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Brisbane Road
WestStandBrisbaneRoad.jpg
Location Leyton, London, E10 5NE fullname = Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road
Built 19??
Opened 1937
Owner Land leased by Waltham Forest Council
Capacity 9,271 (all seated)
Field dimensions 110 x 76 yards
Tenants
Leyton Orient F.C.

Brisbane Road, currently referred to as the Matchroom Stadium for sponsorship purposes and originally known as Osborne Road, is a football stadium in Brisbane Road, Leyton, east London, England. It has been the home ground of Leyton Orient F.C. since 1937, prior to which it was the home of amateur football team Leyton F.C., who moved to the Hare and Hounds ground. The highest attendance at the ground was 34,345 for the visit of West Ham United in the 1964 FA Cup. It has hosted a number of England U-16 and England women’s team matches in the past. In 2008, it hosted the women’s League Cup final. It is also home of the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. reserves.

Brisbane Road has seen several developments in its history, but due to the Second World War the first major improvement was the levelling of a grass bank and crash barrier installation in 1949. The terracing behind the goals was improved again in 1952, 1959 and 1960. In 1956 a small seated stand was dismantled and replaced with a stand from the decrepit Mitcham Stadium, which held 2,600 fans. In 1962, with Leyton Orient gaining promotion to the First Division, another wing was added to the main stand making the seating total 3,500. In 1978 the West Stand was converted into all-seating. In 1996 the terracing at the southern end of the ground was demolished, and used as a car park while Lottery funding to build a stand was (unsuccessfully) sought. The South Stand was eventually built in 1999, and was renamed The Tommy Johnston Stand on 5 September, 2008. [1] On 12 August 2009, Brisbane Road hosted its first international match when Ghana took on Zambia.[2]

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North Stand

The recently built North Stand was completed for the start of the 2007-08 season and is currently used as a family stand. It replaces a former open terrace and now has a large block of flats behind the stand. It has a capacity of 1,351 which includes provision for disabled supporters and has the letters L O F C marked into the seats. Access to this stand is by turnstiles at each end of the stand and there are two refreshment outlets located underneath the stand.

West Stand

The West Stand is the main stand at Brisbane Road and currently seats home supporters only. It has a capacity of 2,872 (also 23 disabled supporters + 23 helpers). It is also home to the club's offices and the club superstore and ticket office are at the back of this stand. There is also a row of executive seating above the main seating which overhangs the rest of the stand. This stand also has many executive boxes and gallery premium seating in its centre. This stand is generally considered as a quiet stand and some of the more elderley fans have been known to fall asleep sometimes on matchdays. It has two refreshment outlets at either end underneath the stand and it is accessed by turnstiles at either end via Oliver Road.

The players changing rooms are also located underneath this stand and players emerge from the tunnel here. The dugouts are also located at the front of this stand after being moved from the opposite East Stand for the start of the 2007-08 season.

Tommy Johnston Stand

This stand was built in 1999 and was formerly called the South Stand. It was re-named in 2008 in memory of Leyton Orient's record goalscorer Tommy Johnston. It is currently for home supporters only and has a capacity of 1,336. It is generally used by more of passionate fans of Leyton Orient Football Club. It has a refreshment outlet and a bar underneath the stand and is accessed through turnstiles from Buckingham Road. It has the word ORIENT marked into the seats in white.

East Stand

Image of the East Stand at Brisbane Road

The East Stand is the oldest stand at Brisbane Road and is used by both home and away supporters. When an away team brings a larger following of supporters, Orient fans in the North half of the stand are asked to move elsewhere to accommodate the extra away fans. The capacity of the Northern end of this stand is 2,133 and the Southern end is 1,459. There are also executive seats in the middle of the stand but these are not currently used by any supporters.

  • East Stand North: 2,133 (also 15 disabled supporters + 15 helpers)
  • East Stand South (away): 1,459 (also 7 disabled supporters + 7 helpers)
  • Tommy Johnston Stand: 1,336
  • West Stand: 2,872 (also 23 disabled supporters + 23 helpers)
  • North Family Stand: 1,351 (includes provision for disabled supporters)

The ground is named after Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn's sports promotion company, Matchroom Sport, prior to which it was officially the Leyton Stadium, though fans still refer to it as Brisbane Road. The club has registered an interest into moving into the Olympic Stadium following the 2012 Olympics as this will have a capacity of about 25,000; however, the club's average attendance of about 5,000 means that this is in no way a probable move. Brisbane Road is in very close proximity to both the Olympic Park and also Hackney Marshes.

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Coordinates: 51°33′36.54″N 0°0′45.57″W / 51.56015°N 0.0126583°W / 51.56015; -0.0126583


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