Leyton Orient play at Brisbane Road (now known as The Breyer Group Stadium for sponsorship purposes). Away fans are housed in the southern part of the Green Inc East Stand, accessible through Entrance D on a match day (at the right hand side of the photo below). There is capacity for just over 1,500 away supporters, including wheelchair-using fans and includes toilet and refreshment facilities. The East Stand dates back to 1956 and is the oldest still in use at the stadium, but it offers a very good view of the action. Matchday tickets (cheaper if bought in advance) are collected from the opposite side of the ground (the Justin Edinburgh Stand).
Leyton Orient’s stand-out performer so far this season has been their 6ft 5in striker, Harry Smith. Smith moved from Northampton in the summer, where he was failing to make an impact in the first team and was loaned to Motherwell for part of last season. He has hit the ground running for the O’s with 6 goals so far this campaign. Smith wears number 9.
Backing up Smith in Leyton Orient’s free-scoring side are an Irishman Aaron Drinan and a Scot, Theo Archibald, who have each scored 3 times. In 2018, Archibald joined FGR on loan for the 2018/19 season and he scored a memorable first senior goal of his career on his 21st appearance with a “stunning” 25-yard strike to seal a 2–1 victory over Northampton on New Years Day 2019. But it was a lack of game time that led to Archibald’s recall to Brentford after that match. Archibald wears 11 and plays as a pacey right winger. Drinan wears 16.
Orient’s strike force of Harry Smith, Aaron Drinan & Theo Archibald have, between them, scored 12 times this season.
Orient appointed a highly experienced manager in Kenny Jackett in the summer, on a one-year rolling contract.
Jackett’s managerial career began at Watford in 1996, a club he had made over 330 appearances for as a player. Promotions followed at his next three clubs, guiding Swansea City up from League Two in 2004/05, taking Millwall up to the Championship in 2009/10, then steering Wolves to a League One title, setting a divisional record of 103 points, and picking up the Manager of the Year award in the process.
A short spell at Rotherham United was followed by four years at Portsmouth before the move to Orient.
O’s manager, Kenny Jackett
The early season signs for Leyton Orient have been good. 4 wins, 6 draws and just the 2 losses (a 2-0 defeat at home to Harrogate and a 3-2 defeat away at Port Vale) have put the O’s in 7th place in the league, in the play-off places, 8 points behind Rovers.
Comfortable both home and away, the O’s have scored 19 goals and conceded 11 times. This makes them the league’s 3rd highest goalscorers (behind Harrogate and FGR).
Their normal formations are 3-5-2/5-3-2 i.e. 3 central defenders and wing backs. Orient are happy to keep the opposition guessing, mixing a route one approach with playing out from the back.
Leyton is a suburb of East London, formerly in Essex. One of London’s most ethnically diverse suburbs, it is home to New Spitalfields Market and The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Leyton is an Anglo-Saxon name meaning ‘settlement on the River Lea’. The Orient part comes from the Orient Shipping Company (later bought by P&O), employer of some of the players in the club’s amateur days.
Orient’s crest is made up of two wyverns facing each other over a football. The wyvern is the symbol of the Thames, in mythology the defender of the Thames. The wyvern on the badge provided the inspiration for the club mascot Theo who got his name from a shortening of the club’s nickname, the O’s.
Orient greatest success was when they achieved promotion to the top tier in the 1962/63 season. They lasted just the one season. This is the club’s only taste of top flight football. They are one of only 6 clubs to have played in all 5 of the top tiers in English football.
In 2017 Orient were relegated to the National League which ended a 112 year stay in the Football League. This was a difficult time for the O’s. Under the ownership of Italian businessman, Francesco Becchetti, the club had been relegated twice in 3 seasons and had 11 different managers in that time.
Two years in the National League ended when Orient were promoted back to League 2 as National League champions in 2019. Their revival had much to do with their manager, former Spurs defender, Justin Edinburgh. Tragically, Edinburgh died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack in June 2019. Since coming back into the EFL, Orient have managed a 17th and then an 11th place finish in League 2.
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