2014 a year in the life of a Leyton Orient supporter
We started the year in second place as the match at home against Bristol City was postponed due to wind damage to the stadium. This allowed Brentford to go top after beating Peterborough at London Road. Wolves could only manage a draw at Tranmere. So the first match of the year would be away to Yeovil in the FA Cup. Slade got two young players on 28 day loans in Jamie Ness and Shaquile Coulthirst. Midfielder Ness(22) was signed by Stoke from Glasgow Rangers having played 11(5) scoring one goal but has only had one subs appearance for Stoke since he signed in August 2012.  Forward Coulthirst (19) comes from Spurs and has only appeared for them once from the subs bench. January 4th FA Cup at Yeovil. We lost the first half 1-0 and the second 3-0 to end this seasons interest. No Bartley or Vincelot. Team: 12 Larkins, 08 James, 02 Omozusi, 03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 06 Baudry, 19 Lasimant, 11 Odubajo, 29 Ness, 07 Cox(Coulthirst 61’).   Substitutes: 28 Grainger,  20 Gorman(James 70’), 16 Lee(Baudry 80’), 27 Ling, 09 Lisbie, 36 Finney, 30 Coulthurst. That team make sense? The problem with getting inexperienced players on loan is that these days there are no reserve teams so anyone out of the top 18 players in their club will not play competitive football. That means it could take two weeks to get match fit and by which time their loan period has only two games left! Next match is on Tuesday away to Shrewsbury. Bartley signed for another 28 day loan whilst Slade got Jamar Loza a 19 year-old forward from Norwich also for 28 days. Guess what? He has yet to play for the Canaries and his only league appearance was for Coventry on a loan spell earlier in the season! Slade wants a goalkeeper (not happy with Larkins missed punch for Yeovil’s first goal?) and a senior forward having signed two junior ones. The game against Stevenage on the 25th has been postponed as they are still in the cup. Another piece of luck to help the injured recover. Shocking ITV commentary. Their commentator said something about the baptism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s to English football. He is managing Cardiff. Peterborough United centre-back Gabby Zakuani leaves London Road to sign a six-month deal with Kalloni FC in Greece. Spurs sold Simon Dawkins to Derby. Scott McGleish only scored three goals for Wealstone in December having scored seven in November. Carlisle United to release Leon McSweeney in January. Calor League Southern Division One Central club Royston Town have announced the appointment of Steve Castle as their new first-team manager. After spending a few years coaching with Peterborough and West Ham he was appointed as assistant- manager at Cambridge United in 2006 before taking up the position of first-team manager at St Albans City in 2008. He has been manager of Essex Senior League side Takeley since 2011. Eldin Jakupovic (29) was Slade’s solution to the goalkeeping problem. He is signed on a months loan from Hull. Though only making one appearance this season he made eight last season including the two against us keeping four clean sheets.  Hull signed him from Aris Salonika though he only made one appearance for them. He has also played for Grasshoppers and Lok Moscow though appearance details are unknown. Before that he was with Thun in Switzerland where he was born. Odd name for a Swiss. January 4th Away to Shrewsbury. Team: 31 Jakupovic, 08 James, 02 Omozusi, 03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo, 09 Lisbie, 07 Cox, 22 Loza.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 20 Gorman, 25 Simpson(Odubajo 84’), 29 Ness(Bartley 89’), 30 Coulthurst, 19 Lasimant(Loza 67’), Odubjao put us in the lead on 28’ following a pass from Loza. Three minutes from time Cuthbert headed a second. Back to second in the table, a point behind Brentford and two in front of Wolves with a game in hand. Home to Carlisle next and they are 14 points behind us (16th). January 11 th  Home to Carlisle. Loanees done good. With Jones, Mooney, Batt and Vincelot injured now Bartley (hamstring) and Odubajo (knee) were reported as doubtful for this match. In the event they both played. Cuthbert put us into the lead two minutes before half time with a bullet of a header from James corner. Bartley only lasted 32’ to be replaced by Ness and two minutes into the second half hit a daisy cutter into the net from about 30 yards. His first goal in English football. Lisbie scored his 13th of the season on 66’ and Coulthurst made it four on 90’ also his first goal in league football. An all round workmanlike performance from a team missing three first teamers. Team: 31 Jakupovic, 08 James, 02 Omozusi, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo, 09 Lisbie, 07 Cox, 25 Simpson, 21 Bartley.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 20 Gorman, 29 Ness(Bartley 32’), 30 Coulthurst(Simpson 84), 19 Lasimant, 16 Lee, 22 Loza(Lisbie 73). Simpson’s contract was extended to the end of the season. Slade got striker Craig Dagnall on an 18 month contract from Barnsley. The 27-year-old former Tranmere Rovers, Rochdale and Scunthorpe man was a free agent after being released from his Tykes contract last week. He has played 239(88) league games scoring 81 goals. Two of which were scored this season.  Aaron Mclean joined Bradford City for an undisclosed fee. January 18 th  Away to Crewe three from bottom. Debutante does good. Bartley was injured and Vincelot was on the bench.   It was goalless at half time and Simpson was replaced by Dagnall. We was a goal down on 53’ but Dagnall equalised seven minutes later and scored the winner after another seven minutes. His first came from a Cox pass on the left wing into the penalty area and he left footed it home. The second came from a return (I think) header from Baudry, again left footing it home. Brentford could only draw at Walsall and Wolves match at Crawley was postponed. That meant we were top again. Team: 31 Jakupovic, 08 James, 02 Omozusi, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo, 09 Lisbie, 07 Cox, 25 Simpson, 29 Ness.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 30 Coulthurst, 03 Sawyer, 19 Lasimant, 23 Dagnell(Simpson 45), 22 Loza, Vincelot(Ness 61). Our next match should have been at home to Stevenage but they are still in the FA Cup so the next match is Tuesday 28th home to Coventry. Peterborough United centre-back Gabby Zakuani leaves London Road to sign a six-month deal with Kalloni FC in Greece. Spurs sold Simon Dawkins to Derby. Tommy Carroll is playing for QPR. Justin Miller has re-signed for Chelmsford City. Nickey Shorey left Bristol City for Portsmouth. Ben Chorley left Stevenage for Portsmouth. Southampton have loaned Lee Barnard to Southend. George Porter's year long loan to AFC Wimbledon has come to an end by mutual consent. Ness had his loan period extended to the end of the season. January 28 th  Home to Coventry. No cards. Here was a novelty, a game where no Orient player got booked. Team: 31 Jakupovic, 08 James, 02 Omozusi, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo, 09 Lisbie, 07 Cox,  23 Dagnell.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 10 Mooney(Lisbie 77), 21 Bartley, 03 Sawyer(Cuthbert 89), 25 Simpson, 22 Loza, 29 Ness (Cox 75). The first half was goalless. Then Lisbie missed his second penalty of the season before Cox’s shot on the turn put us in the lead. Mooney came on and scored four minutes later with a daisy cutter that the keeper let slip into the net. Teams around us also won so we are still second in the league. Tough match away to Rotherham who are fifth in the table. Keeper Jakupovic was recalled by Hull due to suspension of one of their keepers. Slade got Charltons Ben Alnwick till the end of the season and signed Bartley on an 18 month contract and at the same time extended Loza’s loan till March 8th On the last day of the transfer window George Porter joined Rochdale for free. At Crawley  Nicky Adams left for Rotherham for an undisclosed fee as did Gary Alexander to Burton. Febuary 1 st  Away to Rotherham. We seem to make a habit of letting in goals early on and late in the match and so it was in this one where we let one in after ten minutes and Revel scored in sixth minute of added time to gift the Millers all the points as we slumped to third in the table. In between Odubajo got us back into the game 14’ from time. Team: 31 Alnwick, 08 James, 02 Omozusi, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 25 Simpson,11 Odubajo, 07 Cox,  23 Dagnell.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 10 Mooney(Simpson 57), 21 Bartley(James 69), 03 Sawyer, 22 Loza(Dagnall 89), 29 Ness. Lisbie played no part in this match and he seems to be our talisman. We struggle when he doesn’t play.   About this time Slade will be looking at the players out of contract to decide whether they are worth another. Ignoring the short time contracts of Alnwick and Simpson, who is likely to be offered a further contract? Like Cureton, Griffiths, Symes and to some extent Porter before them, Sherratt, Gorman and Lasimant do not appear to have been given a fair crack of the whip. Though it would be tough to break into a winning side. Slade has signed three goalkeepers rather than play Larkins so his days appear numbered as does Sawyer as Slade would rather play anyone at left back rather than him. Does he give Lisbie and Clarke any further time. Will James go in favour of Bartley. I’m not sure if Jones is out of contract but another contract may rest of recovering from his back injury. Both Cox and Omozusi should be given another contract. Youths Lee, Vanderhyde, Ling, Finney and Lee may struggle to stay with the club. For medical reasons Alnwick was ruled out of the Peterborough match so Slade got Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal on a month long loan. He becomes our fifth keeper this season. Coulthurst returned to Spurs after his loan spell ended. Febuary 8 th  Two on the bounce. We had a chance to go top as both Brentford and Wolves matches were off. Instead we let in two late (88 and 90) goals to stay third. Team: 24 Jalal, 08 James, 02 Omozusi, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 10 Mooney,11 Odubajo, 07 Cox, 23 Dagnell.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson(Mooney 84 ), 21 Bartley, 03 Sawyer(Omozusi 56), 19 Lasimant, 29 Ness, 09 Lisbie(Dagnell 67). Posh shackeled Odubajo and Vincelot. James and Dagnell did not get involved. Their equaliser came from the left side of the pitch after Omozusi went off injured.   Febuary 11 th  Home to Bristol City third from bottom. With Omozusi out injured and replaced by Sawyer, James and Mooney were replaced by Lisbie and Bartley. Losa returned to the bench. Commentary as it happened. As I said before we are letting in early and late goals. We were a goal down after nine. And two down on eleven. Lisbie pulled one back two minutes before half time. Let’s hope we don’t get a penalty. Mooney replaces Dagnell after 63. We went another goal down on 75. Ness replaced Bartley two minutes later. On 83 Lasimant replaced Lisbie but the points were lost. Team: 24 Jalal,  03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo, 09 Lisbie(Lasimant 83), 07 Cox, 23 Dagnell, 21 Bartley.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson,  10 Mooney(Dagnell 64), 19 Lasimant, 29 Ness(Bartley 78), 08 James, 22 Losa. PNE are five points behind us and we play them up north on Saturday. Wolves are above us with a point more and Brentford three points more both with a game in hand. Could be four games zero points. Looking at the Sky video Sawyer was at fault for the first, no marking at all for the second and a lack of a good punch by Jalal for the third. Coincidence? Since Omozusi has been injured we have let in five goals in little under a match and a half. We resigned Jakupovic  until mid April. Grainger was selected for the England U18’s. That’s six keepers at the club. Three off sick (Jalal, Jones and Alnwick) plus Larkins (out of favour), Grainger (too young?) and Jakupovic. Clarke signed another two year deal.  February 14 th  Away to PNE. Hero to villain. Team:  30 Jakupovic,  03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo, 09 Lisbie, 07 Cox, 10 Mooney,  08 James.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson, 19 Lasimant, 29 Ness, 23 Dagnall(Lisbie 70), 21 Bartley, 14 Batt(Odubajo 82). Baudry put us in the lead a minute before half time and then gave away a penalty and two points when he got too close to the man he was marking. Bottom of the division Stevenage at home next. Both Wolves and Brentford won. February 18 th  Home to Stevenage. Two goals in the first 23’ by Odubajo and Dagnall were enough to win this to put us second in the division on the same points as Wolves and two points behind leaders Brentford but both now have two games in hand of us. Team:  30 Jakupovic,  03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo,  07 Cox,  23 Dagnall, 10 Mooney,  08 James.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson, 19 Lasimant, 29 Ness(James 86), 09 Lisbie, 21 Bartley, 14 Batt(Dagnall 76). Tough match against eighth place Swindon at Brisbane Road next whilst Brentford and Wolves play each other at Griffin Park. Grainger joined Histon on work experience. February 22 nd  Home to Swindon. Two pens. Omozusi returned displacing Sawyer. We got a penalty in each half but who was to take them. With Lisbie and Mooney missing two apiece and Omozusi one it was James that stepped up to score and put us back on top of the table after Wolves beat Brentford though both have two games in hand. Team:  30 Jakupovic,  02 Omozusi, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo,  07 Cox,  23 Dagnall, 10 Mooney,  08 James.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson, 03 Sawyer, 29 Ness, 09 Lisbie(Mooney 84), 21 Bartley, 14 Batt(Dagnall 76). Swindon suffered injuries and could only field six subs. Jabbo scored a goal and missed a penalty for Colchester who are our next opponents. The Jewish Cronicle reports we signed 17 year-old Scott Kashket, an attacking midfielder who has scored six goals for the O’s this season. Meet Dave Dunmore, from the Club website. March 2st  Home to Colchester. Below par. Baudry took no part in the game and Sawyer was drafted into the side with Cuthbert moving to centre back. Lisbie replaced Dagnall. Mooney blasted us into the lead after 21’ with a shot from inside the area to the roof of the net following a lob into the area from Cox which evaded two defenders. Colchester plugged away and drew level on 79’ . Why does nobody mark the thrower. A long throw into the area found its way back to the thrower and his cross found the head of Bean. Four minutes later Batt, on for Mooney, squared the ball for Odubajo to score his tenth goal of the season. We dropped to second place on goal difference as Wolves beat Port Vale 3-0. Brentford went third drawing at Carlisle. Rotherham beat Notts County 6-0 and they are our next opponents. Team:  30 Jakupovic,  02 Omozusi, 03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04 Vincelot, 11 Odubajo,  07 Cox,  09 Lisbie, 10 Mooney,  08 James.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson, 23 Dagnall(Lisbie 88), 29 Ness,  21 Bartley(James 74), 14 Batt(Mooney 68). Lisbie signed a contract for another season. March 11th  Away to Notts County. Whatever Rotherham can do, we can’t. County failed to score but so did we. Both Wolves and Brentford won. Team:  30 Jakupovic,  02 Omozusi, 03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04 Vincelot, 11 Odubajo,  07 Cox,  09 Lisbie, 08 James, 23 Dagnall.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson, 29 Ness,  21 Bartley, 14 Batt(Dagnall 72), 19 Lasimant, 22 Loza. Baudry is out with a hamstring. How many hamstrings is that this season. Loza returned to Norwich. March 11 th  Away to Port Vale. If there is one thing I hate, amongst many others is meaningless statistics. The stat for this match was we had not won there for 57 years. If both teams fielded the same team since then it would make more sense albeit an impossibility. Vincelot went off injured on 20’. Cox scored his 12th of the season four minutes before half time from a cross from Odubajo that he crashed right footed into the net from outside the area. On 58’ Clarke scored his first goal for the club following a corner from James. County had two goals disallowed. Team:  30 Jakupovic,  02 Omozusi, 03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04 Vincelot, 11 Odubajo,  07 Cox,  10 Mooney, 08 James, 23 Dagnall.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 09 Lisbie, 25 Simpson(Dagnall 87), 29 Ness,  21 Bartley(Vincelot 20), 14 Batt(Mooney 73), 19 Lasimant. Six pointer next against Brentford. It’s a sell out and I will be watching on Sky thanks to my nephew. March 15th Points go west. A brief synopsis: We went a goal down just before half time and never looked in the game despite the Bees being down to ten men for most of the second half.  Team:  30 Jakupovic,  02 Omozusi, 03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04 Vincelot, 11 Odubajo,  07 Cox, 10 Mooney, 08 James, 09 Lisbie.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 19 Lasimant, 25 Simpson, 29 Ness,  21 Bartley(James 88), 14 Batt(Sawyer 70), 23 Dagnall (Lisbie 75). If Moses is worth £3m then on this showing me and my mate Mick must be worth thirty bob. March 22 nd Away to Walsall. Baudry returns, Jones on the bench. We went a goal down on 14’ and struggled before a shot from outside the box from Clarke took a deflection to the back of the net to give us a point.  Team:  30 Jakupovic,  02 Omozusi, 06 Baudry, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04 Vincelot, 11 Odubajo,  07 Cox, 10 Mooney, 08 James, 23 Dagnall.   Substitutes: 01 Jones, 19 Lasimant, 25 Simpson, 29 Ness(James 69),  21 Bartley, 09 Lisbie(Dagnall 69), 03 Sawyer. Ben Alnwick had his contract cancelled by mutual consent. March 25 th Home to Oldham. Two points lost. Vincelot have accumulated ten points was suspended and replace by Bartley but he went off after 20 minutes with an injury. Cuthbert put us in the lead just before half time but Oldham took home a point with a goal just before 90 minutes. Wolves continued their winning streak but Brentford lost at Rotherham. Team:  30 Jakupovic,  02 Omozusi, 06 Baudry, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 21 Bartley, 11 Odubajo,  07 Cox, 10 Mooney, 08 James.   Substitutes: 01 Jones, 19 Lasimant, 25 Simpson(Mooney 86), 29 Ness(Bartley 20), 23 Dagnall(Lisbie 75), 03 Sawyer, 20 Gorman. Hull recalled Jakupovic for a second time and we loaned 20 year-old midfield player John Lundstram from Everton. Let’s hope he spends more time on the pitch than on the bench like most of the loanees we have had this season. Sherratt went on loan to Stalybridge Celtic whilst Dereece Vanderhyde has joined Tamworth for a month. There is a train of thought that Barry Hearn would be quite happy to reach the play offs and possibly Wembley to get the extra cash rather than straight promotion. Barry has a large ego so I am not so sure. Put money on him not owning up anyway. Having said that some of the decisions made by Slade seem to guarantee the play offs. Why play or substitute Dagnall 248(94 league apps 84 goals) who is not a goalscorer with Lisbie who is a goalscorer and the same with Simpson (93(88) 16 goals) with Mooney. Why get another midfield player when we have no goalscorers on the bench. And why play Sawyer and drop Omozusi as happened in the next match against Bradford. I might have been a bit harsh on Dagnall as his goal per game ratio is .24 and so is Lisbies. March 29 th Home To Bradford. Points go north. With Vincelot still suspended and Bartley out with a hamstring Slade bought in Lundstram, inexplicably dropped James bought in Ness, dropped Omozusi in favour of Sawyer. Points went north on 27 when Sawyer failed to mark McLean following a corner. And that was that. Team:  01 Jones, 03 Sawyer, 06 Baudry, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 29 Ness, 11 Odubajo,  07 Cox, 10 Mooney, 24 Lundstram, 09 Lisbie.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 19 Lasimant, 25 Simpson 23 Dagnall(Lisbie 79), 02 Omozusi, 08 James(Lundstram 69), 14 Batt (Mooney 70). I had thought that Slade would try and sign Ness at the end of the season but he needn’t bother on this performance. Lundstram was nothing special and if he never plays for Everton I would not be surprised. April 5th Away to Sheffield United. Points lost. Cox put us ahead with a well taken goal, his 14th of the season four minutes before half time but in the 63rd minute a horrendous piece of defending by Baudry gave the Blades a point and lost us two.  Team:  01 Jones, 02 Omozusi, 06 Baudry, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 29 Ness, 08 James, 11 Odubajo,  09 Lisbie, 07 Cox, 24 Lundstram.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 20 Gorman, 03 Sawyer, 25 Simpson 23 Dagnall, 10 Mooney(Cox 70), 14 Batt (James 83). Down to fourth in the table.  April 12th Home to Gillingham. Big five. This match was effectively by the 35th minute when Lisbie, having dispossessed a Gills defender passed for Mooney to side foot home. His second in the match and our fourth. Mooney had opened the scoring in the fifth minute when his angle shot found the corner of the net. Cox made it two four minutes later after following 19 passes found him on the edge of the area. A wonderful cross pitch Cox cross found Odubajo whose cross found the head of the incoming Lisbie. Gillingham got better in the second half and drew it 1-1. Dagnall made it five wrigglying between three defenders to right foot past the keepers right hand into the corner of the net. Team:  01 Jones, 02 Omozusi, 06 Baudry, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 11 Odubajo,  09 Lisbie, 07 Cox, 24 Lundstram.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 03 Sawyer, 25 Simpson 23 Dagnall (Mooney 70), 14 Batt (Lisbie 79), 08 James, 29 Ness(Vincelot 70). Back up to third. Away to Crawley next. April 18th Wolves and Brentford gained automatic promotion after this 2-1 defeat at Crawley. Dagnall drew us level on 40’ but they got the winner thirty minutes later. Why Slade had to change the team is beyond me especially after winning 5-1. Lundstram was my man of the match against Gillingham yet Slade replaced him with James.   Team:  01 Jones, 02 Omozusi, 06 Baudry, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 11 Odubajo,  23 Dagnall, 07 Cox, 08 James.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 03 Sawyer, 25 Simpson, 14 Batt (Dagnall 66), 29 Ness(Vincelot 79), 24 Lundstram(James 66), 19 Lasimant. April 21st Home to Wolves. With Lisbie still missing and now so was Omozusi who was getting attention from Reading, Brighton and Bristol City as he is out of contract at the end of the season.  Lundstram replaced James. We lost 1-3 to go fifth in the table. Cox got our goal but we were already two down and we let in one on 90’. Team:  01 Jones,  03 Sawyer, 04 Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 11 Odubajo,  23 Dagnall, 10 Mooney, 07 Cox, 24 Lundstram.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson, 14 Batt (Dagnall 66), 29 Ness, 08 James(Vincelot 75), 19 Lasimant(Mooney 83), 20 Gorman. If you deserve promotion you should be in the top two is my take on it. I can’t see us winning the last two matches of the season let alone in the playoffs. Things have been going wrong since February since when we have only taken 20 points from a possible 51. Elsewhere Symes was scoring a penalty for Burton, Cureton scored two for Cheltenham, Loza now plays for Southend on loan. Gary Taylor-Fletcher plays for Leicester but has only made three starts since joining them last September. Lunstram exended his loan. April 26th Home to Tranmere. We started this one like we did against Gillingham passing the ball and denighing the opposition the ball. A minute before half time Cox’s corner was met by the head of Cuthbert but Batt unsighted the keeper and the ball bounced off his chest into Lisbie’s path and he put us one up. Batt could have scored earlier when a long pass by Cox found Batt who evaded a tackle and raced toward goal but his shot found the side netting. On 77’ Mooney, not looking at all sharp, harried keeper Owain Fon Williams into a pass that found Dagnall 35 yards out. He looked up and fired it into the vacant net. Omozusi was out injured and Baudry was absent. Team:  01 Jones,  03 Sawyer, 15 Clarke, 05 Cuthbert, 04 Vincelot, 11 Odubajo,   07 Cox, 09, Lisbie, 10 Mooney, 24 Lundstram, 14 Batt,   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson, 23 Dagnall(Lisbie70), 29 Ness(Lundstram 81), 08 James(Batt 59), 19 Lasimant(Mooney 83), 20 Gorman. Ex O’s were busy elsewhere with McLean and Smith opening the scoring for Bradford and Stevenage.  Campbell-Ryce was setting up Notts second goal. Revel made one and scored one to get a point off MK Dons. Taylor-Fletcher scored one for Leicester. Coulthurst scored another for Torquay but it failed to stop them being relegated. Up and down the country loanees are scoring goals for their new clubs. When we get someone on loan they sit on the bench. Barnsley and Yeovil were relegated and perm any one from Birmingham, Millwall, Charlton, Doncaster and possibly Blackpool whilst in our division Stevenage and Shrewsbury and any two from Carlisle, Tranmere, Crewe and Notts County. Movies. Search the internet and you will find a few clips of Leyton or Clapton Orient. You Tube has the most including Clapton's Khaki Team (1915). Also British Pathe  1920’s possibly against Middlesborough. Against Newcastle 1926 in the 5th round of the FA Cup which we won. Against Arsenal in 1952. Manchester City 1926.  The Leyton Orient team playing Soccerette (I had one of those). May 3rd Last match of the season proper away at MK Dons. They were beseiged by injuries so it was no surprise that we lead from the 17’ when a lovely cross from Cox was met by the unmarked Lisbie to head into the net. He added a second just before half time firing in a pass from Mooney. On 56’ Lisbie returned the compliment for Mooney to fire a wonderful shot into the far post.   It did not help that the Dons goalie went off on 34’ but they got one back on 79’ after the ball took a deflection. The BBC website indicated that both Baudry and Omosuzi were doubtful but they played and that Bartley was out but he was on the bench though no mention of Cuthbert who did not play. Team:  01 Jones,  03 Sawyer, 11 Odubajo, 15 Clarke, 04 Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 07 Cox, 09, Lisbie, 10 Mooney, 24 Lundstram, 02 Omosuzi.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 25 Simpson, 23 Dagnall(Lisbie 62), 29 Ness, 08 James(Lundstram 67), 14 Batt(Mooney 80), 21 Bartley. That put us third in the table and pitted against Peterborough in the play offs. Had we beat Brentford at home and took three points rather than a draw against someone we would have got automatic promotion. Carlisle and Tranmere joined Stevenage and Shrewsbury in League Two next year whilst Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Rochdale were promoted. Perm one of Fleetwood, Southend, Burton and York to join them. Parachuting down are Yeovil, Barnsley and Doncaster. Torquay and Bristol Rovers left the league. Rovers had 50 points but they let in three more goals than Wycombe also on 50 points. Apparently this was the most points we have amassed in this division and the most away matches won. May 10th Play off semi final1st leg away at Peterborough. Posh were lucky to go ahead on 16’ (poor marking by the ball watching Baudry) but we pressed via Cox (three times) to equalise but it took until 72’ before Batt headed to Mooney and his shot was parried into the path of Odubajo to tap home. Team:  01 Jones,  05 Cuthbert, 02 Omosuzi, 15 Clarke, 04 Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo, 07 Cox, 09, Lisbie, 10 Mooney, 24 Lundstram.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 23 Dagnall, 29 Ness, 08 James(Lundstram 70), 14 Batt(Lisbie 70), 21 Bartley.  Revell put Rotherham into the lead in the other play off but Preston fought back for a draw. Peterborough’s up one season down the next can be traced to selling their top scorers. In 2010 McLean, 2011 Mackail-Smith, 2013 Boyd, 2014 Tomlin. No decent striker in 2012 is probably why they were relegated 2012/13. Sherratt left the club to pursue a career in Canada. He was replaced by 16 year-old Jake Burgess  from Salisbury and a player with Conference side Salisbury City. Shwan Jalal left Bournemouth. Scott McGleish scored 28 goals to help Wealstone gain promotion to the Conference South. May 13th Play off semi final 2nd leg. The first half ended goalless with James prefered to Lundstram the only team change. Shots from Mooney 3, Lisbie 2 and one from James went without reward. On the hour Lisbie got a free kick just outside the area. Cox took the kick and when it rebounded off a defender he volleyed it into the net with the keeper rooted to the spot. Two minutes from time Dagnall, who had replaced Cox 15’ earlier scored his 100 career goal after Batt had raced into the area leaving all in his wake and passed it back for him to control and right foot into the net to take us to Wembley to face the winners of the other semi on Thursday. Posh pulled one back on 90’ but there were an anxious six minutes of stoppage time. Cue pitch invasion. Team:  01 Jones,  05 Cuthbert, 02 Omosuzi, 15 Clarke, 04 Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo, 07 Cox, 09, Lisbie, 10 Mooney, 08 James.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 23 Dagnall(Cox 73), 25 Simpson, 24 Lundstram, 14 Batt(Lisbie 69), 21 Bartley. Goalscorers so far this season: David Mooney 21 Kevin Lisbie 18 Dean Cox 16 Moses Odubajo 11 Shaun Batt 9 Goalie saves from James who is in the semi-circle. Goalline clearance denies Mooney. Cox hits the first. Cox’s goal from another angle. And another angle. Dagnall, on the edge of the area makes it two. Rotherham earned the right to play us at Wembley after beating Preston 3-1. May 25th Wembley. We were two nil up at half time through Odubajo and Cox but within 15 minutes of the restart we were drawing 2-2. No goals in extra time meant penalties and you know how good we are at those. James, Clarke and Lundstram scored whilst Jones saved one but Baudry and Dagnall missed theirs. Season Over. Team:  01 Jones,  05 Cuthbert, 02 Omosuzi, 15 Clarke, 04 Vincelot, 06 Baudry, 11 Odubajo, 07 Cox, 09, Lisbie, 10 Mooney, 08 James.   Substitutes: 12 Larkins, 23 Dagnall(Lisbie 76), 25 Simpson, 24 Lundstram(Mooney 105), 14 Batt(Cox 74), 21 Bartley. I would not have done so but Slade offered new contracts to my least favourite players Sawyer (one year) and James (two years) though I understand the need to keep the same team together. Jones has been offered a new deal but  Jake Larkins, defender De'Reece Vanderhyde, midfielder Johnny Gorman and forwards Yohann Lasimant and Robbie Simpson are leaving Brisbane Road. Orient have also offered a new deal to 19-year-old midfielder Harry Lee. Os have taken up an option in the contract of defender Elliot Omozusi and he will remain with the club. Ex Os:Mark Stimson manages Thurrock and before that Grays Athletic, Stevenage Borough, Gillingham, Barnet, Dagenham & Redbridge briefly and Kettering Town. Nicky Adams joined Bury from Rotherham. Campbell-Ryce joined Sheff Utd from Notts County. Jimmy Smith joined Crawley from relegated Stevenage. A name from the distant past, Brian Eastick, is now on the coaching staff at Notts Forest. Aston Villa have dismissed assistant manager Ian Culverhouse, our former youth coach, following an internal investigation. Tom Newey signed a new deal with Oxford United. Gillingham have agreed to sign goalkeeper Glenn Morris on a year-long deal from Aldershot. Jamie Jones turned down a contract with the O’s in favour of one with Preston. One keeper that won’t be joining us is Shwan Jalal who has left AFC Bournemouth for Bury. Crawley Town have agreed to sign defender Ryan Dickson. Dickson played 35  apps for Colchester last season and turned down a new deal with them. A trio (Walsall, Leyton Orient and Chesterfield) of League One clubs are interested in signing Ryan Brunt. Brunt only played 13 games last season for Rovers as his season was cut short by a knee problem in November, which eventually required surgery. Tamika Mkandawire had his contract with Shrewsbury Town cancelled by mutual consent and signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies. Another keeper that won’t be joining us is Jakupovic, as according to Barry Hearn we cannot afford him. Simpson joined newly promoted Cambridge United. Slade solved his goalkeeping problem with the acquisition of Adam Legzdins from Derby on a free. In May 2011 for Burton Albion he was named players' and supporters' player of the year on. He played a vital role in securing the club's League Two survival. Legzdins joined the Brewers in July 2010 after turning down a new contract with Crewe Alexandra. He started his career at Birmingham City and spent time on loan at a host of clubs before joining Crewe in 2008.  He has played 133 league games and has been loaned to Halifax (three times), Oldham, Macclesfield, Burton and Weymouth. He did not appear in any match for Derby last season. Rumour. Spurs, Bournemouth, West Ham and Brighton are reported to be interested in Odubajo. £4M is how high they rate him. Ipswich fancy Mooney. June Odubajo signed for Brentford for an undisclosed fee believed to be £1m plus add ons. Slade said Moses wanted to play at a higher level and was out of contract at the end of next season. Only Brentford put in a reasonable offer. Makes sense as he would never be first choice at West Ham or Spurs. Remains to be seen if the Bees last more than one season as they have already lost Donaldson to Birmingham. Lee Barnard signed a permanent deal with Southend after joining them in January from Southampton scoring one goal in 14 apps. Adebayo Akinfenwa who made two subs app for us between Nov 2003 and Feb 2004 has joined AFC Wimbledon from Gillingham. AFC Wimbledon have signed young forward Adebayo Azeez following his departure from Charlton. He made one apperance for us on loan early last season. Shaun Batt's brother Damian has signed a two year deal with Dagenham & Redbridge. Sutton manager Paul Doswell has agreed terms with Matt Lockwood, who will join the club in a player-coach role for the coming season. Matt, who has been playing for Dundee for the past four seasons, including one season in the Scottish Premier League. Scott McGleish was retained for another year at Wealdstone. We dropped our dispute with the Premier League regarding West Ham occupying the Olympic Stadium. "The Premier League and Leyton Orient are pleased to announce that they have reached settlement of a dispute regarding the future use of the Olympic Stadium on terms which are confidential," the statement read. July Barry Hearn sold his 90% stake in the club to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti who had already looked at Reading, Birmingham and Bari. The current board of Eddie Hearn, Dawson and Dodds resigned with Matt Porter staying on at the club. Now that Barry has gone it should shut a few supporters up but it remains to be seen whether this successful businessman can run a football club. Many cannot and many are in dire straits especially in non league where Hereford have been thrown out of the Conference Premier league and the same has happened to Salisbury. Don’t forget that none of the old board were paid expenses let alone wages and does that mean Matchroom will now charge the club £180,000 annual rent? Hearn confirmed that there was an option for the new owner to buy the ground over the next 2-3 years and we had a 20 year lease from Matchroom. Interesting statement from Becchetti: “Russell is not going to play with money. He’s going to play with players. Money is for serious things like acquiring players. “He was told the following. Give me a list of players and in which position you need reinforcements. For every role where you need reinforcements give me a list of five players. This is what he did last night. “We asked for a priority on each list and one minute later he was authorised to start negotiating with the first player on each list. Therefore he is authorised to bring home these priorities in order to acquire the players which are needed for the new season. “This happened last night and I think he is still hard at work now. As I am a little meticulous I also added the list will have to be signed by him and he didn’t hesitate. At the end of the season we will go over that list again and assess whether those were the best priorities or not.” Full Statement. As well new squad members, former left back and Italian international Mauro Milanese looks set to be arriving as the club’s new sporting director. Former Charlton Athletic midfielder Bradley Pritchard was Slade’s first signing. This is what the fans at Chris Powell’s Flat Cap had to say about him. Tamika Mkandawire has signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies. AFC Hornchurch: Martin Ling has joined the Urchins' coaching team. Simon Downer joined Maidenhead from Sutton. Southern Counties East League club Greenwich Borough have signed striker Gary Alexander. Gary was released by Burton.Tranmere Rovers have signed midfielder Marc Laird on a one-year contract. Rumour: Baudry was attracting attention with Bournemouth, Brentford and Charlton Athletic thought to be interested. Mansfield Town Football Club confirmed they had not received a bid from Leyton Orient for Sam Clucas.  The 23 year-old midfielder started his career at Lincoln but only played one match without scoring. He joined Lincoln and played 44(14) league games scoring 8 times before joining the Stags scoring the same amount of goals in 29(9) last season. Ex England forward Emile Hesky was linked with the club. Slade’s third signing was another goalkeeper. Gary Woods joined on a two-year deal from Watford though he did not play for them last season. The 23 year-old 6’ 1” keeper started his career at Cambridge United before moving to Manchester United in 2007 but he was release after a year and joined Doncaster Rovers. Mike Cestor, who joined Woking in the summer of 2012 and made 30 league appearances last season, has signed a one year deal. Larkins joined Bishops Stortford. Crawley Town have signed defender Dean Leacock on a free transfer following his departure from Notts County. Dean Cox signed another deal keeping him at Brisbane Road until June 2017. The first friendly of the season at Dartford ended in a 3-2 win with James  getting two and  Kashket from the penalty spot. Orient manager Russell Slade made ten changes for the second half, which included trialists George Elokobi (Wolves defender) and Valentin Gjokaj (Swiss Derby defender who has only played 16(4) league games but he is only 21), as well as scholar Scott Kashket. The Win A Pro Contract at Leyton Orient was given to  16-year-old Jake Burgess. Let’s hope he gets more of a crack than Sherratt did. Next arrival was Australian Shane Lowry on a two-year deal. He can play left back or centre back. The 25 year-old was signed from Millwall having started his career at Aston Villa with loan spells to Plymouth, Leeds, Sheff Utd and Millwall amassing 121(3) league apps in that time. One blot? He has been sent off seven times, once in consecutive matches. A goalless game was completed at Gateshead. Forest forwards Darius Henderson and Ismail Miller were the next to be linked to the club as was Coventry’s Carl Baker. Would we be interested in a 31 year-old I wondered. Not this one was the answer but we signed 32 year-old Jobi McAnuff from Reading on a two-year deal. Lots of experience, 438(60) league appearances alone though only 47 goals. The QPR friendly ended 2-2. Vincelot put us in the lead following a super pass from Cox on the right wing. Rangers due level before half time. Injuries to Cuthbert and Baudry bought Batt and trialist midfielder Ayo Okosun to the pitch. Pritchard went to right back and did well. Okosun gave away a clumsy free kick that Barton converted. Cox got the equaliser. Team:Woods; Omozusi, Clarke, Baudry (Okosun, HT), Cuthbert (Batt, 25); Cox, Vincelot, James, Pritchard; Mooney (Kashket, 81), Lisbie (Dagnall, 67) Subs not used: Legzdins, Semedo, Agyemang, Lee, Nikolaou. We signed former Arsenal striker Jay Simpson on a three year deal. He became the first Arsenal player to score a hat-trick at the Emirates in an FA Cup youth game but never played for their first team except for 1(2) 2 goals in the Carling Cup. See them here.. He went on year loans to Millwall 34(7) 6 goals and QPR 34(5) 12 goals. As well as shorter loan spells with West Brom 9(4) 1 and Millwall (again) 13(3) 4. In August 2010 he signed for Hull. In 2012/2013 in the first nine games he scored five goals but only managed two further goals the rest of the season when he played 47 games. Total league games played for Hull were 46(32) 12 goals. Last year he left to play in Thailand on a reported £40,000 a month but he decided to return to the UK after reportedly scoring only two goals in 22 apps. He was thought to be the future at Arsenal. He seems to know how to take penalties. He looks good one-to-one on the goalie. Darius Henderson also signed a three-year deal. He come with lots of league games 255(141) scoring 108 goals. Most of which were with Watford and Sheff United. Starting his career with Reading in August 1999 he was loaned out to Brighton (10(0) 2 and after 5(66) 11 he signed for Gillingham in Jan 2004 31(5) 9 and was loaned to Swindon 6 (0) 5 before joining Watford for £450,000. After 85(20) 29 he cost Sheffield United £2m in July 2008 taking in 61(11) 20 league games before joining Millwall (he scored a hat trick against Dagenham.) in June 2011 40(10) 22. In Jan 2013 he joined Nottingham Forest but only made 16929) 10 before terminating his contract to join us. Knows how to head the ball. Seems to know how to miss penalties. We have appointed Alessandro Angelieri as their new chief executive and Mauro Milanese as sporting director. The final friendly of the season was at Farnborough where Charlie Grainer had been long tern loaned  to. It was goalless. Team:Woods; Humphrey, Sawyer (Judd 45), Nikolaou, Ling; Moncur (Oladipo 75), Okosung, Bartley (Agyemang 80), Semedo (Burgess 80); Simpson (Adeboyejo 45), Kashket. August 9 Home to Chesterfield. Off day. We scored a goal seven minutes from time but Chesterfield were two  up on 7’ and 79’. Nobody in my opinion other than Clarke had a good game. Cuthbert and Dagnall were injured and played no part. Team:Legzdins; Lowry, Omozusi, Clarke, Baudry  Cox, Vincelot, James, Pritchard ; Mooney, Lisbie. Subs : Woods, Batt, McAnuff (Pritchard 59), Henderson (Mooney 71), Simpson (Lisbie 59), Bartley, Sawyer. Slade played the same format as he did against QPR with James dropping back in front of the defence and Vincelot amongst the forwards. That is fine if you have someone that can spray the ball around and is fast and can tackle. None of which James can do/is.  Henderson did more with the ball in the short time he was on than Lisbie and Mooney combined and it was he that scored the goal. Cox took a free kick on the left which the goalie could only parry to the on rushing Henderson and the ball bounce onto him and into the net. Wonder what left winger McAnuff was doing on the right wing. He was a disappointment. Simpson looked dangerous but his control seems a bit rusty. Vincelot got booked for dissent, Clarke for handball and Baudry for a foul. Chesterfields winner came when neither Clarke nor Lowry marked the scorer. Seems that Sky no longer have clips of games on their website though the club has. If you want to know how good Cox is compared to James and Moses then look at this video. How good is Cox compared to McAnuff? August 12 Away to Plymouth in the League Cup. Wembley again! We fielded a side made up of non starters from Saturday giving starting debuts to Woods, McAnuff and Simpson. Henderson had a neck injury. Team: 33 Woods , 02 Omozusi , 15 Clarke , 03 Sawyer , 06 Baudry , 14 Batt , 08 James  20 Bartley, 11 McAnuff , 27 Simpson, 10 Mooney , Substitutes, 01 Legzdins , 04 Vincelot (James - 86' ), 05 Cuthbert , 07 Cox (Batt - 11' ), 09 Lisbie  (Simpson - 77' ), 12 Lowry , 18 Pritchard. Batt went off injured after 11 mins to be replaced by Cox. He scored two minutes later. Baudry made it two with a header supplied by Cox. Plymouth got one back just before half time. They drew level by the same player (Reid) on 64. James went off injured to be replaced by Vincelot and his header 17 mins later from a Cox cross put us in the lead. But only for five minutes as Clarke totally misjudged a punt forward. So, penalty shoot out. Sawyer missed one but Woods saved two to put us in the next round. Penalty scorers were Mooney, Lisbie, McAnuff, Clarke, Vincelot and Baudry. Read more here Elsewhere Brentford were two up against Dagenham after seven minutes but Porter lead the fightback and it was 4-4 after 90 minutes. It was 6-6 after extra time. Cureton scored. Brentford won on penalties. Away to Aston Villa in the next round. Away also to Peterborough in the JP Trophy. August 16 Away to Oldham. We were a goal down on 16’ but four minutes later Cox put Henderson though to draw us level. Mooney put us in the lead with his first of the season and Lisbie who had replaced Henderson on 80’ took just a minute to make it 1-3. So three goals this season have come from players who started the match and four from substitutes. As Slade said "This season we've got a group of 20 that can all contribute. Kevin Lisbie's come on with his first touch, put it in the back of the net, and that's the sort of start you want coming off the bench, isn't it? Team: Legzdins; Lowry, Clarke, Cuthbert, Baudry  Cox, Vincelot, Pritchard ; Mooney, Simpson, Henderson. Subs : Woods, McAnuff (Simpson 67),  Lisbie (Henderson 80), Omozusi, James, Lee, Sawyer. August 19 Away Bristol City. 0-0. City had got maximum points before this match. Lisbie was injured on 23’ when his shoulder popped out and then back in. Team: Legzdins; Omozusi, Clarke, Cuthbert, Baudry  Cox, Vincelot, James, Mooney, Lisbie , McAnuff, . Subs : Woods, Lowry, Henderson(Lisbie 23), Pritchard(McAnuff 82), Simpson(Mooney 89), Bartley, Sawyer. The match against PNE on 6 September has been postponed due to international commitments. Calvin Andrew signed a two year deal for Rochdale signing from Mansfield. He played on loan with York without scoring in ten matches. Also joining Rochdale is Stephen Dawson who has agreed a one-year contract after rejecting one from Barnsley. Dagenham & Redbridge signed veteran striker Jamie Cureton after his release from Cheltenham where he scored 11 goals from 36 apps. They have also signed former Burnley winger George Porter on a short-term deal. George played 24 games for AFC Wimbledon last season and joined Rochdale in January but only played two games before being released from the promotion winning side. Lee Cook signed a one-year deal with Barnet. Jorden Spence joined MK Dons on a permanent deal after being released by West Ham.John Gorman joined Southport who are on their third manager since playing us last season.  Jamie Ness is on loan to Crewe from Stoke. Jayden Stockley joined Cambridge Utd on loan until January. John Lundstram was loaned to Blackpool who along with Crawley have signed 17 players this summer. Smith, Leacock and Dickson being three of them and they also have players named Henderson and Simpson. Shrewsbury signed a mere 16. Shaquile Coulthirst was loaned to Southend. Bournemouth loaned Ryan Allsop to Coventry back in July. August 23 home to Walsall. 0-0. Of the seven shots on goal only three were on target as opposed to Walsall’s 14(4). Team: Legzdins; Omozusi, Clarke, Cuthbert, Baudry  Cox, Vincelot, James, Mooney, Henderson, McAnuff. Subs : Woods, Lowry, Pritchard, Simpson(Mooney 87), Dagnall(Henderson 82), Bartley(James 86), Sawyer.  Elsewhere Gorman took 21’ to score for Southport. Moses only got 13’ on the pitch but that was enough to get a goal and the Bees a point. Cook scored a hattrick for Barnet. Next up is away to Aston Villa in the league cup on Wednesday and on Saturday the first meeting against Fleetwood in Lancs.. They are top of the table with ten points from four games. August 27 League Cup, away to Aston Villa. There’s Going To Be No Giant Killing At Villa Park Tonight said the Villa Blogger. By half time we had one shot on goal. Slade gave a start to Woods, Pritchard, Bartley and Simpson. Substitutes seem to be scoring more goals than those starting the match. Cox and Vincelot at Bournemouth, Lisbie at Oldham and Henderson at home to Chesterfield as opposed to Baudry, Henderson and Mooney who started matches and so it happened at Villa Park when Vincelot came onto the pitch on 83’ and scored a header four minutes later to put us through into the next round at home to Sheffield United. Team:Gary Woods; Elliot Omozusi, Mathieu Baudry, Shane Lowry, Gary Sawyer, Bradley Pritchard, Lloyd James, Marvin Bartley, Dean Cox, David Mooney, Jay Simpson. Subs:Romain Vincelot( Bartley 83, Adam Legzdins, Scott Cuthbert,(Sawyer ) Chris Dagnall(Mooney 66), Harry Lee, Darius Henderson, Nathan Clarke.  Vincelot heads home Pritchard’s cross. August 30 Away to Fleetwood. Henderson scored his first headed goal for us on 34’. Poor defending first by James and then Pritchard let in Dobie whose shot flew into the net to Legzdins right as he was diving to his left and Fleetwood equalised on 83’.    Team: Legzdins; Omozusi, Clarke, Cuthbert, Baudry  Cox, Vincelot, James, Mooney, Henderson, McAnuff. Subs : Woods, Lowry (Omozusi 87), Pritchard,(McAnuff 73) Lee, Simpson(Henderson 82), Dagnall, Bartley. Elsewhere Cook was scoring again fro Barnet and with a brace apiece, Simpson and Stockley opened their account for Cambridge against Carlisle. Cureton scored for Dagenham and Azeez for AFC Wimbledon. .................. next page
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