Tag Archives: Barry Hearn

Lord Sugar To Buy Leyton Orient

13 Oct
Lord Davies, Lord Sugar and Lady Vadera

Lord Sugar models next season Orient kit

Well this time last week, Lord Sugar was taking to the media promoting his autobiography and new show on Talksport. Hang on, that’s Essex boy and hammers fan Russel Brand. No, Lord Sugar was plugging his book and the new series of the Apprentice on BBC1. (The establishment can’t trust Mr Brand on the main channel JUST YET – too soon after Sachsgate)

During the interviews with the Sun, BBC Breakfast and 5live,  ‘Sur Alan’ compared the LIb Dems in government to Leyton Orient in the champions league – a fish out of water (Champion League – your having a laugh, we can’t even get through to the later stages of the Johnstone Paint Trophy).

Then, during saturdays 5live commentary of Sheffield Wednesday v The O’s,  Connor Macnamara said that in another interview, when asked was  Jose Mourinho the special one, Sugar replied “Get him down Leyton Orient, and see if he’s the special one” It’s a fair comment in relation to many managers who moan they need to spend more money to compete in the premier or champions league.

But it appears that Lord Sugar has got his local team, our beloved Leyton Orient on the brain, or under his skin.

After the Lib Dem story I tweeted his Lordship the Baron of Clapton, but no reply.  Maybe he doesn’t want the big story to break just yet. He has stated in his book and on telly that buying Tottenham Hotspur was the biggest (business) mistake of his career, so the chance of him ploughing his millions into another football club, two divisions lower, when he could be relaxing on his yacht or at his californian home watching back episodes of CSI, but he might be thinking he has unfinished business in football, and what better stage than his local team,  with less expectations, but with huge potential.I have it on good authority that he (and his son) had looked over the orient accounts in the past after selling Spurs, but no bid was forthcoming at that time. After donating a million pound to the Hackney Empire after selling Spurs I remarked that he was transferring money from one comedy club to another, but now might be the time for the real fun to start…

Orient are used to being linked with profile players, managers and owners… Peter Shilton, Ray Wilkins, Amara Simba, Alvin Martin, Joe Kinnear, Barry Hearn, David Beckham, Terry Byrne, Michael Barrymore

Lord Sugar to buy Leyton Orient from Uncle Barry (Hearn) YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST…



Pandamonium Fanzine September Issue

26 Sep
Panda Gao Gao in San Diego Zoo, USA

Image via Wikipedia. "I Never miss an issue"

The second Pandamonium of the season hit the newstands, well the streets anyway, for the crucial London derby against Brentford, and maybe it was a good luck charm for the team as we carved out a 1-0 victory over our West London neighbours to climb off the bottom of the League One table.

This month’s contents include

  • Editorial,
  • Games from the Past (Middlesbrough 1978)
  • The Numbers Game
  • Pandamonium Player Of The Year Latest Scores
  • Heard It Down The O’s
  • 60 Second Interview
  • STARS But Not In Our Eyes
  • Readers Letters (nothing about their wives)
  • LOFT News
  • They Crossed The Line (Orient players who went on to play for our local rivals)
  • Not In Our Backyard (Feature on West Ham’s Olympic Stadium Bid)
  • Brisbane Road News
  • SO You Think You Know The O’s Quiz
  • and FFF… It’s Only Football

A fully packed 32 page effort by editor Matt Roper and his contributors, I particularly liked the new feature 60 second interview.

SO You Think You Know The O’s was also a new feature that could prove popular, although if you put the results on a separate page, the supporters could have a crack as well, during half-time or on the train home from the game.

Stars But Not In Our Eyes was also a good article, as we had that phase during the early Hearn years of signing big names who has seen better days! Maybe we could field a good team in the Veteran 5 a side master teams!!

I imagine they will be on sale outside the club shop and at half-time around the ground on Tuesday v Walsall if you didn’t pick up v Brentford.

Up The O’s

EXCLUSIVE Interview With CHAIRMAN Barry Hearn

6 Sep

I caught a few words with Barry Hearn was on his way to Shanghai (first class) at Heathrow Airport on Sunday, the day after the O’s had lost to Dagenham and Redbridge.

He said we lost to a pub team (a bit harsh as Rowland Lyons might say) he left 10 minutes early.

* DISCLAIMER * Barry was probably joking and not serious about Dagenham being a pub team, just in case we need to merge with them in years to come (or surely he considers them a village team)

He reads the official Leyton Orient message board and doesn’t take the abuse seriously(!) but Dave H should stay in the Shetlands!!

Barry Hearn Interview – EXCLUSIVE!

5 Sep

Coming tomorrow. WATCH THIS SPACE…

Leyton Orient part company with Geraint Williams

3 Apr

Just heard via @OrientMeatPie on Twitter, confirmed on the orient website. It’s hard to say if this is a good decision or not, the assistant manager Kevin Nugent will take over for the game on monday at Southampton, maybe someone else will come in after monday, but they will have six games to turn it round and keep us in League One.
It’s unusual for Hearn act this quickly, many would say he kept Taylor, Brush and Ling on far too long when results were going against them.
That said, losing home games by todays score is UNNACCEPTABLE, and i understand the performance was awful. ‘Abysmal’ in Hearns words which you can read below..

FROM leytonorient.com –
LEYTON ORIENT have parted company with manager Geraint Williams following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Hartlepool United.

The result leaves Orient one point above the League One relegation zone with only one win in their last 11 games.

O’s chairman Barry Hearn said: “The peformance against Hartlepool was abysmal and ultimately the responsibility for that lies with the manager.

“We’re on a dreadful run of form and this decision has been taken in order to give us the best chance of staying in League One.

“Geraint is as honest and professional a manager as you will find in football and it’s unfortunate things have not worked out, but I thank him for his efforts and I wish him every success in the future.”

Kevin Nugent will take charge of the O’s for Monday’s game at Southampton.

Geraint Williams on ‘Late Kick Off’

31 Mar

If you missed the show you can catch it here on the bbc iplayer. Post the link below into your browser.


Brighton v Leyton Orient – Fans On The Pitch

21 Mar

The infamous match (back in 1997?) which started the rivalry and bad feeling between the two clubs which lasts till this day…

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