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

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Hackney Marshes Playing Field

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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Jay Rodriguez- The Unfortunate Saga of An Underrated Player

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If there is any current footballer in the Barclays Premier League who can be considered unlucky- then it would have to be Jay Rodriguez. The Southampton midfielder has endured a tough three-year period, which has been ridiculed by injury. 

Cast your mind back to the 2013/14 season, this was Southampton’s second season back in the top-flight. This was also former manager Mauricio Pochettino’s first full season in charge at the club. Over the course of that particular season, the Saints proved to be a surprise package. In addition to this they also began to uncover a handful of young prosperous English talent.

Most notably Jay Rodriguez led the way for the Saints. The former Burnley player finished the season as top scorer, scoring 15 league goals. Rodriguez enjoyed himself in an impressive season under Pochettino. He would also earn an England call-up in November 2013, which remains his only international cap to date.

Among the English talent that blossomed at the club, such as; Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw & Adam Lallana, it was Rodriguez that perhaps displayed the most prominence.

At the culmination of the 2013/14 campaign English fans would have been drawing up their ideal England squad for the 2014 World Cup. There is no doubt majority of fans would have pitched the idea of having Rodriguez on the plane to Brazil. In addition to this it would not have been surprising if he was in the mind of then England manager Roy Hodgson.

However on April 5th 2014, Rodriguez’s unfortunate saga began. After being stretchered off during a match against Manchester City, it was revealed that Rodriguez had suffered an anterior cruciate ligament. Therefore this injury ruled him out for 11 months, thus in missing out on the 2014 World Cup in the process.

Furthermore due to the extensive damage of the injury, Rodriguez would not play a single game for Southampton during the 2014/15 season.

Finally after 16 months on the sideline, Rodriguez returned to action for Southampton on August 6th 2015. Upon returning to league action he scored his first Premier League goal for two years, against Sunderland at the back-end of August 2015.

Last season Rodriguez finished the season with five goals in 24 appearances. unfortunately for the 27 year-old recent seasons have flickered on and off. While it was far from his best season, there appears to be re-growing stability in the still potentially promising role that Rodriquez can still play for the Saints.

In recent weeks there has been mounting speculation regarding Rodriguez’s future as a Southampton player. The former England international has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s. It has been reported by the Telegraph that West Bromwich Albion are in-talks over a £12m deal for the Saints player.

If West Brom can secure a deal for Rodriguez, then they would have a valuable player for next season. But while his services can be valuable, many would question his overall fitness in the long-term, over the course of a full season.

There is plently Rodriguez can offer to most sides and still only aged 27 years-old, there is more to come from him.

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Leyton Orient Takeover Completed By Nigel Travis

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As of June 22nd 2017 at 4:45pm, National Conference club Leyton Orient confirmed to have been subjected to a completed consortium takeover.It was formally announced via the clubs official website that Nigel Travis, the chairman and CEO of Dunkin’ brands led the takeover. 

Nigel Travis stated his aim was to “stabilise” the club and “re-engage” the fans. Travis has been a life-long fan of the East-London club, as he attended matches at Brisbane Road growing up. Additionally Travis would also go on to say he believed in the club’s ability to return to the Football League.

On the other hand today also marked the end of Italian owner Francesco Becchetti’s reign, as owner. The Italian businessman purchased the club in the summer of 2014. However his time at Orient has indeed been the darkest of days for the club. Nine managers have come and gone since Bechetti’s arrival in 2014, emphasizing the instability that has damaged the club.

Also during Becchetti’s era the London club also suffered two relegation’s in under two years. Furthermore their relegation last season now has the club playing non-league football, for the first time in their history.

The club’s official website also stated that Nigel Travis shall serve as Chairman at the football club. In addition to this Kent Teague from Dallas shall join him as a Director at the club.

After ten managers, three years, two relegations & one soul-destroying owner, there appears to be hope for Leyton Orient Football Club. The nightmare is finally over for the wonderful and loyal O’s fans.

As a season ticket holder since 2012, I have to admit there is a tear in my eye. I truly shall not forget the moment I read the club’s official statement at 4:45pm today. Even after everything the club has been through, prosperity lies ahead for the O’s once more.

Like every other O’s fan I relish this prospect. I look forward to the club moving forward under Nigel Travis and Kent Teague, exciting times lie ahead.

We are Leyton Orient Football Club, WE have OUR football club back!

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