The date of 28th April 1962 is permanently etched in the minds of many Orient fans. So, too, is the name of Malcolm Graham, our iconic forward who scored the two goals against Bury on that never to be forgotten day, to catapult the O’s into the top tier for the first time in our history.
It is well known that Leyton Orient reveres its former players; Malcolm was 80 years old on Sunday January 26 and the LOSC arranged for a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne to be presented to him at his home in Barnsley on behalf of the club and Leyton Orient by long time O’s fan, Alan Chandler who nowdays lives in the West Midlands.
Our picture shows Alan presenting the champagne to Malcolm at his home.
Having been signed from Bristol City, Malcolm played 75 games for the O’s between 1960-63, scoring 29 goals, including two hat-tricks. After leaving Brisbane Road, he played one season for QPR before returning to his home town club, Barnsley, although he and his family regarded his time at Orient to be his happiest period in the game.
Malcolm has some wonderful memories of his time at the O’s. Not just that game against Bury but also the home game against Liverpool in 61/2, in which he scored a screamer of a goal. He recalls that the great Bill Shankley was the Liverpool manager that day and Malcolm claims Shankley copied the Orient’s style of back tracking forwards and used it in later seasons to great effect.
Alan said it was an honour to be asked by LOSC to present one of his all time favourite players with a bottle of champagne but also to meet Malcolm’s caring family.
As a final word on Malcolm’s finest moment in an Orient shirt. After the Bury game, an Orient director said he’d give Malcolm whatever he wanted, having made his dreams come true. Malcolm asked for a glass of champagne; he joked he should have asked for the keys to the club house he was living in at the time.
Happy 80th, Malcolm and thanks for the memories!