Previous page There was a thought amongst some, me included, that it was possible that Edinburgh could become the first manager in our history to lead us to successive promotions but that now seems only a remote possibility. The process of selecting a new manager looms. Employing someone with no previous experience has not worked that well since we first did so in 1965 with Dave Sexton though worked well employing within with Les Gore in the late 50’s. Would Embleton want the job? Managers whose sell by date may be due should also be avoided. Russell Slade has managed Charlton, Coventry and Grimsby and Martin Allen Eastleigh, Barnet and Chesterfield all within the space of two years. The BBC managerial ins and outs webpage is littered with out of work managers from the lower divisions. Dean Keates - Walsall though he has now joined Fulham. Paul Doswell - Sutton United. Lee Bradbury - Havant & Waterlooville. Steve Lovell - Gillingham. Derek Adams - Plymouth. Gary Waddock - Aldershot Town. David Flitcroft - Mansfield. Danny Searle - Braintree Town since joined Aldershot. And those are just April and May but to be honest they have all left struggling clubs. Maybe someone like Keith Hill, 49, who has achieved two of the three promotions in Rochdale's history, most recently from League Two in 2014. Though he lost two play-off finals. Hill has been out of work since the 4th March leaving Rochdale 22nd in the table. Ex O Daryl McMahon, 36, won promotion to the National League during his time in charge of Ebbsfleet and led the club to the play-off semi-finals last season. Whilst there he had a 54.66% win rate. You would wonder how much more our club can take after near promotion five years ago, a disastrous period with a moronic Italian at the helm, two relegations, a promotion and eight(?) managers. That pales into insignificance when you realise that tomorrow a wife will wake up without her husband and children without their father. 14 June. Edinburgh’s last signing was 29 year-old midfielder Josh Wright from Bradford on a two-year contract. Justin signed him when at Gillingham where he scored 14 times in 85 outings, and was appointed captain. Justin Edinburgh is not the first Orient manager to die at the club. On 18 February 1922 we beat Coventry at home 4-0 and later that day manager William Holmes was taken to hospital where he died after a heart attack, he was 47 and had served the club as manager for 16 years. 17 June. Bonne was sold to newly promoted Charlton for  £200,000 following the activation of his release clause. In his place we signed English born Irishman Conor Wilkinson from Dagenham. From Wiki: Wilkinson began his career at Millwall in 2010 and progressed through the ranks during his three-year stint at the club. He left the club in the summer of 2013 to join fellow Championship side Bolton Wanderers on a three-year contract. He was then loaned to eight clubs: Chester, Torquay, Oldham, Barnsley, Newport County, Portsmouth and Chesterfield. On 1 July 2017 he joined Gillingham before joining Dagenham on loan where he scored on his début 17 November last year against AFC Flyde. He signed a permanent deal in January scoring 12 goals from 22(1) apps. The O’s exercised a buyout clause in the 6’3” 24-year-old strikers contract. In total he has started 87(65) games scoring 26 goals. He joins us on a two-year contract. 19 June. Turley signed a two year deal after Embleton had been named as interim Head Coach. Ross will be assisted by Danny Webb, who has been named as Interim Assistant Coach and O's title-winning skipper Jobi McAnuff has been named Interim Player / Coach. The 37-year-old, who is currently undertaking his UEFA A qualification, takes his first step into coaching having become an instrumental part of the Club's set-up. McAnuff is renowned for his leadership skills, professionalism, and work- rate. So said the club’s website. Director of Football Martin Ling told, "It has been a period which I have never, ever faced in my football career. You don't get a manual to deal with it but you deal with it the best way you can and deal with it with Justin always in your thoughts. "I've got no hesitation that Ross can step up and do the top job. The caveat to that is that I don't want anyone being judged during this period that then can be surplus to requirements. If it doesn't work out then there's the opportunity for them to step back down to where they worked last year but can Ross do it? Without a shadow of a doubt"  Ling said: “The impossible job is follow Justin in these circumstances. There is no perfect answer. But the nearest thing is to move people who served under Justin, who know how we do things and what Justin was about, on an interim basis to give the club a bit of breathing space. I have no hesitation that Ross can step up and do the top job. “The beauty of ‘interim’ is we can use it for whatever we feel is the right time. It takes me back to when I took the manager’s job at this club [in 2003] on a caretaker basis. “Barry Hearn said to me, ‘I do not really want you, I want a senior person’. My attitude was, ‘I will show you want me’. And during that caretaker period I earned the right to then be called manager. I hope that is how it goes for Ross and I believe it is inside him to do that. “My ‘caretaker’ period lasted for five years. It is a holding base at the moment. But I really hope Ross does what I did and took the bull by the horns. The opportunity for Ross, Danny and Jobi is to continue the brilliant work Justin has done. And I do not think there is anyone from the outside who could come in and do that.” Middlesbrough are the latest club to be linked with Koroma along with Huddersfield, Sunderland and Reading. They said: With reported fee said to be around £500,000 they [the O’s] will have money to build a squad capable of mounting a challenge in League Two especially when you add in the cash just received from Charlton for their other promotion winning striker Macauley Bonne. Allegedly £200,000 was turned down last January. Embleton is not the first manager to be appointed from within the club. Les Gore did it and was, I think, the first manager to win more games than he lost. Paul Went did it unsuccessfully for a month. Frank Clark took us down as well as up. John Sitton and Chris Turner also had little success. Martin Ling was the last to have the managership foisted upon him, ignoring anyone under the mad Italian’s reign. I think that leaves Dayton as someone who has been offered a contract but yet to put pen to paper. Elokobi joined Maidenhead after leaving Aldershot. Striker Ryan Brunt has committed to Bath City for the coming season. Ebou Adams left Ebbsfleet for Forest Green for an undisclosed fee. Mathieu Baudry joined Swindon from MK Dons. Chelmsford City have signed Jamar Loza from Billericay Town. 20 June The fixtures were revealed and we are at home to Cheltenham for the first match and home to Exeter for the last match. Away to Plymouth in the Carabao Cup. Ekipeta seems to have got himself in a spot of bother. He was later acquitted. 21 June. Koroma was sold to Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee. With six players exiting and one on the transfer list it means we need another five players to take up the slack. 24 June. Defender Jayden Sweeney has signed his first professional contract. The 17-year old left-back, who made three appearances for the O’s in the Buildbase FA Trophy last season, has signed a two-year deal. Also signing a two-year deal was young midfielder Brendon Shabani. The 17-year old has worked his way up through the Orient youth ranks and was named on the bench for the Buildbase FA Trophy third-round win over Blyth Spartans in February. Martin Ling signed a two-year deal. Charlie Grainger joined Dulwich Hamlet. Alex Lawless joined Ebbsfleet. Gary Taylor- Fletcher announced his retirement. We are reported to be after 6'1" Shrewsbury striker Lee Angol who began his career with Wycombe, having been on the books of Spurs as a youth. He had loan spells with Hendon, Maidenhead and Boreham Wood before moving to Luton Town. A prolific loan spell back at Boreham Wood led to his Kenilworth Road exit without making an appearance. League One Peterborough picked him up and saw him score 11 in 38, but he fell down the pecking order and ended up first on loan at Lincoln, then with Mansfield Town on a permanent deal, where he netted 10 times in 34 matches. In all 87 starts + 51 from the bench scoring 34 goals. Best is 5 goals from 11 starts at Lincoln and 12 goals at Peterborough from 36 starts + 18 from the bench. Maybe we should take Alabi off the list? 31 goals from 73 starts + 51 from the bench. Not much difference. See this from The Real EFL 2.14 shots on target per game. The Real EFL covers Leagues One and Two only. Another website, The 72 seems to concentrate on the Championship and League rather than League Two. 1 July. We signed Angol on a two-year deal. Embleton had known him at Spurs.  In his first interview with the club, Angol said: “I think it was around November time last year [when I first heard of the club’s interest]. I was at Shrewsbury at the time in League One. I heard about it and then it became really strong in January and then got a lot stronger but then the season finished. “Once I knew it was a real opportunity to come and join the project and come and join the team, it wasn’t one I could really turn away from.”  He said: “Last season I got a promotion with Lincoln to League One but I didn’t play as much as I’d like, but sometimes when you’re not playing you can learn other aspects of things. You’re around winners every day so you pick up different habits. “The O’s were winners last season too so hopefully, me coming into a winning environment, helps me to become a natural winner, better myself and hopefully I can better the team as well.” Martin Ling told, "We've been monitoring Lee for the last six months, he was one of the players we had on the target list in January when we thought there was a chance we would lose one of our strikers. He's someone we've done all the due diligence on, he's got a great attitude and is a good player and we're pleased to have him on board." Looks to me that like Bonne, he would welcome an extended run in the team. What he can do. And more. 3 July. Coulson was named as first team captain. Mike Cooper was appointed as Head of Physical Performance. Appointments in the Club's Academy: Steve Bartlett, Head of Coaching. Former-O's player Brian Saah, who made 110 appearances after coming through the Club's Academy, as Youth Development Phase Lead Coach. Current-Maidstone United stopper Chris Lewington as the Club's Academy Lead Goalkeeping Coach. Craig Heskey, Club's Head of Education. Akash Lakhani, Foundation Phase Lead Coach.  Academy Lead Physio, Marc Mulligan. First friendly is Saturday at Harlow, James Dayton has stepped up his recovery and is expected to begin working on his ankle while the team are in Spain on tour throughout next week. I thought his contract was up at the end of June? Buzzards are still circling the club, this time for Happe whose contract is up next year. Allegedly a Spurs bid of £300,000 has been turned down but rumour has it we would accept a bid in that region only if we could loan him back for the season. Gateshead were thrown out of the National League after Multiple breaches of league rules. They will now play in the National League North with their place being taken by Aldershot who were relegated. A statement on Happe by Embleton made no mention of a bid by Spurs not of any bid being turned down. He did go on to say Happe would benefit from another season with us. Spurs will be happier to place him in their U23 team. Not sure that Dan would learn anything from players of the same age whereas he may if playing against and with more experienced footballers. Harlow were beaten 5-0 with goals from all the strikers starting with Harrold then Wilkinson, Brophy, Angol and Alabi. 9 July. We drew 2-2 with Hull in Spain. This time no strikers were on the score sheet as Gorman and Coulson got us back on level terms twice. Next friendly is next Wednesday 17 July though the O’s website still shows it as the 16th. Moses Odubajo left Brentford on a free and joined Sheffield Wednesday. Maidstone forward Blair Turgott joined Östersunds FK who play in Sweden. There may be trouble ahead…. Notts County find themselves in the same situation that we were two years back. Relegated earlier in the year into the National League and appearing at the High Court, they were facing a winding-up petition from HMRC due to a debt of at least £250,000. They were given three weeks to stump up some cash. Twelve players have been released. Bury are another club in trouble and have lost six players and face a 12-point deduction next season after owner Steve Dale put forward a proposal to help clear some of the club's debts. The proposal states that football creditors are owed £950,652 while unsecured creditors are owed £5,982,765, including £3.6m to Dale. HMRC are now owed £1m but would be paid a quarter of what they are due under the arrangement, while Dale states he will not be seeking the money owed to him by the club. Bury could lose their seven contracted players before their League One return. Those left at Gigg Lane can seek moves elsewhere without commanding a fee. Players have not been paid in full since March and the Shakers are in dire straits. Also in League One Bolton owe £25million in company creditors.  294 different secured and non-secured creditors, including a whopping £10,050,000 owed to the Fildraw Trust, who manage the affairs of late owner Eddie Davies. Outgoing owner Ken Anderson is owed £1,578,042 as a secured creditor and a further £180,000 unsecured, and the club has run up a debt to former vice chairman Brett Warburton of £3,064,213. Wanderers owe £2,747,122 to football creditors, including players and coaching staff.  Although it is too early to give an exact figure, administrators are currently forecasting a return of 35 pence in the pound to unsecured creditors. In that scenario, Bolton Council will see only £612,053 for the £1,748,724 they are owed in business rates and other services. HMRC would also recieve less than £1m of the near £2.5m owed in tax and VAT. Yu Energy, who have supplied gas and electricity to the stadium and training ground, are owed more than £521,000. Another £85,391 is owed to water company United Utilities. Several football agencies are listed in the document, the largest of which is Stellar at £371,288. Debts have also racked up to the emergency services including North West Ambulance (£22,166) and Greater Manchester Police (£18,543) and St John’s Ambulance (£6,950). A debt of £42,361 is payable to Sibcas, the Atherton-based company who lease offices and changing rooms to Wanderers at their Lostock training ground. Wanderers also ran up a bill of more than £6,000 to local bakery Carrs Pasties. Bolton were relegated from the Championship last season, and will start the new season with a 12-point deduction because of going into administration in May. The question of a further punishment for failing to fulfil their final fixture of the season has not been resolved. 12 July. Alabi was taken off the transfer list. Another player who has not been given a fair crack of the whip having started only six matches last season. Another James, Dayton, Signed a years contract with the option of another. Sam Dalby left Leeds for Watford. So after three years only ten starts and ten from the bench (two for Morecambe). Staying with us would have got him more starts and more than the one goal he got. Still we got some cash and Leeds let him go for free. 17 July. We won 0-1 at Hornchurch thanks to a goal from Angol. Time was also give to Deago Dunbar-Bonnie, a 16-year old left-back pictured right. Away to Rushden and Diamonds tomorrow. 18 July. Another one nil win at Rushden. This time Gorman scored after a back heel from Wilkinson. The club website was down and remained so until……………. At least today.  20 July. Away at Dartford goals from Ekpiteta and Ling gave s a 0-2 win. Three Dartford players were booked. The word friendly unknown to them? Two weeks from the start of the season and already the injury list grows. Brill, MAnuff, Wilkinson, Maguire-Drew and Gorman are all receiving treatment. Embleton is hoping for a few signings. Away at Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday. 23 July. Away to Bishop’s Stortford. Team:Janata, Judd, Trialist A, Ogie, Sweeney, Wright (C), Trialist B, Gorman, Maguire- Drew, Wilkinson, Angol. Subs: Sargeant, Ekpiteta, Happe, Brophy, Ling, Shabani, Sotiriou, Alabi. We went a goal up on 18’ when Angol put away a Maguire-Drew corner. Six minutes later Angol was tripped up in the box and Maguire-Drew put away the penalty. There was nearly another two minutes later after Maguire-Drew's cross was nodded towards goal by Angol but the referee decided the ball was not over the line. On 29’ Wilkinson found Angol at the back post. The latter took three touches before slotting the ball home for his second. James Alabi and Brendon Shabani replaced Josh Wright and Trialist B in the second half and within a minute they got a goal back. Fifteen minutes later Jamie Cureton got them a second. Eighteen minutes from time they drew level. Last friendly at home will be on Saturday at home to a Norwich 11. Someone who won’t be playing for the Canaries is Tristan Abrahams who left them for Newport without playing for them. Last season he played for Exeter 23 times scoring two goals. He follow that up with 15 apps and three goals for relegated Yeovil. Video Highlights. Victor Adeboyejo signed for Bristol Rovers from Barnsley on a years loan. He played for them 31 times last season scoring four goals but only started seven matches. In the match against Blackpool he came on in the 89th minute and the same against Southend. Better against Sunderland, four minutes more! 27 July. Home to a Norwich XI. Fielding Brill, Ling, Ekpiteta, Coulson (C), Happe, Widdowson, Wright, Clay, Maguire-Drew, Wilkinson, Angol. SUBS: Sargeant, Judd, Ogie, Gorman, Brophy, Alabi, Harrold and Sotiriou we trailed 1-0 at the break but found their rhythm in the second half, equalising through Lee Angol when he volleyed in a sublime Sam Ling cross, and the winner came late on through midfielder Josh Wright when he picked up the ball, drove forward and fired into the bottom corner, and Embleton was happy that the two summer signings were able to do the business and get the win for the O’s so said the local Guardian. So what happened to Sandro Semedo after he left the club in 2018? In 2016/17 he played in 46 matches scoring four goals for us. Semedo signed for Italian Serie C club Santarcangelo in January 2018, linking up again with former Orient manager Alberto Cavasin. He played five games for them. He joined Zimbru Chisinau at the end of August 2018 (a Moldovan football club) but in 2017/18 he played only seven games. This year in the Parva Liga league he has played a solitary game for FK Dunav Ruse but has failed to score for all of them. This site says he has played three games for Dunav. But this site indicates in all games he has started from the bench with the longest on the pitch being 21’.  FC Dunav Ruse 2010 or simply Dunav is a Bulgarian association football club based in Ruse, which currently competes in the First Professional League, the top flight of the Bulgarian football league. Since playing 3,742' for us he has played a total of 897' for the other clubs. Who gave him advice to leave? 29 July. An Orient XI consisting of Dean Brill, Wynford Marfo, Shadrach Ogie, Tristan Vernal, Jayden Sweeney, Trialist A, Dale Gorman, Brendon Shabani, Ruel Sotiriou, James Alabi, Matt Harrold with SUBS: Arthur Janata, Trialist B, Bradley McClenaghan, Jeremie Sivi, Jordan Adeyemi, Lawrence Hammond travelled to Canvey Island. We went a goal down early on and stayed a goal down despite drawing level twice through Alabi and Harrold. 3-2 the final score. Jay Simpson has signed for Nea Salamina Famagusta a first division side in Cyprus. Dan Happe has agreed a one-year contract extension, tying him down until 2021. McAnuff is preparing for surgery on his groin injury. He'll return to training in four weeks. Dean Brill also signed a one- year extension. We signed attacker Louis Dennis (left) from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old, who can play as a winger and as a forward, joined Pompey on May 23 2018, but was limited to just eight (non league) appearances although he netted once and set-up four goals. He was a major factor in Kenny Jackett’s side’s EFL Trophy run, being named Player of the Round for Round Three. Dennis began his career with London rivals Dagenham & Redbridge before moving to Bromley in 2014. He netted 47 goals in 157 appearances for the Ravens, his best season coming in 2017-18 as he hit 22 goals in 54 games, also assisting on eight occasions in the National League that season. Soccerbase has a different set of stats for his time at Bromley: Dag & Red 01 Jun, 11 to 01 Aug, 14 Youth 0(9) 1 goal. Bromley 01 Jul, 14 to 01 Jul, 18 Free (from Dagenham) 64(31) 37 goals. Portsmouth 01 Jul, 18 Free (from Bromley)6 apps (2) 1 goal. See his goals for Bromley for 2017/2018. He will wear shirt 17. Uses both feet but feels the cold wearing a long sleeved shirt and gloves in winter. His length of contract was not disclosed. Also signing a one-year extension was Josh Coulson. Rotherham admitted making a £300,000 bid for Ekpiteta. The club did not confirm or deny this. 3 August. Home to Cheltenham. 1-0 (Wright). The curious case of the incident in the 70th minute. Nothing in the Club preview about the missing Widdowson or why Turley had not played in any friendlies. A penalty was denied the Robins when Brill appeared to bring down Varney. Whether he was booked for  diving or dissent was not clear. Brill went off with concussion on 13’. In the 68’ Wright put the ball in the net after a free kick found Angol. He nodded the ball to Wilkinson but his shot on goal was blocked but only as far as Wright. Two minutes later Varney launched himself at Ekipteta rather than the ball as was sent off for a second bookable offence. During this time Ince threw a bottle of water behind him (without looking) and it found the chest of the fourth official and was red carded. Not that we made them pay for being two men down. Alabi was bought on to take the ball to the corner flag (twice) to waste time. Don’t want to see that too often as it sometimes rebounds on you. Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 15 Happe, 6 Coulson, 10 Maguire-Drew, 8 Clay, 9 Wilkinson, 19 Angol, 16 Brophy.  Substitutes: 24 Sergeant(Brill 13), 27 Alabi(Wilkinson 84), 18 Harrold, 20 Sotiriou, 17 Dennis(Magure-Drew 90+5), 14 Judd, 4 Gorman. Attendance: 6,534 Away to Macclesfield next. Ince later appealed against a three match ban which was turned down and extended to five. The video highlights lasted 2’15 and showed the two sendings off so there were not many highlights. Ex O’s elsewhere: Binnon-Williams joined Halifax and helped them to the top of the table with the aid of a goal from Nathan Clark in his own half against Lawless’ Ebbsfleet to put them at the foot of the table. McCallum missed a penalty but scored one for Solihull. Charlie Grainger was taken off in a friendly due to a head injury in the game against Crystal Palace.  Bonne played no part in Charlton’s 1-2 win at Blackburn. Koroma did not feature in the match against Derby. Abrahams played six minutes for Newport as they threw away a two goal lead to draw.  Brendon Shabani has received a call-up to the Albania U19 squad for a friendly competition in Zagreb, Croatia. The 18- year-old midfielder will feature for his national teams in a series of matches between August 4 and August 12, and will include a friendly against Real Madrid’s U19 side. The U18’s lost 3-0 at Peterborough. Team:Shaun Campbell, Kyrell Palmer (Kevin Frimpong), Wynford Marfo, Tristan Vernal, Deago Dunbar-Bonnie, Jeremie Sivi, Bradley McClenaghan, Antony Papadopoulous, Jordan Adeyemi (Finlay Lovatt), Brian Ifeanyi (Jayden Young), Lawrence Hammond. Including U21 and U23 Chelsea have 84 players on their books. 6 August. An Orient XI lost 2-1 in a friendly at Potters Bar. Team: Janata, Marfo, Ogie, Vernal, Sweeney, Sivi, Judd, Papadopolous, Dunbar-Bonnie (Adeyemi), Sotiriou, Hammond (Lovatt). GOAL: Adeyemi (70′). Ebbsfleet signed Bondz N'Gala, 29, who spent last season at Crawley. 10 August. Away to Macclesfield. 3-0. Nothing in the club brief regarding Widdowson and Turley playing no part in the opening game. We fielded the same team but went a goal down inside 30’.  Another in 68’ and substituting Harrold for Coulson gave them a third eight minutes later despite having 60% of the play according to the BBC. Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 15 Happe, 6 Coulson, 10 Maguire-Drew, 8 Clay, 9 Wilkinson, 19 Angol, 16 Brophy.  Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 27 Alabi(Angol 81), 18 Harrold(Coulson 75), 3 Widdowson, 17 Dennis(Magure-Drew 66), 14 Judd, 4 Gorman. EFL (Carabao) Cup on Tuesday away at top of the league Plymouth. Shaun Batt has joined Royston but not yet fit enough to play for them. U18’s beat MK Dons at Old Chigwellians Training Ground last Saturday. Jordan Adeyemi and Finlay Lovatt notched a goal each to overcome the Dons by two goals. Team: Sean Campbell, Kyrell Palmer (Deago Dunbar-Bonnie), Wynford Marfo, Tristan Vernal, Jayden Sweeney, Jeremie Sivi (Kevin Frempong), Bradley McClenaghan, Antony Papadopoulous, Jordan Adeyemi (Jayden Young), Lawrence Hammond, Finlay Lovatt (Brian Ifeanyi). Charlie Lee joined Yeovil on a one year deal. He worked under manager Darren Sarll at Stevenage. He joins Stuart Nelson there. 13 August. Away to Plymouth Carabao Cup. The starting line up excluded Brophy, Maguire-Drew, Wilkinson and Ling so the team looked like this: 1 Brill, 3 Widdowson, 14 Judd, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 15 Happe, 4 Gorman, 6 Coulson, 8 Clay, 17 Dennis, 19 Angol.  Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 27 Alabi, 2 Ling, 18 Harrold, 10 Maguire-Drew, 9 Wilkinson, 16 Brophy. Both teams took the opportunity to give players their first start of the season. 0-0 at half time but two goals in a three minute spell ended any cup hope progression. We had 44% of the play but only managed half the shots that Plymouth had (7) of which only one was on target.  Video highlights. 17 August. Home to Stevenage. 0-0. They came to E10 second from bottom, lost two defenders (one Scott Cuthbert) after 36’ but still we could not score. The ref pointed to the spot after Happe had bought down an attacker but the linesman persuaded him to give a corner. Brill saved us at the death with a fine one handed save. We had 67% of the play.  Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 15 Happe, 3 Widdowson, 6 Coulson, 8 Clay, 9 Wilkinson, 19 Angol, 16 Brophy.  Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 27 Alabi, 18 Harrold(Happe 82),  10 Maguire-Drew, 17 Dennis(Wilkinson 75), 14 Judd, 4 Gorman(Clay 71). Down to 16th. Video highlights. Comment. Stevenage were more than happy to sit back and take a point. They knew we took 20+ passes to get to get into their half by which time they had a great many players behind the ball. There were signs on occasions when we appeared to be trying to do this but there were too many passes across the pitch and back again. We were restricted to long range shots. Brophy took their defence apart but his ball into the box left a lot to be desired. He took all corners so outswingers from one corner and inswingers from the other. If I can suss that out so can the opposition. Ditto left footed Widdowson. Orient U18s celebrated back to back wins in the Youth Alliance league after a convincing 3-1 win over rivals Gillingham. Jordan Adeyemi fired the O’s in to an early second-half lead before doubling his tally towards the end of the game. Jeremie Sivi made a substitutes impact and struck within four minutes of being introduced by Ross Wilding. Team: Rhys Byrne, Antony Papaopoulous, Jayden Sweeney, Brendon Shabani, Wynford Marfo, Shimron Eaton (Lawrence Hammond 62), Brian Ifeanyi, Ahmed Mirza (Finlay Lovatt 77), Bradley McClenaghan (C), Deago Dunbar-Bonnie (Jeremie Siv 68), Jordan Adeyemi (Alex Soloman 82). SUBS: Henry Sworder. 19 August. We signed 20 year-old midfielder George Marsh on loan from Spurs until January. He could play in tomorrow nights game at Mansfield. He was described as a ‘tenacious, tough- tackling holding midfielder’ A description that has never been said of Clay. Charltonvitalfootball suggests Bonne is on his way on loan to Ipswich and said this: Now Macauley Bonne has made an appearance in the league and in the cup, to say the least, the fans are not too impressed with him he has the first touch like a trampoline and he seems to be way out of his depth right now. That on the basis of one game and six minutes? Get real. 20 August. Away at Mansfield. (2-3 Wilkinson, Angol, Maguire-Drew) Marsh replaced Alabi on the bench wearing 21. On 12’ a penalty was conceded by Marvin Ekpiteta converted by Rose. On 28’ another penalty this time conceded by Joe Widdowson converted by Rose. That put the Stags on top of the league. Dennis replaced Happe at half time. On 64’ we got a goal back via Wilkinson following a corner from Dennis. There followed four attempts from outside the box. Wouldn’t have something to do with the penalty area being full of Mansfield players would it. Fourteen minutes later Angol drew us level. In the third minute of added time Maguire-Drew replaced Wilkinson and scored the winner three minutes later.  Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 15 Happe, 3 Widdowson, 6 Coulson, 8 Clay, 9 Wilkinson, 19 Angol, 16 Brophy.  Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 21 Marsh, 18 Harrold,  10 Maguire-Drew(Wilkinson 90+3), 17 Dennis(Happe 45), 14 Judd, 4 Gorman(Widdowson 87). Home to Crawley on Saturday. They lost at home tonight to Crewe. Up to 9th, Mansfield dropped from 1st to 13th. Video highlights. 24 August. Home to Crawley 2-3 (Wright, Angol p). Mugged by old boy. We went a goal up through a fine strike from outside the box by Wright on 22’. Any number of players could have cleared the ball but failed to do so and Crawley equalised eight minutes later. Ling went off injured and was replaced by Judd.  Maguire-Drew was bought down on 53’ and Angol scored from the spot. Ollie Palmer was bought on on 58’ and scored on 69’ (no tackle by Brophy for the cross and no marking from Judd) and again two minutes later (no marking by Ekipiteta). No way of knowing what was wrong with Widdowson as there appeared to be no Club Brief. Embleton got this all wrong. It appeared he wanted to play the same team that finished the Mansfield match with the exception of Gorman. But playing only three defenders will rarely work. No Happe, a defender instead Dennis, no defender. No Widdowson, a defender instead Brophy, no defender. If the manager is looking for his best team this was not it.  Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 17 Dennis, 10 Maguire-Drew, 6 Coulson, 8 Clay, 9 Wilkinson, 19 Angol, 16 Brophy.  Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 21 Marsh, 15 Happe, 18 Harrold, 27 Alabi(Maguire-Drew 73), 14 Judd (Ling 34), 4 Gorman(Clay 78). Away to Salford next. Dropped to 13th. Video highlights. U18’s made it three wins on the bounce after this weekend’s 1-2 victory over Stevenage. Jordan Adeyemi notched a brace for the second consecutive match as Ross Wilding’s youngsters put out an impressive display against strong opponents. Team:Rhys Byrne, Jeremie Sivi, Deago Dunbar-Bonnie (Kevin Frimpong 47), Antony Papadopoulous (Ahmed Mirza 69), Wynford Marfo, Tristan Francois-Vernal (Alex Soloman 80), Brian Ifeanyi (Jayden Young 72), Bradley McClenaghan (C), Lawrence Hammond, Finlay Lovatt, Jordan Adeyemi. GOALS: Adeyemi (10 & 50). Darryl MacMahon became the new Macclesfield manager. Frankie Sutherland joined Ebbsfleet. George Porter cost Burnley £90,000 according to this Burnley website. Today, however, he has admitted a Football Association misconduct charge relating to 473 bets placed on matches since December 2011 and has been suspended from all football activities by the FA pending a hearing. The death of Orientear creator Dave Knight (left) was announced. I last met Dave after the match at Wembley where he told me of his pending death. 28 August. Bury were ezpelled from the EFL. Here is their chairman’s statement. Some tweeter asked why were people blaming the EFL. For me it is the fact that they have to be satisfied that owners are fit and proper to run a club. They made a mistake and they washed their hands of the affair. They need more training in that respect. Bolton were given another two weeks. They appointed Keith Hill as manager and he has bought in two loans and two signings. They are being beaten heavily fielding young boys.  31 August. Away to Salford 1-1 (own goal). We went a goal down on 13’ after a throw in to Towell went unchallenged. From the BBC “The Ammies took the lead when Orient's defenders let Scott Wiseman's throw-in bounce too long and Towell pounced to send the ball past Dean Brill. Brill then tipped Mani Dieseruvwe's thunderous shot onto the bar”. Despite having 4% more of the game than Salford. It took and own goal three minutes from time to get a point. Brophy fired in a low shot which went between the keepers legs and sneaked under his bum. On turning round to see where the ball was he back heeled it into the net. Happe came back for the Widdowson and Brophy kept his place to the exclusion of Maguire-Drew. Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 15 Happe, 17 Dennis, 6 Coulson, 8 Clay, 9 Wilkinson, 19 Angol, 16 Brophy.  Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 21 Marsh, 18 Harrold(Dennis 84), 27 Alabi, 14 Judd, 4 Gorman, 10 Maguire-Drew(Coulson 63). Down to 15th. Home to Southend next in the Leasing Trophy. They haven’t got a point from any of their six games. Video highlights. Ollie Palmer scored again to get Crawley three points. Moses gave away two penalties last week but did not make the bench this week. Neither did Bonne or Koroma. Tough games coming up against teams placed five (Swindon), first (Exeter) and third (Crewe). O’s forward Ruel Sotiriou has received his first-ever Cyprus U-21 call-up ahead of matches against Norway and Netherlands. The forward, who only turned 19 on August 24, has been promoted from the Under-19 side and linked up with the national side yesterday (1 Sept). Crawley Town have signed defender Jamie Sendles-White on a one-year deal. After leaving us he played for St Albans and Torquay. One transfer I seem to have missed was that of John Marquis Doncaster to Portsmouth. U18’s progressed through to the next round of the Youth Alliance Cup after Tuesday’s 2-5 win at Barnet. Jeremie Sivi notched his second in as many weeks while Brendon Shabani and Jordan Adeyemi also got on the score sheet. First half substitute Antony Papadopoulous secured a brace as the O’s won comfortably in North London. Team:Rhys Byrne, Jeremie Sivi, Jayden, Sweeney (Alex Soloman 72), Ahmed Mirza (Antony Papadopoulous 35), Wynford Marfo, Tristan Francois-Vernal, Brian Ifeanyi, Brendon Shabani (Finlay Lovatt, 60), Lawrence Hammond, Bradley McClenaghan, Jordan Adeyemi (Jayden Young 65). SUBS:Sean Campbell. GOALS: Sivi (27), Papadopoulous (42 & 67), Shabani (70), Ademyi (52). Winger James Brophy has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the Club until 2021. The U18’s superb start to the season extended with an impressive 2-0 victory at home to Barnet, securing a fifth win in a row and a second win against The Bees in a week.  Jordan Adeyemi’s free-kick and Finlay Lovett’s cool finish in the first-half ensured Orient would take all three points, having beat Barnet 5-2 in the Youth Alliance Cup just five days earlier. Team:  Rhys Byrne, Alex Solomon (Ahmed Mirza 75”), Anthony Papadopoulos, Bradley McClenaghan, Wynford Marfo , Tristan Francois- Vernal, Jeremie Sivi, Kevin Frempong, Jordan Adeyemi, Finlay Lovett (Brian Ifeanyi 80”), Jayden Young (Lawrence Hammond 56”). SUBS: Sean Campbell. GOALS: Adeyemi 37” Lovett 45”. That puts us top of the division, two points clear of Northampton. 3 September. Home to Southend in the Leasing Cup (2-0). Maguire-Drew provided the cross for Happe’s headed goal in the fifth minute. Harrold headed towards goal but Alabi managed to head it onto the post and into the goalies hands. Late on Angol’s pass found Alabi in the area and his short pass was placed into the back of the net by Gorman. Earlier Gorman was lucky to stay on the pitch after a late tackle on Hutchinson put him on the deck. Up jumped Hutchinson to push Gorman over. Result a yellow card for the Irishman and a red one for Hutchinson. All O’s supporters were in the West Stand and a load of Neanderthals some of them were. We are not used to swearing and such coarse language. Team: Sargeant, Gorman, Ekpiteta, Maguire-Drew (Clay 83’), Judd (Ling 46’), Happe, Dennis (Angol 66’), Harrold (C), Marsh, Ogie, Alabi. Subs Not Used: Janata, Wilkinson, Shabani, Sweeney. Video highlights. 7 September. Home to Swindon 1-3 (Maguire-Drew). Biggest crowd + embarrassing. A minutes applause for Dave Knight at the start of the match. We were two goals down by 23’ and we thought it could be five. They got another before the break. They then hit the bar and Ekpiteta did what Widdowson managed in the first half by putting though his own net. But it was ruled offside. Maguire-Drew hit a consolation goal with his right foot from just outside the area on 74’. Widdowson, Ling and Clay had poor games and in the first half we all wondered what Brophy’s role was, not least all Brophy. This was a lesson in how to play football. Direct play, no hesitation on the ball and players moving into positions to receive the ball. We lacked that on all counts. Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 2 Widdowson, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 15 Happe, 6 Coulson, 8 Clay, 9 Wilkinson, 19 Angol, 16 Brophy.  Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 21 Marsh, 18 Harrold, 17 Dennis(Angol 65), 4 Gorman(Clay 59), 10 Maguire-Drew(Happe 45). Down to 17th. Video highlights. Comment: I think we thought we had been lucky with the results so far. We are taking too long to get into the opposition half, the midfield is two yards in front of the defence instead of two yards behind the forwards. Swindon’s back three ran the game and even when one went off his replacement fitted in like a glove. They had wingers that ran in and took a shot whereas in the first half we had no one. Brophy did not cross the ball once and in the second half Maguire- Drew overshot his crosses to the far post instead of taking the ball to the bye line and swinging the ball away from the keeper. Top of the league away at Exeter next then at home to third placed Crewe from which I expect to gain no points. Embleton took 'full responsibility' for the first half performance. Something else he should take on board is not replacing long-term injuries. McAnuff and Dayton have not played this season and now Turley is out for a couple of months after groin surgery. They should have been replaced by experienced players on loan. This from the match programme from Embleton “I think we’ve shown on a number of occasions that we are capable of going toe-to-toe with anyone”. Except Swindon. From McAnuff “We’ve had a taster of the league now and we feel we can hold our own against anybody”. Except Swindon.  Seven points from safety! U18’s fell to a 7-2 loss at Wimbledon, ending a winning run of five games. Team: Rhys Byrne, Jeremie Sivi, Alex Solomon, Wynford Marfo, Tristan Francois-Vernal, Kevin Frempong (Ahmed Mirza 72), Anthony Papadopoulos, Bradley McClenaghan, Brian Ifeanyi (Finlay Lovett 72), Jordan Adeyemi, Lawrence Hammond. GOALS: Hammond 3’’ Adeyemi 73’’. Sam Ling signed a year extension to his contract keeping him at the O’s until 2021. Under-18 defender Alex Solomon has been called-up by Cyprus U17’s. Solomon looks to follow in the footsteps of O’s forward Ruel Sotiriou who has progressed through the Cyprus youth-team ranks, scoring for the U21 side against Netherlands this week. Yeovil Town have loaned Crawley Town midfielder Jimmy Smith. The 32 year old has agreed a four month loan deal, until January 2nd 2020. Smith has yet to play for Crawley during the 2019-20 season, having missed the majority of the 2018-19 season with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury. Smith came off the bench to score what turned out to be the winner on his Glovers’ début. Kevin Bond resigned and Dino Maamria was sacked from Southend and Stevenage whilst Lincoln’s managers moved to Huddersfield. Andy Whing joined Russell Slade at Hereford as 1st team coach. Adam Chicksen became Bolton’s latest signing. 14 September. Away to Exeter 2-2 (Angol, Dennis). With Happe away for family reasons and Brophy out with a thigh strain Gorman and Marsh started. Clay and Wilkinson dropped to the bench allowing Dennis and Maguire-Drew to start. We went a goal down four minutes from half time with a lack of marking from Widdowson but Gorman miss hit a shot and Angol scored from three minutes later. We went into the lead six minutes after the restart when a shot from Dennis took a deflection into the net. Two minutes into the seven minutes of added time Coulson gave away a penalty and two points. Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 2 Widdowson, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 4 Gorman, 6 Coulson, 10 Maguire-Drew, 19 Angol, 21 Marsh, 17 Dennis.   Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 14 Judd, 18 Harrold, 8 Clay, 25 Ogie, 27 Alabi, 9 Wilkinson. Down to 18th. Supporters were raving about Marsh’s performance and 42% rated him as man of the match and wondered why he had not played before. Some thought that he was carrying Gorman and Wright and Clay should return. Ramblings of a madman ? Video highlights. U18’s O’s beat Cambridge United 3-1 at The Breyer Group Stadium, with Lawrence Hammond bagging a hat-trick. Team: Rhys Byrne, Wynford Marfo, Jayden Sweeney, Ahmed Mirza (Kevin Frempong 68’’), Alex Solomon, Tristan Francois-Vernal, Bradley McClenaghan, Anthony Papadopoulos (Brian Ifeanyi 75’’), Lawrence Hammond, Finley Lovett (Deago Dunbar-Bonnie 63’’), Jeremie Sivi (Jayden Young 82’’). SUBS: Sean Campbell GOALS: Hammond 38’’ 54’’ 90’’. The team before the match?. Players only and all guesswork on my part. Back row: Anthony Papadopoulos, ? Bradley McClennaghan, Matt Young, ?, Deago Dunbar-Bonnie,  Jordan Adeyemi, Alex Solomon, Will Saunders, Wynford Marfo. Middle row Rhys Byrne, Sean Campbell, Brian Ifeanyi. Front row: Tristan Francois-Vernal, Finlay Lovett,?, Jeremi Siva, Ahmed Mirza, ?. 17 September. Home to Crewe 1-2 (Maguire-Drew). Penalty missed. We fielded the same team as at Exeter and should have been two up early on but they did hit the bar which bounced back into Brill’s hands. He seen slow to get down to their opening goal on 32’ but Maguire-Drew lobbed the keeper ten minutes later. But then he went to pot sending crosses to the far post where there was nobody and to the near post into the keepers hands. And he missed a penalty. Crewe got the winner on 90’. Widdowson looked out of his depth whilst Gorman and Wright were being carried by their colleagues.  Angol going off after 19’ did not help.  Brill kept us in the match with a save that hit the crossbar before being hoofed away. Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 2 Widdowson, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 4 Gorman, 6 Coulson, 10 Maguire-Drew, 19 Angol, 21 Marsh, 17 Dennis.   Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 14 Judd, 18 Harrold(Dennis 77), 8 Clay(Gorman 75), 15 Happe, 27 Alabi, 9 Wilkinson(Angol 19). Down to 19th. Video highlights. Too much wrong with this performance with a system that is not working. Only four defenders and Coulson and Ekipteta playing just in front of Brill and the two full backs just ahead of them then three midfielders too far behind four forwards but no one to take the ball to the bye line to cross into the area. Too long to get into their half so shot after shot gets blocked. Swindon lost 0-3 at home to Colchester our next opponents in Essex. Steve Davis was sacked on 14 November after 19 league games of which we won 5, drew 4, lost 10. So far Embleton has played nine, won 2, drawn 3 lost 4. Davis’ first nine games: Won 5, Drew 1, lost 3. 21 September. Away at Colchester 2-1 (Wilkinson). We went a goal down on 3’ though a total lack of marking and two down on 28’ when Brophy failed to make any sort of tackle though he is not a defender. Wilkinson got us a goal back a minute before half time but that is how it stayed. Brophy returned to the exclusion of Gorman and Wilkinson replaced the injured Angol who will be out some time with, guess what? A hamstring injury. Clay, a player not likely to score goals came on on 61 to replace Maguire-Drew a player who might score goals.  Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 2 Widdowson, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta,  6 Coulson, 10 Maguire-Drew, 9 Wilkinson, 21 Marsh, 16 Brophy, 17 Dennis.   Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, 14 Judd, 18 Harrold(Brophy 80), 4 Gorman, 8 Clay(Maguire-Drew 61), 15 Happe, 27 Alabi(Dennis 87). Down to 21st. Davis was sacked when we were in 19th.  Video highlights.  See what I had to say when Davis was sacked. Search for 14 November. Port Vale at home next. 23 September.  Embleton resigned as manager and will revert to assistant manager, Webb and McAnuff will also revert to their previous roles. The Real EFL website listed five possible contenders to take the permanent job at Brisbane Road. Sol Campbell recently with Macclesfield Town, Derek Adams, once with Ross County and Plymouth Argyle. Ex manager Kevin Nolan lately with Notts County, Steve Cotterill, previous Clubs: Sligo Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Stoke City, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City, out of work since leaving Birmingham City in March 2018, Chris Powell was with Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town, Southend United. A stumbling block, however, could be that he has recently just joined Gareth Southgate’s backroom staff with a deal that expires after this summer’s European Championship. Whether Powell would be keen to give that opportunity up to join Orient remains to be seen. When asked about the recruitment process Martin Ling said, “The announcement went out an hour and 55 minutes ago (at time of recording) and my phone has been very lively! The process is quite simple really, we’re now inviting people to apply for the job, the way that Ross has made the decision allows us to get the trawler net out. We will then reduce that to a number of around six that I will see and have a coffee with and then I will put whatever candidates out of those six in-front of the board and we will come out of that with the Manager.” The O’s Director of Football insisted that they are in a position to take their time with the appointment of the new Head Coach, “I’m not going to put a time-scale on it, I don’t want to rush it. I’m very confident Ross, Danny and Jobi can lead the team through whatever amount of games it might be, it could be one, maybe two, maybe three. I’m confident they can lead us through that and we can take our time.” In the London Senior Cup a youthful side earned a hard-fought victory over Tower Hamlets at the Mile End Stadium. Team: Sam Sargeant, Myles Judd, Jayden Sweeney, Bradley McClenaghan, Shadrach Ogie, Tristan Francois-Vernal, Jordan Adeyemi, Hector Kyprianou (Sivi 63’), Lawrence Hammond, Ruel Sotiriou, Antony Papadopoulos. SUBS: Arthur Janata, Wynford Marfo, Brian Ifeanyi, Alex Solomon. GOALS: Sotiriou (15’)BOOKINGS: Sotiriou (62’). 28 September. Home to Port Vale 3-3 (Wright 2, Wilkinson). Fightback. Two changes from the last match with Maguire-Drew making way for Happe and Brophy for Clay and it seemed to be working from the fourth minute when Wilkinson crossed to the far post where the unmarked Wright had the simplest of headers. Then it all unravelled as the inability of players to hoof the ball into the High Street, sky or out of the stadium. On 23’ and they levelled after poor defending from Ekpiteta. From the BBC “Five minutes later, further shoddy defending from the home defence allowed Legge, under no pressure, to turn the ball into the net.” This followed poor defending from Happe and the resulting low cross was pushed by Brill further into play where it was put into the back of the net. The second half started better with Harrold on for Ekpiteta so much so he was awarded Man of the Match. On 59’ Wilkinson smashed the ball into the top left hand side to level the match. From the BBC “Taylor restored Vale's lead five minutes before the end of normal time after Josh Coulson had given the ball away.” That should read Coulson and Harrold. That’s the third time at least this season we have let in late goals. Wright had a chance but opted to pass to the offside Dennis instead.  But the match was far from over as on 90+3 Wright dived to head the ball into the net for a point. Again Widdowson looked out of his depth, again Clay was ineffectual and replaced by the equally ineffectual Brophy. Nobody who started the game had a good one. We are still sticking with the system that takes too long to go forward allowing our opponents get at least nine men in front of the ball. Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 2 Widdowson, 44 Wright, 21 Ekipteta, 6 Coulson, 15 Happe, 8 Clay, 9 Wilkinson, 21 Marsh, 17 Dennis.   Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, Harrold(Ekpiteta 45), Brophy(Clay 57), 4 Gorman, 10 Maguire-Drew(Dennis 70), 25 Ogie, 27 Alabi. Still 21st. Away to Northampton next. Video highlights. Marquis got a penalty for Portsmouth but it did not stop them losing. Adams scored his first EFL goal for Forest Green. Bonne scored his first goal for Charlton though some gave it to a colleague. Jamie Cureton has taken sole charge of Bishop’s Stortford after Steve Smith stepped down as joint-manager. Cambridge’s Calderwood has been linked to the managers job. Being a ex colleague of Ling and Edinburgh might help his case if he has applied for it. Two points from a possible 12 is relegation form so it as well that there will only be one relegation from our division this season. Getting the ball forward quickly and goalkeepers that can throw the ball out without wearing gloves are here on September 14 1957 featuring the great Tommy Johnston. Two goals (1 Pen) from him, an own goal and another from Julians gave us the points. Another match this time at home to Port Vale  March 13 1954. Lots of heavy tackles on the goalie that won’t be allowed today. The U18’s overturned a 1-0 deficit to beat Luton Town 2-1 on the road. Jeremie Sivi had brought the O’s level before Lawrence Hammond stole the points in stoppage time. Eight games into the season the O’s sit second, a point behind leaders Northampton Town, having won six of their fixtures so far. Team: S. Campbell, J. Sweeney, A. Solomon, W. Marfo, B. McClenaghan (A. Mirza 75’), K. Frempong (A. Papadopoulos 64’), J. Adeyemi, J. Sivi, B Ifeanyi (D. Dunbar-Bonnie 73’), F. Lovett, J. Young (L. Hammond 64’). 5 October. Away to Northampton 0-1 (Brophy). Changes were made to the team that started the Vale match. Back came Gorman for Marsh, Brophy for Maguire-Drew and Harrold for Dennis. Ekpiteta remained on the bench but not for long as in the seventh minute he replaced Ling. Goalless at half time and the teams below us were fairing well with Stevenage winning at Colchester, Morecambe doing the same at Port Vale, and Scunthorpe drawing at Plymouth. Twelve minutes after half time Harrold sent Brophy a ball down the left and he outpaced his man and fired past the goalie for the only goal of the match.   Team: 1 Brill, 2 Ling, 2 Widdowson, 44 Wright,  6 Coulson, 15 Happe, 8 Clay, 4 Gorman, 9 Wilkinson, 18 Harrold, 16 Brophy.   Substitutes: 24 Sergeant, ,21 Ekipteta(Ling 7), 10 Maguire-Drew(Harrold 78), 21 Marsh(Gorman 80), 17 Dennis, 25 Ogie, 11 Dayton. Up a place to  20th after those winning at half time lost with only Stevenage getting a point. Oldham could only draw and we went above them. Walsall lost three nil at home to Salford and they are our next opponents at home. Former manager Edinburgh appeared on the from of their programme and a collection for the Foundation was made before kick off made £1500 plus a minutes applause in his memory. 8 October. Away to Wimbledon trophy 3-3. Ogie gave away a penalty after two minutes and we gave away another just after the break when Sergeant palmed away a shot from Folivi who followed up the rebound. I thought the lesson of palming the ball behind rather than back into play had been learnt.  Gorman missed a penalty 18’ from time and they got a third ten minutes later. Team Sargeant, Judd, Ekpiteta (Sweeney 46’), Happe, Ogie (Coulson 60’), Maguire-Drew, Marsh, Gorman, Dayton (Brophy 60’), Dennis, Alabi. SUBS: Janata, Clay, Wilkinson, Harrold. The U18’s fell to only a third league defeat of the season, as Southend came out on top. Having fell 2-0 behind, Finlay Lovett’s strike came too late to spur an O’s comeback. Team:R. Byrne, J. Sivi, W. Marfo, T. Francois-Vernal, D. Dubar-Bonnie, Kevin Frempong (Ben Staerck 71”), Bradley McClenaghan (Finlay Lovett 73”) Anthony Papadopoulos, Jayden Young (Jordan Adeyemi 59”), Brian Ifeanyi, Lawrence Hammond. Next page 
Wright scores. Back row: Alabi, Wright, Wilkinson, Coulson, Harrold, Happe, Ekpiteta, Kyprianou, Ogie,  Turley, Maguire-Drew, ? Middle row: ?,?,?,?,?, Judd, Sergeant, Brill, Janata, Clay, ?, Ottley, ?, ?,  Front row: Shabani, Dayton, Brophy, Gorman, ? Ling M, Embleton, Webb, McAnuff, Sotiriou,  Sweeney, Ling S.
Wright Wilkinson ogie Happe Dennis Marsh Angol