Leyton Orient wrap up their November odyssey with a trip Saturday to Stockport County, which promises to be a tough, physical affair. The Hatters, who were among the bookies’ favourites to win the league, haven’t lost in over a month, making up for lost time after a pretty horrendous start to their season, so their 12th place position in the table is a bit deceptive.
Kickoff is at 3 pm, and with the Premier League on hiatus for the World Cup, the match is available to stream online, both in the UK and internationally, for £10.
So let’s get caught up on all the latest news and views on the O’s from the week.
News You Can Use
- Congrats to Paul Smyth, who was honoured with the PFA Player of the Month award for October. He’s now up to 8 goals on the season. He also took some time to take questions from fans, including who the biggest jokester on the squad is and how exactly do you say his surname.
- Leyton Orient joined 25 other EFL clubs in a letter to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Michelle Donelan MP, advocating for legislation to regulate professional football, including fairer distribution of revenues.
- Woman’s team player Leanne Bates is out of hospital and recuperating at home, after she took a very hard challenge and landed awkwardly in last weekend’s match against Hackney Women’s Reserves. Best wishes to her on her recovery.
- The O’s have launched their ticket exchange, allowing season card holders who can’t attend a match to make their seats available to be resold by the club, in exchange for a £5 credit towards next year’s season ticket. So far, the Bradford, Sutton and Stevenage games have been made eligible for the exchange.
- For the young ‘uns, Theo’s Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 4th. Apperances from players, a Santa’s grotto, and much more fun and games to be had. Tickets on sale now.
To the Games
- O’s legend Peter Kitchen says the match against Stockport County is a critical one, coming ahead of a two-week break and then a tough run of fixtures into the festive season.
- All the details and information on the game here, from the Leyton Orient website, and Paul Smyth gives his take on what to expect in the match.
- The Hatters are led by star strikers Paddy Madden and Kyle Wooton and have lost only twice at home. Madden was featured on Sky Sports, talking about why he left League One to sign for then-fifth tier Stockport County and lead them to promotion.
- Flash back to October 22nd and Leyton Orient’s 3-2 win over 10-men Carlisle United. Well, Carlisle’s chairman says the club has received an apology from the league for the standard of officiating. I guess that’s closure.
- Lee Swallow blogged about his harrowing trip back from the Harrogate Town match. Hope you’re on the mend, Lee!
- Orient Nerd, aka Gareth, also recaps the Harrogate match and mulls over the squad’s options at centre forward.
- Get a closer look at Leyton Orient’s win over Harrogate here. Check out the height Paul Smyth gets on his header:
The Orient fan podcasts were busy this week.
- The LO Down podcast had the skipper, Darren Pratley, on their show, where he says he’s definitely not feeling his age and wants to play as much as possible.
- A hearty well-done to the crew at the Orient Outlook podcast, which celebrated their 300th show, with congratulatory messages from all parts of the club.
- And The Orient Hour has an update on the annual visit to The Somme to pay tribute to Clapton Orient players who gave their lives in WW1.
And other miscellany
- The lads of SE Dons were hanging out with Leyton Orient again. This time, the goalkeepers get a go. Check out the drills that first team goalkeeper coach Simon Royce puts the players through:
- And lastly, always nice to see O’s out in the community. Jayden Sweeney visited his old school, while Sam Sargeant and Rhys Byrne talked shop with four young goalkeepers.