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Martin Strong's Leyton Orient v Port Vale fan's view
These certainly are strange times to be supporting East London's premier football club at the moment.
You look at the league tables and lo and behold there are twenty-three teams below the O's in the table. It really is so un-Orient like.
The wife cannot understand how her husband can be sitting in the chair gazing at the Sunday papers and three hours later he's still there looking at the same page - the one with the league tables on it.
And looking down the page there is more amazing news. There is the list of current leading goalscorers in the respective divisions and believe it or not in League One, two of the highest achievers are both representatives of Leyton Oreint - Messrs Lisbie and Mooney.
Yes it's a well known fact that the O's simply do not produce goalscoring machines. Indeed we have gone 35 years since we had a player score at least 20 league goals in a season - the God that was Peter Kitchen - that's longer than any other club that has been in the league over that period.
Yet if things carry on as they have started there is a chance we could end up with two making it past that elusive barrier.
And it has to be said that the whole team has started the season very well. I have just had a book produced '60 Great Leyton Orient Games of the Tijuana Taxi Era' which has been 40 years in the making and already this season there have been a couple of early candidates for the next volume of the book when it hits the shelves around 2053.
The Port Vale game on Saturday was nothing short of a mini Brisbane Road classic. Five goals including three fine ones and a last minute winner for the O's, end to end stuff for 90 minutes and controversy aplenty.
It's just a shame that there were not more than 4,888 at the home of East London football to witness it. Mind you what we lack in quantity we certainly make up for in quality as Leyton Orient supporters. There can be no argument that the fans are a pretty clued up bunch at Brisbane Road. They have cleverly observed that our manager is lacking any hair whatsoever above his neck line, although it does not seem to bother them at all, Russell, Russell.
They have noticed, quite rightly that our number nine is actually quite good - super as they call him, super Kevin. And it has not passed them by that our other main striker is a player who at one time was not very good at all. Yet now they consider him alright which few could argue with.
Yes these are indeed happy days to be an O's fan. We all know that it will not last because we are Leyton Orient and being a follower of the club generally means heartache and pain most of the time, but at the moment it's just nice to spend all Sunday morning looking at those league tables.
And as I speak we only need another 34 points from 40 games to avoid relegation, which even our club should manage (injuries permitting).
Up the O's.
Martin's book '60 Great Leyton Orient Games From The Tijuana Taxi Era' is available on Amazon priced £12.99.
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