Monday, February 21, 2011

Orient set for more than one pay day

The glow from JONATHAN TÉHOUÉ'S late equaliser continues to warm me this morning, nearly a day after League One LEYTON ORIENT earned an FA CUP fifth-round replay at ARSENAL, courtesy of a dramatic 1-1 draw at home.
I tried to explain the significance of Orient's feat to Jill and the girls, but they were only half listening:

"Orient lie 53 places below Arsenal in the football pyramid, and Arsenal had beaten mighty Barcelona earlier this week!"

Orient will get a share of the gate receipts from the replayed match at Arsenal's giant Emirates Stadium. The influx of cash could do wonders for the little club -- they could turn a profit for the first time in 16 years.

Orient chairman Barry Hearn was impressed enough to offer to take the squad to LAS VEGAS at the end of the season.

Who knows what else is in store for the team from east London?

With 17 league games remaining, Orient sit 11th in League One, just five points off of a promotion play-off place.

There might be a bigger payoff than Vegas in store for the O's.


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