Nigel Travis has a successful business background having taken up important roles at Burger King, Blockbuster, Papa John's and now being the CEO at Dunkin Donuts. 

But how well do we know the man who has just bought his boyhood club in east London from former owner Francesco Becchetti?

When speaking to the East London Guardian Series he discusses his life in the States, his plans for the O's and how he was enamoured by the roar of Brisbane Road. 

When asked about his favourite Orient memories he said: “I think two things, we played Burnley at home in an FA Cup replay in the early 60s and I stood up on the North Terrace as an 11-year-old and nearly got crushed to death because of 31,000 fans being there.

“It probably is more or less where the roof is now and I remember never feeling so squashed in all my life and we lost I think 1-0.

“Then of course when we went up into the top division when we beat Bury at home 2-0. Malcolm Graham, I remembered he scored a scorcher from about 25-yards, he had his magic left foot.

“The another memory was the following year when we were in the top division and at the end of September we were playing Manchester United at home and Terry McDonald fired one in, in the 89th minute into the top left-hand corner.

“So we beat Manchester United at home 1-0. So I think they are the memories. I think later on I remember the time we beat, in the FA Cup, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“And then, of course, I have spent most of the last 20 odd years out of the UK, I have come back intermittently.

“So I missed some of the great events but I can remember virtually every minute of the play-off final three years ago.

“I was in Puerto Rico, I was obviously delighted at half-time and I was pacing the property and my wife said ‘sit down and relax’.

“Well, I couldn’t so I kept pacing and then it went to 2-2 and then all the heartache of the penalty kicks I remember that very clearly. Even though I wasn’t there.”

Not only did he have found memories and thoughts from back through the years, he spoke fondly of how family orientated the club has been and always will be.

“It is kind of a funny story as my Dad use to support Oldham Athletic,” he said when asked how his family started supporting Orient.

“My Dad was up north he was from Oldham and so he supported Oldham as a kid.

“And when we moved here it was actually a builder, he was building an extension onto our house, and he was the first one to bring me to Orient.

“Then my Dad got into it after that and then my mum. And they were season ticket holders and went to lots of away games.

“One particular year I remember we went to Northampton, on January 1 and the pitch was frozen so the game didn’t take place. But for some reason, I remember that.

“But they came and in later years they sat in the next room there while Barry (Hearn) was chairman and when my Dad got to 90 we put up in their the Roland Travis Memorial clock and I can say now there are four generations.

“This is because of my Mum and Dad, me, my oldest son, as I have a 37-year-old a 12 and 10 and I have an eight-year-old grandson Oliver.

“So we have four generations who have supported Leyton Orient. It is a family club and it’s great.

“And I think some of it is because Leyton Orient is special, we all grew up having views about Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham and all my friends in the playground would talk about who we supported.

“But Leyton Orient was always special to me ever since I first came back in 1959. My brother actually played for Leyton Orient Colts. He was quite a good player.

“It is a family tie, it means something where it is, I think it’s interesting I grew up playing, refereeing, coaching on Hackney Marshes, Wanstead flats, so it is all the same area.

“And it seems kind of surreal you have the Olympic Stadium there. This means a lot to me and I think a lot of people are intrigued with Leyton Orient for several reasons particularly in America.

“A London club is different from other clubs because people identify with London, I think you are going to get a lot of Americans coming and watching I hope.

“It is truly exciting I think trying to stimulate excitement in this part of the world.”

It appears not only the O's faithful has a lot of love for the club but so does their new chairman.