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Who are ya? Leyton Orient
Nickname: The Os
Ground: Brisbane Road
How to get there: By Car: From Gillingham, get onto the A2 and head through the Blackwall Tunnel, continue on A102 following signs to `Stratford, Dalston’. Remain on the A102/A106 for 4.2 miles, following signs for Leyton, passing New Spitalfields Market and over a bridge. At lights just after Car Superstore, turn left into Oliver Road. Distance from Priestfield: 34 miles. Approximate time: 1hr 9mins
Nearest station: Leyton Midland Road (National Rail), Leyton (London Underground).
Last five games v Gillingham:
23/03/96: Division Three – Gillingham (Gayle) 1-1 Leyton Orient (Arnott)
01/01/96: Division Three – Leyton Orient 0-1 Gillingham (Fortune-West)
29/08/89: League Cup Round 1 – Leyton Orient 3-0 Gillingham
22/08/89: League Cup Round 1 – Gillingham 1-4 Leyton Orient
12/01/85: Division Three (old) – Gillingham 2-0 Leyton Orient
All-time record v the Gills:
Gills wins: 20
Leyton Orient wins: 23
Remember me? Playing Leyton Orient. Matches between the two have been few and far between, with just four meetings – including a two-legged League Cup tie – in the past 20 years. They were relegated to the bottom tier in 1985 and their promotion four years later saw them pass the Gills on their way up. In 1995, they were relegated, leading to two meetings in 1995/96, but since then the clubs have not been in the same division.
Man to watch: Gary Alexander. The former West Ham trainee has played for Exeter, Swindon and Hull before moving to Orient, where he has had his most successful spell. Was top scorer for the Os last season and will be hoping to be amongst the goals again this time around.
2006/07 prospects: Like Cheltenham, they have kept faith with the squad that earned promotion last year and, like Cheltenham, may find that to be a risky move. They look unlikely to score lots of goals and that is always a problem which leads to a season of struggle.