Leyton Orient 3-1 Solihull Moors: Orient Record First Home Win Of The Season

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Leyton Orient picked up their first win of the season, following a 3-1 home victory over Solihull Moors. 

Orient dominated the opening half and hour, as the home side dominated possession for majority of the game. Visitors Solihull struggled to keep with the O’s pace, especially in the first-half.

On the 21st minute Orient took the lead. Jobi McAnuff’s corner was bundled in by midfielder Charlie Lee, who scored his first goal for the club to make it 1-0.

Striker Macauley Bonne saw his left-footed effort hit the post, similarly McAnuff would also see his curling effort hit the up-right. Furthermore George Elokobi came close to scoring for the O’s, Solihull really rode their luck.

Then just two minutes after the restart, Orient doubled their lead. David Mooney scored his first goal for Orient since re-joining the East London club in June. The Irishman putting Orient 2-0 up.

Despite Orient seeing a lot more of possession, Solihull fought their way back into the game. Oladapo Afolayan’s shot found its way through O’s keeper Charlie Grainger, to make it 2-1 with fifteen minutes to play.

However just two minutes later Orient put the game to bed. Elokobi rose highest to head the ball into the back of the net, to make it 3-1. The former Wolves defender opens his account at the club. Orient finally up and running for the season.

Full-Time: Leyton Orient 3-1 Solihull Moors

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Why The ABBA Penalty System is Ridiculous

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Penalties, who’d want to take them? If you’re watching a penalty shoot-out as a neutral then they are quite exciting. However if your team has been condemned to taking penalties, it is a scary prospect.

But ask yourself; Have you ever complained about traditional penalties?

On Sunday in the FA Community Shield Final, Chelsea and Arsenal finished the regular 90 minutes at 1-1, thus the game went straight to a penalty shoot-out. A few weeks ago it was announced that the ‘ABBA’ penalty system would be trialed.

Now you may be asking “Why is it called ABBA”? well think about it. ‘ABBA’ hypothetically you have Team A and Team B. To start the shoot-out Team A will take the first penalty, then subsequently Team B will take the next two spots kicks. Yeah, really odd isn’t it?

None the less the Community Shield Final did in-fact go to a penalty shoot-out, ultimately trialing the ABBA penalty system for the first time ever. Fair to say that fans in attendance were confused as to why Arsenal had two players consecutively take spot-kicks. Clearly not many at Wembley on Sunday afternoon were aware of the trialing system.

This penalty shoot-out was as confusing as any penalty shoot-out has ever been, essentially no one really understood what was going on. More specifically it completely cut-off any suspense a penalty shoot-out possesses, really making the outcome more foreseeable.

However what really bothers me the most is the decision to enforce the ABBA system. Why was it made? as the old saying goes “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. In the years I have watched and played football, I have never heard anyone complain of the traditional penalty shoot-out system.

Arsenal went onto to win the shoot-out 4-1, to lift the Community Shield. But the Gunners victory was ultimately overshadowed by a more than questionable penalty system enforced and trialed for the first time.

To me the Community Shield should not have been the designated stage to trial the ABBA system. Despite some believing the Community Shield is not an important stage, any final should not be the subject of a ‘Trialing’ system.

None the less, here’s to hoping the FA see the light and revoke the ‘ABBA’ penalty system. I for one among millions do not want to see this penalty system enforced, EVER again.

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Sutton United 2-0 Leyton Orient: Tough Start To Non-League Life For The O’s

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Leyton Orient began life in the National League with a 2-0 opening day defeat away to Sutton United. 

Just fifteen minutes in and Sutton were awarded a penalty. O’s full-back Joe Widdowsom was deemed to have brought down Craig Dundas. Skipper Jamie Collins was on hand to convert the spot-kick from 12 yards, giving Sutton a 1-0 lead.

As weather conditions worsened with hailstone beginning to pour down, Orient’s performance did no better to brighten the afternoon.

Eleven minutes from half-time, Sutton doubled their lead. The O’s failed to clear their lines and were punished. Dean Beckwith was provided enough time and space inside the box, to bundle the ball home to give Sutton a 2-0 lead.

Orient came out after the break unchanged, yet they still failed to registered a single shot on goal.

The opening 15 minutes of the second-half almost saw the U’s add a third on multiple occasions. Sutton striker Lafayette almost scoring a third for the Amber, which would have put the game truly beyond Orient’s reach.

With twenty minutes to play Josh Koroma was brought off the bench in place of Jobi McAnuff. Subsequently following this change, Orient’s best spells were to follow. Koroma caused some problems for the Sutton back-line, however his contributions went un-graduated, as Orient failed to create clear cut chances.

Finally with less than ten minutes to play, James Dayton registered Orient’s first shot on goal in the game, with an effort from distance which keeper Jamie Butler comfortably dealt with.

Full-Time: Sutton United 2-0 Leyton Orient.

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Leyton Orient 2017/18 Season Preview

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Despite the pain of relegation from the football league in May, prosperous times appear to be on the horizon for Leyton Orient once more. Here is a preview of the 2017/18 campaign for Leyton Orient.

The past three years have been a nightmare for Leyton Orient which even Steven King could not have novelized. From the brink of promotion to the Championship to relegation from the football league, a fall from grace is truly an understatement.

However performances on the field were perhaps the least of the club’s worries last season. Antics from former Italian owner Francesco Becchetti almost put the football club’s future on the line. Orient were slapped with an array of winding-up orders, which effectively saw the club attend the high court.

Then in June the East London club’s nightmare reign under Becchetti finally ended. Kent Travis of Dunkin’ brands purchased the club. Mr Travis a life-long Orient fan was joined by business partner Kent Teague, who joined the club’s boardroom.

Along with new ownership came the appointment of new management. Former Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis was appointed manager with Ross Embleton joining him as Assistant Manager. Furthermore Martin Ling returned to the club, this time as Director of Football.

The summer transfer window has so far proved to be in full effect at Brisbane Road. With the club suffering relegation, many of last season’s squad departed the club. Many saw a massive clearance incoming at Orient, thus new faces were essential for the forthcoming season.

14 new players have been brought into the club, including some familiar names amongst the O’s faithful. Former fan favorite David Mooney returned to the club, upon his release from Southend United. The former Cork City striker is a welcome addition and return to the club.

Winger Jobi McAnuff also rejoined Orient on a one-year deal. After leaving League Two side Stevenage, McAnuff returned to E10. The Jamaican international previously spent two seasons at Orient.

In terms of new faces becoming residential in E10, there were some fine additions made. Charlie Lee, George Elokobi, Macauley Bonne & Alex Lawless, all names recognized within the realms of the football league have all signed for Leyton Orient.

The club officially confirmed to have appointed Charlie Lee as first-team captain and David Mooney as club captain, respectively.

The O’s kick their first ever non-league campaign tomorrow lunchtime, as they travel to Sutton United for the lunchtime kick-off. The National League is most certainly as tough as they come, with just the one automatic promotion spot, which is in-fact the top spot.

It shall most certainly be an interesting but exciting season for the O’s, as they look to bounce back into the football league at the first time of asking.

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Sunday league football: The rich & divine backbone of English football

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Hackney Marshes playing fields- one of the countries most historical settings for Sunday league football. With over 88 football pitches marked out, Hackney Marshes is without doubt considered to be almost iconic, in regards to the affiliation of Sunday league and amateur football.

If you have ever visited Hackney Marshes on a weekend morning during the English football season (which I haven’t!) there has to be such an aura to the setting. Perhaps one would be able to describe it as an aesthetic. Regardless of what the setting may be propped up by, there is no doubt that scenery is something to behold.

Typically when one thinks of Sunday league football they immediately picture probably the worst typical British weather. Pelting it down with rain, surface knee-height in mud and just an overall freezing morning. Sunday league football and torrid weather naturally go together.

Almost a universe away from the glamour of professional football, Sunday league football is almost deprived of the privileges that professional game has become accustomed to. Teams are forced to change into their kit outside on the pitch, even if there is a changing room on the field, it is then a matter of find the tightest of  spaces to change.

Officiating can be a divisive issue in amateur football, one not too many would like to prosper either. While there are thousands of referee’s who almost put their neck on the line to ref matches, more often than not a spectator shall have act as a linesman and run the line. As one voluntarily runs the line, they are more than aware of the suspicions plaguing the minds of the opposition players and coaches.

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“Who’s putting the nets up?”- probably not a question too many will want to hear but none the less it has to be done. In a sense one could almost say that part of the parcel in being a Sunday league player is becoming a matchday official. Putting up the nets, running the line and clearing the playing surface are all weekly tasks.

Once again looking between the lines of reality in the difference of the game, professional footballers have a catered pitch with rolled out turf ready for them. In contrast to Sunday league footballers who have to almost create the setting with the goal nets for starters and then clearing the playing surface. In my opinion this is what almost creates such a unique essence to the amateur game, those playing have to set the scene.

Warm-ups are an essential and vital part of any sport. Despite the almost shortcomings of Sunday league football, this is something that shall not be forgotten in the game. Some teams may opt to replicate a more professional warm-up or alternatively they may choose to smash the ball at the keeper, until kick-off.

Prior to kick-off comes to event of introducing yourselves to the officials. I have played Sunday league football before and I am going to state the truth, for the majority of players; more often than not the referee is usually unpopular. Part of being a ref in the amateur game is brandishing cards, the violence levels in Sunday league football are notoriously beyond aggressive.

Regardless of whether the ref is right or wrong for booking you, he more than likely will leave the pitch with some unkind comments lodged in his mind, which have been yelled at him over the course of the game.

Many forget that Sunday league football is a rich part of English football. For some footballers is shall be where their journey begins, for others it will become part of their life.

No matter how you view the amatuer side of the game, always remember that it is the backbone of English football.

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Leyton Orient- Restoring The Essence Of The O’s

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What a week it has been- from the perspective of a Leyton Orient fan. Following the takeover from Nigel Travis last Wednesday, nothing but positivity has emitted from the club. The past three years that have destroyed the club are slowly being put to rest. 

CEO of Dunkin’ brands Nigel Travis purchased the East-London club last week. This signaled the end of Franceso Becchetti’s era at the club. The Italian businessman so nearly ran the club into the ground, as Orient went from the League 1 play-offs to Non-league football in just three years.

Life-long Leyton Orient fan Nigel Travis is determined to restore brighter days at London’s second oldest football club. News of his takeover was universally celebrated by Orient fans.

Now with the club under new ownership they shall be heading in a new direction. Travis has already been a busy man, as he has been recruiting in the past week.

The first appointment made by the club was Martin Ling who returned to the club as Director of Football. The former Orient player and manager is a familiar face around Brisbane Road. In addition to this Ling brings a ton of experience and a wealth of knowledge with him.

Ling guided the club to promotion to League 1 in 2006. He managed the O’s for six years, as well as spending four years of his playing career at the club.

Former Chief Executive Matt Porter also returned to the club. This time he has been appointed in a role with the Board of Directors at the club. Porter left the club three years ago, following Becchetti’s takeover.

Another familiar face returned to the club in the form of Barry Hearn. The promoter also left the club a few months ago, stepping down as Honorary President. His departure was cited as he had no desire to be affiliated with Becchetti. None the less Hearn returns in his former role at the club.

Also as of today the club announced their first summer signing. Former striker David Mooney was confirmed to have signed for the club once more. The Irish forward returns to the club for a second-spell, something that shall once more please O’s fans universally.

With familiar faces returning to the club, it would appear as if the essence of the O’s is being restored. While the club are still in search of a manager, they shall also be on the look for players. Brighter days are on the horizon for Leyton Orient.

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Frank de Boer Appointed Crystal Palace Manager- The Perfect Fit?

 

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At 2pm this afternoon Crystal Palace confirmed the appointment of manager Frank de Boer. The Dutchman has signed a three-year contract with the Premier League club. Amidst the appointment, one may question- is Frank de Boer the right manager to finally fit the football club?

Following the departure of former manager Sam Allardyce last month, Crystal Palace were once again left searching for a new manager. Despite Allardyce guiding the club to safety last season, the former England boss resigned upon an alleged dispute with the board over the clubs transfer budget. Then shortly after Allardyce’s departure, he confirmed his retirement from football management.

For Palace fans this would have been an all too familiar feeling. Since Alan Pardew was sacked last season, the managerial picture at the club has been unclear. Even during Allardyce’s tenure at the club, fans remained somewhat unsure of his future at the club, prior to the end of last season.

Since returning to the top-flight four years ago Palace have been successful in remaining afloat. Their most successful season back in the top-flight was under Pardew as they finished 10th in the 2014/15 season. Also in their first season back in the Premier League Tony Pulis guided the club to an 11th place finish, in what is still remembered as a remarkable turnaround.

Despite the club not struggling for safety over the past four years, they have essentially lacked the figure of a long-term manager.

The appointment of Frank de Boer is an encouraging one. After a legendary playing career with the likes of Ajax and Barcelona, De Boer stepped into management. Subsequently his first managerial job was with former club Ajax. During his time in Holland as Ajax manager De Boer would win four consecutive Eredivisie titles.

Shortly after resigning from his role at Ajax, de Boer was then appointed manager of Inter Milan. However he would only last three months at the San Siro, citing a lack of direction and leadership at the club. It was a short and frustrating time in Italy for the former Dutch international.

Per the BBC Sport website dBoer stated the following “The aim is to be a solid Premier League team, not to struggle with relegation.” In addition to this De Boer also added “That is our main target – if we do more that’s nice.”

In recent years Palace fans have been provided false hope, however there may be new-found hope for the club. De Boer is a figure who has been in the game for sometime and he also possesses a different perspective of the game.

Three years ago Southampton appointed Ronald Koeman and found great success under his guidance. Despite not many playing up the possibility of success under Koeman, Saints were more than impressive under the former Barcelona player. Who is to rule out a similar possibility for Palace under de Boer?

The appointment of Frank de Boer may provided a new lease of life for Crystal Palace. As I previously said, de Boer is someone who has been in the game for a long time. Could the club finally have found the right manager?

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