The club are saddened to hear of the passing of central defender Paul Went, aged 67.The club are saddened to hear of the passing of central defender Paul Went, aged 67.
Went came through the youth system at the club and is the youngest player to have represented the first-team, making his debut aged 15 years and 327 days when facing Preston North End in a 2-2 draw on September 4, 1965.
He signed professional forms a year later, and during his first spell at the O’s he made 50 appearances and scored five goals before leaving the club to join Charlton Athletic in June 1967 in a deal which helped keep the club afloat.
Went would also go on to feature for Fulham, Portsmouth and Cardiff City before making a return to Orient in September 7, 1978, and playing another 45 league games for the club, scoring a further three goals.
After finishing his playing career at the club, Went became the club’s reserve coach and club scout before taking over the managerial reins for a 21-day spell in the 1980-81 season.
Went continued his association with the club, acting as a matchday host for a number of seasons.
We send our condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time.
Paul's funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 31 at 12.30pm. It will take place at All Saints Church in Maldon High Street (CM9 5PJ).
A wake will follow at Heybridge Swifts FC, Scraley Rd, Heybridge, CM9 8JA, approximately 10 minutes from the church.