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Contender For Orient’s Oldest Surviving Player Found

26 June 2014

Step forward Stan Goldsmith aged 92!

Following our story regarding former player Phil McKnight turning 90 earlier this month, the club has been alerted to another surviving player with Orient connections – Stanley Goldsmith who is aged 92!

Goldsmith, who was born in 1921, played for Waterlows during the 1930’s before joining the navy as wireless operator.

When contacted by his son Peter, the club discovered that Goldsmith had appeared for the Leyton Orient reserve team on several occasions between October 1941 and January 1942 when billeted at home, training in Holloway.

In order for Goldsmith to play for the club, Orient were required to write to his Commanding Officer to get permission.

Whilst stationed in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Goldsmith played for a joint services eleven against Sierra Leone.

After playing for the O’s, Goldsmith moved to Romford and played for Elm Park. Once he had finished his playing career, Goldsmith went on to referee football matches until 1987.

Nowadays, Goldsmith still lives in Romford and manages to attend the occasional Orient match, as long as the weather is nice.

Stanley Goldsmith turns 93 on July 29, the same day Leyton Orient host Premier League side QPR in a pre-season friendly at the Matchroom Stadium.

Despite not making an appearance for the first-team, Goldsmith is - to our knowledge- the oldest surviving player to have appeared for the O’s at either first team or reserve level.

Do you know of any surviving former Orient players who may be older? Get in touch by tweeting us @leytonorientfc or email j.davies@leytonorient.net


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