Steele and Cooper return for Dale Jacobs Trophy

FORMER Orient stars Lee Steele and Mark Cooper turned out at Brisbane Road on Saturday as over 300 people attended the annual Dale Jacobs Trophy game. The match was played to commemorate the life of Orient supporter Dale Jacobs, who was just 26 when he di

FORMER Orient stars Lee Steele and Mark Cooper turned out at Brisbane Road on Saturday as over 300 people attended the annual Dale Jacobs Trophy game.

The match was played to commemorate the life of Orient supporter Dale Jacobs, who was just 26 when he died of cancer last year.

After the game there was a variety of fund-raising events which raised over �5,000 for MacMillan Cancer Research.

The match, between Leyton Orient Fans Trust and the Leyton Orientear, both sides that Jacobs represented over the years, ended in a 1-1 draw.


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LOFT were joined by Cooper, who netted the winner when Orient won promotion via the play-offs in 1989, while Steele, who scored the winner at Oxford to ensure the O's went up in 2006, turned out for the Orientear.

LOFT dominated the first half and took a deserved lead on 30 minutes when Dan Brissifer set up Ross Mitchell to score.

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But the introduction of Steele helped the Orientear battle their way back and it was the former O's striker who levelled things up.

With ex-O's forward Jabo Ibehre watching the game, it was LOFT who retained the trophy following a penalty shoot-out.

After the match there was an auction of Orient items, with the pick of them being Terry Howard's shirt from the 1989 play-offs, which was finally sold for �400.

The auction was followed by a disco in the Birkbeck Tavern in Leyton. One of the event organisers, Joe Durston said: "Saturday was a great event and a fitting tribute to Dale.

"Everyone had a great day and a few of us have got to play with, or against, an Orient legend. We would like to thank everyone who has donated their time, money or treasured items to help raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Research."

Overall, the day's events raised over �5,250, with more money still coming in.

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