|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.
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.
|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.|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
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!
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).
|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
Robert Mitchell adds, 'Not far from the tube
station along the High Road (on the left before the
KFC) is the Leyton Technical pub, which is
frequented by away fans.' This small pub stocks a
number of real ales and also serves food.
|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.
Post Code for SAT NAV: E10 5NF
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
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**
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 bought in advance of matchday, otherwise
the concession price of £16 applies.
|Official Programme: £3|
|Although Barnet is the closest Football League club, the traditional rivals are West Ham United and from further a field, Brighton & Southend.|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Leyton Orient FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
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.
2013-2014: 5,468 (League One)
2012-2013: 4,002 (League One)
2011-2012: 4,298 (League One)
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