Leyton Orient Trust is a pioneering charity using the power of sport to improve life chances. Working together with Leyton Orient Football Club and other partners, it delivers and develops health, wellbeing, educational attainment and life skills programmes within the local communities of Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Redbridge.

Since its creation in 1989, Leyton Orient Trust has invested over £30 million in North and East London, touching the lives of over 100,000 people in that time.


Eastside Community Heritage was established in 1993 as part of the Stratford City Challenge community history project and became an independent charity in 1997. In 1999 Eastside Community Heritage established the Hidden Histories archive formerly known as the East London People’s Archive which now holds over 4,000 oral histories, thousands of photographs and video material all preserved and archived for public benefit. With 20 years experience, Eastside Community Heritage is dedicated to recording and preserving powerful stories. 


We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this project.

80 Years Timeline

1881 – Members of Homerton Theological College and Glyn Cricket Club play football during the winter months, many work on the Orient shipping line.

1898 – Clapton Orient chosen as the name for the football club, due to associations with the shipping line and the area of Clapton.

1901 – Club reaches the first division of the London League (Amateur). Beat West Ham United 1-0 at the Old Spotted Dog Ground to win the West Ham Charity Cup.

1905 – Club joins the Football League

1915-1918 – Many Orient players enlist in the army for the First World War - three Orient players died at the Battle of the Somme.

1930 - Following the introduction of greyhound racing to the stadium, the club leave their Millfields home to play home matches at the Lea Bridge Stadium.

1937 – Club moves to Brisbane Road.

1945 - Following the Second World War the club adopts the name Leyton Orient.

1962 – Orient make the First Division for the first time in their history. They manage one season in the top flight before suffering relegation.

1966 - Following the Essex borough of Leyton's absorption into the London Borough of Waltham Forest, the club is renamed as Orient FC. 

1972 – Orient beat Chelsea 3-2 in the FA cup fifth round.

1977 – Laurie Cunningham is sold to West Bromwich Albion. Laurie Cunningham would go on to become one of Orient’s most famous ever players, helping West Brom to their highest ever league finish of 3rd, before playing for Real Madrid.

1979 – Orient once more make the semi-finals of the FA cup, losing 2-0 to Arsenal.

1987 - Club revert name to Leyton Orient.

1995 – Barry Hearn buys the club for £5 after then chairman Tony Wood’s business collapses.

1999 – Brisbane Road stadium is renovated with the terrace on the South Stand demolished.

2001 – Leyton Orient Fans Trust is established, an independent organisation for supporters of Leyton Orient to promote the voice of the fans.

2006 – Leyton Orient are promoted to the Football League 1 (3rd Division)

2014 – Leyton Orient lose on penalties in the play-off final to Rotherham

2015 – Francesco Becchetti buys the club.

2017 – Orient suffer back-to-back relegations, dropping out of the Football League and saved from the brink of administration by a group of businessmen led by Nigel Travis. The club currently play in the National League - the fifth tier of English football.