As the final whistle blew and the fans ran onto the pitch, Justin Edinburgh knew he had just accomplished something great.
After two years down in the National League, the O’s are heading back to the Football League after sealing the title on the final day of the season after results went their way, and Orient’s return to the Football League is a true football fairytale.
It’s easy to forget in just how bad a position Orient were in when they were relegated from League Two in 2017. Players and staff had been unpaid for weeks in a season where the O’s had five different managers, and their game against Colchester United was delayed due to fans invading the pitch and protesting in front of the infamous former owners.
To go from that situation to being able to rebuild in just two years and win promotion back to the Football League with owners who are willing to invest in the club and bring players in is truly an outstanding turnaround, and it has resulted in one of the most historic and well-respected teams in the country returning the division they deserve to be in.
Orient’s return to League Two is one of the many reasons we love football, a tale of a team destroyed by their owners and rising from the ashes to come back stronger than ever, and to hopefully be better than ever when the 2019/20 Football League season kicks off.
Leyton Orient fans, is promotion back to the Football League one of the stories of the season? Let us know!
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