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Spurs Odyssey Carabao Cup Preview - Leyton Orient v Spurs, 22.09.20

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Our complete results against Leyton Orient/Clapton Orient/Orient FC are as follows:

Season    Div  Home  Away

1908-09    2   0-1   0-0
1919-20    2   2-1   4-0
1928-29    2   2-1   3-2
1962-63    1   2-0   5-1
1977-78    2   1-1   1-1

Football Lge  P  W  D  L   F - A  Pts
Home(Div 1)   1  1  0  0   2 - 0   2
Away(Div 1)   1  1  0  0   5 - 1   2
Total(Div 1)  2  2  0  0   7 - 1   4
Home(Div 2)   4  2  1  1   5 - 3   5
Away(Div 2)   4  2  2  0  13 - 4   8
Total(Div 2)  8  4  3  1  18 - 7  13
Total(Prem)   0  0  0  0   0 - 0   0
Total(Div 1)  2  2  0  0   7 - 1   4
Total(Div 2)  8  4  3  1  18 - 7  13
Grand Total  10  6  3  1  25 - 8  17

Football League Cup

          Rd    H     A
1980-81    2   3-1   1-0
1985-86    2   4-0   0-2

2000-01    3         1-0

Thinking of Justin

Spurs awarded third round tie

The EFL has issued the following statement: (11am 25/09/20)

"In accordance with Carabao Cup Rules, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded with a bye to progress to Round Four of the Carabao Cup and will now play Chelsea on Tuesday 29 September (kick off 7.45pm).

"The Round Three tie scheduled for Tuesday 22 September between Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur could not take place following the issue by Waltham Forest Borough Council of an order preventing the match being played as planned. This followed a number of Leyton Orient players testing positive for COVID-19.

"The EFL Board has determined that in line with Carabao Cup Rule 5.1, the Club was unable to fulfil its obligations to complete the fixture by virtue of the Council’s order and shall therefore forfeit the tie."

THFC added:- "Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur sends their best wishes to Leyton Orient for the health and wellbeing of their players and staff, their families and all those affected at this time.

"We remain committed to helping to raise funds in aid of the JE3 Foundation, set up in the memory of Justin Edinburgh, and shall update in due course on auctioning match-worn shirts from a different fixture."

The most recent amended Spurs odyssey preview read as follows:-

So now we have had confirmation from the EFL that the planned third round game at Leyton Orient is not being played. This news followed Leyton Orient's announcement yesterday afternoon regarding confirmation that a number of their first-team squad had tested positive for Covid-19. Apparently Tottenham Hotspur had paid for this process which is not the standard protocol for League Two teams. Clearly it was in Spurs' interests with their intensive early season programme which could involve five more games in the next 12 days following this match.

We await further updates as to whether this match can eventually be played, or perhaps Spurs will be granted a bye. Assuming that Orient's squad has to now self-isolate for the best part of the next two weeks there is no chance of this fixture being fulfilled until after the International break and after next week's fourth round. At least Spurs can prepare better for Thursday's Europa League game in Macedonia, and next week's potential play-off match. Should they get a bye, then presumably they would still have to play two midweek games next week.

Any meeting between these two clubs remains emotional and very special following the sad, sudden death of Justin Edinburgh last year. I had seen Justin, along with other former Spurs players near our seat in the Atletico Madrid stadium for last year's Champions League Final. Justin won two cup winners' medals for Spurs trophy wins in the nineties, and will always be lauded by Orient fans for leading them back to the Football League as National League Champions only five weeks before Spurs' appearance in the Champions League Final

We did send a team to The Breyer Group Stadium for a pre-season game in Justin's memory - The JE3 Cup. It was an U-23 side who lost 6-2.

I would urge you to support this cause which was created by Justin's son Charlie (and the other members of his proud family) aiming to support UK heart health charities and to campaign for legislative change – Justin’s Law – to make it compulsory for all health, fitness and sports facilities to be equipped with a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD). The fund now stands at more its original target of £70,000. Donations are welcome here - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/justinedinburgh3

When we last played Orient in a competitive match it was an FA Cup Third Round game in January 2001. Spurs won 1-0 and a man called Gary Doherty scored our goal! That was the "Ginger Pele" of course. Spurs went on to reach the FA Cup semi-final that season too and Gary Doherty scored our goal in that game when we lost to another London team. Brian Judson's preview of that 2001 3rd Round meeting is worth a look for more of the history between the two clubs.

Of course we have another Doherty now. The "O"s had two Matts in their side that day (Joseph and Lockwood). They had Dean Smith in the team too, who is now in charge of Aston Villa.

Harry Kane made his very first Football league appearance for Leyton Orient on January 11th 2011 when he was on his first loan out of THFC. That was as a substitute at Rochdale. Harry started his next game against Sheffield Wednesday (these were League One games) and scored the first of five goals over the remainder of that season. Harry has never forgotten that start and this season sponsors Orient's shirts to support three good causes.

The "O"s haven't been beaten yet in five games played, two of which have been in the Carabao Cup, when their victims were Forest Green and Plymouth. They beat Brighton U-21s 3-2 in an EFL Trophy game. Spurs lads are not taking part in that competition this season. Orient are mid-table in League Two having won one and drawn their other game. They have scored in every game.

One member of Leyton Orient's squad is forward Lee Angol who was once an Academy player but left before joining Wycombe Wanderers. Lee is now 26 and has played for Peterborough and Mansfield, among other teams.

According to Talksport, Orient Chairman Nigel Travis is waiting for EFL communication regarding this fixture. He said the game is unlikely to proceed, but was insistent that the game would be a postponement and not a cancellation. How Spurs would then fit this game plus next week's potential fourth round match into their schedule remains to be seen.

Referee Gavin Ward would have been a new referee for Spurs had the match been played. Mr. Ward generally operates in the Championship. His last game was Saturday's 0-0 draw between Swansea and Birmingham when he showed just one yellow card.

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