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Leyton Orient Football Club
Leyton Stadium
Brisbane Road
Leyton
E10 5NE | map
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Leyton Orient F.C. is simply known as Orient or the 'Os' to its fans. Formed in 1881 by members of Glyn Cricket Club, the team has had many name changes in its history including Eagle Cricket Club, Orient Football Club and Clapton Orient. The name Orient was originally chosen in 1888 following the suggestion of one of the players, who was an employee of the Orient Shipping Line. The team moved to Leyton in 1937, prompting the name change to Leyton Orient. In 1966 they changed the name again to just Orient, before reverting to Leyton Orient in 1987 after a campaign by fans. The team joined the Football League in 1905, but their finest days were in the 60's and 70's. They achieved promotion to the First Division in 1962 but struggled in the top flight, lasting only two seasons. They did, however, complete a home and away double over their more illustrious local rivals West Ham in one of those seasons. Orient spent the 70's in the second tier of the Football League. They reached the FA cup semi final in 1978, their best ever performance in the competition. Recently the club was sold to Barry Hearn for just 5 by former owner Tony Wood, after the latter's coffee business had collapsed following the war in Rwanda.


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