Stadium: Brisbane Road
Location: Leyton, London
My first stadium of 2011 was on Monday 3rd January 2011 at Brisbane Road in Leyton, London. The match was Leyton Orient vs. Colchester United in Football League One.
Brisbane Road (also known as the Matchroom Stadium) is less than half a mile from Leyton tube station in the midsts of a residential area. It has been home to Leyton Orient since 1937 though it has had numerous developments to it during this time, most recently the building of the new West Stand in 2005.
Brisbane Road is a peculiar stadium with three old-style stands and one very modern looking one dominated by a media centre. The North Stand and Tommy Johnston Stand at the south end of the ground are rather pokey with space for just 1,300 fans each. I was in the away end in the East Stand which can hold around 3,600 fans. The East Stand is the oldest stand in the stadium and this was readily apparent by the uncomfortable wooden seats which were surprising to see in a third-tier team's stadium.
With a capacity of 2,900 the West Stand is the newest part of the ground. Only the bottom half of the structure contains seats with the top half being home to the club's media and office facilities. A quirky aspect of the ground was the flats built into the corners of the stadium, and various occupants kept emerging onto their balconies to view the game at different points.
The game itself was disappointing as a Colchester fan although was probably an exciting game for the neutral. It was a fairly even tie for the first 40 minutes but two goals either side of half-time gave Orient the advantage. Colchester did pull a goal back to make it 2-1 before the O's restored their two goal cushion. A late goal for Colchester did raise hope, but while chasing an equaliser were caught on the break with Orient netting their 4th which was game over. It was probably a fair result in the circumstances as Leyton Orient took full advantage of Colchester's sloppy defending.
Result: Leyton Orient 4-2 Colchester United
Division: Football League One