Blue Plaque to be unveiled and themed match day this Saturday for Orient legend
On the 39th anniversary that Laurie Cunningham introduced himself to the world of football at Brisbane Road, the Nubian Jak Community Trust in partnership with Leyton Orient Football Club, Kick it Out, and Waltham Forest Council, will unveil a commemorative Nubian Jak Community Trust Plaque in his honour.
The plaque will be placed on the site of the old Leyton Orient Supporters Club on Brisbane Road on the side of the flats at the corner of the ground and will be unveiled by the Cunningham Family, in the presence the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Leyton Orient staff and fans, former football team mates, members of the public, press and media at a special ceremony at 12pm on Saturday 12th October.Following the ceremony Orient’s home game against MK Dons (ko 3pm) will also see further themed activity. Former team mates from Laurie’s era, including Cyril Regis and Brendon Batson from his West Brom days as well as former Orient players Peter Allen and Phil Hoadley will be present, speaking in the Olympic Suite before the game and on the pitch at half time.
ITV have provided a copy of the documentary that was aired earlier in the year, First Among Equals, The Laurie Cunningham Story and this will be shown on the screens around the stadium starting shortly before 2pm.
Kick it Out will also have a presence on the day as they celebrate their 20th anniversary, while the players will warm up in special Kick it Out t-shirts with a Laurie Cunningham theme.
Chief Executive of Leyton Orient, Matt Porter, commented “Laurie is one of our most fondly remembered players both for his talent and character. Arguably our most naturally gifted player of all time, his spirit very much lives on at the Club and every fan of his generation can recall watching him play. As a Club we are committed to keeping his memory alive and hope that he can continue to inspire many future generations.”
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Details of the hospitality package on the day can be found here. Please note, Gallery seats are no longer available for this game and the hospitality price will be reduced in price accordingly from £80 per person to £65. Season ticket holders can upgrade for £25 and watch the game from their regular seat. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details or call 0871 310 1886.