FC Halifax Town travel down to Leyton Orient on Saturday.
Here are ten things you may or may not know about our hosts.
- The club was formed in 1881 under the name of Glyn Cricket Club. They briefly changed their name to Eagle Cricket Club and Orient Football Club in the late 1880s. In 1898, they changed to Clapton Orient, it wasn’t until 1987 they finally found their name as Leyton Orient.
- The club is nicknamed the O’s and play in all red.
- Leyton Orient’s home ground is called Brisbane Road, it’s officially known as The Breyer Group Stadium for sponsorship purposes.
- Leyton Orient has spent one season of football in England’s top flight. This was in 1962-63. They finished 22nd, with 21 points, ten less than 21stplace Manchester City. Both clubs were relegated to the Second Division.
- The club had their own television series. Barry Hearn became their chairman in 1995 after the club was put up for sale for only £5 by Tony Wood. The period was covered by channel four to make the documentary called Orient: Club for a Fiver.
- In 2011, the club submitted a request to become tenants of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. They eventually lost the bid and West Ham United took the stadium for themselves.
- 38,219 people came to watch the Division 2 match between Orient and Tottenham on March 16th This is the club’s highest attendance received at a home game.
- The club holds the record for the fastest recorded goal in a Playoff Final. Chris Tate scored after 27 seconds in the 2001 final against Blackpool.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber is a notable fan of the club.
- The club’s current manager, Justin Edinburgh, played for Tottenham for 10 years and racked up 215 appearances. As a Left Back Edinburgh only scored once for Spurs.
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