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Leyton Orient FC
Matchroom Stadium

But still known to many fans as Brisbane Road
Capacity: 9,271 (all seated)
Address:
Brisbane Road, Leyton, London, E10 5NF
Main Telephone No: 0871 310 1881
Fax No: 0871 310 1882
Ticket Office: 0871 310 1883
Team Nickname: The O's
Year Ground Opened: 1937
Pitch Size: 115 x 80 yards
Home Kit Colours: Red and Black
Away Kit Colours: Gold and Black
Home Shirt Sponsors: Samsung
Away Shirt Sponsors: FIFA 14
Kit Manufacturers: Nike
Official Web Site: www.leytonorient.com
Unofficial Web Site:
O-Net


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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Future Developments
West Stand External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
West Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

South Stand (photo)
By Tube
North Stand (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price

Local Rivals

Ground Layout
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2013-2014
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Matchroom Stadium Location Map


 

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What's The Ground Like?
The ground has seen a lot of re-development in recent years, with the construction of three new stands. Finance for this has chiefly come from the proceeds of selling part of the Brisbane Road site to a property developer. In this ground breaking development, the corners of the ground have been filled with blocks of residential apartments, which certainly gives the stadium a unique look. Some other clubs are looking at the scheme with interest and I wouldn't be surprised to see something similar take place at another league ground at some point in the future.

At one end is the single tiered, Tommy Johnston (South) Stand (capacity 1,336 seats), that was opened in 1999. This stand replaced a former open terrace and is named after the club's leading all time goal scorer. An interesting feature of this covered area is that it is raised above pitch level, meaning that you have to climb a small set of steps at the front to reach the seating area. The old Main (East) Stand, which was originally opened in 1956, has been reduced in length, but is still a fair size.  This partly covered stand is now all seated after having seating installed on the former front terrace. Unfortunately, it has several supporting pillars and the roof doesn't quite cover all of the front seating. It does though have an interesting gable on its roof which has 'Leyton Orient' proudly emblazoned across it and gives a nice link to the Club's history.

Opposite is the new West Stand which was opened for the 2005/06 season. This all seated stand which has a capacity of 2,872, has an unusual look about it, as above the seating area is a tall vertical structure that houses the Club offices. In fact to be honest it looks more like an office block that has some seats installed on a large viewing gallery, rather than a football stand. It also has some corporate hospitality areas, which look a little precarious, as the outside seating area of these overhang the lower tier. If you carry on with the office theme, then you can almost imagine these being used by the window cleaners to clean the office windows. At the very top of the stand is a fair sized viewing gallery for television cameras and press and the roof of the stand contains a lot of perspex panels to allow more light to reach the pitch.

At the North End is the ground is the most recent addition to the stadium. The North Stand was opened at the beginning of the 2007/08 season and replaced a former open terrace. This simple looking covered all seated stand, has space for 1,351 spectators and looks similar to the Tommy Johnston Stand. The ground also has a set of four modern looking floodlight pylons.

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Future Developments
The Club had been making noises about possibly sharing the London Olympic Stadium with another club. However after the announcement that West Ham United have won the bidding process to move into the Olympic Stadium, it is thought that a ground share will not be offered. In some respects that this may not be a bad thing as the prospect of 4-5,000 Orient fans watching their side play in a 54,000 capacity stadium, hardly sets the heart racing, however having a Premier League Club move into the area can only be a draw on Orient's support base.

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West Stand External View


Matchroom Stadium West Stand External Photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Currently away supporters are housed in one side (towards the South End) of the Main Stand, where there are a couple of supporting pillars that may impede your view. Around 1,000 fans can be accommodated in this area. I have been to Orient a number of times and  have always been impressed by the state of the pitch. Even in January it is immaculate and at the start of the season you could almost play snooker on it!

Mick Hubbard adds; 'Brisbane Road (aka the Matchroom Stadium) is a fairly good ground these days. However the newish West Stand, must be one of the ugliest in the league. It looks attractive from outside the ground, but the inside is a bit of a carbuncle. The lower tier is normal seating but these sit beneath a bland set of offices and hospitality boxes. Overall, I 
found Orient to be a friendly place, and a good place to watch a game. With the tube station being nearby, and only a few stops from the City, it is easy to access. We got on a tube after the game in no time at all. A small queue does form from the direction of the ground, but we walked past this and simply walked into the station from the other side'.

Food on offer inside includes a range of Shire Foods Pies; Chicken Balti (£2.50), Meat (£2.50). Plus Pizza Pods (£2.50), Pasties (£2.50), Sausage Rolls (£2.20), Rollover Hot Dogs (£3.20), Cheeseburgers (£3.40), Burgers (£3.20), Chicken Burgers (£3.40), Veggie Burgers (£3.20) and Soup (£1.30).

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West Stand


Matcroom Stadium West Stand

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Where To Drink?

There is a supporters club at the ground that does admit small numbers of visiting supporters at a cost of £1. The supporters club which is located in the West Stand is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. As you would expect it is very popular with fans. However it is a relatively small club (around a 200 capacity), so if you don't arrive there early, then you may find that it is already full. Otherwise the nearest pub to the ground is the Coach & Horses. To get there take a right out of Leyton station and walk down for about half-a-mile. It is on your left, within sight of the floodlights. John Baumber adds; 'There is also the Northcote on Grove Green Road. They have Sky television (unlike the Birbeck, see below) and it is only a 10 minute brisk walk from the ground. To find the pub turn right out of the tube station and then right again into Grove Green Road, at the bottom of the hill by the first main junction of traffic lights'.

Stephen Harris informs me; 'the best pub near to the ground is the Birkbeck Tavern in Langthorne Road, behind the tube station'.
Mick Hubbard adds; 'Arriving at Leyton underground station, we headed for the Birkbeck Tavern, a place you would not chance upon, it being in a residential area around the back of the station. This place was a throwback, a real old-fashioned boozer. It hadnít seen a lick on paint for about 30 years I reckon.  Decor and soft furnishings were, shall we say, functional. Four real ales were on offer, a fact I only found out after squeezing my way to the bar and ordering the only one in view to me which was called Ritaís Special. If ever you visit Orient, and you like a decent pint, look this place up. From the Tube Station, turn right, and then right over an overpass that leads into the residential area behind the tube station'. See a map of its location on the Streetmap website'. This pub is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and offers a number of rotating guest beers alongside Rita's Special. Apparently this is a Courage Beer named by the pub after a former landlady.

If you have a bit of time on your hands and you like your real ale then you may consider a visit to the King William IV, which is the home of Brodie's Brewery. This pub which around a mile away from the ground on High Road, Leyton, boasts of having 16 Brodie's Beers on hand pump every weekend. Visit the King William IV website for more information. A little further on from this pub on Lea Bridge Road, is a Wetherspoons outlet called 'The Drum' which is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

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East Stand


Matcroom Stadium East Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M25 at Junction 27 and take the M11 towards London. At the end of the motorway keep in the right hand lane and follow the signs for the North Circular A406 (W). At the bottom of the flyover where the roads merge, move into the left-hand lane for the A104. At the roundabout turn left onto the A104 towards Leytonstone. After about 1 mile at the next roundabout take the second exit continuing on the A104 towards Walthamstow & Leyton. Half a mile further on, turn left at the traffic lights into Leyton Green Road (signposted to Leyton Leisure Lagoon & Lea Valley Sports). Continue along this road and as you reach a large elevated block of flats on your right turn left into a short slip road that runs past the bus garage and then left into Leyton High Road (you'll see the Leyton Leisure Lagoon in front of you as you wait to make the turn). Continue along Leyton High Road passing the Leyton Midland Road overground station. After passing a Jet Garage and as the High Road bears around to the left then the ground is beyond the High Road to the right. So take the most suitable right hand turn (as some have vehicle restrictions) and they will take you down towards the stadium. Street Parking.

Map showing the location of the Matchroom Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: E10 5NF

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South Stand

Matchroom Stadium South
                    Stand

By Tube
The nearest tube station is Leyton (about a 1/4 of a mile away) which is on the Central Line. Come out of the station and turn right down Leyton High Road. Cross over the road to the other side and continue down it. You will come to Coronation Gardens on your left and the floodlights of the ground can be clearly seen behind them. Take the next left past the gardens into Buckingham Road for the ground.

Thanks to Dean Herbert & Joe Spraggins for providing the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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North Stand


Matchroom Stadium North Stand

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Admission; Prices
Home Fans*:
West
Stand: Adults £23 Concessions £15
East Stand: Adults £23 Concessions £15
Tommy Johnston Stand: Adults £21 Concessions £14
North Family Stand:
Adults £21 Concessions £14, Under 18's £5, Under 11's Free**

Away Fans*:
East Stand: Adults £23 Concessions £15, Under 18's £5***

Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 18's, Students and Members of the armed forces (proof of status must be produced).

* The ticket prices above are for those which are purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £2 more per adult ticket and £1 extra per concession.

** Must be reserved in advance and accompanied by a paying adult.

*** Must be bought in advance of matchday, otherwise the concession price of £16 applies.

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Programme Price
Official Programme: £3

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Local Rivals
Although Barnet is the closest Football League club, the traditional rivals are West Ham United and from further a field, Brighton & Southend.

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Ground Layout


Ground Layout

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Fixtures 2013-2014
Leyton Orient FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
34,345 v West Ham United,
FA Cup 4th Round, January 25th, 1964.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
9,136
v Arsenal,
FA Cup 5th Round, February 20th 2011.

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 4,002 (League One)
2011-2012: 4,298 (League One)
2010-2011: 4,582 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of The Matchroom Stadium

Paul Willott (Preston North End) 16/11/13
Russell Bradford (MK Dons) 12/10/13
Marcos Brown-Garcia (Hull City) 27/8/13
James Prentice (Doing the 92) 16/3/13
Toby Maxstone-Smith (Brentford) 13/9/12

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Leyton Orient and general London Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map showing the location of the stadium, underground station and listed pubs



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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.



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Last Updated: 22 March 2014