Leyton Orient: Remember Them?

It’s not a moment too soon, right? For Boro’, it’s time to go once more this weekend; our new-look side forging a new path through the League Two maze. That and the future, however, is beside the point at this moment in time. Why? Oh, because we are suckers for a nostalgi-party. And, not for the first time, this random club choice is somewhat topical. OK, it’s stretching things a tad. But, this week, we are taking a look at a side who – for the first time in 112 years – won’t be competing in the Football League. Leyton Orient: You’ll remember them…

 

Leyton Orient: Who Are They?

Leyton Orient: Remember Them?

Now, we’ve a fair bit to get through with the Os; not least because their name itself isn’t what you’d call ‘usual’ in footballing terms. But, we’ll give it a go anyway. The club’s existence owes much to cricket; the club formed by cricket club members in 1881. First, it was Eagle Cricket Club (1886); ‘Orient’ first came about in 1888. Now, there’s plenty on Wikipedia that we don’t need (or want) to repeat. We will, however, wrap up the evolution of their name: Clapton Orient (1898), Leyton Orient (1937), Orient (1966) and back to Leyton Orient (1987).

In 1905, the Os became members of the Football League for the first time. In the long stretch of time between then and relegation to the Conference last term, the club has only two titles to its name: Division Three South in 1955-6 and Division Three in 1969-70. Yet, this doesn’t quite do the Os full justice. In the 1961-2 Division Two campaign, the club came second behind Liverpool and earned promotion to the top flight. Although the return to Div Two was immediate, they let in the same number of goals as Man Utd (81) – and 20 fewer than Man City!

 

Leyton Orient: Us And Them…

Our first meeting with the Os was before we made it into the Football League. Yet, this was December 1996 – and you can well argue that we should have been a League side at this point in time. It didn’t hinder us, mind you; Boro’ upsetting the Os on their own patch in FA Cup Round Two. Peter Shilton (yeah, that one) should’ve seen red, but that’s almost beside the point now. And that was that for the next 15 years; Boro’s efforts to win the Conference title a second time taking that long to come to fruition. Good things come to those who wait…

By the time our League ambition was realised, the Os were firmly back in the third tier. We finally went head to head once more in November 2011. The five meetings that followed were hardly goalfests; finishing 0-0, 1-0 or 0-1. A Paint Pot Trophy gig in November 2013 saw more goals than those five preceding encounters! And that’s kind of where our record against the Os went south. Just one single, lonely point came from the following four league games, scoring three and conceding 13. There was also a Checkatrade Trophy defeat, if that counts?

 

Leyton Orient: And Then What?

Boro’ made amends for a pretty grim run of results against Leyton Orient in our most recent encounter. Our 4-1 triumph at the Lamex last season, however, came against the back drop of off-field distractions for the club. Not only were there five different gaffers, but a winding-up hearing against owner Francesco Becchetti due to unpaid taxes. Such turmoil won’t often bode well for any club, and so it came to pass; Orient finishing up rock bottom of the Football League and now a non-league club for the first time since the reign of King Edward VII.

 

Leyton Orient: Boro’s Record

P13 W4 D2 L7 F13 A20 – League Points: 8, Cup Meetings: 3, Win Rate: 31%

BoroGuide’s Leyton Orient club profile – for old time’s sake…

 

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Pete H is the head of the BoroGuide team; helping to keep the show on the road for the best part of two decades – all because of his love of Boro'. He was relatively late to the scene; first rocking up at Broadhall Way during the 1995-6 season. But that's mainly because he was too young to pledge allegiance before then. There have been more than enough highs (Easter Monday '96) and lows (Kettering '02) since then, however, to keep him occupied. Yes, and the 2010 title win...

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