A guide to who the O's will face in the build-up to the much anticipated 2014-15 season
Now that the players have returned to training, it’s time to take a closer look at the O’s pre-season opponents over the coming weeks…
Dartford (A) 18th July K.O. 7:30pm
First up for Leyton Orient will be a trip to the Princes Park stadium where they will play Dartford FC. The Darts finished 22nd in the Conference Premier last season but, due to Salisbury City failing to pay their debts, saw their relegation to the Conference South reprieved. Dartford are managed by Tony Burman, who has been in charge since 2005 and currently enjoying his second spell as manager having been in charge between 1993-1996.
Gateshead (A) 23rd July K.O. 7:30pm
Next up for the O’s will be against another Conference Premier side Gateshead, who experienced similar fortunes to Orient last season. After finishing in 3rd place Gateshead made the play-off final only to lose 2-1 to Cambridge United at Wembley. Gateshead manager Gary Mills has wasted little time in adding to his current squad with six new signings already this summer. The Heed began their pre-season campaign with a 7-0 away win against Seaham Red Star at the start of July.
Northampton Town (A) 26th July K.O. 3pm
Orient will travel to Northampton Town’s Sixfields stadium for their final away pre-season fixture. The League Two side narrowly avoided relegation last season, finishing three points clear of the relegation zone in 21st place. Northampton are managed by former Leyton Orient loanee Chris Wilder who took charge of the club in January 2014 following six years as manager of fellow League Two side Oxford United. The Cobblers will be hoping for a successful 2014-15 campaign as they look to gain promotion to League One.
QPR (H) 29th July K.O. 7:45pm
Orient will return to the Matchroom Stadium for the first time in over two months when they host newly promoted Premier League side QPR. Having been relegated from the Premier League in 2013, Harry Redknapp’s men defeated Derby County 1-0 in Championship play-off final to earn promotion back to the top division at the first time of asking. The last time these two sides met was in 2007 when goals from Jason Demetriou and Adam Boyd helped Orient to a 2-1 win at Loftus Road in the Carling Cup.
Ipswich Town (H) 2nd August K.O. 3pm
The O’s pre-season campaign will end with a home fixture against Championship side Ipswich Town. The Tractor Boys finished the 2013-14 season in 9th place, missing out on the final play-off spot by four points. Managed by Mick McCarthy, Ipswich will be looking to obtain a play-off spot next season and return to the Premier League after 12 years in the Championship. Orient were defeated 4-1 by Ipswich when two sides met in the Carling Cup back in 2008 and have not defeated the Tractor Boys since August 1959.