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Stat Attack: Notts County vs. Leyton Orient

Joe Jones

The first time that Notts County faced Leyton Orient was 103 years ago, when the Magpies travel to Millfields Road for a Division Two fixture. The East London outfit won 1-0.

A total of 76 fixtures have taken place between the two, with the Nottingham outfit holding the upper hand historically, as 30 games have been won by the Magpies, with 27 O's wins and 19 draws.

Leyton Orient were founded in 1881, and have had several name changes throughout the years, including Eagle Cricket Club, Orient FC and Clapton Orient FC. The O's, who play in Waltham Forest, are the second-oldest league club in London behind Fulham.

The club's unusual name is alleged to come from one of the club's early players (Jack R Dearing) who was an employee of the Orient Shipping Company.

During the First World War. 41 members of the Clapton Orient team and staff joined up into the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment (the Footballers' Battalion), the highest of any football team in the country and the first to join up en masse.

During the Battle of the Somme, three players gave their lives for King and Country: Richard McFadden, George Scott and William Jonas. Prior to the First World War, O's striker Richard McFadden had saved the life of a boy who was drowning in the River Lea as well as rescuing a man from a burning building.

History was made on Saturday 30th April 1921 when the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VIII, visited Millfields Road to see the O's play Notts County. The Orient won 3-0 and this was the first time a member of royalty had attended a Football League match.

Leyton Orient were involved in a dispute with the Premier League over its decision to allow West Ham to use the Olympic Stadium in London, with the O's expressing an interest in the 2012 Olympics venue, but this has now been settled with a "confidential agreement".

Arguably the most famous fans of the club are Andrew and Julian Lloyd Webber. The album Variations, used as the theme tune for London Weekend Television's South Bank Show, was written by Andrew as the result of his losing a bet to his brother on the result of a Leyton Orient match. Julian later presented a gold disc of Variations to the club chairman at half time during a game with Leicester City.

In addition, David Beckham and Alfred Hitchcock were born in the borough.


Stanley Aborah and Rob Milsom could be back in contention for Notts County against Leyton Orient on Saturday.

The midfielders have been absent recently through illness and a knee injury respectively but both players now have a full week of training under their belts.

Mawouna Amevor and fellow defender Scot Bennett missed out at Hartlepool in midweek through injury and will be checked on by Jamie Fullarton, who has kept the same starting XI for the last two games.

Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan, meanwhile, has no fresh injury or suspension worries.

The O's are hoping to bounce back from their 4-0 defeat to Northampton last Saturday and sit just two points below the play-off places.

Back-up goalkeeper Charlie Grainger remains a doubt for the clash after he missed last weekend's match due to a wrist problem.

Lloyd James, Paul McCallum and Dean Cox are all still unavailable.

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