WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Leyton Orient’s 1973-74 Division Two side who just missed promotion
MICKEY BULLOCK isn’t afraid to admit that he cried like a baby when Leyton Orient missed out on the chance of playing in the top flight for only the second time in their history.
The only previous time that Orient had been in the top flight of English football was in 1962-63 but they found themselves relegated after just one season.
But 11 years later they had a golden chance to swap places with Manchester United for the newly created third promotion place behind Middlesbrough and Luton.
Orient had led the table for most of the season before having their progress checked by injuries in the second half of the campaign.
But they still had a chance to pip Carlisle United by winning their final game of the season against mid-table Aston Villa in front of 30,000 at Brisbane Road.
Ray Graydon put Villa 1-0 up from the penalty spot but leading scorer Bullock gave the O’s some hope with his 15th goal of the season.
Bullock then led the charge to try and find a winner which would have taken them into the top flight only to find Villa keeper Jim Cumbes in superb form.
“It was a sad night,” said Bullock. “Villa didn’t have anything to play for, but took us by surprise in the first half. They gave it a right go, they didn’t give us anything.
“Villa scored with a penalty, but I got a goal about 15 to 20 minutes from the end.
“After I scored we thought we were going to get the result, but their goalkeeper made three absolutely fantastic saves.
“I thought I had won it when I volleyed the ball from the edge of the area. It was going into the corner, but he somehow got across and diverted it over the bar.
“I’ve always remembered that because I thought if it had gone in we would have got promoted.
“It was a massive disappointment. We all went into the dressing room and we cried because we were so upset. There was no shouting, we were all just very upset.” 1. John Boyle: After a spell managing Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United States, he moved to Kent. Worked as a security officer for a firm in central London. 2. Terry Brisley: Settled in Brentwood, Essex, and became a foreign exchange broker in the City of London. Is now working as a gardener. 3. Bobby Fisher: Orient’s first mixed race captain. Became an actor in commercials and television programmes before qualifying as a sports psychologist. Works as a life coach. 4. Barrie Fairbrother: He settled in Queensland, Australia, over 30 years ago and sold residential land for the Lend Lease Company before setting up Hooker Investor Services. 5. Peter Angell: The first team coach sadly collapsed and died of a heart attack during a training run in July 1979, aged 47. 6. Paul Harris: After starting a car business in South Wales, he returned to London and did ‘The Knowledge’ before training as a chiropodist. Became Orient’s official chiropodist. 7. John Jackson: Lives in Brighton. Fitted blinds, was a goalkeeping coach, worked for a golf magazine and sold golf equipment before becoming a courier for Lewes Council. 8. Malcolm Linton: Now lives in St Peter’s In The Field, Braintree. Has worked in markets, double glazing and carpet fitting. Is now driving an oil tanker. 9. Ray Goddard: After moving to Calahonda, Spain, to run a bar on the Costa del Sol, Ray suffered a stroke in December 2007 and died aged just 58. 10. Mickey Bullock: After managing Halifax Town for three years, he later took charge of Goole Town and Ossett Town. Has since worked as a scout for a number of clubs and as an insurance consultant. 11. Gerry Queen: Moved to South Florida. Has coached at various schools, clubs and semipro teams as well as working as a teacher. 12. David Payne: Coached the Millwall youth team, then became a policeman before working in Billingsgate Fish Market for 14 years. He was a warehouseman for M&S in Kent until retiring. 13. Peter Allen: Qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and started his own practice, Deibel & Allen, in Portslade on the border of his native Hove. 14. Ricky Heppolette: Born in India and settled in Peterborough where he finished his career. Owns a shop, The Party Shop Superstore, a stone’s throw away from Posh’s London Road ground. 15. George Petchey: Now lives in retirement in Southwick, Brighton. After Orient, he scouted for Watford and Sunderland, and worked for Brighton in youth development and as assistant manager. 16. Phil Hoadley: Now lives near Norwich and has had various jobs, including running Norwich’s community scheme and a community-owned pub. Also worked in decorating, sales and the building industry. 17. Derrick Downing: Is back in his home town Doncaster. Tried his hand at running a nightclub before working in a local garage. 18. Tom Walley: Lives in retirement in Nascot Wood, near Watford. Worked as a coach for many years at Watford before stints with Millwall, Arsenal and the Wales U21 team. NOT PICTURED Peter Bennett: Lives in west London and has spent many years working as a carpenter. His son Warren is a professional golfer and caddie. Bill Roffey: Is based in Maidstone, Kent, and spends most of his time coaching in the States where he part-owned a Dallas training camp. Ian Bowyer: The European Cup winner has held various coaching and management posts and has scouted for Portsmouth. His son Gary is Blackburn Rovers manager. Bobby Arber: Is now a scout for Arsenal and his son Mark is a former professional footballer.