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We continue our series featuring archived matches from the clubs of League Two this morning with Leyton Orient, and six matches from the years between the years between 1972 and 1988. The 1970s were good to a club that long been considered the poor relations to other, bigger London clubs and our first match sees Orient – who lopped the “Leyton” from the start of their name in 1966 before putting it back a little over two decades later – play Chelsea in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in 1972. Our second match comes from two seasons later, and sees Orient, who had been promoted from the Third Division to the Second Division as champions in 1970 and ended up staying there until 1982 , at home against Luton Town in October 1973.
Our next two matches both come from the FA Cup. First up is a Third Round against a Derby County who would end that season as the champions of England. It was the 1977/78 season, however, that would provide the club with its finest FA Cup run. The club made the semi-finals of that year’s competition and our match from that cup run is their Fifth Round replay against Chelsea, which was played at Stamford Bridge after the two sides had played out a goalless draw in the first match at Brisbane Road. Our next match after this is from the following season, and sees Orient play Brighton & Hove Albion in a Second Division match from April 1979. Our final match sees Leyton Orient – with their prefix having been restored two years earlier – make a short trip across north London in November 1988 to play Enfield, then of the GM Vauxhall Conference, in an FA Cup match featured by the BBC for Match Of The Day.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.