Search

Leyton Orient fans dream of second tier return

09:37 21 May 2014

Leyton Orient v Peterborough - SkyBet League One Play Off 2nd Leg Semi Final Football at the Matchroom Stadium Leyton London 13/05/14 - MANDATORY CREDIT SIMON O

Leyton Orient v Peterborough - SkyBet League One Play Off 2nd Leg Semi Final Football at the Matchroom Stadium Leyton London 13/05/14 - MANDATORY CREDIT SIMON O'CONNOR -Self Billing applies where appropiate - NO UNPAID USE

2 Burnham Road Chingford London E4 8PE

Leyton Orient fans recollect memories of 1982’s relegation season, and their hopes of a return come Sunday.

It’s been a long time since Orient fans witnessed their team in the second tier.

More than 30 years in fact. The O’s finished bottom of the old Division Two in 1982 and they’ve barely threatened to return since – until this remarkable season.

Now they’re just 90 minutes away from ending 32 years of hurt and fans who remember those heady times have been waiting a long time for those days to return.

With Orient firmly established in Division Two when they got relegated, there was a hope they’d bounce straight back at the first attempt says supported Stuart Burley – but unfortunately that never materialised.

“That season had an air of hopelessness about it,” he said. “Unforunately, we sank lower and lower.

“The odd uplifting positive result was a rarity in a season of defeat after defeat.

“It hasn’t always been easy following the O’s, especially over the last 32 years.”

For fellow fan Nick Clark, the dramatic second leg victory over Peterborough was a double celebration as it marked his 50th birthday.

The relegation of 1982 marked the end of 12 consecutive years in the second tier. He thinks the O’s worked miracles to stay at that level for so long and is thrilled to think they could return there again.

Nick said: “During our time in the second tier we really struggled to score goals, apart from Peter Kitchen.

“We were always one of the smallest clubs in the league with an average attendance of 6,000.

“Relegation was always on the cards but this has been a season full of joy with a team of fighters who never give up. At least a team to be proud of!”

Stuart agrees that it was inevitable Orient would fall through the division.

And he claims the class of 1982 have nothing on the current crop.

He said: “The club invested heavily on players like Stan Bowles, Peter Taylor and Mervyn Day to try and get into the top flight.

“When that didn’t work the club was crippled financially and had to rely on untested youngsters. What happened was inevitable.

“For me the last 32 years have been a case of “when will it be our day.”

“The difference this year has been highlight after highlight. Dean Cox hanging our with supporters at the ground. Russell Slade doing a moon walk up the touchline. The football club is special and this season they have been brilliant.”

If Orient’s current heroes make dreams come true on Sunday, the fans can rest assured they will be in safe hands in the Championship with Slade and Barry Hearn at the helm.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News

Yesterday, 15:00
Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross (right) alongside Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Oakside outfit remain in the bottom three despite battling well with the strong sides in recent weeks

Yesterday, 13:00
Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff celebrates after his goal at Portsmouth (pic: Simon O'Connor).

League Two leaders come to E10 tomorrow and O’s are looking to beat them

Yesterday, 12:00
Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge skipper confident team can beat drop despite being four points off safety

Yesterday, 11:00
Barkingside manager Gus Gulfer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Side manager tells his team to play with no fear at leaders Sudbury

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Champagne experience

This Valentine’s Day, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect destination for lovebirds, offering a range of romantic experiences from Friday 12th February - Sunday 14th February 2016.

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe