Sport on Saturday and some Sunday afternoons during the football season features live commentary from Leyton Orient and West Ham home games, updates from other London teams in action including Tottenham and Arsenal, as well as news from all the day’s other major sporting events. John Doyle is in the studio on Saturdays from 12 noon and our Sunday Sports roundup show is on Sundays at 5pm presented by A.S.Malik.
Location: The London Stadium (formerly the 2012 Olympic Stadium), Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London. 2.8 miles from Whipps Cross. Capacity 60,000.
Nickname: The Hammers, the Iron.
Colours: Claret and Blue
Song: “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”
Founded: 1900. Founded by workers from the Thames Ironworks, West Ham is rooted in the industrial history of East London. Their first game was against fierce rivals Millwall, an ironworks team from a rival company.
Highs: Under Ron Greenwood, West Ham won the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup. Club captain Bobby Moore led England to World Cup glory in 1966, and Hammers Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters scored the goals that won the final. As they say around Upton Park, West Ham won the FA Cup!
West Ham are the only team from outside of the top flight of English football to have won the FA Cup, doing so under John Lyall against Arsenal in 1980.
West Ham finished third in 1985-86, their highest ever league finish.
After an eventful final game at the Boleyn Ground in May 2016 they moved that summer to their controversial new home at the former Olympic stadium in Stratford, by then renamed The London Stadium. The club crest was changed, losing the Boleyn Castle but keeping the crossed hammers.
Location: Matchroom Stadium (Brisbane Road), Leyton, East London. 1.7 miles from Whipps Cross. Capacity 9271
Nickname: The Os
Colours: Red and White
Founded: 1881 (as Eagle Cricket Club). The Os were originally formed by members of a cricket club and are the second oldest club in London after Fulham. They joined the Football League in 1905. According to club historians the name Orient came from a player who was employed by Orient Shipping Company.
In 1914 forty one members of the team joined the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment for the First World War, the highest of any football team in the country. In the final game before the players departed 20,000 people came to see-off the Os.
In 1921, the Prince of Wales (later to be King Edward VIII) watched the O’s play Notts County, the first royal to attend a football match. And the O’s won 3-0!
Highs: Orient’s first and only season in the top tier of English football was in 1961/62. Orient reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1978.
Lows: After coming within a penalty kick of the Championship at the end of 2013/14 the Os suffered a disastrous three years under the ownership of Italian Francesco Becchetti. They were relegated to League 2 after the first year and went out of the football league completely after 112 years in 2017, almost being wound-up in the process.
As the club rebuilds again under new ownership, you can follow them with regular live commentary from Brisbane Road on Whipps Cross Radio.
Record Transfer Fee Paid: £200,000 for Liam Kelly in 2016