So, Mr Hearn has asked for the confirmation of West Ham as the preferred tenant of the 2012 Olympic Stadium to be delayed as "Leyton Orient has been in existence for 130 years and by any stretch of the imagination we are the incumbent club.”
So, that’ll be the Leyton Orient who originally came from Clapton and moved to Leyton in 1937, only adopting the local name after the Second World War! Even then it only existed for about 20 years, as in 1966 they renamed themselves “Orient”. It wasn’t until 1987, and with pressure from the Leyton Orientear fanzine, that they reinstated the Leyton part of the club's name.
So, they’ve only actually been known as Leyton Orient for about 45 years out of the 130 years that our Barry refers to.
BTW: I do sympathise with Barry (as the gig should’ve gone to Tottenham Hotspur!)
By – Richard Brown