Who are Leyton Orient?

  • 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 nickname, the O’s.
Theo the Wyvern – Orient’s mascot.
  • Leyton Orient achieved promotion to the top tier in the 1962/63 season but were relegated the following season. This is the club’s only taste of top flight 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.
  • Justin Edinburgh died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack in June 2019.
  • Orient’s top marksmen so far this season are their midfielders Josh Wright (number 44) and Jordan Maguire-Drew (number 10).
Justin Edinburgh