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ORI­ENT fan Craig Delew wanted his club to bring back Hull goal­keeper Eldin Jakupovic on loan so badly that he promised he would clean all the seats in the club’s East Stand if they did.

It seemed a good idea at the time as he made his pledge on Twit­ter... but then Ori­ent’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Porter called him up to say Jakupovic was on his way back.

So 19-year-old Craig kept his word on Valen­tine’s Day with a labour of love by scrub­bing all 3,636 seats at Bris­bane Road. “I was in dis­be­lief to start with when Matt got in touch with me,” ad­mit­ted Craig, “but I wasn’t pulling out.

“I ar­rived at the club at 11am armed with a mop, cloth and broom.

“I didn’t re­alise un­til then the job I’d let my­self in for – the seats prob­a­bly hadn’t been cleaned in years. It took some se­ri­ous el­bow grease.”

Porter said:“When the club re-signed Jakupovic, I re­mem­bered Craig’s tweet. Craig was a great sport and had a great at­ti­tude.

“We’re keen to get closer to our fans. We’re happy to en­gage with them in any way we can and Twit­ter is per­fect for that.”

As a re­ward Craig was in­vit- ed to be a guest at Ori­ent’s board meet­ing last week be­fore their 2-0 home win against Steve­nage on Tues­day.

He had a three-course meal and met the Ori­ent play­ers, in­clud­ing Jakupovic.

“It was prob­a­bly the best ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve had as an Ori­ent fan,” he said.

“Eldin said he was touched by what I had done and promised me his goal­keeper gloves af­ter the game. I also had a chat with man­ager Rus­sell Slade, and chair­man Barry Hearn came over to me, shook my hand and con­grat­u­lated me.”

Craig plans to tweet Ori­ent again and see what other deals he can strike with the club.

“If the chance came up to clean an­other stand, I would def­i­nitely take up the of­fer,” he promised.

MOP TOP: Craig gets to work... and meets keeper Eldin Jakupovic, in­set top

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