Leyton Orient Club Profile
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Leyton Orient : Club Background
The East Stand at Brisbane Road.
Away supporters now get a block at the southern end.
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Leyton Orient is one of the country's older-established clubs, being founded in 1881 and rejoicing in the name 'Glyn Cricket & Football Club'. This proved an unpopular choice however and by 1886 Glyn C & FC had become Eagle FC, the cricket connection being dropped altogether. The members evidently didn't like being called Eagle anymore than they did Glyn and two years later they changed the club's name again, this time to the more familiar Orient FC - apparently at the suggestion of a player who also worked for the Orient Shipping Line. They remained as just plain Orient for 11 years but then added Clapton to become Clapton Orient in 1898, in an effort to prove themselves posher than they really were, or something. Clapton Orient plied their trade until 1946 when the ever-dissatisfied members changed the name again, this time to Leyton Orient. And they settled on that ever since, yes? Er, no - in 1966 the 'Leyton' part was dropped and once again they became just plain Orient FC. At least they did until 1987, when for reasons known only to themselves the Leyton prefix returned, where it remains to this day. Until the next time they change......
The club's achievements have been generally modest over the years. In 1905-06 Clapton Orient appeared in the Football League for the first time and finished bottom of Division Two (there were only two divisions). It wasn't until 1910-11 that they achieved a top half finish. They continued mid-table until the mid-Twenties when they escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth three years in a row, finally going down to Division Three (South) on the fourth occasion in 1928-29. There they struggled in the lower reaches year after year too. It took them until 1953-54 before they managed a top half finish - eleventh. It was the start of a good period. They were runners-up in 1954-55 and the following season took the Championship. These were the Alec Stock years. Once into Division Two they again returned to their norm as a lower mid-table side until 1961-62 when, almost completely out of the blue, they finished runners-up to Liverpool. They were into Division One, and although they finished bottom and were immediately relegated they can still say they got there.
In 1965-66 three years of struggling in Division Two ended with them finishing bottom and they were down another level. Once again lower mid-table until a sudden Championship under Jimmy Bloomfield. This time they stayed until 1981-82, with only one top-half finish in that time, when they finished last and were relegated. In 1984-85 they went down again, to Divison Four. In 1988-89 they went up through the play-offs, staying there until 1994-95 (by which time it have been renamed Division Two) when relegated in last place. There they have remained, mostly lower mid-table.
In the F.A. Cup the same sort of pattern emerges: years of doing nothing and then a bolt from the blue. In 1977-78 they reached the semi-final of the FA Cup. And not through easy draws. The likes of Norwich, Chelsea, and Middlesbrough had to be disposed of before they finally went out to Arsenal.
Financial problems in the 90's led to the PFA paying players wages and for a time there looked to be a real danger of the club slipping into liquidation, before multi-millionaire sports promoter Barry Hearn took over and stabilised the situation. Debt remained a millstone around the club's neck however, though the redevelopment of the O's ground which included the building of saleable/rentable property, was seen as the escape route. That redevelopment happened in fits and starts, with long pauses in between, but it got there in the end, and Orient ended up with three of the four sides of their stadium looking decidedly more modern than they had done when Hearn arrived at the club.
Mr Hearn was not a man known for his patience, although to be fair to him he did stick by manager Martin Ling for a decent amount of time.
Ling had got Orient promoted to League One in the summer of 2006 although that didn't stop the odd public grumble coming from the boardroom
over that period. Each time Hearn seemed to be showing signs of bringing out a P45, Ling managed to turn their form around, and a 2007-08
14th place finish was certainly highly commendable for a club Orient's size, particularly as they'd spent much of the first half of that
season dabbling with the big boys in the top six. The second half of that season though saw them fade though and with the O's continuing
that trend by occupying a bottom four position for much of the campaign,
Ling finally got the bullet in January 2009, having had over five
years in East London. He was replaced temporarily by Kevin Nugent, before Nugent returned to the Assistant role when Geraint Williams was
brought in. Williams started fairly well but in the end lasted just 14 months, as Orient plunged into the relegation zone and looked odds
on for going down. In April 2010, Williams was fired, and in came a certain Russell Slade who had performed a Houdini act on Brighton
and Hove Albion on the previous season. For the second season running, Slade kept a side up in near impossible circumstances, and he
was rewarded with a two year contract.
Between 2007 and 2010, Orient finished 20th, 14th, 14th and 17th in League One. Their 2010-11 season
was their best for some while - Slade's side had a slow start to the season, but a lengthy cup run and two matches against Arsenal inspired
them to grab a 7th place finish.
The follow-up year was harder to maintain - a poor start and a bad injury list saw them struggle, eventually finishing in
20th place. The 2012-13 season saw a quick recovery from that lull as they grabbed another 7th place - their late season form almost sneaking them into the play-offs. The following season was even better - Orient finished in 3rd spot, but were denied by Rotherham United in the League One play-off final.
At this point, there should have been the opportunity for Russell Slade to have another go at things. And in theory his chances of that happening should have increased by the arrival of new owners, as Italian Francesco Becchetti bought out Barry Hearn, and the promise of serious money accompanied his arrival. Unfortunately many a successful football club is built on the chemistry between club owner and manager, and matters began to fragment when early on in the season Becchetti's Director of Football Mauro Milanese entered the dressing room to tell Slade he had to win his next game or he would be fired.
Slade decided to jump before he was pushed, heading to Cardiff City as boss as the new ownership struggled to get a grip on the media maelstrom that had developed. Slade's assistant Kevin Nugent took on the management role, but that didn't last long as Milanese entered the dressing room again - this time as first team manager. But a horrible run of form saw him last just 43 days before Fabio Liverani came in to replace him - Orient's fourth manager of the 2014-15 season and we'd only reached December. Orient ended up going down - with Yeovil Town - and certainly the feeling was that the seeds were sown in what they did as a club early on during that season. The 2015-16 season suggested that they hadn't learned their lesson - Ian Hendon came in but was given just 31 games before being fired. Then came Kevin Nolan as a high profile player-manager, but he was given just 15 games, before his assistant Andy Hessenthaler was given the job in April 2016. Seven managers in two years, and the Becchetti regime isn't showing signs of taking Orient where they'd hoped they'd go.
The new West Stand at Brisbane Road - holds Leyton's executive facilities now.
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|Leyton Orient : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Leyton Orient
|02/05/1952||Home||Frnd||W||6-1||Pye, Easton(4), Anderson|
|05/03/1975||Home||Test||W||4-1||1800||Housley, Plumb(2), Cotton|
|18/12/2004||Away||CCL2||W||3-2||3867||Tarachulski 26, Terry 45, Davies 77|
|09/04/2007||Home||CCL1||W||2-1||5206||Gray 77, Davies 83|
|22/08/2009||Home||CCL1||D||3-3||3827||Tomlin 11, Obika 40, Schofield 52|
|07/08/2010||Home||NPL1||W||2-1||4126||Bowditch 12, Freeman 45|
|26/03/2011||Away||NPL1||W||5-1||4258||MacDonald 9, 18, 42, Welsh 47, Bowditch 88|
|25/10/2011||Home||NPL1||D||2-2||3121||Agard 37, N'Gala 41|
|21/04/2012||Away||NPL1||D||2-2||4888||A Williams 82, Obika 90|
|01/01/2013||Home||NPL1||W||3-0||3516||Madden 41, 74, Hayter 59|
|04/01/2014||Home||FAC3||W||4-0||3667||Hayter 12, 60, Grant 49, Moore 90|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Leyton Orient
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Leyton Orient : Club Statistics
|04/02/2017||Carlisle United||Home||EFL2||L||1-2||4306||Massey 25|
|11/02/2017||Yeovil Town||Away||EFL2||D||1-1||3120||Massey 88|
|14/02/2017||Plymouth Argyle||Away||EFL2||W||3-2||8054||Massey 43, 88, Semedo 90|
|18/02/2017||Notts County||Home||EFL2||L||2-3||5585||McCallum 49, Mezague 81|
Highest League Attendance: 6078, vs Portsmouth, 08/10/2016
Lowest League Attendance: 2660, vs Morecambe, 07/02/2017
Average League Attendance: 4449
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||1
||Games Without A Home Win: ||5
|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||2
|Games Without A Draw: ||2
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||2
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||21
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||WDLLLL
|Away Results Sequence: ||LLLLDW
||Overall Results Sequence: ||LLLDWL
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Leyton Orient : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 0871 310 1881
Fax : 0871 310 1882
Chairman : Francesco Becchetti
Club Secretary : Lindsey Martin
Stadium Manager & Chief Safety Officer : Chris Baker
Press Officer : Leo Tyrie
Manager : Andy Hessenthaler
Capacity : 9,271
Seated : 9,271
Uncovered Terrace : n/a
Record Attendance : 34,345 v West Ham United, FAC 25-01-1964
Nickname : The O's
Colours : shirt red with white side panels; shorts red with white side panels; socks red with white trim
Ticket Prices :
Orient's League Two prices are one of the most expensive in League Two for away supporters, which isn't good as the facilities in their Main Stand. Thankfully they have got rid of the awful wooden seats over the last couple of years though. Admission prices for this 2016-17 match are as follows:
Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £14.00; Under-18s: £5.00.
Note that Adults increase by £2.00 on the day, whilst Concessions increase by £1.00. This means you are paying £24.00 for an adult ticket purchased on the day. Yep, seriously.
Concessions apply to those 65 and over, students with a valid ID card, current serving members of the Armed Forces with proof of affiliation and unemployed with proof of benefit receipt. The necessary documents need to shown at the relevant purchase point and will need to be taken with you on the day.
Away supporters are allocated the East Stand Upper Area, via entrance C and D. The East Stand was the club's original main stand - now the oldest part of the ground, and is a side-on view to the pitch. Their usual practice is to allocate up to 1,200 spaces for supporters across two blocks.
If you choose to purchase on the day of the game, the East Stand Ticket Office is situated in Brisbane Road.
There are spaces for disabled supporters in this area.
Disabled Info :
There are 3 parking places reserved for wheelchair users at the South-East corner of the stadium. Visiting supporters need to contact
the club about availability. Spaces are available for away wheelchair users on a raised plaform in the South-East corner of the
Brisbane Road Stand. Adjacent seating is provided for assistants. The club will try to make arrangements for ambulant disabled away fans
on request. Commentary is available through a portable headphone system but this must be pre-booked, tel: 0208 926 1015.
Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled supporters are admitted free of charge. To place your booking, call Leyton Orient's Ticket Office on 0871 310 1883.
For any queries about facilities contact their Disabled Liaison Officer Lindsey Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0871 310 1881.
The South Stand at Brisbane Road - to the left of the away section.
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Leyton Orient : Directions To The Ground
The South Stand at Brisbane Road - one of the new facilities at the ground.
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Leyton is east London.
Approaching London you will at some point hit the M25. Use this to get to the M11 (unless you're coming from Cambridge, in which case you'll already be on it) take the southbound carriageway for about 6 miles and take the right fork signposted for the North Circular.
At the bottom of the flyover where the roads merge, move into the left-hand lane and turn left at the roundabout on to the A104. After about 1 mile at the next roundabout take the right exit - still the A104 (a landmark here is the quaintly-decorated Lamb's Cafe). Half a mile further on, turn left into Leyton Green Road (signposted to Leyton and Stratford), and left again into a short slip-road past the bus garage entrance and left into Leyton High Road - you'll see the Leyton Leisure Lagoon opposite as you wait to make the turn. Continue until you spot the floodlights.
Alternatively: At the fork in the M11, take the left lane, which takes you to the large roundabout at Redbridge Tube Station - here you turn right on to the A12. Ignore the first exit which is actually signposted to Leyton, but take the next exit (signposted Stratford). At the top of the ramp, turn right, then right again at the lights. After a quarter mile, turn left by the garage into Oliver Road. The stadium is now about 50 yards on.
There's no parking at the stadium for riff-raff such as us - officials and invited guests only. It's street parking for the rest.
Be aware that there are matchday parking restrictions in the area and local wardens specifically patrol the ground area for illegally
parked cars. If you like collecting tickets, or even worse car clamps or collecting your car from the local pound, then just try your
luck with them for the day and you'll find out just how busy the local wardens can be.
Note that there is a Residents Controlled Parking Zone in the area to the south of the ground, taking in Lyttleton, Dunedin, Adelaide, Ruckholt and York Roads, which applies from 10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. Monday to Friday. However, the Residents' Parking Restrictions in Ruckholt Close run from 10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. Monday to Sunday. So make sure you know what day of the week it is, and what road you're on if you do think you've found a space.
By Supporters Coaches
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2016-17 season League Two fixture as follows:
Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 8.45a.m. Cost of travel will be £23.00 for members with Concessions available at £21.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.
To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at email@example.com - Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.
Nearest tube station is Leyton on the Central Line, 5 mins walk from Brisbane Road. Turn right outside the station and follow the High Street until you pass Coronation Gardens Recreation Ground, then turn left into Buckingham Road. The away supporters' turnstiles are in Brisbane Road, which is the first right, at the other end of the ground.
The nearest overground station is Leyton Midland Road. This is situated on the north side of the town - just head down Leyton High Road
through the town and you'll find the ground tucked away midway through the town on the right-hand side.
2016-17 SEASON VISIT: For our trip on September 17th 2016, the London Overground service that covers Leyton Midland Road will be closed for Engineering Works. There will be no service.
Nos 58, 69, 97, and 158 run along Leyton High Road.
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|Leyton Orient : Web Resources|
Leyton Orient Fans Trust
Neat and tidy vehicle for the LOFC Fans Trust. Does what it says on the tin.
Leyton Orient Mad
Typical footy.mad site. Resolutely mediocre.
Leyton Orient Official
PTV site, registration required to view.
|Web Message Boards|
Independent Leyton Orient Forum
Very busy bulletin board style forum.
Quieter of the two Orient forums. Claims to be the oldest of the active Leyton Orient forums.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
FantasticO's Mailing List
The FantasticO's Mailing List has just under 200 members at the time of writing and appears to be pretty active - use the link for subscribing/unsubscribing instructions.
London's main evening paper. Concentrates mainly on Premiership football, but if you look hard enough they might mention Orient.
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Leyton Orient : Food & Drink
Club Bar :
With the redevelopment of Brisbane Road, the old portakabin-based supporters bar has now gone, and the Leyton Orient Supporters' Club
has now been relocated to new premises in the West Stand. The bar is situated in Oliver Road, next to the club's Main Reception.
The second option is to make your way up to the Second Floor of the West Stand (again by the main reception) to the Gallery Bar.
For the 2010-11 season, we were told that we would be welcome in both bars for a small admission fee. They show all the usual
Sky Sports fixtures in the bars, but expect them to be packed, and obviously respect the fact that you're in a 'home supporters' bar.
Local Pubs :
The East End eh? Home of the great British boozer. The Queen Vic. The Queen Mum, gawd bless 'er. Actually it's a bl**dy great desert of smooth, ice, nitro and any other boring bland fizzy multi-national brands one cares to mention. So if you like to be seen drinking whatever was being heavily advertised on the TV last week you'll love it. We think the Birkbeck Tavern is probably the best all round hostelry in the area. If you want a meal with your beer then the Leyton Technical is probably the best bet, though it's a little pricey. The Three Blackbirds is closed down and is now an Indian restaurant.
|Birkbeck Tavern: Free house. About ten minutes from the ground, and especially convenient if you've come by tube, this is one of the best pubs in the area. As you exit Leyton tube turn left away from the ground. Follow the path for 20 yards and there is a gap in the railings with steps leading down to the road below. At the bottom of the steps turn left and follow Station Road as it straightens up parallel with the tube line (behind a row of houses), and at the end of the road follow it to the right as it joins up with Langthorne Road. You should have a high brick wall on the left hand side, behind which is a graveyard. The Birkbeck is on the left 200 yards down Langthorne Road and can be seen from a distance. Stocks three or more guest ales on handpull, as well as their house beer, and the usual selection of lagers and bottles as well as an excellent selection of whisky. Used to stock Thatcher's cider but there hasn't been any on our last few visits. Food is confined to rolls and sandwiches. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. (midnight Friday and Saturday). Good sized space out the back for smokers. This is a completely unpretentious London boozer in traditional style, and one of our favourite pubs on the football circuit.
Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, Leyton, London, E11 4HL. Tel: 020 8539 2584. Map: Click Here.
|Coach and Horses: This is the closest pub to the ground, a one minute walk, and as such is the Orient "local", packed out on match days. There's large screen TV, and children are allowed. Whilst there's no trouble with away fans you might try elsewhere if you want to get served inside half an hour. Comments from other footy fans who paid them a viait in 2012 said that both real ale pump badges were turned around as unused, which suggests this is more a pub for a pint of fizz - also reports of plastic glasses being dished out on matchdays.|
Coach and Horses, 391 High Road, Leyton, London, E10 5NA. Tel: 02089889961. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|King Harold: Closest pub to Leyton tube station, with a big screen and pool table. That's all we know.|
King Harold, 116 High Road, Leyton, London, E15 2BX. Map: Click Here.
|Leyton Technical: New venue situated in Leyton's old town hall, which boasts "eight hand pumps, real cider, a selection of bottled craft beers, seven premium lagers and wide array of wines and spirits". They're also a gastropub, meaning that the food menu is both a little pretentious and above usual pub grub prices - but this isn't East End jellied eels on the menu. Opening hours noon until 1.00a.m. on Saturdays or from 4.00p.m. until 11.00p.m. on week nights.|
Leyton Technical, 265B High Road, Leyton, London, E10 5QN. Tel: 02085584759. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|The Drum: The nearest JD Wetherspoon pub. You'll know what to expect, though as one of the smallest and oldest in the chain, having been purchased in 1986, it has a bit more individuality and character than some of their more recent offerings.|
The Drum, 557-559 Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, London, E10 7EQ. Tel: 0208 5399845. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|William IV: The brew pub for Brodie's beers, who began operations in 2008, taking over from the defunct Sweet William outfit: Brodie's Beers. The outlet is about 20 to 25 minutes walk north of the stadium. The nearest overground rail station is Leyton Midland Road, the nearest tube Walthamstow Central. The food on offer is mostly Thai style. Courtyard at the back for smokers. Oh, and not to be sniffed at in London where most beer is well over £3.00 a pint - you can still get certain beers for as little as £2.60 here.|
William IV, 816 High Road, Leyton, London, E10 6AE. Tel: 020 8556 2460. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Pretty high, they're used to all sorts in London. Glovers fans will have no problem understanding the locals, everyone either watches Eastenders now or used to watch it. Close your eyes and pretend you're on the telly.
This is a middling sort of area of London. You're unlikely to have gone there if there wasn't a football match, but equally you won't feel obliged to escape at top speed when it's over, as is the case for some other parts of the capital.
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Leyton Orient : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide
to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
It's London, if you can't find something to interest you in London you probably died three years ago and just haven't noticed yet.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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Leyton Orient : Old Brisbane Road Pictures
The old West Stand at Brisbane Road
And that's the last you'll see of it - demolished.
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The North Terrace at Brisbane Road.
Used to be the venue for away supporters, but demolished.
Photo © 2003-06 Ciderspace