Links roundup: Leyton Orient look to end skid at Harrogate Town

Links roundup: Leyton Orient look to end skid at Harrogate Town

Leyton Orient continue their November of road trips by traveling to the sulphurous spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire for a 3 pm kickoff Saturday, after two straight losses. Given the wide gulf in the League Two table between the sides, the O’s will be heavily favoured, but as Tuesday’s defeat at AFC Wimbledon and Saturday’s FA Cup elimination to Crewe Alexandra show, nothing can be taken for granted.

On to the links to get you caught up on all the O’s content from around the interwebs. If there are any I’ve missed, drop me a line!

News You Can Use

  • Probably the biggest news of the week was broken by our main man, Richie Wellens, himself, who said Tuesday in his postgame interview with Dave Victor on Orient Live that he’s signing a contract extension with the club, which as of this blog posting has yet to be formally announced. The manager has rightly received a plethora of plaudits for the job he’s done with Leyton Orient so far this season, and some rumours have been floated that Luton Town, their own head coach poached by Southampton, have been looking to pry him away. You can see the full interview here on the O’s official site.
  • In squad news, Anthony Georgiou has been sent to National League strugglers Yeovil Town on what’s being called a “short-term loan deal.” The Cypriot international was a heralded signing this summer but has found playing time hard to come by, while nursing a hamstring injury.
  • Some ticketing news, now. Leyton Orient have announced that season ticket holders who are unable to attend games can now avail themselves of a ticket exchange site, that allows the club to resell their seats, in exchange for a £5 credit towards next year’s season ticket. This will only be in use for games that sell out or are close to selling out.
  • Speaking of season tickets, half-season cards are now available for sale.
  • And as previously announced by CEO Mark Devlin on the Orient Outlook podcast a couple of weeks ago, the December 3 home game against Bradford (kickoff moved to 12:30 pm to avoid a World Cup conflict) will have all kids’ tickets available for £1, while the December 17 match against Sutton United will have all seats for £5. The O’s are using the promotions to attract fans while the Premier League and Championship will be on hiatus during the World Cup.

Up Next for the O’s

  • Wellens says the squad is keeping an even keel approach to its match against Harrogate Town. The O’s will be without two key players, starting fullback Tom James and backup midfielder Craig Clay, both due to suspension. James got his fifth yellow card of the season against AFC Wimbledon, while Clay is missing out due to his red card against Crewe. Could be a chance for guys like Jayden Sweeney and Jordan Brown to stake their claim to more playing time.

“I’ve said before that it’s been tough for those who haven’t been playing as many games as they would have liked to so far this season, but that is a credit to how well those who have been in the starting XI have been playing. Not only is Tom James out of tomorrow’s match, but Craig Clay is out of the next two matches, and the likes of Theo Archibald and Rob Hunt are one yellow card away from a suspension too. When we get situations like this, it provides that opportunity for those players who come in to claim that shirt and keep it.”

  • O’s legend Peter Kitchen is backing Orient to bounce back from their two consecutive losses with a win over Harrogate, but tells the Yellow Advertiser that the team must learn from its mistakes.
  • Harrogate come into the match winless in their last four league games, including a 3-3 draw on Tuesday against Carlisle in which they blew a lead in the dying moments. They did, however, beat Bradford 1-0 in their first round FA Cup match on Saturday.

The Games that Were

  • And the highlights, or lowlights as it were, of the defeat to Wimbledon:

Easy Listening

And Other Miscellany

  • Hear about Dan Happe’s journey through the Leyton Orient academy and his evolution as a pro footballer on this new interview series from the club:
  • Congrats to the Leyton Orient Supporters Club for winning the Greater London Campaign for Real Ale’s 2022 Club of the Year award!
  • And we would be very remiss in not remarking on Remembrance Day. The O’s have a special relationship to this day, as three Clapton Orient players died at the Battle of the Somme in France during WWI, and there is a memorial there honouring their sacrifices erected by Leyton Orient supporters. Hope to visit the site someday.
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