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Steve Jenkins – Leyton Orient
This week, Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club Deputy Chairman and O’s WW1 historian Steve Jenkins from Chadwell Heath is featured as our #YellowSport Fan of the Week
How long have you supported Leyton Orient?
I’ve followed the O’s for 50 years.
Whereabouts in the ground do you sit?
I usually sit in the West Stand. However, when I first went to the Orient, for many years I stood in the East Stand Enclosure until I paired-up with my friend Andy Gilson in the TV gantry to commentate on the games – which I did for over ten years from the late 80s.
Favourite all-time player?
It has to be Peter Kitchen – not only is he one of the finest strikers to play for Orient, we are good friends and share an interest in the Great War, with a focus on the service made in the war by professional footballers, particularly those of Clapton Orient – Peter and I are colleagues on the committee of the O’s Somme Memorial Fund and we are extremely proud of what the committee has achieved over the past decade or so, to commemorate those brave footballers, whose actions not only did their country proud at a time of great need but also went a long way to securing the future of professional football in this country.
Favourite current player?
For me, it is James Brophy, he is an attacking wide player who loves running at defenders, creating anxiety for the opposition and bags of excitement for the O’s faithful and despite being played out of position for most of this season, he still manages to cause problems for the other side. His style of play leaves him open to often be crudely hacked-down, but to his credit, he seldom retaliates and relies on his natural ability to get the better of his assailant.
Most memorable match?
I have witnessed a number of memorable matches involving the O’s, including the epic 3-2 win over Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup in 1972, having been 0-2 down, but for me, it is another FA Cup match with Chelsea, once again a fifth-round tie but this one went to a replay, when having drawn 0-0 at Brisbane Road, the Orient beat the Blues 2-1 with Peter Kitchen scoring a couple of great goals – the first of which being as good if not better than the famous goal scored by Ricky Villa for Spurs at Wembley against Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup Final.
If I could sign one player for my team it would be?
Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City