The Supporters Club is now approaching its 35th year and since our formation in 1977 has played a significant part in forging links and goodwill between O's fans and Leyton Orient FC. In addition to our prime objective of providing facilities and services for members our other purpose as a club is to offer ongoing assistance to the O’s both in practical terms and in the form of financial input generated from our fund raising efforts.
The Supporters Club has been raising substantial funds for the O’s throughout it's existence, and with donations now comfortably averaging around £40,000 per season we are now approaching the £850,000 mark. The club’s modern air conditioned premises in the West Stand, opened in season 2005/6, have helped us to attract an additional influx of members taking our total towards 1500.
Establishing the club wasn’t the easiest of tasks back in those formative days of 1977 working as we were on a tight budget of around £1000, part donated and part loaned by the football club. With this princely sum we had to renovate, make safe, decorate and furnish the premises which in an earlier life had been some kind of staff dormitory attached to a hospital. Be that as it may, the wood constructed ‘cabin’ fitted nicely into what at one time had been the infamous ‘cage’ area in Brisbane Road which had been used to contain the football hooligans of the day. With the dedicated enthusiasm of our committee we managed to have the doors open for the first time in August 1978 for the pre-season Anglo Scottish Cup tie v Notts County.
The rest is history, and what a catalogue of events and achievements the club amassed as we developed through successive years - various social events at the club and at outside venues, past player reunions, boxing dinners in association with our friends at the Lion Club, frequent, and occasionally stormy, meetings with successive Chairman and Managers, trips abroad, our end of season Star Man player awards dinner, darts tournaments, ever popular quiz and race nights, even hen and stag parties (though not any more!), regular real ale festivals, and chiefly of course our increasingly popular matchday bar facility which has gone from strength to strength, more so since the introduction of a commitment to selling real ales beginning back in the early 1990's.
The club operates with a management committee of O's fans, generally averaging some fifteen offices. The committee offer themselves for election annually at the Annual General Meeting in accordance with club rules. The Supporters Club over the years has acquired a 50,000 shareholding in Leyton Orient Football Club and the incumbent chairman has a seat on the main board of directors to represent Supporters Club members. An arrangement to enable up to fifty club members to attend the annual general meeting of the football club operates as one of the conditions of the share acquisition.
Leyton Orient Supporters Club offers a service to members which has attracted a solid level of loyal support since it's formation back in 1977. We invite you to join with us in our efforts to expand our membership. In so doing you will have the opportunity to enjoy our first rate facilities in the friendly company of fellow O’s fans and help us to help the O's in the process.
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Come on you O’s
David Dodd, Chairman
Chairman to Chairman
David Dodd presents a cheque for £40,000 from the Supporters Club to LOFC Chairman Barry Hearn