Date: 13th February 2011 at 9:19pm
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Maintaining the Olympic legacy CHECK, keeping the running track CHECK, helping a London club grow CHECK, possibly destroying the fortunes of another London football team CHECK.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company’s (OPLC) decision to back West Ham’s bid for the Olympic Stadium over that of Tottenham means Orient’s future is now horribly uncertain.

The Hammers still need government approval for the move after the 2012 games but that now seems inevitable.

Orient’s plight has now been gathering more media attention, including Barry Hearn’s article in the Evening Standard, in which he says concerning West Ham winning the bid: ‘we at Leyton Orient still feel we have a case against the Premier League for compensation and certainly our lawyers say there is a case for a judicial review.’

But our case seems still to be forgotten by those in charge (the Premier League, the FA, the Football League etc..) even though West Ham’s move to Stratford would go against specific Premier League and Football League rules concerning the Hammers move effecting another local club in the close vicinity.

Whilst I would never expect the decision on the stadium to be based solely on Orient and the effect it would have on us, consideration of us as a historic and hard-working London club would have been the least we deserved.

The club have announced they will be making a statement on West Ham’s bid at a press conference on Wednesday, where hopefully we can step up the process of getting our voices heard.

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