Leyton Orient’s Honorary President Barry Hearn has today been awarded an OBE for services to sport in the New Year’s Honours List.
Hearn became chairman and owner of Leyton Orient FC in 1995 – taking a majority stake which he maintained for nearly twenty years until 2014.
During that period, the Club redeveloped its stadium and established itself as a sustainable entity whilst developing young local talent through its extensive youth programme. Promotion from League Two was achieved in 2006 and the Club came within a penalty shoot-out of reaching the Championship by reaching the League One play-off final in 2014.
Barry Hearn is absolutely delighted with the honour from Buckingham Palace: “I am honoured to be included in the New Year Honours List with an OBE for Services to Sport.”
“For 45 years I have enjoyed every moment of my involvement in over a dozen sports and in watching my company, Matchroom Sport grow from a tiny office under a snooker hall in Romford, England with two staff into one of the world’s largest sports companies with over 650 event days organised each year globally and offices around the world.”
“I would like to put on record my gratitude to all the wonderful people I have worked with over the years, the thousands of sportsmen and women who have participated in my events, and to the millions of fans around the world who I hope have enjoyed the sporting events I have promoted.”
Everyone at Leyton Orient Football Club would like to congratulate Barry for his recognition in the New Year’s Honours list.