Date: 3rd August 2011 at 9:17am
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August. The month football fans look forward to from that very last whistle in the very last game of the previous season. The footballing powers that be handed us a trip to Russell Slade’s former club, Yeovil Town, in our opening game.

After that Yeovil game we had a hard looking run of four games against Swindon Town in the Carling Cup, Charlton Athletic, Southampton and Exeter City. I wasn’t exactly overjoyed with that start, playing Charlton and Southampton, the League’s ‘bigger’ clubs, so early could leave us stranded at the bottom of the table early in the season and see us in yet another relegation battle early on.

Yeovil was fast approaching when I took the decision to go to the game. I had no other plans, I’d never been to Yeovil or Huish Park and the anticipation of the new season was enough to convince me to book my train ticket to Yeovil Junction. Having not been to Yeovil and only booking the train journey just over 48 hours before the game kicked-off I was expecting a short journey from Yeovil Junction to Huish Park, how wrong I could be!

We’d made a signing 24 hours before the opening campaign in Michael Liddle, a Sunderland left-back, on loan for a month and he went straight into the starting XI the next day.

The anticipation of the new season turned to demorolisation after just twelve minutes of the new campiagn when Dean Bowditch turned past Ben Chorley too easily to hammer home and put Yeovil ahead. Orient took their time to reply when two new boys connected (for the first of many) to equalise for the O’s. A Dean Cox cross five minutes from time was headed in by Alex Revell to level the scores. After a defensive lapse, Yeovil went into the break 2-1 up after an error by Jamie Jones. Andy Williams crossed a ball and Jones fumbled at it allowing Luke Freeman to score, leaving Orient pointless on the first day of the season.

Just a few days later and we were back in action, Tuesday 10th August saw us travel to Swindon Town in the Carling Cup. Swindon had been beaten in the Play-Off Final the season before, so if I’m honest, I was expecting us to lose this game. My thoughts started to be proved right as Orient went in one down at the break from JP McGovern’s goal, however, Orient stormed back through goals from Ryan Jarvis and Alex Revell to set up a tie with Premier League West Bromwich Albion.

Just three days after the win at the County Ground, the Sky cameras were in town as we entertained Charlton Athletic. Again we went a goal down, this time to former loanee Alan McCormack. Fifty minutes past when the game come back to life as Scott McGleish equalised for the O’s against his first club. Two minutes later Charlton were down to ten men when Christian Dailly was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence. Scott Wagstaff restored Charlton’s lead just after the hour with an excellent finish from a knockdown. Around the 75th minute Orient were pressing for the equaliser and Stephen Dawson hit a shot going goalbound that was stopped by Alan McCormack. It seemed that the only person in the ground who didn’t see that McCormack had made a save that Gordan Banks would’ve been proud of was the referee after being conned by the thug who lay clutching his face as the referee refused penalty claims. Going for broke late on, Orient were punished by Chris Solly who made it 3-1 somewhat unfairly.

A week later and with two defeats from two, we travelled to promotion favourites Southampton and many expected a heavy defeat, however, a Jamie Jones inspired Orient managed to earn a 1-1 draw and our first point of the season. The Tuesday night after, we lost 1-0 to a weak West Brom side in a dull game.

Sat 21st in the table already some believed that the Exeter City game was a ‘must win’ already. An impressive performance and a 3-0 win was enough to dispel those doom mongers. Goals from Alex Revell, Scott McGleish and Dean Cox ensured our first win of the season.



lso in August 2010;

* Sachin Tendulkar became the most capped player in Test Cricket History.

* Tiger Woods and his ex-wife Elin Nordegren finalise their divorce.

* Four members of the Pakistan national cricket team are allegedly involved in a betting scandal including captain Salman Butt fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal during their current tour of England.