Tag: Leyton Orient

Andy D’Urso, Gillingham & A Man On A Roof

When a man climbed on the roof of a community gallery in East London this morning, the police had to close the road and this had unexpected ramifications on tonight’s League One match between Leyton Orient and Gillingham. It proved to be a very long night for the away supporters.

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O Hell – Crisis At Leyton Orient?

It was only last week that we discussed Leyton Orient’s possible mooting of a move from their home at Brisbane Road to Harlow in Essex. It seemed likely at the time that this was an idea that was being, for the want of a better phrase, being run up the flagpole to see if it flew. This week, however, Orient shareholders received a letter which is worrying in the extreme. The main body of the letter is here. As you can see, it proposes the sale of the club’s Brisbane Road stadium to a company called Matchroom Sport. The details of the deal are pretty straightforward. Matchroom will purchase the stadium for £6m. For five years, Orient will stay there free of rent for five years. Then, the rent will increase to £180,000 per year for five years. Five years further on, the amount payable may be further reviewed, and then again five years after that. This, however, isn’t the only significant detail in the letter. In addition to this, Leyton Orient Football Club won’t actually receive the full £6m from the sale of the stadium. Over the years, Matchroom have lent Leyton Orient money, so £3.4m of the £6m paid for the stadium will not be paid to the club at all. It will, effectively, be kept by Matchroom in settlement of debts for loans already made to...

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Leyton Orient: The Harlow Connection

If there is one thing that we can all be reasonably certain about over the next year or two, it’s that a lot of things are going to blamed on the “credit crunch”. More specifically, a lot of things that are nothing to do with the “credit crunch” are going to be blamed on the “credit crunch”. If an employer with no significant financial problems fancies withdrawing a few staff perks or laying off the odd hundred people or so: “credit crunch”. Don’t fancy paying your bills, even though you’re working and nothing relating to your financial position has changed? “Credit crunch”. All of this brings us, strangely, to Leyton Orient Football Club. This time last year, Orient had a decent chance of making the League One play-off places before fading to finish in mid-table. The sense of torpor at Brisbane Road has continued this season, with the club currently fourth from bottom in the table and staring relegation in the face. Crowds are down, and Orient are struggling to attract people from their local area, with much of their support now coming from Essex. Brisbane Road has, over the last few seasons, turned from being one of the most attractive football grounds in London to visit into an ugly mess, with apartment blocks occupying all four corners of the ground. Against this background, it is hardly surprising that...

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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leyton Orient

Such is the nature of this season’s League One table that this afternoon’s match between Brighton & Leyton Orient matters. Albion have had a most peculiar season. After a reasonable start, they fell away alarmingly at the start of the winter and it looked for a while as if they might even get sucked into a fight against relegation. The January transfer window, however, proved to be the salvation that they needed. It says something for the financial state that the club has been in for much of the last three decades that the £300,000 that they spent in Glen Murray is the most that they have spent on a player since 1983, but Murray has proved to be the missing piece in manager Dean Wilkins’ jigsaw. They have won their last two games and, with games in hand on the clubs above them, are still in with a shout of a play-off place. Leyton Orient were many people’s pre-season favourites for relegation, but have surpassed all expectations and, in spite of a recent dip in their form, they remain in ninth place in the table. Two clubs that many would have picked before the start of the season for the drop are still in with half a chance of getting promoted. The weather this afternoon is more forgiving than the last time I ventured up to the Withdean,...

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