Leyton Orient are a club both in dire straits and in a dark hole when it comes to survival in the Football League – and it isn’t getting better.
Essentially, due to a massively inferior goal difference, the Os are 11 points from safety at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two, with just 15 points to play for. A loss tomorrow at Luton, coupled with Hartlepool getting at least a point at Carlisle, would doom Orient to non-league football for the first time in their proud, 140 year career.
Should that happen, the fans will be the ones to take the brunt, brutal force of disappointment that any relegation brings. But this is a club where the players haven’t been paid for March, other than from the PFA, and a club where the doctor walked after finding his position advertised behind his back.
It is a club where fans and owner could not be any more distanced than they already are. It is also a club where, according to the East London and West Essex Guardian, fans have just been asked by the club via the EFL, the league’s governing body, to cover the cost of fulfilling medical care for the remainder of their matches this season.
We can confirm the club was INSTRUCTED to ask LOFT to cover medical costs. We refused as the fund is expressly not to pay Becchetti's bills. https://t.co/eFFDIUgc8H
— LOFT (@LOFansTrust) April 13, 2017
That response, according to the article, was met with a curt response that LOFT (the Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust): “have said that the will not pay the bill as that was never in the Regeneration Fund mandate.”
Understandably, the news hasn’t gone down well with LOFT themselves and there is a rising swell of indignation coming in from supporters of all clubs, and even journalists, on this matter.
Twitter reacts after Leyton Orient Fan Trust asked to cough up by the EFL
If Arsenal fans think their club is dying, take a look at Leyton Orient. Fans' trust asked to make payments.https://t.co/Ub07MmzIz8
— Nas (@Nascelotti) April 13, 2017
— Jonathan Beales (@Jonathanbeales) April 13, 2017
I just have no words to describe this mess anymore. https://t.co/sms0wylNJp
— Tim Scales (@tim_ncfc) April 13, 2017
This is disgraceful https://t.co/NJe4kurF3i
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) April 13, 2017
How on earth can the League expect the fans to pay this?? https://t.co/nzqNx9sDnE
— Paul Newman (@Paul_NewmanDM) April 13, 2017
Wow. How can you be so moronic? https://t.co/v4dyaaBZh6
— Kevin Blundell (@kevin_blundell) April 13, 2017
— CK (@ephemeraljoy) April 13, 2017
This is absolutely pathetic from the EFL, asking a fan run organisation to fulfill their duty over something that's essentially their fault https://t.co/oylb1X5B94
— Amitai Winehouse (@awinehouse1) April 13, 2017