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Leyton Orient fan's view
My fanatical support of Leyton Orient began back in 1970.
My grandfather watched Clapton Orient at Millfields Road possibly as long as 100 years ago, and my cousin took me to my first Orient game in 1967. After promotion in 1970, I was completely hooked. My sons Ben and Adam have become season ticket holders too.
There have been more downs that ups of course, but that just makes you appreciate the good times even more. I immediately think of beating Chelsea in 1972, the team that almost reached the “top flight” in 1973/74, and the next brilliant cup run in 1978.
Although the 80s saw us on a downward spiral (although beating Spurs was good), the promotion play-off final win in 1989 was thrilling. The exciting team of the early 90s preceded the “milk bill” struggle a few years later, but then came the Barry Hearn takeover and a brilliant trip to Wembley in 1999.
If we’d been a bit more adventurous with the line up at Wembley, I think we would’ve won, but hey – after another final defeat in 2001, the manner of our promotion in 2006 was pure “Roy of the Rovers” – magical stuff!
Moving on to today, the run we’ve been on since last November, is promotion form without question. In fact since Orient lost at Milton Keynes 11 months ago, we’ve won 24, drawn nine and lost a mere seven of 40 league games.
Following on from last season's eight successive wins in league and cup during November and December, the O’s have notched another eight – this time breaking the club record of successive wins at the start of a season.
The ten unbeaten so far this season matches a run we had in 1969/70 (although six of those were draws) – where we went on to become champions.
We’re currently 13 league games unbeaten dating back to last season (beating 12 in the lower tier in 2005) - the last time we did that was in 1961/62- an identical run of 10 wins and 3 draws. That run featured an amazing stack of goals by Dave Dunmore.
Dave Mooney’s run of nine goals in nine recently is the best run by an individual in the league at the start of an Orient season since the legend Tommy Johnston in 1957/58.
Russell Slade has proved to be an excellent manager, producing a talented, exciting side on such a limited budget. Barry Hearn deserves a lot of credit for standing by Russ when we had another bad start last season.
The current side remind me of something my cousin said to me in my early days of supporting the O’s – “when we had Tommy Johnston in the side, we used to wonder not IF he would score, but how many he’d score”.
These days, it’s not will Orient win, it’s a matter of “how many will Orient win by”.
Great times to be a Leyton Orient supporter.
Up the O's,
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