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Leyton Orient: 10 Things

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Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Mon 29 Jan 2018
Posted in First Team

Following Town’s disappointing 3-0 defeat to Bromley FC at the weekend, the Shaymen have an instant opportunity to put things right at the MBi Shay Stadium.

Leyton Orient pay a visit to West Yorkshire on Tuesday after the postponement of the initial fixture due to freezing conditions. As part of the build up to the game, here are ten things you may not know about our visitors:

  1. Orient are competing in the Vanarama National League for the first time in their history this season, after finishing bottom of the football league pyramid at the end of last season.
  2. Before their relegation, Orient were the second-oldest club in London, behind Fulham, to be competing in the football league after joining in 1905.
  3. The club crest features two wyverns on either side of a football, which are described as mythical creatures with a dragon’s head and wings along with a reptilian body.
  4. It was introduced in 1976 to display Orient’s links to the city of London. The wyvern, in ancient mythology, are seen to be the guardians and symbol of the river Thames.
  5. The district of Leyton is the birthplace of Premier League footballer and DR Congo international Benik Afobe, who turns out for south-coast side AFC Bournemouth. It is also the origin of heavy metal band Iron Maiden who formed in 1975.
  6. O’s manager Justin Edinburgh is a former left-back who featured for the likes of Southend United, Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth during his eighteen-year career.
  7. Away from his main job as a football manager, Edinburgh also owns two franchises of Toni and Guy hair salons with his business partner, Jim Shaw.
  8. Chairman and owner of the club is British-born businessman, Nigel Travis. A boyhood fan of Orient, Travis took over the club in June 2017.
  9. As a businessman throughout his life, Travis has been the CEO of Dunkin’ Brands Group, who own fast-food restaurant Dunkin’ Donuts, and has served on the board of other companies such as Papa John’s Pizza.
  10. In the 2013/14 season, Orient faced up against Rotherham United in the League One Play-Off final at Wembley Stadium. Finishing 2-2 after extra time, the Millers claimed a 4-3 victory on penalties to secure promotion to the Championship. Orient went on to be relegated to League Two in the following season.

 

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