Redbridge O’s it could happen!
ORIENT have been linked with a move to a brand new 25,000 seater stadium in Redbridge - but it won t be at Fairlop Waters. Orient s chief executive Matthew Porter admitted he was surprised by the story and Redbridge Council leader Keith Prince moved qui
ORIENT have been linked with a move to a brand new 25,000 seater stadium in Redbridge - but it won't be at Fairlop Waters.
Orient's chief executive Matthew Porter admitted he was 'surprised' by the story and Redbridge Council leader Keith Prince moved quickly to stamp out the specualation and said: "There is no way they will be moving into Fairlop Waters."
However, if a viable site can be found, the door could be open for the O's as the Council chief admitted: "We would probably welcome someone like Leyton Orient FC coming into the borough."
It's no secret that Orient are looking to move out of Leyton and in the past year the club have been linked with a switch to the Olympic Stadium, as well as an out-of-town site at Harlow.
But a move to Redbridge would be an interesting option if a site can be found and it's unlikely Orient would need a 25,000 seater stadium.
Currently, their average gate is just over 5,000 and the capacity at Brisbane Road is just under 10,000.
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The club have a large fanbase in Ilford, especially in the Barkingside and Gants Hill areas and a move to Redbridge may appease the fans, as most are bitterly opposed with a move to Harlow.
However, Football League rivals Dagenham & Redbridge are unlikely to be keen on seeing the O's move into the borough, while non-league sides Ilford, Barkingside and Redbridge could also suffer if Leyton Orient head into town.
However, such a move seems to be some way off, as Porter laughed off speculation regarding secret talks with Redbridge Council.
The O's chief executive added: "I'm surprised by the stories. It's just pure speculation.
"We did have a representative from Redbridge Council at one of our home games, but he was here for purely social reasons.