THE club were saddened to learn of the passing of former O’s captain Stan Charlton on Thursday.
Charlton, who played for the club in two spells between 1952-55 and 1958-65, passed away in hospital in Dorchester at the age of 83.
Born in Exeter on June 28 1929, Charlton turned professional at Orient in 1952 after previously playing as an amateur for Bromley.
He was a near-ever present for the O’s over the next three seasons, and he was part of the team which finished as runners-up in Division Three (South) in 1954/55.
In November 1955 he moved with teammate Vic Groves to Arsenal for a £30,000 fee and became the club’s first choice right back. He played 99 League games in total for the Gunners before moving back to east London in December 1958.
His second spell with the O’s lasted for seven seasons and he skippered the team to promotion to Division One in 1962.
He retired in the summer of 1965, having played 366 League games for Orient over those two spells.
Stan then became manager of Weymouth and remained in the role for seven years before becoming a district manager for a local football pools company.
He returned to Brisbane Road on several occasions and was a guest of the club at the recent reunion of the 1962 promotion side.
The club sends its deepest condolences to Stan’s family and friends.