Leyton Orient FC
Leyton Orient Football Club is a professional association football club in Leyton, Waltham Forest, Greater London, England. They play in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system, and are known to their fans as the O’s.
About Leyton Orient FC
Leyton Orient Football Club is a professional association football club in Leyton, Waltham Forest, Greater London, England. They play in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system, and are known to their fans as the O’s. The club’s home colours are in general all red.
Leyton Orient have spent one season in the top flight of English football, in 1962–63. In 1978, Orient reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the only time in their history, under the management of Jimmy Bloomfield, but were beaten 3–0 by Arsenal. Between October 1993 and September 1995, Orient did not win a single away game in the league, leaving them bottom of Division Two in 1994–95. They reached the Football League Trophy Southern Area Final in 2012–13, but were beaten 3–2 on aggregate by Southend United, missing out on a chance to go to Wembley.
Leyton Orient’s home ground Brisbane Road is officially known as the Matchroom Stadium after former club chairman Barry Hearn’s sports promotion company. Hearn became chairman in 1995 after the club was put on sale for £5 by then-chairman Tony Wood, whose coffee-growing business in Rwanda had been destroyed in the country’s civil war. The period of the club’s near-closure was covered by the television documentary Orient: Club for a Fiver, made by production company Open Media for Channel 4. In June 2014, Hearn sold the club to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti.
Russell Slade was appointed manager of the club in 2010 and was successful in maintaining the club’s League One status. Leyton Orient finished seventh, one place away from the playoff positions, in both the 2010–11 and 2012–13 seasons. Slade resigned on 24 September 2014 in order to join Cardiff City, and in 2015 Leyton Orient were relegated to League Two.