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📝 New Season New Team: Leyton Orient

31 May 2023

Club News

📝 New Season New Team: Leyton Orient

31 May 2023

Ahead of the new League One season, which kicks off in August, we're taking a look at the seven new teams who feature in the third tier next season.

Next season we will be reunited with Leyton Orient, who stormed to the League Two title last campaign and will looking to continue that momentum into their first third tier season since 2014/15.

A Short History


The Leyton Orient we know today grew from humble origins, beginning in Homerton in 1881 as Glyn Cricket Club.

Evolving many times throughout 140 years, the Club has had to overcome great obstacles. We will of course always remember the three Clapton Orient players who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives WW1; Sargeant Richard McFadden, Private William Jonas and Private George Scott.

In more recent years, the Club suffered at the hands of bad ownership and fell out of the Football League for the first time, relegated at the end of the 2016/17 season.

Whilst the effects were felt throughout the Club, under the stewardship of new owners Eagle Investments, led by boyhood Orient fan and now Chairman Nigel Travis, the club was able to stabilise and aim to bounce back.

Leyton Orient - 2022 Open Day Set for July 24th

Under the stewardship of manager Justin Edinburgh, the O's were able to gain promotion back to the Football League at the end of the 2018-19 season, however the celebrations were short lived, as Edinburgh tragically lost his life on 8th June 2019.

In 2020, the West Stand at The Breyer Group Stadium was renamed the Justin Edinburgh Stand, in a moment of "enormous pride and excitement" for his family.

The Manager

The man who masterminded Orient's return to League One is Richie Wellens. He took over in March 2022 and guided the team to safety after struggling under previous manager Kenny Jackett.


In his first full season he led the team to an unbeaten start and won the Manager of the Month in both August and September. Promotion was secured despite losing 2-0 at Gillingham, before they won the title four days later at home to Crewe.

Head To Head

Exeter: 34 wins

Draws: 26

Orient: 34 wins

Previous Fixture

City 1 Leyton Orient 0 | 08/02/22 | Sky Bet League Two

Cheick Diabate's stoppage time header sealed victory in a game that seemed to be heading for a drab goalless draw.

Random Fact

Leyton Orient hold the record for the fastest goal ever scored in a play-off final. Chris Tate netted against Blackpool after just 27 seconds in Cardiff, but Orient would go on to lose 4-2.

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