Tag: Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient: Getting All Wound Up

A four-one defeat at Stevenage last night has left the bottom of the current League Two table making for distressing reading for Leyton Orient supporters. Still one place off the bottom of the table, Orient are now six points adrift of safety, and worse still the club’s recent run of form, which has seen it win just two of the twelve league matches that it’s played since beating Crawley Town on Boxing Day, gives no hint that this particular team is in any way capable of reversing the collapse that has led it to this dark state of affairs...

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All Change Yet Again, At Leyton Orient

So insane have the statistics become in relation to the hiring and firing of football managers these days that it takes quite something to cause one to perform a double-take, but somehow Leyton Orient have managed it. The departure of player-manager Kevin Nolan after a period amounting to fourteen matches over a time-span of less than three months means that the new man in the position – until, we presume, the end of this season at least, although presumption of any degree of continuity at Brisbane Road has proved to be a fool’s errand over the last couple of...

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The Decline & Fall Of Leyton Orient

As things turned out, it wouldn’t have mattered that much anyway. With just over an hour played in yesterday’s final round of matches in League One, though, it looked as if there was a chance that Leyton Orient might just have been capable of performing some sort of great escape. Two goals up away to Swindon Town with the home side having had their goalkeeper sent off, and with the other matches involving teams at the bottom hanging delicately in the balance, though, it had started to feel as if an unlikely climax to a dismal season for the...

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There Are No Prizes: The 200% End Of 2013 Awards

It’s the time of year when handing out awards for things that have happened to people and organisations over the previous twelve months or so comes into vogue, and even though the football season somewhat inconveniently doesn’t pay too much attention to the machinations of the Gregorian calendar, we’re going to give it a go anyway. (For those of you that are interested in such things, my review of 2013 can be found here – it was written a couple of weeks ago, but I don’t think that an enormous amount has changed since then, apart from Manchester United starting to win matches) But anyway, I’m usually pretty uncomfortable in a tuxedo and tie, all the more so when I’m dressed like this in a room on my own with my cat staring at me as if I’m on the precipice of a nervous breakdown, so… on with the show! Team Of The Year: Leyton Orient – To build a winning team is one thing. To build a winning team on a shoestring budget is another. To transform a team that looked likely to struggle against relegation into challengers for promotion is a mighty achievement indeed. At the end of October last year, Leyton Orient FC was in twentieth place in League One, just one spot above the relegation places in that division, but just six defeats in the...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Twelve – The Kings Of Orient Are

Five days before Christmas 1980, Chelsea were chasing promotion back to the First Division. The leaders, West Ham United, were already sailing off into the distance at the top of the table, but that still left two automatic promotion places to play for – no play-offs in those days, of course – and Chelsea went into their last match before the Christmas rush in third place in the Second Division table, although their advantage was a slender one, with five points separating them from twelfth placed Orient – no “Leyton” prefix for them in those days, either – whose visit to Stamford Bridge was consider worthy of a visit from the cameras of Match Of The Day. Meanwhile, we also have very brief highlights – one goal per match – from two First Division matches played that weekend, as Manchester City played Leeds United at Maine Road and Brighton & Hove Albion took on championship chasing Aston Villa at The Goldstone Ground. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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