UPDATE: Leyton Orient 'confident' of winning legal challenge over Olympic Stadium West Ham row

Leyton Orient Football Club has said it is confident of winning a judicial review into West Ham's proposed move into the Olympic Stadium.

A club statement said it "would not have issued proceedings if it were not confident of success" and said lawyers had advised it had a strong case.


Chairman Barry Hearn said he did not believe that the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) had been fair in choosing who should be the new tenants for the venue in Stratford.
 

It comes after Mr Hearn expressed fears that his club could be killed off unless the LLDC agrees to let the O's share the stadium with West Ham United.
 

The news also follows a report in the Sun newspaper on Monday which claimed that West Ham co-chairman David Gold expected to sign an agreement over the move on Saturday March 16.
 

West Ham are the preferred tenants for the stadium and had been hoping to move in time for the 2015-16 season.
 

It is the second time that Orient has launched a judicial review over the stadium.
 

A previous attempt to pick a tenant collapsed and had to be started again following the legal action and complaints from both Orient and Tottenham Hotspur FC.
 

Mr Hearn said: "We took an interest in the stadium when we knew they were going to cover the athletics track, and our proposal for tenancy was built on a foundation of a large scale community project.
 

"Our plan was, and remains, to be the community offering alongside a wealthy Premier League club.
 

"We don't intend to interfere with West Ham's residency at the Stadium, but maintain the position that if they are going to be there, then we need to be there too."
 

A spokeswoman for the LLDC said: "We have been notified that Leyton Orient have made the decision to issue proceedings for judicial review.


"Whilst this is disappointing, we believe that our processes have been robust, fair and transparent and that the challenge is misconceived."
 

Explaining the legal basis for the judicial review, an Orient spokesman said bidders had been required to consent to sharing the stadium, which the LLDC was supposed to consider.


But he claimed this had been ignored.
 

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6:40pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Cornbeefur says...

The club will be killed off unless he raises some funds to buy some players.

He has looted the Club Ground to make flats for his pension and has not reinvested any of it back.

How did the Council give him the Road adjoining it by Coronation gardens to be used as a car park anyhow?
The club will be killed off unless he raises some funds to buy some players. He has looted the Club Ground to make flats for his pension and has not reinvested any of it back. How did the Council give him the Road adjoining it by Coronation gardens to be used as a car park anyhow? Cornbeefur
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11:33am Thu 7 Mar 13

tjm01 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
The club will be killed off unless he raises some funds to buy some players. He has looted the Club Ground to make flats for his pension and has not reinvested any of it back. How did the Council give him the Road adjoining it by Coronation gardens to be used as a car park anyhow?
The stadium has had three of its four sides rebuilt, new floodlights and better team,player,and supporter facilities,and lets not forget the medical centre, and you call this looting the club ground?
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: The club will be killed off unless he raises some funds to buy some players. He has looted the Club Ground to make flats for his pension and has not reinvested any of it back. How did the Council give him the Road adjoining it by Coronation gardens to be used as a car park anyhow?[/p][/quote]The stadium has had three of its four sides rebuilt, new floodlights and better team,player,and supporter facilities,and lets not forget the medical centre, and you call this looting the club ground? tjm01
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12:39pm Thu 7 Mar 13

Cornbeefur says...

tjm01 wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
The club will be killed off unless he raises some funds to buy some players. He has looted the Club Ground to make flats for his pension and has not reinvested any of it back. How did the Council give him the Road adjoining it by Coronation gardens to be used as a car park anyhow?
The stadium has had three of its four sides rebuilt, new floodlights and better team,player,and supporter facilities,and lets not forget the medical centre, and you call this looting the club ground?
Yes because he owns or has interests in all of the flats and medical centre.
[quote][p][bold]tjm01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: The club will be killed off unless he raises some funds to buy some players. He has looted the Club Ground to make flats for his pension and has not reinvested any of it back. How did the Council give him the Road adjoining it by Coronation gardens to be used as a car park anyhow?[/p][/quote]The stadium has had three of its four sides rebuilt, new floodlights and better team,player,and supporter facilities,and lets not forget the medical centre, and you call this looting the club ground?[/p][/quote]Yes because he owns or has interests in all of the flats and medical centre. Cornbeefur
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12:43pm Thu 7 Mar 13

Ferdy54 says...

Why on earth is he making such a fuss about wanting to be in the stadium?

Orient are lucky to get a crowd of 3,500 for a game. (That would just be part of one stand at West Ham or Spurs!) How would they get a crowd of 60,000?? Give away thousands of tickets to local schools and clubs etc?

Obviously his plans are to share the Olympic stadium and build more flats at Orient. Like the old highbury(yuk!).

I understand that neither West Ham or Orient fans want to move to the stadium anyway.
Why on earth is he making such a fuss about wanting to be in the stadium? Orient are lucky to get a crowd of 3,500 for a game. (That would just be part of one stand at West Ham or Spurs!) How would they get a crowd of 60,000?? Give away thousands of tickets to local schools and clubs etc? Obviously his plans are to share the Olympic stadium and build more flats at Orient. Like the old highbury(yuk!). I understand that neither West Ham or Orient fans want to move to the stadium anyway. Ferdy54
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1:11pm Thu 7 Mar 13

the dame says...

The home for Leyton Orient is Leyton and nowhere else. This would appear to be an ego trip on behalf of Barry Hearn. I personally would vote against a possibly move to Stratford.
The home for Leyton Orient is Leyton and nowhere else. This would appear to be an ego trip on behalf of Barry Hearn. I personally would vote against a possibly move to Stratford. the dame
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3:57pm Thu 7 Mar 13

tjm01 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
tjm01 wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote: The club will be killed off unless he raises some funds to buy some players. He has looted the Club Ground to make flats for his pension and has not reinvested any of it back. How did the Council give him the Road adjoining it by Coronation gardens to be used as a car park anyhow?
The stadium has had three of its four sides rebuilt, new floodlights and better team,player,and supporter facilities,and lets not forget the medical centre, and you call this looting the club ground?
Yes because he owns or has interests in all of the flats and medical centre.
So what if he owns or has interests in all of the flats and medical centre, he has invested huge amounts of cash, time and effort into the club and the improved facilities are evidence of this,so as far as looting the club ground without reinvesting me thinks you may once again be wrong
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tjm01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: The club will be killed off unless he raises some funds to buy some players. He has looted the Club Ground to make flats for his pension and has not reinvested any of it back. How did the Council give him the Road adjoining it by Coronation gardens to be used as a car park anyhow?[/p][/quote]The stadium has had three of its four sides rebuilt, new floodlights and better team,player,and supporter facilities,and lets not forget the medical centre, and you call this looting the club ground?[/p][/quote]Yes because he owns or has interests in all of the flats and medical centre.[/p][/quote]So what if he owns or has interests in all of the flats and medical centre, he has invested huge amounts of cash, time and effort into the club and the improved facilities are evidence of this,so as far as looting the club ground without reinvesting me thinks you may once again be wrong tjm01
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2:19am Fri 8 Mar 13

Orinut says...

My Dad is in his 70's and supports West Ham I am in my 50's and support Leyton Orient. We've had a laugh at each others expense over the years and I am sure there are supporters of both clubs who have a soft spot for each club.
We are the same.
We are the same people from the same backgrounds,streets schools,families etc,etc.Although some fans of both clubs don't like the idea of moving.
It is almost inevitable.
Lets bite the bullet and get on with it.
The two clubs aren't REALLY rivals in any true sense of the word but could complement each other as sister clubs
My Dad is in his 70's and supports West Ham I am in my 50's and support Leyton Orient. We've had a laugh at each others expense over the years and I am sure there are supporters of both clubs who have a soft spot for each club. We are the same. We are the same people from the same backgrounds,streets schools,families etc,etc.Although some fans of both clubs don't like the idea of moving. It is almost inevitable. Lets bite the bullet and get on with it. The two clubs aren't REALLY rivals in any true sense of the word but could complement each other as sister clubs Orinut
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