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Leyton Orient 1-0 Cheltenham Town: Justin Edinburgh remembered before opening-day win

Justin Edinburgh mosaic
The mosaic included the number three, which Justin Edinburgh wore during his playing career

Leyton Orient paid tribute to former boss Justin Edinburgh before beating Cheltenham in their opening League Two game.

Former Tottenham full-back Edinburgh died in June aged 49, five days after suffering a cardiac arrest during a visit to the gym and just over a month after leading Orient to the National League title.

Fittingly, it was Josh Wright - the last player signed by Edinburgh - who scored the winning goal to defeat the Robins, who ended the match with nine men.

Veteran striker Luke Varney was sent off for two bookable offences and midfielder Rohan Ince was dismissed shortly afterwards.

Wright had agreed to return to Orient from Bradford before Edinburgh's death and pointed to the sky after his close-range finish, before celebrating with a shirt with Edinburgh's name printed on it.

Remembering Justin

Two flags, including one paid for by money raised by two Cheltenham supporters' groups, were carried around the pitch before kick-off.

A minute's silence was also held, while home supporters held up banners to create a "JE3" mosaic.

Asked if he thought Edinburgh would have been proud of Orient's performance, interim head coach Ross Embleton said: "I hope so. We certainly are."

He told BBC Radio London: "There were any number of players that, had they scored, they would have dedicated it to the gaffer.

"But at the same time, with Josh's history, coming back here and making his first start in the Football League for us, I'm delighted for him."

The Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation was set up by his family during the summer.

In June, Edinburgh's son Charlie told BBC Essex they would campaign to change the law regarding access to defibrillators at sports facilities, and also raise awareness about heart and cardiac issues.

Justin Edinburgh flag
Two Cheltenham fans' groups raised the £500 required to produce their tribute flag in five hours
Justin Edinburgh minute's silence
A minute's silence was held before Orient's first match at League Two level since 2017
Josh Wright
Josh Wright previously played under Justin Edinburgh at Gillingham
Charlie Edinburgh on Twitter
Justin Edinburgh's son Charlie said on Twitter that "there were tears" when Josh Wright scored Orient's winning goal
Ross Embleton
Ross Embleton, previously Edinburgh's assistant, guided Orient to victory in his first game as interim head coach

Line-ups

Leyton Orient

  • 1BrillSubstituted forSargeantat 13'minutes
  • 6Coulson
  • 5Ekpiteta
  • 15Happe
  • 2Ling
  • 10Maguire-DrewSubstituted forDennisat 90+5'minutes
  • 8Clay
  • 44Wright
  • 16Brophy
  • 19Angol
  • 9WilkinsonSubstituted forAlabiat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gorman
  • 12Sargeant
  • 14Judd
  • 17Dennis
  • 18Harrold
  • 20Sotiriou
  • 27Alabi

Cheltenham

  • 1Flinders
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 15Boyle
  • 2Long
  • 11Broom
  • 23InceBooked at 72mins
  • 14SheafSubstituted forAddaiat 75'minutes
  • 17DebayoSubstituted forHusseyat 63'minutes
  • 10CampbellSubstituted forReillyat 67'minutes
  • 32VarneyBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 3Hussey
  • 7Thomas
  • 8Clements
  • 16Addai
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Doyle-Hayes
  • 22Lovett
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
6,534

Match Stats

Home TeamLeyton OrientAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home12
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Leyton Orient 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leyton Orient 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Louis Dennis replaces Jordan Maguire-Drew.

James Alabi (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town).

Sam Ling (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by James Brophy.

Attempt saved. James Alabi (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Maguire-Drew.

Attempt saved. Jordan Maguire-Drew (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Clay.

Attempt blocked. James Brophy (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Wright.

Attempt missed. James Alabi (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Clay.

Attempt blocked. Josh Wright (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Angol.

Delay in match because of an injury Sam Ling (Leyton Orient).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. James Alabi replaces Conor Wilkinson.

Foul by Marvin Ekpiteta (Leyton Orient).

William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by William Boyle.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by William Boyle.

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Leyton Orient).

William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

Attempt saved. Josh Coulson (Leyton Orient) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Maguire-Drew.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by William Boyle.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces Max Sheaf.

Dismissal

Rohan Ince (Cheltenham Town) is shown the red card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Leyton Orient). VAR checking.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) for dangerous play.

Marvin Ekpiteta (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Leyton Orient 1, Cheltenham Town 0. Josh Wright (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Wilkinson following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Conor Wilkinson (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Angol with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Gavin Reilly replaces Tahvon Campbell.

Sam Ling (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Jordan Maguire-Drew (Leyton Orient).

William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth11003033
2Grimsby11002023
3Salford11002023
4Swindon11002023
5Carlisle11002113
6Exeter11001013
7Forest Green11001013
8Leyton Orient11001013
9Walsall11001013
10Mansfield10102201
11Newport10102201
12Colchester10101101
13Port Vale10101101
14Bradford10100001
15Cambridge10100001
16Crawley100112-10
17Cheltenham100101-10
18Macclesfield100101-10
19Northampton100101-10
20Oldham100101-10
21Morecambe100102-20
22Scunthorpe100102-20
23Stevenage100102-20
24Crewe100103-30
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