Becchetti, who presided over two relegations in three years under 11 managers, taking the club out of the football league for the beginning time in 112 years. [ 5 ] Nigel Travis took over running the clubhouse in 2017 and appointed Justin Edinburgh as director, and under this static leadership the club went on to reach the 2019 FA Trophy concluding and acquire promotion back into the Football League as champions of the National League in 2018–19 .

history [edit ]

formation and list ( 1881–1914 ) [edit ]

Leyton Orient were in the first place formed by members of the Glyn Cricket Club in 1881, many of whom were early students of the Independent College, Homerton in nearby Hackney ( now Homerton College in Cambridge ) ; an annual repair is inactive held between the club and the college. The team has had several name changes since, first as Eagle Cricket Club in 1886, then as Orient Football Club in 1888. The 12 history books written on the club by its historian Neilson N. Kaufman between 1974 and 2015 propose that the choice of the name Orient came about at the behest of a player, Jack R Dearing, who was an employee of the Orient Steam Navigation Company, later partially of P & O – Peninsular & Oriental. The club ‘s diagnose was changed again to Clapton Orient in 1898 to represent the sphere of London in which they played, though there was another team called Clapton F.C. Before their relegation in 2017, the O ‘s were the second-oldest league club in London behind Fulham and were the 24th oldest club presently playing in the Football League. Following Fulham ‘s promotion to the Premier League they became the oldest London golf club meet in the Football League. They played in the Second Division of the Southern Federation ‘s League in 1904, joined the Football League in 1905. By this prison term players such as half-time outside right, Herbert Kingaby could earn £2 4s ( 2012: £200 ) per week – payment being slightly sporadic. [ 6 ] The identify Leyton Orient was adopted following the termination of the Second World War. The club had moved to Leyton in 1937, though again there was another team called Leyton F.C. A far rename back merely to Orient took place in 1966 after the Borough of Leyton ( in Essex ) was absorbed into the London Borough of Waltham Forest. That renaming followed a fiscal crisis – one of respective to hit the golf club and by no means the first or last – and restructure of the company behind the golf club ; this is remembered for a “ base on balls the bucket ” collection that took place at a extra meet of supporters in the East Stand, when complete closure was claimed to be a definite possibility. The club reverted to Leyton Orient in 1987, curtly after Tony Wood took over as chair and at a time when a supporters ‘ crusade was taking place in the Leyton Orientear fanzine to reinstate the Leyton separate of the club ‘s diagnose .

World War years ( 1914–1955 ) [edit ]

The 1914–15 season was the survive football season before the league was suspended ascribable to the outbreak of the First World War. A total of 41 members of the Clapton Orient team and staff joined up into the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment ( the Footballers ‘ Battalion ), the highest of any football team in the country and the first to join up en masse. [ 7 ] At the final examination crippled of the season – Clapton Orient five Leicester Fosse, 20,000 people came out to support the team. A farewell parade was besides hosted but not before the O ‘s had won 2–0. The british Film Institute holds a brief record of this historic match and parade in its archives .
Chart of mesa positions of Leyton Orient in the Football League During the Battle of the Somme, three players gave their lives for king and country : Richard McFadden, George Scott and William Jonas. Though they were the alone Orient staff to have died during the First World War, many others sustained wounds, some more than once and were not able to resume their football careers after the war. Prior to the First World War, O ‘s hitter McFadden had saved the life of a boy who was drowning in the River Lea ampere well as rescuing a man from a burning build. history was made on Saturday 30 April 1921 when the Prince of Wales, belated to become King Edward VIII, visited Millfields Road to see the O ‘s play Notts County. The Orient won 3–0 and this was the first time a member of royalty had attended a Football League match. The royal visit was to show gratitude for Clapton Orient ‘s patriotic model during the Great War and there is now a brass erected on the site of the Millfields Road Stadium to commemorate this historic event. [ 8 ] The history of the club ‘s major engagement in the First World War has been told in a 2005 book entitled They Took The Lead, by Stephen Jenkins, deputy chair of Leyton Orient Supporters ‘ Club. In July 2006 Jenkins, assisted by Les Bailey, took a party of 150 Leyton Orient supporters and members of the Leyton and Manor Park Royal British Legion over to the Somme region of northern France, to visit World War I war graves and to pay their respects at the resting places of Richard McFadden, William Jonas and George Scott. This was the beginning official visit to the Orient war graves for 90 years. A second sojourn to the Somme took place the weekend of 12/13 July 2008, this clock 183 O ‘s supporters and members of the RBL made the historic pilgrimage. Chris Slegg, a BBC London reporter travelled with the party and footage of the Somme trip was shown on local news bulletins. In August 2009 Steve Jenkins, along with colleague O ‘s assistant Theresa Burns and early Orient musician Peter Kitchen, launched the O ‘s Somme Memorial Fund with the objective of erecting a permanent wave memorial in northerly France in award of the Clapton Orient side that answered the visit of king and country. A third base trip to the Somme took place in July 2011 and the O ‘s Memorial was unveiled in the village of Flers on Sunday 10 July. [ 9 ]

belated twentieth century ( 1955–2001 ) [edit ]

Leyton Orient were Division Three South champions in the 1955–56 season and spent 20 of the following 25 years in the Second Division, before being relegated at the end of the 1981–82 season. They have not been back to that level since. Orient ‘s golden years were in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1961–62 season Orient were promoted to the top tier of English football, the First Division ( now the Premier League ), for the only time in their history, after finishing second in Division Two under the management of Johnny Carey. The team struggled in the top flight and were relegated after fair one season. however, they did defeat local rivals West Ham United at home. They were Division Three champions in the 1969–70 season and spent the whole of the 1970s in Division Two. In 1972 Orient achieved one of the most celebrated results in their history – coming back from 2–0 down to beat Chelsea 3–2 in the FA Cup fifth attack. They were besides Anglo-Scottish Cup Runners up in 1976–77. In 1978 Orient were defeated in the semitrailer final of the FA Cup, the furthest they have progressed in that rival. In 1978 the baseball club was indirectly responsible for the album Variations composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber for his brother, the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. This reached No.2 in the pop album charts. Variations came about as the result of a bet between the two brothers on the consequence of Orient ‘s concluding game of the 1976–77 season against Hull City. In the 1980s Leyton Orient fared less well and after two relegations found themselves in the fourth tier of English football. however, they ended the ten on a high, as they were promoted in the 1988–89 temper, when under coach Frank Clark they were promoted in the Division Four Play-Off Final after a 2–1 aggregate victory over Wrexham F.C. . [ 10 ] The early 1990s saw steady progress in the Third Division, missing out on a play-off identify in the 1992–93 season on finish remainder. however, the fiscal crisis at the clubhouse caused by then-chairman Tony Wood losing his business in the Rwandan Civil War led to a relegation back to the one-fourth tier, now renamed as the Third Division following the formation of the Premier League. Under director Tommy Taylor, Orient were defeated in the 1999 and 2001 Third Division play-off finals, played at Wembley Stadium and the Millennium Stadium respectively. The latter final saw the fastest ever play-off final goal scored to date at the Millennium Stadium, as Orient ‘s Chris Tate scored after just 27 seconds. Orient ‘s fastest ever finish was scored after merely 12 seconds by Lee Steele in a match against his erstwhile cabaret Oxford at The Kassam Stadium on 28 March 2005 .

forwarding to League One ( 2001–2010 ) [edit ]

After the 2001 play-off final examination kill, Leyton Orient took several years to recover from their irregular play-off concluding defeat in three years. After Tommy Taylor left the cabaret, Paul Brush spent two abortive years in charge and after he was sacked, former player Martin Ling took over as director in October 2003, with Orient second-bottom of the league. After respective years of sweetheart improvement, Leyton Orient gained promotion in the 2005–06 season, finishing in third base place and gaining automatic rifle promotion to League One. This was the golf club ‘s first base automatic forwarding in 36 years and ended a period of 11 years in the English league ‘s bottom division. This promotion temper besides saw an excellent FA Cup run, with Leyton Orient progressing to the fourth round after beating Premiership side Fulham. promotion was only secured in the final minutes of the final game of the season, away at Oxford United ; with the score tied at 2–2 and Orient apparently destined to miss out yet again, news came through of a late goal scored against promotion rivals Grimsby Town F.C. that would potentially promote Orient. The eastern hemisphere fans were still celebrating this when just 14 seconds former, Lee Steele scored to confirm Orient ‘s forwarding. The consequence besides relegated Oxford to the Football Conference. Grimsby ‘s director that season was Russell Slade, who would later become Orient ‘s director. In 2006–07, Orient endured a difficult season in the third tier, having spent most of the season in or around the relegation zone and were bottom of the board at times during the first half of the season. An improvement in fortunes after Christmas – including memorable wins against Millwall, Tranmere Rovers and a critical gain at eventually-relegated Bradford City near the end of the season – helped them finish in twentieth place, one spot above the relegation partition. Most of the 2006 promotion-winning side left at the goal of the season. Some players were released, some declined new contracts and the baseball club ‘s longest-serving player Matthew Lockwood was re-signed but late moved in pre-season to Nottingham Forest. 2007–08 was dependable, as Orient finished 14th with 60 points. [ 11 ] The O ‘s began the season in all right form, not dropping out of the top seven until after Christmas. however a personnel casualty of shape in the second base half of the season, recording alone three wins from the last 12 games, meant the season ended in a respectable mid-table finish. Leyton Orient kicked off the 2008–09 season with a 2–1 gain over Hereford United at home. Dean Beckwith put Hereford ahead before JJ Melligan and Adam Boyd gave Orient the acquire. orient then continued the season with multiple poor people results and performances throughout September and October and their only wins were aside matches against Walsall and Southend United in the Football League Trophy first round off. however Orient were knocked out of the trophy in the watch turn in an away match at Brighton & Hove Albion. They were in 22nd position in the League One table. Orient booked a place in the second base round of the FA Cup after beating Colchester United 1–0. Two Goals from Jason Demetriou and Danny Granville in a 1–2 away victory against Bradford City put Orient through to the third round of the FA Cup where they played Sheffield United at home. They lost 4–1 and, after a political campaign of bad form in the league, Orient parted company with director Martin Ling and assistant Dean Smith. Youth team director Kevin Nugent was named caretaker coach overseeing three games. On 5 February 2009 Geraint Williams was announced as coach until the end of the season. He enjoyed a identical positive start, winning seven of his first nine matches and moving Orient up to 15th. After Geraint Williams ‘ positive influence on the team they secured their League One condition on 13 April with a 1–0 gain over Swindon Town at the County Ground and finally finished the season in 14th place. eastern hemisphere had a gallant day when they beat former Premier League runner-up Newcastle United 6–1 in a pre-season friendly equal on 25 July 2009. By beating Colchester United away, in the inaugural attack of the Football League Cup, they earned a home irregular round repair against Premier League Club, Stoke City .

continue success ( 2010–2014 ) [edit ]

On 3 April 2010 Geraint Williams was sacked as coach after a 3–1 home kill to fellow delegating strugglers Hartlepool following a inadequate run of form. Kevin Nugent once again took control for the 2–1 get the better of at Southampton on 5 April and after the match Russell Slade was named as director until the end of the temper. With even less time to save Orient from relegation than Williams before him, Slade managed to bring about a transfer in form that saw Orient ending in 17th place, just one point but four places clear of relegation. In the summer of 2010 Slade ‘s sign was extended for two years. After a poor depart to the 2010–11 season, Orient ‘s league form picked up towards Christmas, culminating in an 8–2 win against non-league Droylsden in an FA Cup second round play back. [ 12 ] In a game described as “ the weirdest football match ever ”, [ 13 ] Orient had trailed most of the game 2–0 but scored six goals in extra time to progress into the one-third round. orient then beat high-flying Championship slope Norwich City 1–0 at Carrow Road to progress into the fourth round where they met another Championship side, Swansea City, at the Liberty Stadium. Orient beat Swansea 2–1 to set up a hex fifth circle necktie against Premier League giants Arsenal at Brisbane Road, which finished in a 1–1 draw thanks to a late Jonathan Téhoué counterweight for the O ‘s. This set up a replay at the Emirates Stadium. Leyton Orient lost that replay 0–5, bringing to an end their longest run in the FA Cup since 1981–82. Either side of the Arsenal games, Leyton Orient achieved a club record-equalling 14 games unbeaten, putting the team equitable outside the play-off positions. however they were ineffective to maintain that momentum and ultimately missed out on the play-offs by merely one charge. The 2013–14 season saw more achiever for Orient, finishing third base in the league and securing a seat in the play-offs. They defeated Peterborough United to advance to the playoff concluding at Wembley, [ 14 ] but lost in the final to Rotherham United via a punishment shoot-out .

Sale, fiscal crisis and fall to Non-League ( 2014–2017 ) [edit ]

The 2014–15 season saw a reversion of fortunes for orient after the baseball club was taken over by italian businessman Francesco Becchetti. Long-standing coach Russell Slade left early in the season and was replaced by caretaker director Kevin Nugent, followed in quick succession by Mauro Milanese and then Fabio Liverani before Christmas 2014. A black second half of the season meant that Orient was relegated from League One after a 2–2 draw at Swindon Town on the concluding day. Liverani, with merely eight wins in 27 matches, left the club by reciprocal accept on 13 May 2015. [ 15 ] east finished one invest but six points away from a League Two play-off place in the 2015–16 season. however, the following season ( 2016–17 ) saw another black slump, under five different managers, [ 16 ] american samoa well as off-pitch tumult, including a winding-up hearing against Becchetti for unpaid taxes. [ 17 ] Another managerial departure saw Daniel Webb resign from the club, with adjunct director Omer Riza taking over first-team duties until the end of the season. [ 18 ] On 22 April 2017, Orient were relegated to the National League after a 3–0 loss to Crewe Alexandra, ending their 112-year stay in the Football League. Becchetti saw proceed criticism for his ownership, which resulted in a slope invasion and protest against him on 29 April, resulting in the game being called off. [ 19 ] On 22 June, the baseball club was officially sold to Nigel Travis, the president of Dunkin ‘ Brands .

Non-League and forwarding back to League Two ( 2017– ) [edit ]

After a poor start to the season, coach Steve Davis, appointed at the starting signal of the National League campaign, was sacked on 14 November 2017, [ 20 ] and was replaced by Justin Edinburgh. [ 21 ] Under Edinburgh the club fared better, and spent much of the 2018–19 season competing for promotion from the National League. however they were eliminated in the one-fourth round of qualifying for the 2018–19 FA Cup by Maidstone United. [ 22 ] On 27 April 2019, following a 0–0 pull with Braintree Town, Orient secured promotion to League Two as champions of the National League after two years in non-league. The club besides reached the final of the FA Trophy, but were defeated by AFC Fylde. On 3 June 2019, director Justin Edinburgh was admitted to hospital following a cardiac arrest. He died five days late, aged 49. [ 23 ] His assistant Ross Embleton was appointed as interim director for the new season. Embleton was replaced by Carl Fletcher in October 2019 but Fletcher was sacked the following month after equitable five games in charge, and Embleton was reinstated as interim knob. [ 24 ] Embleton was appointed permanently in January 2020 on a 12-month rolling narrow. [ 25 ] Orient ‘s first season bet on in League Two produced a 17th-place stopping point, with the final examination table ultimately being determined on a weighted points per game basis because of football ‘s suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this fourth dimension, the club furloughed all players and staff to reduce the fiscal effect on the clubhouse due to the pandemic. [ 26 ] [ 27 ]

Kit and badge [edit ]

tailor ‘s peak is made up of two wyverns facing each other over a football. The wyvern symbol was introduced in 1976 and is believed to incorporate Orient ‘s links with the City of London – the wyvern is the symbol of the Thames, in mythology is the defender of the Thames – and with the ocean, through the old tailor Shipping Company. The wyvern on the badge provided the divine guidance for the club mascot Theo who got his name from a shortening of the club dub, the O ‘s. Theo first base appeared in the 2000–01 season. previous club crests have included a translation of the Borough of Leyton ‘s coat of arms and a single crimson dragon .
The club shirt sponsorship deals have included tie-ups with Independent Transport, Acclaim Entertainment, Marchpole, Matchroom Sport and At the start of the 2008–09 temper the club entered into a three-year deal with PartyGaming .com to present, and on the front of players ‘ and replica kits. [ 28 ] During the 2012–13 season, the shirt sponsors were Samsung and FIFA 13. [ 29 ] The same sponsors were used for the 2013–14 season, only FIFA 13 became FIFA 14. For 2014–15, the club announced a bargain with on-line bookmakers 666Bet. [ 31 ] On 30 July 2015, Orient announced a cope that would see sword distributors and stockholders Rainham Steel feature on the home, away and third base kits. [ 32 ] From 2016 to 2018, Orient were sponsored by From 2018 to 2019 onwards, Orient ‘s principal shirt presenter is The Sun ‘s Dream Team. [ 33 ] For the 2020–21 season, early loanee Harry Kane sponsored Orient, using the space on their shirts to thank the key workers of the Coronavirus pandemic, and support the Haven House Children ‘s Hospice and Mind, the genial health charity. 10 % from the sale of every shirt is allocated to the charity named on the front. [ 34 ] In November 2020, the club announced a new sponsorship with the most celebrated british YouTuber group the Sidemen, as the group were looking to support a local cabaret and a stadium to record their popular football challenges. [ 35 ]

Stadiums [edit ]

Orient ‘s initial crunch was at Glyn Road between 1884 and 1896 when the golf club moved to Whittle ‘s Athletic Ground .

Millfields [edit ]

Whittle ‘s Athletic Ground was in the first place a whippet racing ground later known as Millfields and Clapton Orient played there until 1930. The O ‘s besides played pre-season friendlies at Leyton Cricket Ground for respective seasons. Millfields could hold 35,000 or more and was quite advanced for its clock, though larger crowd were typically for dog rush and speedway and was a major London venue for packing and baseball. As tailor was only a tenant and facing high rents and competition with other events at Millfields Road, Orient owners left Millfields Road for another race land across Hackney Marshes soon after, having stayed for 30 years. The ground closed in 1969, the Greyhound Racing Association selling with housing renovation taking its place in 1974 .

Lea Bridge Road [edit ]

Clapton Orient left Millfields in 1930, moving to Lea Bridge Stadium which had been used as a speedway stadium. Orient ‘s first match held there was a 3–1 gain over Newport County on 4 September 1930, in front man of a herd of 5,505. [ 36 ] however, the grind was closed for repairs by order of the Football League after the directors of Torquay United complained that a wooden fence was excessively close to the touchline. Orient ‘s future two home league fixtures ( both victories ) were held at Wembley Stadium, the second attracting a crowd of barely 1,916 to see the 3–1 winnings over Southend United. An FA Cup tie against Luton Town had to be held at Arsenal Stadium. [ 36 ] The capacity of the stadium was 20,000 and although with improvements it could have been increased to 50,000, the Orient directors were never content with the ground. There were rumours of a be active equally far as Mitcham or a amalgamation with ephemeral neighbours Thames but a decision was made to move to Brisbane Road in fourth dimension for the begin of the 1937–38 season. The last Orient match to be held at Lea Bridge Road was another 3–1 victory over Southend United in presence of a crowd of 2,541. The stadium was demolished in the 1970s. [ 36 ]

Brisbane Road [edit ]

Brisbane Road has undergo many changes since Orient ‘s arrival. previously known as Osborne Road and having been the home of Leyton F.C., it initially had alone one stand ( known as “ the orange box ” ) on the east side that held 475 people and cover on the west side for standing. All of the stand was cinder banks. The East Stand ( besides known as the Main Stand ) was bought from Mitcham Greyhound Stadium in 1956 and finally extended to cover the whole east side. The terrace enclosures at the front of the East Stand were replaced by seating in the late 1990s. Over the decades, the west side became a cover patio and last a seated-stand, while exposed terrace was built at the north and south sides. As the reason ‘s capacity was being increasingly reduced through changes to ground condom regulations, Orient looked to redevelop Brisbane Road as an all-seater stadium to secure its future there. The initial plans, dubbed Orient 2000 by the cabaret, were revealed in the mid-1990s. The plans were ambitious, as they involved rotating the pitch and developing all four sides. however, the cabaret ‘s near-bankruptcy and subsequent buy-out by Barry Hearn meant that a more realistic renovation design was instigated. The first phase involved demolition of the South Terrace in the late 1990s and after delays while National Lottery fund was unsuccessfully sought the new South Stand was opened at the beginning of the 1999–2000 season.

The future phase of renovation ( replacement of the North Terrace and West Stand ) ran into fiscal problems. Notwithstanding that finance for the renovation had already been raised by selling off the four corners of the stadium for residential blocks of flats, an increase in costs meant that an emergency general suffer of the company was needed in April 2005. It was agreed that the club should sell a c.999-year rent on the West Stand for £1.5 million to a consortium led by Barry Hearn ( under the company name Samuel Beadie (Leyton) Ltd or SBLL ), with SBLL leasing back to the club on a same-length lease all of the base except the agency space for an annual rend of £1. The extra funds generated by this complicated agreement were used to complete the build of the West Stand. External completion of the West Stand was achieved in mid-2005 and the point of view was opened for the 2005–06 season. The stand has a single lower tier of seat, while further up the structure are directors ‘ and bodied cordial reception boxes, clubhouse offices and musician facilities, which were fitted out in summer 2007, anterior to which the players continued to use the facilities in the East Stand. A second EGM was held in May 2006, where it was agreed to sell farther land behind the North and South Stands to SBLL for £1.25 million, the proceeds to be used to fund the construction of the North Stand. The design was to commence building the North Stand in July 2006 and for it to be open by Christmas 2006 but Waltham Forest council initially rejected the revised planning application for the stand and its adjoining extra flats. A revise application approved in early 2007 and structure began towards the end of the 2006–07 season. The bandstand – which has become the Family Stand – was completed before the 2007–08 season, giving the O ‘s a quadrilateral land once more, with a capacity of 9,271. The modernization of the East Stand happened during the break between the season of 2013/14 and 2015/16. Black seats formed a pattern over the other crimson seats to spell out “ The O ‘s ”. During the 2008–09 temper, Leyton Orient changed the name of the South Stand in honor of the late Orient top-scorer, Tommy Johnston and is known plainly as the Tommy Johnston Stand .

Olympic Stadium marriage proposal [edit ]

On 18 October 2011, the club submitted a request to the Football League to become tenants of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium [ 37 ] after the initial decision to award West Ham the stadium collapsed on 11 October 2011, following legal challenges from Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient. [ 38 ] Orient besides expressed an interest in ground sharing the stadium with West Ham, [ 39 ] but West Ham were not keen on the theme, [ 40 ] and in December 2012 West Ham was chosen as the permanent tenant of the Olympic Stadium. Orient president Barry Hearn voiced his complaints over West Ham United being given an anchor occupancy at the stadium. Orient claimed that the stadium was besides stopping point to their own, which they claimed would breach FA rules and by reference, move the cabaret into bankruptcy. [ 38 ] On 6 March, Barry Hearn stated that he would mount another legal challenge as he believed that the rules set out by the LLDC had not been followed. Hearn besides said that he felt that Leyton Orient ‘s proposed ground plowshare had been ignored and not properly explored. [ 41 ] [ 42 ] Orient ‘s legal challenge was ended when a confidential agreement between Orient and the Premier League was reached. [ 43 ] [ 44 ]

Rivalries [edit ]

Among Orient ‘s main rivals are Southend United, with whom they contest the A13 bowler hat. [ 45 ] The competition came about after a time period of Southend being Orient ‘s geographically close league rivals between 1998 and 2005. Although they have not much played in the same part, they have met in the League Cup in 2011–12 season, Leyton Orient beating the Shrimpers after extra prison term on penalties. More recently, Southend beat east 3–2 on aggregate in the 2012–13 Football League Trophy Southern Area Final. early local rivals include West Ham United, Millwall, Brentford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Barnet. To a lesser extent and from a little far afield, Brighton & Hove Albion and Cambridge United are besides considered rivals. historic rivals include neighbor Leyton and two other disbanded/merged clubs, Leytonstone and Walthamstow Avenue. The Dagenham & Redbridge competition continues the old rivalries with the latter two .

Players [edit ]

current squad [edit ]

As of 18 December 2021[46]

note : Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality .

Out on loan [edit ]

eminence : Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality .

Club management [edit ]

Boardroom staff [edit ]

Position Name
Chairman Nigel Travis
Vice Chairman Kent Teague
  • Richard Emmett
  • Matthew Porter
  • Marshall Taylor
  • David Travis
Chief Executive Danny Macklin

Coaching positions [edit ]

Position Name
Director of Football Martin Ling
Manager Kenny Jackett
Assistant Head Coach Joe Gallen
Goalkeeping Coach Simon Royce
First Team Coach Matt Harrold
First Team Performance Analyst Joe Austin
Physical Performance Coach Vacant
Head Physiotherapist Vacant
Sports Therapist Melvin Hancock
Sports Scientist Vacant
Academy Manager Lee Johnson
Club Doctors
  • Dr Carl Waldmann
  • Dr Chris Mogekwu
Kit Manager Adrian Martin
Chief Scout Steve Foster

Honours [edit ]

Football League Second Division ( 2nd tier )
Football League Third Division / Third Division South ( 3rd grade )
Football League Fourth Division / League Two ( 4th tier )
National League ( 5th tier )
FA Trophy
Anglo-Scottish Cup
London Challenge Cup

  • Winners: 1912, 1972, 1973, 1993

Dubonnet Cup

  • Winners: 1911

club records [edit ]

Supporters [edit ]

The patron fan-base is normally centred in East London. The Supporters club is the official supporters representative although there is a smaller group called Leyton Orient Fans Trust. [ 49 ] that are involved in fans rep meeting alongside the supporters club, The fans trust coordinate protests against the owner at the time between 2017 and 2019 at Blackpool F.C. ( along with home fans who were besides protesting their management ), [ 50 ] which included a protest down Leyton high road which was attended by a couple of hundred people. In April 2016 a smaller fans group known at the clock time as OTF arranged flip protests against Hartlepool United, where the fans stormed the pitch [ 51 ] and Colchester United where the game was abandoned after a pitch invasion with five minutes remaining which saw thousands enter the pitch efficaciously getting the bet on abandoned. although the remaining five minutes were finally played three hours subsequently behind close doors, the protest brought much needed publicity to the club ‘s predicament, with worldwide news coverage. [ 52 ] noteworthy fans include Bob Mills, [ 53 ] Daniel Mays, [ 54 ] Colin Matthews, [ 55 ] Andrew Lloyd Webber, [ 56 ] and Andrew ‘s brother Julian. [ 57 ] The album Variations, which was famously used as the composition tune for London Weekend Television ‘s South Bank Show, was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber as the result of his losing a bet to Julian Lloyd Webber on the result of a Leyton Orient peer. julian later presented a amber phonograph record of Variations to the club president at half time during a game with Leicester City. [ citation needed ]

References [edit ]

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