Ley­ton Ori­ent’s 1973-74 Di­vi­sion Two side who just missed pro­mo­tion

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Neil Fissler

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.

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