The O’s take on Colchester United at the JobServe Community Stadium tomorrow so we thought we’d take a look at some of the memorable trips to Essex…
Colchester United 0-1 Leyton Orient – September 8, 1951
The first time the O’s won at Layer Road as Alec Stock’s snatched victory through a Billy Rees penalty. It was a good start for the O’s to the 1951/52 campaign as they’d collected three points on five occasions in the opening seven games, Rees scoring his fifth goal of the term in front of just over 10,000 people.
However, the O’s couldn’t maintain their early season form and finished the campaign in 18th position with 41 points from 46 matches, although they smashed seven goals past Colchester United in E10 without reply. Rees finished the campaign with 13 goals from 39 games, two ahead of Dennis Pacey who joined mid-season.
Colchester United 2-2 Leyton Orient – October 17, 1966
The O’s had just been relegated to Division Three following a dismal 1965/66 season and had started the new season with just three wins from the opening 16 matches. This placed significance on the trip to Layer Road and Dick Graham’s side started well, Billy Carter netting after 15 minutes. Reg Stratton equalised on the 22nd minute before Dennis Sorrell put the O’s ahead once more just minutes later.
Graham’s side tried to hold on but a late goal by Reg Stratton meant both sides went away with a point. The O’s eventually picked up form and finished in a comfortable 14th position.
Colchester United 0-1 Leyton Orient – November 8, 2008
It had been a difficult start to the League One campaign for Martin Ling’s O’s side so a trip to Colchester United in the FA Cup was an opportunity to get a positive result. The home side went close twice through Mark Yeates but Glenn Morris was equal to his attempts and young winger Jason Demetriou was there to weave his way through the U’s defence and place a low effort past Mark Cousins to secure passage to the Second Round.
Colchester United 1-2 Leyton Orient – August 31, 2013
It had been a sensational start to life in League One for the O’s under Russell Slade, winning their opening four games of the campaign. They flew out of the traps and David Mooney opened the scoring against his former side, before Jabo Ibehre reversed the roles and netted for the U’s – meaning there were very muted celebrations by both opening scorers.
Kevin Lisbie won the game for the O’s as he met a Dean Cox cross at the back post and headed home. Jabo Ibehre had the ball in the net but for the Assistant’s flag before Shaun Batt missed a great opportunity in the final seconds to make it 1-3. The O’s won 10 of the opening 12 matches, ultimately finishing in 3rd place.
Colchester United 0-3 Leyton Orient – November 12, 2016
The most recent meeting between the two sides is remembered for a number of reasons, but the first fixture of the 2016/17 season was a great occasion for the O’s as they secured a comfortable win.
Jay Simpson opened the scoring against a Colchester United side boasting future-O’s legend Macauley Bonne in their ranks, before Nicky Hunt drilled an effort from the edge of the box. Simpson won the game with a cracking effort from distance.