Leyton Orient – Matchroom Stadium

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matchroom stadium brisbane road leyton orientThe Matchroom Stadium is all-seater, with a capacity of 9,271 and has been the home of Leyton Orient since 1937. The ground has seen a good deal of redevelopment, with the construction of 3 new stands since the late 1990s. This work has been financed by selling part of the site to a property developer, so the corners of the ground are filled with residential apartments.

The North Stand is the most recent addition, a covered stand which replaced an open terrace for the 2007-08 season. The unusual-looking West Stand was opened for the 2005-06 season. Above the seating area, the club offices are housed in a tall, vertical structure. This is topped by a TV / press gallery. The single-tiered, Tommy Johnston Stand was opened at the South end in 1999. This stand also replaced a former open terrace and is named after the club’s leading goalscorer. The old Main (East) Stand, dating back to 1956, has been reduced in length, with seating installed in the former front terrace. The South end of this stand houses the away supporters.

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How to get to the Matchroom Stadium

By Road:
matchroom stadium directionsThe Matchroom Stadium is located in Brisbane Road, Leyton, London E10 5NF.

Drivers arriving from the North should exit the M25 at junction 27, joining the southbound M11. When the road divides after about 7 miles, bear right onto the North Circular Road, taking the 1st exit, signed Walthamstow / City / A104. Turn left at the roundabout onto Woodford New Road (A104). At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit (signposted A104 / Bakers Arms / Leyton) and follow the road round to the left into Lea Bridge Road. After ½ mile, turn left at the lights (signposted Leyton) into Leyton Green Road. Filter left after 500 yards and turn left at the T-junction into Leyton High Road. After just over a mile, Brisbane Road is on the right.

From the South / South-East via the Blackwall Tunnel, exit the tunnel and continue on A102 following signs to Stratford / Dalston. Remain on the A102 / A106 for just over 4 miles, following signs for Leyton, passing New Spitalfields Market. At the lights just after a Car Superstore, turn left into Oliver Road.


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By Rail:
leyton orient train stationLeyton tube station, on the Central Line is only ¼ mile from the ground.

On exiting the station, turn right into Leyton High Road and cross the road. The ground’s floodlights are visible behind Coronation gardens on the left. Turn left into Buckingham Road for the ground. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
London City airport is within 5 miles of the Matchroom Stadium. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in London that can take you to and from the Matchroom stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

matchroom stadium parkingVisiting fans advise that there is plenty of on-street parking available in the streets surrounding the ground.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Matchroom Stadium

pubs near matchroom stadiumThe supporters club, in the West Stand, admits away fans for a small fee, but does become uncomfortably crowded. Several pubs near the tube station, on Leyton High Road, have been recommended by visiting fans.

These include the Coach and Horses, which can be reached by turning right out of the station and following Leyton High Road for ½ mile. The pub is on the left. The Three Blackbirds has also been recommended and is a little further on, on the opposite side of the road. Several fans report an excellent welcome at the Birkbeck Arms, which is on Langthorne Road, in a residential area around the back of the station.

Hotels near the Matchroom Stadium

holiday inn express london stratfordThe Express By Holiday Inn London Stratford, 196 High Street, Stratford, Newham, London E15 2NE is within 2 miles of the Matchroom Stadium. Stratford tube station (on the Central and Jubilee Lines) is within easy walking distance. The hotel has received good guest reviews, commenting on friendly, helpful staff and good quality accommodation. On-site parking is available. days hotel london shoreditch

Days Hotel London Shoreditch, 419-437 Hackney Road, London E2 8PP is in London’s fashionable east End, within easy reach of Liverpool Street station. The hotel is convenient for London City and Stansted airports, on a main route into central London and the West End. Guests report a clean, bright, welcoming hotel.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Matchroom Stadium?

away fans leyton orientMost away fans have found the Matchroom Stadium to have a friendly atmosphere, with good-humoured banter from the home supporters. However, there are a number of supporting pillars in the away section which impede the view of play. The West Stand has been described by several fans as the ugliest structure they have encountered at any league ground. With a nearby tube station, the ground is easily accessible and both rail and road travellers have reported little difficulty in getting away after the match.

Your comments about Leyton Orient – Matchroom Stadium


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  1. keepsafepat

    The main stand seating must be the worst I have ever seen/sat in. It felt like I had been put on the naughty chair at junior school, the seats can only be about 6in off the ground. The seats in the lower section looked slightly better but, fans not allowed to use them by over zealous stewards & no doubt, directives from Orient.

    Can’t say much about the home fans, they must have forgot the game was on!


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  3. Peter Walker

    As great as the home stands are the away section is dreadful! there is a small tiny passage for all fans to pass down to get to the seats, which can only take two passing each other at a squeeze. The stewards were reluctant to open the extra section of seats at first despite knowing the away fans had sold out all the seats. It took 20 minutes for the first section to be filled and them to open the second section. Also the the seat was not an allocated seats match, and with all seats sold out, 6 of us were forced to squeeze into 5 seats, as were many other fans, as we all struggled to find seats together. During the match itself, a number of stewards stood in the way, and when asked politely if they would move they declined and were rather rude, before a senior steward came along with a police officer and got them to move. The atmosphere we made was amazing, but with the rather large opposite stand, it seemed a bit to big for the small team. not the greatest stadium I have ever visited


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  5. Anthony

    Got to to Leyton about 45 mins early so headed into the horse and coaches pub, good for away fans, pints are decent, missed the first 5 or so mins due to crowd congestion outside the, down to their only being 2 turnstiles available, the stand is poor, no leg room at all, you just couldn’t move! The home fans were poor, not a single chant was heard by them, stewards were friendly though which is always nice

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