THE GREATEST XI: The Club are asking supporters to vote for the Best Orient XI.

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The Club are looking to enhance the Legends Lounge experience, and the winning XI will be part of a commemorative display next season. Supporters can vote for the entire eleven here, and by voting you can win hospitality for four in the 1881 suite for a home league match next season as well as a signed shirt.

Over the course of June, we will regularly be looking in detail at the players nominated for each position, starting with the four goalkeepers…


John Jackson

Nicknamed ‘Stonewall’, Jackson’s arrival at the O’s wasn’t initially greeted with jubilation as he displaced popular keeper Ray Goddard, but the legendary O’s keeper quickly became idolised. From 1974-75, he didn’t miss a single league game making 210 consecutive appearances, and is notable for his performances in the famous FA Cup run of 1978/79 where his vital save in the dying moments at home to Chelsea ensured a famous replay.


Ray Goddard

When Goddard made his O’s league debut aged just 18 against Workington on May 27 1967, O’s fans didn’t know they were watching a player who would end up being regarded as one of the Club’s greatest ever goalkeepers. He became a regular in the Third Division winning side of 1969-70, making 278 appearances in total for the O’s.


Paul Heald

While injury stopped Heald making as many appearances as he could have made for the O’s, the fan favourite was notable for his performances in the 1988-89 promotion season, where he displaced veteran Peter Wells in goal. He was voted Player of the Year in 1990/91 and while a serious back injury kept him out for much of the next three seasons, he did return to play 49 times in 1994-95.


Arthur Wood

Legendary O’s keeper, Arthur Wood made 373 appearances for the Club between 1921 and 1931. He was known for keeping fruit in his large poachers pocket sewn onto his shorts, Wood was often referred to as the best uncapped goalkeeper in England. He made 225 consecutive league appearances for the O’s before finally leaving aged 37.