Many parents have chosen to the name their child after their favourite footballers or icons, but for a young 12-year-old a different approach was taken when he was named after Leyton Orient.
Orient Mylla, who lives in Walthamstow, was named after the club that his father fell in love with after moving to England in 1996.
The 12-year-old, who currently attends Holy Family Catholic school, says he is proud of his name and that his friends like it too.
“My friends say my name is special, they’ve never met someone called Orient,” he said.
With the new season only days away, Orient admitted he can’t wait to see his favourite two O’s players in action.
In a country full of Towns, City’s and Uniteds there’s only one Orient, reads the banner at the back of the South Stand, but Leyton Orient recently discovered the Club is not the only Orient in East London.
“My favourite players are Dean Cox and Kevin Lisbie,” said Orient. “Cox because he is fast and can put good balls into the box and Lisbie because he scores the goals.”
Orient’s father Gamongo Mylla, explained why he decided to name his son after the club.
“When I moved here in 1996, I started coming to the matches and became a big fan. I especially liked the French player, Amara Simba,” he said. “Orient was born at Vicarage Road which is only round the corner and because of his birth being so close to the ground, I decided his name would be Orient.”
As a little present, the club arranged for the youngster to be presented with a replica shirt signed by the first team with his name printed on the back.