Support Requested From Leyton Orient Fans Trust

Exeter City Supporters Trust is publicising an appeal for help from Leyton Orient Fans Trust (LOFT).

LOFT have been in touch to say:

Leyton Orient Football Club is a professional football club based in Leyton, east London. It is London’s second oldest such club, formed in 1881. For much of its life it has managed to survive in the shadow of much bigger London clubs – Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham are all near-neighbours – and is often referred to as Londoners’ second-favourite club.

It has a reputation as a small, friendly, family club – but it faces an uncertain future.

Sold to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti in July 2014, just after the club missed out on promotion back to the Championship for the first time in over 30 years, Leyton Orient has since suffered a dramatic decline and on 1 March 2017, it was announced that the club faces a winding-up petition. The club’s former chairman Barry Hearn has admitted that selling the club to Becchetti was “an absolute disaster”.

We are the Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust (LOFT), an independent supporters’ trust representing more than a thousand O’s fans. Before the winding-up petition we were so concerned for the future of the club that we started planning for the worst. To that end, LOFT members passed a resolution on 2 March 2017, approving the setting up of the Leyton Orient Regeneration Fund.

The fund would be used to help regenerate Leyton Orient (or, in the event of liquidation of the club, a successor ‘phoenix club’).

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