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The Leyton Lowdown ahead of Tuesday's capital clash

26 October 2020

Exeter look to build on the last six, to make it seven unbeaten with a Tuesday trip to the Capital to face Leyton Orient.

Here’s all you need to know about The O’s…

  • Founded: 1881
  • Nickname: The O’s
  • League Honours: Division 3 South (1955/56), Division 3 (1969/70)
  • Home Kit: New Balance Red shirt with White trim, Red shorts, and red socks
  • Away Kit: New Balance Black shirts, Black shorts, and black socks.
  • Form: DLLWW (14th in League Two)

There is some doubt over the foundation of Leyton Orient Football Club in their earliest history. The most favoured version is that the football club stemmed from members of Glyn Cricket Club, who’d keep fit in winter by playing football. Eventually many of the employees of the Orient Shipping Line became involved and so name Orient Football Club was chosen in 1888. The name switched three more times before 1987, when Leyton Orient became the permanent name.

In 1903 Orient FC turned professional, and in 1905 were inducted into Division 2. Orient lost their inaugural Football League fixture 2-1 to Leicester Fosse, and were relegated back to non-league soon after. They returned to the Football League in 1929 and stayed until 1956 when they won their first major honour- winning the Division 3 title under the guidance of Alec Stock. In 1962 Orient were promoted into Division 1, but their stay in the top tier lasted three years and they haven’t managed to return since.

Leyton Orient began the 20th Century in Division 2 (The Championship) but were relegated to Div 3 in 2004. Between 2006-15 Orient resided in League One but a fall in recent years saw them relegated to the National League in 2017. The 2018/19 season Orient finished top of the Conference and returned to League Two where they finished 17th on PPG.

The Manager

Ross Embleton

The 38-year-old’s coaching career is predominantly featured in youth football before taking the top job at Orient. He has worked at Spurs’, Bournemouth’s, and Norwich’s academies as well as a First team coach at Swindon Town.


He has been interim manager of Leyton Orient on three occasions, before putting pen-to-paper in January 2020 to take the job on full time basis after the departure of Carl Fletcher.

He is a fiery character on the touchline who wears his heart on his sleeve, so expect him to rile up his players ahead of the fixture against City.

The Ground

Name: The Breyer Group Stadium (Brisbane Road)

Capacity: 9,271

Year opened: 1937

Address: Brisbane Road, Leyton, London, E10 5NF

Originally known as Osborne Road, the East London ground has been home to Leyton Orient (and versions of) for over 80 years. The ground has seen many redevelopments in its time. It’s first seated stand in 1956 was plucked from the old Mitcham Stadium and subsequent promotions has usually allowed the ‘O’s to expand and modernise. After the building of the 2012 Olympic Stadium, Barry Hearne and Leyton Orient registered their interest in taking over the ground, but the average attendance meant the bid failed in favour of West Ham United.


The main stand at Brisbane Road is named after former manager Justin Edinburgh, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 49. The left-back had a great playing career with over 200 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur through the 90’s winning the FA Cup in 1990/91 and the League Cup in 1998/99.

As a manager, Justin Edinburgh championed Leyton Orient back into the Football League in 2018/19 season. The stand was renamed in honour of Edinburgh in January 2020.

One to Watch

Danny Johnson

With seven goals already to his name this season, Danny Johnson is proving a handful for the league’s defences. Johnson began his senior career in Spain with Real Murcia before moving back to England in 2012 and Harrogate Town. Johnson scored 51 goals in 48 appearances for Guisborough Town before earning an uneventful move to then Premier League Cardiff City.


In 2018, the 27-year-old moved north of the border to Motherwell, then to Dundee, before joining up with Orient in January 2020.

Johnson is adept to scoring all types of goal but give him room within 10 yards and more often than not teams will be picking the ball out the back of the net.

Head to Head

It’s not often Exeter City get touted as a bogey team, but recent readings between the two clubs will put a smile on City fan’s faces. Exeter have won 5 of the last six against Orient scoring 17 times since 2011.

The overall picture balances the books, however. There have been 90 fixtures in 80 years between the two teams and nearly 300 goals have been scored. City’s record victory over Orient was two 6-1 victories in 1931 and 51.

Exeter City Wins: 32

Draws: 25

Leyton Orient Wins: 33

Recent Encounters

Exeter City 2-2 Leyton Orient 14/09/19

Nicky Law’s stoppage time penalty rescued a point for Exeter to maintain the Grecians unbeaten start to the 2019/20 season. 

Exeter City 4-0 Leyton Orient 02/01/17

Two goals from Ryan Harley and strikes from David Wheeler and Liam McALinden started new year with a bang, and kick started a 12 game unbeaten run. 

Leyton Orient 0-1 Exeter City 22/11/16

Ollie Watkins sliding effort helped the Grecians to their sixth away win of the 16/17 season. 

And Finally…

On 7th February 1926 Albert Pape travelled with the Orient team to play Manchester United only to find himself transferred to the Red Devils 90 minutes before kick-off. Pape who was Orient’s top scorer that season played in the game for United and scored their third in a 4-2 win against his former side.

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