Former stars to return

TWO former Orient stars Mark Cooper and Lee Steele will be turning out at Brisbane Road again on Saturday. Cooper will be playing for LOFT, the Leyton Orient Fans Trust team, while Steele will line-up for the club s fanzine, the Orientear. The two teams w

TWO former Orient stars Mark Cooper and Lee Steele will be turning out at Brisbane Road again on Saturday.

Cooper will be playing for LOFT, the Leyton Orient Fans Trust team, while Steele will line-up for the club's fanzine, the Orientear.

The two teams will contest the Dale Jacobs Trophy at Brisbane Road on Saturday, in a game that starts at 1pm.

The duo played key roles in promotion-winning teams, as Cooper scored the vital goal in the play-off final as Orient battled their way out of the old fourth division in 1989 under Frank Clark.


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While Steele was one of the goalscoring heroes during the 2005-06 campaign, when O's clinched promotion on the final day of the season following a drama-drenched game at Oxford United.

Saturday's game is being played in memory of Orient supporter Dale Jacobs, who was just 26 when he died of cancer last year.

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After the game there will be an auction of various Leyton Orient and other sporting items.

All money raised will go to MacMillan Cancer Research and one of the organisers, Joe Durston, said: "It's just our way of remembering Dale. He was a smashing lad and never had a bad word to say about anybody.

"He was only 26 when he died. It was a real tragedy.

"He was a really nice bloke and had played for both the LOFT and the Orientear teams and that's why we have this match.

"We held a game a year ago, but hope to raise around �3,000 this time.

"We have some great auction items, including a signed shirt from Peter Kitchen and a shirt from Terry Howard that he wore during the play-offs.

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