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Leyton Orient: The Untold Story of the O's Best-ever Team Hardcover – 1 Nov 2006
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From the Author
Thanks to my father, I enjoyed privileged access to all his
surviving team-mates, whose personal stories and memories provide a
compelling insight into the workings of what was once a leading London
From the Inside Flap
LEYTON ORIENT have only made it to what is now known as the
English Premiership once in their 125-year history . . . and this is the
untold story of how they joined the elite in 1962-63.
From a disappointing 19th place finish in the old second division in May
1961, the O's were promoted with Liverpool a year later.
As well as looking back at the matches, the goals and the highs and lows of
that rollercoaster two-year period in the early 60s, The Untold Story goes
We catch up with most of the surviving members of those historic Orient
teams to find out what really happened behind the scenes, as well as on the
pitch. We examine the characters in the dressing room, the showbiz element
surrounding the little East London club in those heady days . . . and what
happened after the party ended and relegation cast the O's back down to the
lower divisions again.
Controversial, hard-hitting, candid and revealing, this is the most
definitive account you will ever read on the best-ever Leyton Orient team,
lavishly illustrated with great pictures that will have you pining for a
return to the `good, ol' days' and a time when Leyton Orient made it into
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It brought back so many happy memories recalling the games from our 1961-62 promotion season and then (bliss!) our one and only year in the old First Division. What I really enjoyed about this book most, is how it has brought all our old favourites to life again, as characters in their own right. It's clear that Tony McDonald had privileged access to the ex-players featured in the book, and made the most of it to re-capture all their memories of what life was like with the O's back then, on and off the field.
Far from being a boring recollection of facts and figures ( they are at the back if you want to study them), this book goes much deeper and gives us supporters a great insight into the different personalities at the time. It's clever too the way even the sadly deceased players and management team are not forgotten, they live on in the personal thoughts of their living colleagues. I found it funny inplaces, but also quite sad to hear of the struggles of these heroes of mine (and my husband's) have been through over the years since they left the Orient.
I can honestly say that this is the most entertaining and interesting book I have read on the O's. Most football books with a historical slant to them are just, easily available stats. and rehashed previously published material. THIS IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT. I am pleased to say.
Great photographs, many I have never seen published before. That fact that they have also taken the time to track down the players and talk to them, and picture them as they are now in most cases. Is a great tribute to all those involved.
We fought over it in our house,it will have pride of place among our collection of O books.
This book deserves to sell heaps and heaps, no O fan should be without it.
After being promoted with Liverpool (honest!) Leyton Orient turned Brisbane Road into the field of dreams after beating Everton, West Ham and Manchester United inside the space of 12 days. You only have to look at today's league tables to see what happened in the end but as another writer once wrote: 'It is better to have loved and lost than never loved at all.' Well, as far as the O's are concerned it is better to have played in the top flight and lost than never to have been there at all.
You don't have to be an Orient fan - I'm not - to enjoy McDonald's well researched and well-written book, which makes you long for the days when football was played for pennies by the common man for the common man, without a Russian rouble or prawn sarnie in sight. Thoroughly recommended.