League Two Music – #4 Leyton Orient

Saturday Night (Beneath the Plastic Palm Trees) – Leyton Buzzards (1979, Chrysalis Records, Taken from ‘Jellied Eels to Record Deals’)

In the early 1930’s, thanks to a poorly positioned wooden fence and a keen-eyed pedant posing as manager of Torquay United, Clapton Orient (as they were known back then) were forced to shut the ground at Lea Bridge Stadium (which also doubled up as a speedway stadium) whilst repairs were made.  Homeless and with matches the play the FA took Orient to its heart and loaned them Wembley Stadium for a month. 

Orient played (and won) three matches at Wembley Stadium and as far as I know they remain unbeaten at matches they have played at Wembley for 82 years.  They also hold the record for the lowest ever attendance recorded for a competitive match played at Wembley (1,916 saw them beat Southend 3 – 1).

In 1937, the club moved to what is still their ground today, Brisbane Road, a stadium that is literally three minutes walk from West Ham’s soon to be championship ground (Face facts Dad) at the London Olympic Stadium.   An offer from Orient’s then chairman, the third greatest living Barry, Barry Hearn, to ground share with West Ham was rejected.  Hearn complained and continues to do so that they ground was so close to the London Stadium that it would eventually lead the club into bankruptcy.

It’s been a dodgy few years for Leyton Orient, less than five years ago they were playing in the fifth tier, the Home Bargains shop of football, the National Conference.  In 2016 they famously had five managers in the space of six months.  On their last day in the football league, thousands of their fans walked onto the pitch and held a sit-down protest at the poor running of the club.

(oh go on then)

Sit Down – James (1989, Rough Trade, Single)

But things changed when the club was sold.  In 2019 they won promotion and missed out on the non league double by losing the FA Trophy final to AFC Fylde.  Since then the club has gone from strength to strength and currently under the stewardship of manager Richie Wellens and marshalled at the back by future Irish international the marvellously named Shadrack Ogle, Orient sit comfortably top of League Two.

Musically, the most famous band that I can find from Leytonstone are the Leyton Buzzards who had some minor success in the late seventies and were regulars on the John Peel show.  The Leyton Buzzards eventually dissolved and out of the ashes emerged a band that I loved when I was seven and that pretty much is the only reason why I have included them.

Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey – Modern Romance (1981, WEA Records, Taken from ‘Adventures in Clubland’)

On a more noisy note, Steve Harris, guitar mangler from Iron Maiden is also from Leyton as is singer of nearly all the songs from the Tv Series ‘In the Night Garden’.  Can you guess where I’m going here…?

Teletubbies Theme – The Teletubbies (2017, ABC Kids Records, Taken from ‘Big Hugs’)

All of which hopefully brings us kicking and screaming to this weeks previously unheard of band who are the anti Teletubbies.  They are loud brashy old school punk band Le Rox and their singer has tattoos on her face.

Hold Me Down – Le Rox (2022, Unknown Label)

and I agree this is the worst post that No Badger Required has ever been involved in. Sorry.

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2 Comments

  1. baggingarea says:

    Leyton Orient have a weird glamour for me- dating from my childhood and their unusual name.

    Like

  2. JC says:

    The music may have been shit, but the writing is fulll of wonderful info for pub quizzes!

    Like

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