Leyton Orient fan John Burman leaves League 1 side £150,000 to club in his will

The O's have benefited from a generous supporter's donation: Simon O'Connor

The O's have benefited from a generous supporter's donation: Simon O'Connor

First published in Sport

Leyton Orient supporter John Burman passed away last May aged 55 after a brave fight with cancer.

Known to his friends as ‘Chingford John’, he would follow the O’s home and away and was a loyal O’s supporter his whole life.

In his passing, John ensured his legacy will live on at the club with a gesture of unprecedented kindness as Leyton Orient FC were recently given £150,000 that was left to the O’s in his will.

Born in Stoke Newington, John was described as proud Englishman who worked for the majority of his life as a signal operator on the railways who had a passion for films, punk rock music and of course the O’s. Described at his funeral as a “very kind and unassuming man”, Burman was also a member of the Leyton Orient Supporters Club and season ticket holder in the Tommy Johnston Stand.

The club will mark his passing and unbelievable gesture by dedicating the fixture against Peterborough United on Saturday in his memory.

Orient Chairman Barry Hearn said: “This is a wonderful gesture from John who was by all accounts a remarkable man. He was a true Orient supporter and we will be celebrating his life on Saturday, whilst the significant money he has left will ensure that his legacy lives on and the club he so passionately supported can live on and continue to grow.”

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