On the 22nd April 2017, Leyton Orient was relegated from the Football League after 112 years.
After a season of awful ownership that saw a merry-go-round of managers, players being unpaid, and fans boycotting games, the O’s paid the ultimate price by being relegated to non-league football, ending a 112-year stay in the professional football leagues, one of the longest of any team in England.
The fall of Orient was one of the saddest to see in English football. Not a season before their relegation from League Two, the O’s were in contention for a play-off spot in the league table but ultimately the east London side missed out on the chance for promotion by six points, ending the season one place below in seventh.
Here’s how fans reacted to the news on Twitter following confirmation of Orient’s relegation…
@leytonorientfc they didn’t deserve it…the sooner the manager and most of the players clear off the better
— Rich Priest (@richp242) 3 May 2015
@leytonorientfc once again us fans suffer.
— william everitt (@williameveritt) 3 May 2015
@leytonorientfc it would be good if the players were as good as are support this season, DISCRASFUL!!!
— NotUsingAccount08070 (@Brodie_b12) 3 May 2015
@leytonorientfc fresh start with a new manager next year then get someone who knows the league
— Rob (@rob_jackson96) 3 May 2015
@leytonorientfc utter, utter disgrace. Hang your heads in Shame.
— jamie miller (@Orientelectric) 3 May 2015
@leytonorientfc Well done Becchetti, you absolute clown. You know nothing about football
— CynicO (@davidbarratt15) 3 May 2015
@leytonorientfc Given the performances and general debacle over the season we deserve to go down.
— George Turle (@GeorgeTurleMMA) 3 May 2015
@leytonorientfc play off finals last season, relegation this season. What a joke.
— ETTX… (@ettxene) 3 May 2015
Since their relegation from the Football League, Orient have managed to get their act together.
The ownership that tore the club down and ultimately sent the O’s to their non-league doom sold the east London club in June to Nigel Travis, the CEO of Dunkin Brands, and since then things have turned around for Orient, although it has taken some time.
In their first season in non-league in over a century, Orient found it hard to adjust to life outside the Football League. By November the club were just hovering above the relegation zone, resulting in manager Steve Davis being sacked and replaced by Justin Edinburgh, who guided the club to safety and ended the campaign in 13th place.
Their second season, though, would prove to be a far different tale. Orient have been one of the best teams in the division and stand just one point away from promotion back into the Football League after just two years away.
The likes of Macauley Bonne, Josh Koroma and Marvin Ekpiteta have guided the team to the top of the table for the majority of the season and putting Orient on the brink of burying their relegation demons after just two years of one of their worst seasons in history.
Leyton Orient fans, have the club redeemed themselves since relegation? Let us know!
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