We trace the he­roes of Ori­ent’s run to the FA Cup semi-fi­nal in 1977-78

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

GLENN Roeder be­lieves Ori­ent were un­der­dogs all the way through their run to the FA Cup semi-fi­nal in 1978. Ori­ent reached the semi-fi­nals for the first time in their his­tory and had foot­steps to fol­low as they at­tempted to reach the fi­nal as a Sec­ond Divi­sion side.

Three Divi­sion Two sides – Sun­der­land (1973), Ful­ham (1975) and Southamp­ton (1976) – had all gone on to play in the fi­nal with Sun­der­land and Southamp­ton pulling off shock vic­to­ries.

The O’s dumped out Nor­wich (1-0), Chelsea (2-1) and Mid­dles­brough (2-1) af­ter re­plays, as well as Black­burn Rovers (3-1) to make it to the last four.

Pe­ter Kitchen scored seven of their nine goals en route, Joe Mayo get­ting the other two.

Roeder, once an Arse­nal school­boy, said: “Half of the side had come through the youth sys­tem and the other half were good se­nior play­ers so there was a good blend.

“We were mas­sive un­der­dogs from the third round against Nor­wich City on­wards but Pe­ter Kitchen had an amaz­ing run in the com­pe­ti­tion and scored lots of goals.

“Mo­men­tum built, es­pe­cially at Bris­bane Road, and you get to a sit­u­a­tion where it is eas­ier to be the un­der­dogs than the favourites.

“We sud­denly had every­thing to gain and noth­ing to lose and that was cer­tainly the at­ti­tude that we took in the quar­ter-fi­nal re­play against Mid­dles­brough at Bris­bane Road.”

The O’s took on Arse­nal in the semi­fi­nal at Chelsea’s Stam­ford Bridge. It proved to be a bridge too far for Ori­ent – the Gun­ners won 3-0 and Roeder be­lieves the O’s didn’t do them­selves jus­tice.

“They had a very good team at the time with some amaz­ing play­ers, in­clud­ing Liam Brady who joined them at the same time as me, so I got to know him well. There were two Malcolm Macdon­ald shots – one ric­o­cheted off me and went into the cor­ner and the same thing hap­pened to Bill Rof­frey.

“Macdon­ald claimed both goals and I wasn’t ar­gu­ing. Gra­ham Rix then got the third.

“We al­ways felt that we hadn’t com­pletely done our­selves jus­tice.

“We still prob­a­bly wouldn’t have beaten them but we could have given them a bet­ter game than we did.”

1. Bobby Fisher: A de­fender who was a job­bing ac­tor be­fore quali­fy­ing as a sports psy­chol­o­gist. He man­aged Team GB at the 18th Mac­cabiah Games and works as a life coach. 2. Terry Long: The former Crys­tal Palace de­fender moved on to Millwall. He then worked for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. Now lives in retirement in Hamp­shire. 3. Alan Stephen­son: A de­fender who quit Ori­ent’s coach­ing staff to run a pub in Colch­ester and then worked for Es­sex County Coun­cil. 4. Pe­ter An­gell: The first team coach trag­i­cally col­lapsed and died of a heart at­tack dur­ing a train­ing run in July 1979, aged 47. 5. Pe­ter Kitchen: A striker who worked for Wim­ble­don in youth de­vel­op­ment but then be­came a leisure cen­tre man­ager in Sevenoaks, Kent. 6. Pe­ter Ben­nett: A mid­fielder who lives in west Lon­don and has spent many years work­ing as a car­pen­ter. His son War­ren is a pro­fes­sional golfer and cad­die. 7. Nigel Gray: A cen­tral de­fender who is now based in south-west Lon­don and has run an of­fice clean­ing com­pany in Wim­ble­don. 8. John Jack­son: A goal­keeper who has fit­ted blinds, been a goal­keep­ing coach, worked for a golf mag­a­zine and sold golf equip­ment be­fore be­com­ing a courier for Lewes Coun­cil. 9. John Smeul­ders: The England youth in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper lives in Wim­bourne, Dorset, and has been a de­liv­ery driver for Al­lied bak­ery in the Bournemouth area for over 20 years. 10. Bill Rof­fey: A de­fender who is now based in Detling, Kent, and is a project man­ager for St Ge­orge PLC af­ter run­ning foot­ball camps in the United States. 11. Tony Gre­al­ish: The Re­pub­lic of Ire­land mid­fielder, whose nephew is the mu­si­cian Ex­am­ple, died in April 2013 aged 56 af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer af­ter work­ing in the scrap me­tal industry. 12. Al­lan Glover: The winger now lives in Wind­sor, Berk­shire. He ran two ve­hi­cle work­shops and has since re­built and re­freshed horse boxes in As­cot and breeds horses with his wife. 13. John Chiedozie: The Nige­rian in­ter­na­tional winger runs a chil­dren’s soft play equip­ment busi­ness from his base in the New For­est. 14. Pe­ter Al­lan: A mid­fielder who qual­i­fied as a so­lic­i­tor in 1984 and started his own prac­tice, Deibel & Allen, which he ran for over 30 years. Is now a con­sul­tant so­lic­i­tor. 15. Phil Hoadley: The de­fender lives near Nor­wich and has had var­i­ous jobs in foot­ball, in­clud­ing run­ning Nor­wich’s com­mu­nity scheme. Has also run a com­mu­nity-owned pub. 16. Glenn Roeder: A de­fender who has man­aged Gillingham, Wat­ford, New­cas­tle, West Ham and Nor­wich. Is cur­rently Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s sport­ing di­rec­tor. 17. David Payne: Util­ity player who went on to coach the Millwall youth team. Then be­came a po­lice­man be­fore work­ing in Billings­gate Fish Mar­ket as a ware­house­man un­til re­tir­ing. 18. Derek Clarke: A for­ward who was a builder’s mer­chant in east Lon­don be­fore re­turn­ing to the mid­lands where he worked in a fac­tory be­fore be­com­ing a pri­son of­fi­cer.


19. Tunji Banjo: The Nige­rian in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder was a bus driver in north Lon­don but now lives in Stokeon-Trent and works as a train driver for Lon­don Mid­land. 20. Kevin God­frey: A striker who was a taxi driver in west Lon­don and then went to work for a se­cu­rity com­pany. 21. Joe Mayo: A striker who be­came a hote­lier and then a rep for Im­pe­rial Tobacco. In 2015 he took part in Chan­nel 4’s Coach Trip.



















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