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HEAD TO HEAD: O's v Gills

11 April 2014

A look back at the history between the two sides...

Orient lead the overall record between the two sides with 26 wins in comparison to Gillingham having won 23 games. There have been 66 encounters between the sides overall. 

The O’s are unbeaten against Gillingham in the league since 2007, scoring double the amount of goals in the process. The hosts will look to continue that impressive run against the Gills on Saturday with the likes of Kevin Lisbie and Romain Vincelot aiming to put in impressive performances against one of their previous clubs with both spending brief loan spells with the away side. 

One of the most memorable encounters between the two was in the 1961 FA Cup 3rd round tie, with Orient ending up 6-2 winners on that day. That season Orient progressed to the 5th round of the cup before eventually being knocked out by Sheffield Wednesday who at the time were an old First division side.

The fixture between the two clubs in 1952 was one that went down for years in the record books. Jimmy Scarth was the Gillingham player that made a name for himself that day scoring a hat trick in two minutes and 30 seconds. This was officially the fastest hat trick in the history of the Football League until February 2004 when James Hayter notched three goals in two minute 20 seconds for Bournemouth against Wrexham. Gillingham went on to win the game 3-2 on that day in 1952 but unfortunately ended up being relegated from the old Third Division with Orient finishing 18th.

In the previous League encounter this season the O’s ran out 2-1 victors thanks to a late strike from Orient super-sub Yohann Lasimant who strode off the bench four minutes from time and headed a last-gasp winner as Russell Slade’s side ended a four-game league run without a win.


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