O’s Beat Billericay as they Debut New Kit

The O’s took to the pitch for their first match in their new 2017-18 season EnergyBet kits, at Billericay Town on the 29th July, and left the AGP Arena as 2-1 winners.

In an impressive performance, that bodes well for the rejuvenated Leyton Orient, Macauley Bonne opened the scoring, with a nice header in the seventh minute, whilst Jake Caprice whacked a second one into the Billericay net midway through the first half. Billericay weren’t about to take things lying down though, with Sam Deering scoring for the hosts with a header, before half time.

David Mooney took the armband for the O’s, with First Team Captain Charlie Lee out of action due to a knee injury, and the weather attempted to get in the way with rain starting just after kick-off. Still, it was a quick paced match.

Impressive team play was demonstrated from the outset, as Orient smoothly guided the ball from the left, over to Romuald Boco on the right, who then found a perfectly timed run from Caprice, who in turn produced a precise cross for Bonne to head past the Billericay keeper. Mooney, by way of Bonne, could have added another just four minutes later, but the shot sailed over the bar.

A confident Orient demonstrated they were in control throughout most of the first half, with Caprice, who had been pressing on the right, effortlessly teamed with Boco, to get into the area, doubling the O’s lead in the 27th minute.

Billericay, however, increased the pressure towards the end of the half, with Jermaine Pennant pushing a freekick behind Charlie Grainger. Then, with just six minutes until the break, Billericay equalised when midfielder Sam Deering, got a header past Grainger.

When the teams took to the pitch again, Orient went with the same XI, and nearly made it 3-1 courtesy of a low shot from Craig Clay that went just wide of the mark. Not long after that, Bonne failed to capitalise on a second chance, with a left-footed strike.

Grainger managed to push another attempt from Deering behind, and then Billericay came close again after a header diverted the ensuing corner into the post. Deering again saw a chance for an equaliser around the 60-minute mark, but his shot was deflected and went wide.

As the match neared the final 20 minutes, McAnuff had a free kick pushed over the bar, and Lawless saw a shot sent behind. In the 72nd minute, the substitute Jake Robinson, nearly saved the day for Billericay, when he planted a header out of Grainger’s reach – but it was returned by the post and cleared by the O’s defence.

Just seven minutes later, the O’s Trialist B saw his free-kick nick the post and go behind for a goal kick. In the 83rd minute, Orient defender Elokobi looked like he was going to seal the deal in style, but his shot was deflected by an Orient player on the line.

The action continued right until the final whistle, with the hosts still looking for that elusive equaliser, but Orient left the pitch as victors.

The O’s performance at Billericay will give confidence to the club, with under one week let until they travel to Sutton United, for their first match of the Vanarama National League. Head Coach Steve Davis’ decision to put Josh Coulson, their latest signing, with George Elokobi, in the centre of the defence, may give a hint of the tactics to expect in the coming league matches.

Mooney Glad to be Back with the O’s [video]

With their first match in the Vanarama National League fast approaching, EnergyBet caught up with Leyton Orient FC striker David Mooney.

32-year old Mooney, who has returned to the O’s, after his contract with Southend United expired, shared how excited he is to be back at Brisbane Road and the Matchroom Stadium. At a time when his old team is going through such positive changes and has adopted a refreshingly optimistic outlook, he said that signing with the O’s again was an “easy decision to take”, that he is “delighted to be back” and looking forward to an exciting season.

As a newly relegated club, Leyton Orient will find itself in an interesting position in the National League, with players like Mooney used to action at a higher level, and with the entire club having a substantial stadium and infrastructure behind them – but they will often find themselves playing matches against teams used to much more basic facilities, and a rawer approach to the game. When asked about the prospect of playing in the National League, Mooney had a pragmatic attitude, saying that the team would tap into the experience of the new, younger players with National League experience.

With the new resources, optimism and organisation that has been injected into the O’s through the likes of Teague and Ling, coupled with the skills of high calibre players like Mooney, and the enthusiasm and raw talent of the latest signings, Leyton Orient should be able to use the full spectre of the qualities available to make every match count in the coming season.

A Confident Ling Returns to Leyton Orient [video]

After suffering humiliation, despair and relegation last season, iconic Leyton Orient FC have re-grouped and re-energised since the long-awaited change in ownership. If one thing became crystal clear during those challenging times, it was the resolute loyalty of both the Orient fans and their key staff. No one demonstrates this better than Martin Ling.

Ling, who was born just 2.5 miles from the O’s stadium, and who managed the O’s for more than five years, between 2003 and 2009, leading the club to League One, has now been appointed as Leyton Orient FC’s Director of Football, and has already helped changed the general mood and perception at the Matchroom Stadium. Not even 24 hours had passed since former owner Francesco Becchetti sold his stake in the club, before Ling had signed back with his former club, as Director of Football.

It is clear that Ling considers Becchetti to have been the worst thing ever to have happened to Leyton Orient, telling The Sun “If there is to be a textbook on how NOT to run a football club, Becchetti would be the author.” Ling’s own son, Sam, had played at the club during the chaotic period, and experienced six managers in just two years – highlighting the ridiculous turnover under the hapless Italian.

Ling is clearly focused on getting the Orient squad up to full strength, and seemed happy with the flurry of recent acquisitions like Craig Clay, Macauley Bonne, George Elokobi, Christian Scales, Alex Lawless, Jake Caprice, Charlie Lee and Joe Widdowson – explaining that players with experience in the National League were going to be of great value to the team in the year ahead. But, he also stressed the importance of the more experienced players, like Mooney and Grainger, in giving the Club some real backbone and inspiring the younger guys. Ling joined Mooney and Teague in conveying his optimism and confidence in the team for the approaching season, and also revealed that there are a few more signings still to be made.

Exciting times indeed!

New 17’-18’ Leyton Orient FC Kit Released

More great news for Orient fans! The club have just unveiled their brand-new shirts for the 2017-18 Vanarama National League season. Both the home and away shirts use the quality Nike Trophy II template, made with Nike Dry fabric and Nike Dri-FIT polyester, to keep you dry and comfortable, no matter how hard you play. The home shirt goes with red shorts and socks, and the away shirt with blue shorts and socks.

The new kit once again highlights Leyton Orient’s continuing positive relationship with main sponsor EnergyBet, and will be worn proudly as the O’s stage the biggest comeback fight of their lives, with new owners, management and players – and a loyal fan base that has been energised like never before.

Leyton Orient Commercial Manager Steve Dixon said, “The Club is hoping to be able to provide a much more enjoyable matchday experience this season, and I expect EnergyBet to be part of that with a range of creative and fun activities as well as competitions for our supporters.”

EnergyBet spokesperson Russell Yershon, added; “We are thrilled to be a part of the kit launch for the coming season and see the passion of not only the new owners, but also the arrival of new players who have the ambition to return Leyton Orient into the English Football League and bring the good times back. We look forward to seeing the fans wearing the shirt and being able to reward them with prizes such as hospitality packages and on pitch activities during the coming season.”

You can get hold of the new kit both online and in the Club shop. The official LOFC 2017-18 away kit will be available to purchase from August 4th, and prices for both kits are as follows:

  • Junior Shirts £36
  • Youth Shirts £40
  • Adult Shirts £45
  • Junior Shorts £16.75
  • Youth Shorts £17.50
  • Adult Shorts £20
  • Socks £8.50 – £10 dependant on shoe size.
  • Infant Kits will be made available shortly, priced at £25

Customised shirt printing will be available soon for just £12.95 – for any name and number. An announcement will be made when shirt printing becomes available.

Get yours today, and show the O’s that you’re behind them all the way!

New Talent Joins, Old Talent Returns

The positive changes keep rolling on at the rejuvenated Leyton Orient FC, with new players joining the team and bringing optimism for the season ahead. Former Motherwell midfielder Craig Clay, former Colchester striker Macauley Bonne and defender George Elokobi, former Crystal Palace defender Christian Scales, former Woking defender Jake Caprice, former Stevenage midfielder Charlie Lee, former Dagenham & Redbridge defender Joe Widdowson, have all joined the O’s on 2-year contracts. Alex Lawless, former Yeovil Town midfielder, has signed a 1-year deal with Orient. Meanwhile, goalie Charlie Grainger has re-signed with the O’s for a further two years, and former Orient striker David Mooney has returned to the club for at least two years after a spell with Southend United.

Craig Clay

After making 39 appearances at Fir Park last season, Clay is enthusiastic about joining a club with such an exciting challenge ahead. 25-year-old Nottingham born Clay started his football career at Chesterfield, graduating through their youth system and being named their Young Player of the year for the 08-09 season. His performance resulted in a professional contract with the club in 2010. He amassed further valuable experience playing on loan with Conference Premier sides, Barrow and then Alfreton Town. After playing 23 matches with Chesterfield in the 2012-13 season, he joined York City in May 2013.

For the 2014-15 season, Clay was snapped up by Grimsby Town, and proved his worth in 47 appearances, helping the Mariners reach the play-off final. Grimsby made sure they signed the talented Clay, and in the summer of 2015 signed a new deal – and it proved the right move, with Grimsby achieving promotion back to the Football League, and Clay totting up another 44 appearances. In fact, his performance in the 2015-16 season earned him selection for the England C team, and in August 2016 Motherwell tempted him north of the border.

Macauley Bonne

Bonne has been signed for a 2-year contract, moving from Colchester United for an undisclosed amount. The 21-year old striker began at Ipswich Town’s Academy, before a short stint playing for Norwich City and then moving on to Colchester at the age of 14. He made his professional debut on 22nd October 2013, before marking his 18th birthday in style, scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Peterborough United. Bonne, who put in a total of 84 appearances for the U’s and was capped by Zimbabwe (under 23s), also played as a loan with Lincoln City and Woking last season, so has plenty of experience under his belt, despite his young years.

George Elokobi

Another acquisition from Colchester comes in the form of the solid defender George Elokobi. Cameroon born Elokobi came to England when he was 16, joining Dulwich Hamlet, before moving to Colchester in 2004. After 4 years with Colchester, including a loan at Chester, Elokobi signed with Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2009, where he was instrumental in helping the Wolves get their promotion to the Premier League in 2009. After more than 100 appearances with Wolves, and loans to both Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, Elokobi joined Oldham Athletic for the 2014-15 season, with 27 appearances before re-joining Colchester, where he made another 48 appearances and enjoyed a spell on loan to Braintree.

Christian Scales

Another 2-year signing for the O’s comes in the form of former Crystal Palace and South side Whitehawk defender Christian Scales. The 20-year old left back hails from Hertfordshire and started out at Norwich City’s Academy, before he caught the eye of Crystal Palace, being awarded his first professional contract in April 2015, and then joining Crawley Town on loan for the beginning of the 2015-16 season, where his performance was impressive. Scales then moved to National League team South side Whitehawk for the last half of the season.

Alex Lawless

Another experienced player who has signed a 2-year deal with the O’s is former Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Lawless. The 32-year old started life in Tonypandy, Wales, and began his professional career at Ton Pentre, before being signed by Fulham in 2003. Lawless has been capped by Wales at youth levels, and after two years playing with the Cottagers, made the move to Torquay United. After a year with the Gulls, Lawless signed with Forest Green Rovers in August 2006, and became a key player, making no fewer than 120 appearances.

In mid-2009, Lawless moved to York City, where he enjoyed a successful first season with 45 appearances, catching the eye of Luton Town, whom he joined in November 2010 on loan, before a permanent switch in January 2011. In the five years Lawless was with the Hatters, they achieved promotion back to the Football League, and he made an impressive 203 appearances. In July 2016, he signed a one-year contract with Yeovil Town, and racked up another 39 appearances.

Jake Caprice

Coming to the Matchroom Stadium from National League side Woking, is 24-year old defender Jake Caprice. Having started out in the youth ranks at Crystal Palace, Caprice signed his first professional contract with the Eagles in 2011, though was unable to make the breakthrough there and signed for Blackpool a year later, and made his professional debut on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge in December 2012. Caprice also played on loan with St. Mirren and Tamworth in the 2013-14 season.

But, it was with Lincoln City that Caprice really found his footing, and became a dependable player, enjoying 37 appearances in the 2014-15 season, and impressing Woking, who signed him on a pre-contract before the 2015-16 season. At Woking, Caprice owned his right back spot, and appeared 89 times.

Charlie Lee

30-year old midfielder Charlie Lee has joined the O’s from Stevenage. Lee, who came through the Tottenham Hotspur youth, was first signed professionally with Spurs in 2005, and moved to Peterborough United in 2007. With Peterborough, Lee found his pace and won Player of the Year award in two seasons running, helping his side reach the Championship with successive promotions in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

After 177 appearances with Peterborough, Lee left for Gillingham after a loan to the Kent side. Keeping to-form, with Lee the Gills were promoted, finishing as League Two champs in the 2012-13 season. In 2014 Lee made the move to Stevenage, where he made 130 appearances.

Joe Widdowson

Following the ending of his contract with National League team Dagenham & Redbridge, 28-year old defender Joe Widdowson has joined the Orient ranks. After starting out with West Ham United, the left back experienced his senior debut while on loan to Rotherham United in 2008. In 2009 he joined Grimsby Town, and a year later signed with Rochdale, where he made 73 appearances from 2010-12. He spent the next two years making 75 appearances with Northampton Town. Widdowson then played with Bury (with a loan to Morecambe), before joining Dagenham & Redbridge on loan in November of 2014. After making a permanent switch to the Daggers, Widdowson made 106 appearances, with 51 playing for the side, under John Still, that reached the Vanarama National League Play-Off semi-final.

Charlie Grainger

Orient goalkeeper Charlie Grainger will remain with the O’s, after signed a new 2-year deal. The 20-year old is now going to be in competition with Sam Sargeant for the number one spot in the O’s approaching National League push. After being at the Matchroom Stadium for nearly 9 years, Grainger is keen to help the O’s recover their performance and make the fans proud, saying “I’ve been working hard during the off-season and can’t wait to get going on Monday. It is an exciting time for the Club and I am delighted to be a part of it.”

David Mooney

Experienced Orient striker David Mooney (2011-15), has re-joined the O’s after his contract with Southend United expired. The 32-year old Dubliner began his career with Shamrock Rovers in 2004, before playing for Longford Town and Cork City in Ireland. In 2008, he moved across the Irish Sea to England, joining Reading. Mooney enjoyed loans to Stockport Country, Norwich City, Charlton Athletic and Colchester United, and was also on the Republic of Ireland under-23 team, gaining much valuable experience.

In the summer of 2011 Mooney signed with Orient for the first time, where he scored 51 goals in 170 appearances, and became a firm favourite among the fans. In the past two seasons at Southend, he’s also racked up 10 goals in 50 appearances, and now has big hopes for his return to the Matchroom Stadium.

Orient’s New Head Coach: Steve Davis

In another piece of good news for Leyton Orient FC, Steve Davis has been appointed Head Coach in a two-year deal. Orient will be in experienced hands, with Davis having previously managed Northwich Victoria, Nantwich Town and Crewe Alexandra.

A determined Midlander, Birmingham born Davis started off playing with Stoke City, and played in over one hundred and forty matches with Crewe Alexandra and Burnley, before playing a hundred matches with Barnsley in Division One, resulting in their promotion to the Premier League. Davis finished up his career as a player with Cheshire clubs Macclesfield Town, Northwich Victoria and Nantwich town.

As a manager, Davis led Nantwich Town to two promotions in three seasons, and an FA Vase victory, led Crewe Alexandra to promotion from League Two and to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. By the time he left Crewe, in January, Davis was the fourth longest serving manager in the top four divisions (2011-2017).

Davis will be working alongside Leyton Orient’s assistant coach Ross Embleton, and under director of football Martin Ling, and new owner Nigel Travis, with a very clear goal of guiding the club back to the English Football League. It seems that Orient is well on track to put their nightmare behind them, and everything looks good for the coming season.

An Optimistic Webb Returns to LOFC

Leyton Orient FC fans have yet another reason to smile, because Danny Webb has returned as Youth Team Coach. Yes, in another sign that the club is preparing to put last season’s dismal performance behind them, Webb has been praising the new structure of the club.

During an interview with leytonorient.com, Webb said that it felt great to be back at the club, and that since he left the O’s a few months back, he had been confident that there would be a takeover and turnaround. Echoing the sentiments of new Vice-Chairman and Principal Investor, Kent Teague, Webb expressed how impressed he had been by the loyalty and commitment of the O’s fans, saying “They kept turning up and supporting the team, and what I will say is that the fact of how supportive the fans were during that time will make the young players a million times better going into the first team environment under a new First Team Coach this season.”

Webb also expressed his confidence in owner Nigel Travis and Director of Football Martin Ling, and the structure that they have already put into place for the formerly rudderless club. Webb himself is eager to get working with the Leyton Orient youth team, and help them to achieve their potential as and eventually provide the O’s with the first team that they so badly need.

As far as Webb’s previous experience with the O’s goes, he explained that he enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with management, but that he is a coach at heart, and still considers himself to be learning his trade – though he would not rule out branching into management at some point in the future.

Though Web left the O’s back in March he, like so many other people connected with the Orient, he seems to have used the time to watch developments at the club closely, plan and prepare for a return once the issues that had been crippling the club had been resolved – even visiting other top clubs to see how they train and work. The enthusiasm with which he is looking forward to working with Director of Football Martin Ling, and First Team Assistant Coach Ross Embleton, speaks volumes about his passion for the club.

Webb seems filled with the hope and optimism for the future of Leyton Orient FC that we keep seeing recently, and if his confidence is a barometer of the general feeling in the club, O’s fans should have a big smile on their faces. We could not agree with him more when he said, “I think the fans can now see a direction in which we are going and it is brilliant to be a part of something where everyone is singing off the same page.”

Exciting times indeed!

A Bright New Dawn for Leyton Orient FC

At long last, things are looking up for Leyton Orient FC. So, last season was a disaster, resulting in relegation to the National League, but it looks like a phoenix may well rise from the ashes. With new owners and management, a resurgent passion and determination is now showing itself.

Perhaps nothing symbolises this more that the attitude and enthusiasm of new Vice-Chairman and Principal Investor, Texan businessman Kent Teague. In his first interview with leytonorient.com Kent explained how he felt “extremely humbled, extremely honoured” and “extremely privileged” to be a part of the club’s future.

He went on to say how he had held a lifelong dream of being involved with a football club, and how he was excited, if a little nervous, about the club’s prospects in the National League – with Orient, being the most high-profile club in the division – likely to be the focus of the twenty-three other clubs’ efforts. Certainly, Orient will have a challenge ahead, with 46 league matches to look forward to in the coming season, but with leadership brimming with energy focus – something that was sadly lacking for most of last season – there is every reason for the O’s to be optimistic.

Fellow visionary, Orient Club Chairman Nigel Travis, had apparently contacted Teague back in April, regarding being a part the consortium to purchase the club from Italian Francesco Becchetti, though Teague said he had been following the Orient saga for some time. Leyton Orient’s rich and vibrant history, being the second oldest club in London, went a long way to persuading Teague to get involved, but it seems to be the club’s incredibly loyal and down-to-earth fans who sealed the deal for him. He was particularly impressed with the way Orient fans handled the final game of last season, saying “The third, and arguably most important, attraction was the supporters level of passion and commitment. I was extremely impressed by the enthusiasm they showed for the final game of last season at Blackpool, and the way that they conducted themselves on that day.”

Teague and Travis have been working hard to get the right talent in place, especially sorting out the problems on the business side of the club, to ensure that they can focus on the football over the course of the coming season, and thus far at least, everything seems to be coming together. At EnergyBet, we’ll be watching events closely with our fingers crossed, and we wish Teague, Travis, the players, the club staff and all the indomitable Orient fans, the very best of luck – you really do deserve it.

Ex Orient Assistant Manager Thanked For Helping England Under 20 Success

Following the incredible under-20 World Cup success with England, Andy Edwards says he is indebted to former Leyton Orient assistant manager Kevin Nugent.

Andy Edwards the ex O’s boss and Academy Director had his last match as Leyton Orient manager before handing in his resignation on January 29 a little over 4 months ago.

He has paid tribute to some of his old staff at Leyton Orient after recently helping England win the under-20 World Cup earlier this month a far cry from the disappointment and disillusionment he felt when in charge of the O’s earlier in the year. The 45-year-old left Brisbane Road at the end of January to take up a role as an out-of-possession coach with the Football Association.

Edwards was part of the successful England coaching team out in Korea, as Paul Simpson’s Young Lions won the prestigious tournament. Simpson himself had spent many a season at lower league clubs although he will probably always be known as a Manchester City player.

Edwards saw it all at Brisbane Road and after ending a seven-year stay at Orient, Edwards was fortunate enough to be part of a group, which achieved victory at the under-20 World Cup, the first time an England team had won a major competition since the senior side in 1966.

But after properly starting his coaching career as O’s youth-team manager back in 2009, Edwards has not forgotten his roots.

He said: “I owe a lot to (Orient’s former assistant manager) Kevin Nugent for putting my name forward for the youth-team role over seven years ago. I will always be thankful to ‘Kev’ and ultimately very thankful to Matt Porter (Orient’s former CEO) as well as (ex-chairman) Barry Hearn and a lot of other people at the club at that time. We were all committed 24/7 and the academy vastly improved over the years I was there and we got success in that regard.

“Obviously we saw the success the first-team had under Barry, Matt, Russell (Slade) and Kevin in reaching the play-off final. The reason behind that was because the club was very well run and structured with people that committed themselves and wanted to achieve at the club. Orient is a fantastic club with good history, good tradition and good support and everywhere you looked at a particular time, there were good people there whether it was the commercial side, the media or the football side.”

“You always had good people there who were trying to overachieve in every department and obviously what has happened to it now is heartbreaking.”

While Edwards has gone on to achieve success since leaving Orient, the club has gone from bad to worse. Unless you were hiding under a rock you would have known that Leyton Orient finished bottom of League Two at the end of the 2016/17 campaign and as a result suffered relegation to the National League.

Chairman Francesco Becchetti went through five different managers with Edwards spending just over two months in charge. Not a long period of time overall but enough for him to understand after 7 ears at the club exactly what was going on.

After making the difficult decision to resign as Orient boss on January 29, the ex-Academy Director played his part in helping England win a World Cup competition for the first time since Sir Alf Ramsey’s Lions had won the honours.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of the game for England to help them earn a 1-0 win over Venezuela in the final of under-20 World Cup.

Edwards celebrated the Young Lions triumph on Sunday June 11 with head coach Simpson and the other members of staff in Korea.

He said “Has it sunk in yet? Yes and no! It was a brilliant achievement and a really good experience. We had a week in Japan and then four weeks in Korea and an England under-20 team had not won a World Cup group game in 20-odd years, so the initial goal was to do that and get out of the group. As the tournament went on we just improved and it shows we have some very good players at that age group.”

With Edwards not focused on trying to help England win the under-20 World Cup anymore, the local resident is hoping the future of his club becomes clearer soon.

Edwards, the ex-Southend United defender did hope to see Orient beat relegation, although he conceded at the time they were unlikely to do so.

Ahead of the 2017/18 National League campaign, almost all of the current squad at Brisbane Road are youngsters first developed and natured by Edwards in the academy.

He therefore hopes Orient’s future is clarified soon, adding: “Nobody knows what is going on with the ownership of the club and whether it will be sold or not. All the senior players have left and it is a fresh start, but whoever is managing the team next season needs the opportunity to put a squad together.

“The National League is a really tough division. I have played in it and worked in the Conference and the way it stands at the moment, it doesn’t take an expert to see it is going to be really difficult for Orient with the current group of young players. As talented as they are, they need experience in there and players who know the level and can physically compete and give the youngsters a platform to push on.

“There are some really talented young players at Orient and there is a danger their potential won’t get recognised because of the situation they are in. It is going to be really tough for the club, especially with the way things stand at the moment, so I am sure the fans know if they can consolidate next season then it will be success.

“Look at Lincoln City. After five years they are back in the Football League, but you also have York City who have been relegated again. You have to be realistic. You need structure and leadership at the club, which it has not got at the moment.”

Star Sixes Magic for O’s Fans

Exciting news for dedicated Leyton Orient fans: as a gesture of goodwill the club is giving away 1,000 free tickets for Star Sixes – the highly anticipated new tournament for former international footballers, being held at London’s O2 Arena this July.

There are 500 tickets for the night of Friday 14th July (group stage), and another 500 for the following night, Saturday 15th July (quarter-finals). Start time is 6pm for both nights, and tickets can be picked up at Leyton Orient FC main reception, on Oliver Road, from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. There’s a limit of six tickets per person, per night, and tickets are expected to go fast, so make sure you collect them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Star Sixes will see 12 national teams, featuring some of the biggest names in football history, do battle for the first ever Star Sixes trophy, in a thrilling six-a-side tournament. With legends like Michael Ballack, Deco, Steven Gerrard, Emile Hesky, Jay-Jay Okocha, Michael Owen Alessandro Del Piero, Rivaldo and Robert Pires playing, the O2 Arena will be the place every footie fan will want to be on Friday and Saturday!

The teams will be split into three four-team groups, from which the top two from each plus the two best third-placed teams, will move on to quarter-finals, followed by semi-finals, a third/fourth place play-off, and then the big final.

If you’re a Leyton Orient fan, don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy this landmark international football event for free, and remember, with up to six tickets per person, you can take the whole family.

For more info about Star Sixes, visit www.starsixes.com.

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