Saturday, October 01, 1977

Orient FC

Orient 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Football League Division Two

Leyton means "Town on the River Ley" and is at the heart of the Lea Valley. The name 'Leyton' has been used since the 9th century. Leyton was historically part of Essex and formed an urban district of that county from 1894. It gained the status of municipal borough in 1926. In 1965 the Municipal Borough of Leyton was abolished and its former area transferred to Greater London to be combined with that of other districts to form the London Borough of Waltham Forest. The main route through the town is the High Road, which forms part of the ancient route to Waltham Abbey. At the top end of the High Road is a crossroads with Lea Bridge Road and Hoe Street. This junction and the surrounding district is known as Baker's Arms, named after the public house which still stands at the spot.

Having suffered relegation from the top flight the previous season, it was into the unknown for the Pieman; the fixture list for Spurs contained clubs never previously seen, let alone visited. Once the initial disappointment had died down, anticipation took over. Whereas previously the taunts of “enjoy your trip to Mansfield” had hurt, a trip to Field Mill was now something to look forward to. Many of the trips would be via organised travel but of course the London fixtures were a novelty in themselves. Orient (the Leyton prefix had been dropped in 1966 but was returned in 1987 – Ed) was one such outing.

Living in Harlow at the time, along with a bunch of friends, I travelled to Leyton Station on the Central Line via neighbouring Epping. The other alternative would have been to go into Liverpool Street via Harlow Town and catch the Central line from there. Our option was by far the cheaper.


Brisbane Road is no more than a 5 minute walk from the station. We stood on the ‘West Side’ terrace and it was little surprise that the vast majority of the 24,131 crowd attending the match were supporting Spurs.


The match ended 1-1, as did the return fixture at White Hart Lane the following February; Peter Taylor, later to play for Orient, scoring for Spurs.






Attendance: 24131
Programme: 15p

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Subsequent visits to Brisbane Road

05 May 1978 - Orient 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - Peter Angel & Brian Blower Testimonial - Attendance: tbc
11 August 1979 - Orient 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
02 October 1979 - Orient Reserves 0 Tottenham Hotspur Reserves 1 - Football Combination - Attendance: tbc
01 January 1980 - Orient 0 West Ham United 4 - League Division Two - Attendance: 23885
27 August 1980 - Orient 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - League Cup, 2nd Round 1st Leg - Attendance: 20087
23 September 1985 - Orient 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Cup, 2nd Round 1st Leg - Attendance: 13828
23 July 1997 - Leyton Orient 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Friendly - Attendance: 11770
06 January 2001 - Leyton Orient 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - FA Cup, 3rd Round - Attendance: 12336
19 July 2001 - Leyton Orient 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Friendly - Attendance: 6635
01 August 2007 - Leyton Orient 2 Tottenham Hotspur 4 - Friendly - Attendance: 9126
30 July 2008 - Leyton Orient 1 Tottenham Hotspur 5 - Friendly - Attendance: 8920
28 July 2010 - Leyton Orient 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
29 July 2011 - Leyton Orient 1 Tottenham Hotspur 4 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
23 September 2014 - Leyton Orient 0 Sheffield United 1 - League Cup, 3rd Round - Attendance: 3223
 
 
 

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