PETER KITCHEN championed Leyton Orient’s supporters after they rallied in numbers to purchase season tickets ahead of the new season.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding a return date for football, and indeed as to when fans will be able to safely attend matches, the O’s faithful have already snapped up around 1,000 season tickets, displaying further their loyalty as well as helping the club negotiate a particularly tricky financial period due to lost matchday revenue.
“The Orient faithful have shown magnificent support,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“They have dug deep into their pockets to back the club during particularly difficult times – I take my hat off to them – It’s a marvellous show of support, particularly as we don’t know when we will be able to attend matches at Brisbane Road again.
Indeed, Orient has been hugely proactive despite the lack of football. Tottenham Hotspur striker and England captain, Harry Kane, stepped in to sponsor their shirts for the forthcoming campaign – a six-figure gesture from a player mindful that the O’s handed him his opportunity as a loanee back in 2011.
“Harry has always been a popular figure with the O’s fans,” Kitchen added.
“They loved this announcement, and once again got behind the club, purchasing more shirts in a single week than the whole of last season.
“Leyton Orient, it’s history and tradition means the world to the supporters. I think those at the helm along with the players and staff are mindful and respective of that.”
Kitchen added: “Only a couple of months ago, the Supporters Club also made a hefty donation of £20,000 to assist with finances. Another incredible gesture at a time when football, in general, is suffering.
“Hopefully, we will see this pandemic through, return safe and well, and witness an Orient side capable of rewarding the fans efforts with a push for promotion.”