A myriad of memories from the golden years at Leyton Orient

PUBLISHED: 17:34 07 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:56 07 November 2013

Leyton Orient Memories Book

Leyton Orient Memories Book


A new book on Leyton Orient chants the club’s history through they eyes of its supporters

Leyton Orient fans must be in seventh heaven at the moment.

A magnificent start to the new season sees them flying high at the top of League One and many will no doubt be comparing this team to the greats of the club’s past.

For Mooney, Lisbie, Cox and Slade, substitute past names like Cunningham, Kitchen, Castle and Carey.

And O’s fans can now relive those halcyon days of muddy pitches and the smell of linament in a new book written very much with those supporters to the fore.

Leyton Orient – Brisbane Road Memories is a high quality, full colour book, compiled and edited by Football World’s Tony McDonald, and provides a fascinating insight into the O’s since their move to Brisbane Road in 1937 – as seen through the eyes of the East London club’s most loyal supporters.

Around 200 die-hard fans of all ages from the blue-and-white Division Three South days of the 1950s to the most recent followers share their unique memories of watching professional football in E10.

The most popular players; memorable matches; greatest goals; first-time visit; match day rituals; favourite kits; stadium development; terrace chants and characters in the crowd are all recalled by the fans that lived through it.


There are contributions from past players like Terry McDonald (the author’s father), Mickey Bullock, Phil Hoadley, Peter Kitchen, Matt Lockwood and Carl Griffiths, plus O’s chairmen past and present, Brian Winston and Barry Hearn.

With Christmas just round the corner, this 372-page, hardback is surely the perfect book for every Leyton Orient fan.

The book is priced at £25, but you can order one direct from the publishers for £20.

To get your copy you can either do it by phone at 01708 744333, by going to their website at or by sending a cheque, payable to Football World to 103 Douglas Road, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1AW.

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