Leyton Orient supporter Contrifibulatory Fred is an admirer of Anthony Griffith and would be happy with a draw.
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Contrifibulatory Fred is “a good-looking bloke” [his views, not ours – OVF editor] and has followed the O’s since 23rd February 1973 (a 4-0 home to Aston Villa). He went to Vale in the 1980’s when both sides were vying for promotion from Division 4 and tells us: “We lost 2-0, a fair result, and my overwhelming memory was the way your fans got behind the team – it seemed to frighten our players to death.”
I think we would be happy with a draw as Vale seem a match for any team in the division on their day…
How are Orient doing?
Exceeding expectations and enjoying the season, with a slight feeling of doom ahead if I’m honest.
Who should we watch out for?
Moses Udobajo (a 10-goal winger) is a great young talent, Kevin Lisbie (who scored in the last minute to beat Vale at the Matchroom Stadium earlier this season) and frighteningly quick sub Shaun Batt – we love him
What are your thoughts on your manager?
He’s a great bloke but I don’t think he’ll ever manage in the Premier League.
What are your thoughts on your board and off-field club activities?
I don’t like the stadium – I feel like Hearn built it to prevent growth – a 9,000 capacity is not great – I know we don’t get big crowds though so perhaps I’m being picky.
Any views on Port Vale?
Griffin played a blinder for Vale at the O’s and I was glad he got a great reception as an ex-player from our fans…
Griffin played a blinder for Vale at the O’s and I was glad he got a great reception as an ex-player from our fans.
Any views and memories of players that have been involved with both teams?
Ian Bogie was a bit of a legend, I always felt he’d do a lot better than he did. Shane Tudor was OK, Justin Miller a bit erratic.
A score prediction?
I think we would be happy with a draw as Vale seem a match for any team in the division on their day.
Our thanks to Fred for answering our questions.