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RECKLESS GUIDE TO THE ORIENT

8 October 2012

Travelling fans' guide to Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient v Barnet
JPT
Tuesday 9th October 2012
 Kick Off 7.00pm

Ground The Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road, Leyton, London E10 5NF
Telephone 020 8926 1111
Club Colours Red and White
Nickname The O’s
Official Club Website www.leytonorient.com

Key Personnel Manager Russell Slade took the reigns at Orient in April 2010 after previous managerial spells at Scarborough, Yeovil Town Grimsby and Brighton and Hove Albion

Brief Directions By Road: The ground is situated off the Leyton High Road and the journey is very stop and start from whichever direction you travel. Yet from the North Circular Road (A406) by turning right at what is traditionally known as the Crooked Billet Roundabout it is pretty straight forward. From the A406, having passed under and over the Great Cambridge roundabout and Silver Street, turn south onto the A112 Chingford Road signposted Walthamstow and Leyton.  Go straight over at the A503 junction where the road becomes Hoe Street. Pass Walthamstow Central Station and carry straight on into Leyton High Road passing Leyton Midland Road Station. After another mile (still A112) the ground is accessible from side roads on your right. Please note all these access roads are all very “British”, Balmoral, Windsor, Buckingham etc. Buses 58, 69, 97 and 158 run along Leyton High Road.

Car Parking: There is only street parking available in the immediate vicinity and even this is fairly restricted.

Directions By Train: The nearest tube station is Leyton (about a 1/2 of a mile away) which is on the Central Line (Red). Out of the station and turn right down Leyton High Road. On the other side of the road you will eventually find Coronation Gardens on your left and the floodlights of the ground can be clearly seen behind them. Take the next left into Buckingham Road for the ground.

Supporters’ Coaches: Barnet FC are running the Official Coach Travel for this season. The coach will leave the Pavilion at 5.15pm and the ticket price is just £10! The Pavilion will be open from 3.45pm for pre-journey refreshments. Discounts on travel are available for season ticket holders, club members and Supporters Trust members. Bookings for coach travel for all this seasons away games can be purchased online or by calling 020 8449 6325.




A luverly jubberly cockney cavalcade for your autograph books! Jonathan Woss, Graham Gooch, Fanny Craddock, Alfred Hitchcock, David Bailey and Angela Landsbury all are associated with the area. Comedian Bob Mills and musician Andrew Lloyd Webber are regular visitors to the ground as is one my best customers Nick Sonenfeld and his family. Celebrity Watch

An overnight stay in London E10?. You are having a laugh! Overnight Stay Factor

Our last visit was way back in February 2006 when nearly 5,000 witnessed a 0-0 draw. On the brighter side of life two Division 3 away games stand out - firstly a fantastic 3-3 draw in 1996, the Bees goals coming from Sean Devine 2 and Lee Hodges and secondly the following year when a very rare Linvoy Primus goal won it for Barnet in front of over 4,000 spectators. However the best is left to last as is customary. A majestic two goal Dougie Freedman performance and two quality finishes by Mark Cooper doesn’t even get close to telling the whole story of the 1994 1st round 1st leg Coca Cola Cup tie at Underhill, it ranks as one of the greatest ever performances by a Barnet team in my opinion.
Our Last Meeting  & Memories

  Normal matchday prices are - Adults seating £25.00 Concessions £16.00. There will almost certainly be special rates for this game but I have no info as yet – sorry! Admission Prices

West Ham Utd are the nearest club to Brisbane Road but Brighton and Southend also get the temperatures racing. Rivals

The ground has had a major facelift in the last decade and since our first visit in the League in September 1993 the only part still basically unaltered is the main East Stand. It was allegedly purchased from Mitcham Greyhound Stadium, was erected in 1956 and holds around 3,500. Notice the splendid centre roof gable which allegedly once held the dog track photo finish equipment. To its left is the Tommy Johnson South Stand which seats around 1,400 and this replaced the original open away terrace. Opposite the main stand is obviously the latest edition to the Matchroom Stadium, the West Stand. It replaced the original stand which originally was a popular covered terrace and which was made all-seated in the 1990’s. The new structure started life in September 2004 and was completed in July 2005. It is as it appears, an office block with a skirt of seating for 2,800 offers fantastic corporate facilities but is a perfect example of us saying goodbye to football ground character and welcome efficiency with commerce.  The Baskin and Robbins Family stand completes the picture and resembles the South Stand (West Bank) at Underhill. Visiting supporters will be located in the south wing of the East Stand. The Ground Description

The Coach & Horses is the closest pub to the ground on the corner of The High Road and Balmoral Road. Away fans are welcome as they are in the Oliver Twist, my personal favourite which is a very small pub in Oliver Road. The social club allows visiting fans in reasonable numbers and a charge of £1 is made on entry. It can be found behind the new West Stand on Oliver Road. Eating And Drinking Locally

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