Saturday, February 19, 2011

For Confused Leyton Orient Supporters

The photograph above is of Brisbane Road, your home since 1937, the photograph below is of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, a mile or so to the south west. I'm showing both stadia just in case there is any confusion among 'O's' fans resulting from comments made by the club's chairman Barry Hearn in May 2009 and February 2011. In May 2009 he said that the club may have to consider moving to either Harlow or Basildon because that was where the club's core support was based, in February 2011 he said that the club may seek a judicial review after West Ham were chosen as the preferred bidders for the Olympic Stadium because it would impact on Leyton Orient's core support.

The rumours have been flying about for years regarding the future of Brisbane Road and its possible sale for housing development resulting in the clubs moving to Harlow. It's been discussed in the football media and on the supporters message boards, nobody has ever considered that having West Ham at Upton Park has affected the 'core support' but suddenly every young person in East London will want to go to the shiny new ground that has suddenly appeared. I do have sympathy with the club if they sincerely believe that they will lose future generations to the bigger club, but hasn't that always been the way? After all a certain David Beckham was born at Whipps Cross Hospital, the same distance from Brisbane Road as the new stadium, and whilst he may have had trials for the club his destiny lay some way away.

The whole attitude of Leyton Orient and their chairman stinks of hypocrisy. Last year they released a statement saying:

"The impact on Leyton Orient will be huge. The prospect of excess capacity leading to discounted tickets and the broader appeal to floating fans of a more high-profile club threatens to swamp us. It is tragic to think that the true legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games could be the death of one of football's most established community clubs."

But surely floating fans don't have any connection with any club, hence the term floating? And after all isn't human nature going to kick in and say, "I've got a choice between watching West Ham v Sunderland or Leyton Orient v Huddersfield, you know what I think I might go and see West Ham."

To sceptical supporters, this statement smacked of manoeuvring for an exit route from Leyton, an area that, like Upton Park and Tottenham, is characterised by pockets of poverty and a transient population, the stamp of outer-inner London. Orient's community scheme has an enviable reputation, but a lot of locals remain unenticed by League One football at £20 a throw. and of course there is the small matter that if Orient did move from E10 to the wilds of Essex they'd simply be moving into areas where the majority of supporters follow the Hammers, Spuds or even Arsenal.

A lot of West Ham supporters remain sceptical of the move to Stratford but the hypocrisy and crocodile tears of Barry Hearn tend to make me think it could be the best thing that's ever happened to the area, after all Orient rarely get more than 6,000 for their home games that is their core support, whether it comes from Forest Gate or Fairlop, they were never going to attract 20,000 fans were they?


Span Ows said...

Off topic...I know it's a few miles away AND sarf of the river but there were a cluster of my family in Lewisham in the late 1800s. Of only 14 Ows in the whole country 6 were in Lewisham.

Paul said...

Are there any still in Lewisham?

Span Ows said...

Not as far as I know, certainly no direct family.

Bloody Arsenal today...oh well. No big matches or match congestion coming up. Well done Orient!

Paul said...

Orient didn't start playing until the 85th minute and after the whistle were singing "we're better than Barca!"

oakleyses said...

michael kors outlet online, burberry outlet, coach outlet, coach outlet store online, nike air max, polo outlet, nike air max, kate spade, michael kors outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, tiffany jewelry, christian louboutin shoes, kate spade outlet, chanel handbags, tiffany and co, michael kors outlet, tory burch outlet, burberry handbags, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp outlet, replica watches, nike outlet, christian louboutin uk, longchamp outlet, coach outlet, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin, gucci handbags, coach purses, prada handbags, michael kors outlet online, true religion outlet, christian louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses wholesale, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet store, polo ralph lauren outlet online, prada outlet, nike free, jordan shoes

oakleyses said...

lululemon canada, jordan pas cher, nike tn, hollister uk, nike free uk, air max, louboutin pas cher, new balance, longchamp pas cher, abercrombie and fitch uk, nike air max uk, north face, hollister pas cher, ray ban uk, converse pas cher, guess pas cher, michael kors outlet, polo lacoste, ralph lauren uk, nike air max uk, hogan outlet, timberland pas cher, mulberry uk, true religion jeans, sac vanessa bruno, oakley pas cher, nike roshe, nike free run, sac hermes, burberry pas cher, michael kors pas cher, nike air max, ray ban pas cher, michael kors, true religion outlet, nike blazer pas cher, north face uk, true religion outlet, nike air force, sac longchamp pas cher, polo ralph lauren, vans pas cher

oakleyses said...

giuseppe zanotti outlet, herve leger, soccer jerseys, asics running shoes, ghd hair, lululemon, insanity workout, vans outlet, baseball bats, nfl jerseys, hollister, p90x workout, timberland boots, reebok outlet, hermes belt, north face outlet, abercrombie and fitch, mac cosmetics, iphone 6 cases, valentino shoes, oakley, chi flat iron, nike roshe run uk, nike air max, babyliss, nike roshe run, instyler, mcm handbags, nike trainers uk, nike huaraches, soccer shoes, beats by dre, bottega veneta, ferragamo shoes, new balance shoes, north face outlet, hollister clothing, jimmy choo outlet, longchamp uk, celine handbags, wedding dresses, mont blanc pens

oakleyses said...

ugg boots, pandora charms, thomas sabo, ralph lauren, toms shoes, lancel, nike air max, ugg uk, ugg boots, ugg, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, hollister, hollister, karen millen uk, louboutin, uggs on sale, juicy couture outlet, converse outlet, swarovski crystal, uggs outlet, links of london, montre pas cher, ray ban, ugg pas cher, gucci, wedding dresses, supra shoes, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, replica watches, coach outlet, converse, swarovski, vans, marc jacobs, pandora jewelry, pandora uk, juicy couture outlet, uggs outlet