Orient Historic club get stay of execution

Historic English football club Leyton Orient avoided being wound up on Monday when the Registrar hearing the case dismissed all the bids seeking such a judgement.

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner vies with Leyton Orient's midfielder Stephen Dawson (left) during a FA Cup match at the Emirates Stadium, London on March 2, 2011 play

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner vies with Leyton Orient's midfielder Stephen Dawson (left) during a FA Cup match at the Emirates Stadium, London on March 2, 2011

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Historic English football club Leyton Orient avoided being wound up on Monday when the Registrar hearing the case dismissed all the bids seeking such a judgement.

Orient -- whose 112-year stay in the English football league ended in April with relegation from League Two -- has had a turbulent time under controversial Italian owner Francesco Becchetti.

Becchetti -- who bought the club from snooker supremo Barry Hearn prior to the 2014/15 campaign -- had been given till Monday by a judge at a previous hearing in March to pay off outstanding debts.

A lawyer representing Orient told Registrar Sally Barber all debts had been paid at a Bankruptcy & Companies Court hearing in London and she dismissed all bids to have the club wound up.

Fans were pleased that winding-up bids had been dismissed but said more problems could be around the corner.

Mat Roper, a board member at the Leyton Orient Fans' Trust, said he knew of other people still owed money.

"We could well be back again in a few weeks," said Roper.

"It's a long, hard road being an Orient fan."

Roper said many fans wanted Becchetti to sell the club.

"He came in 2014 and overspent," Roper said. "Since then it has been a catalogue of problems."

It reflects a dramatic fall from grace as two years ago they came within a penalty shootout success of gaining promotion to the Championship, losing in the play-off final to Rotherham.

However, it has been downhill all the way since.

Orient, who enjoyed just one season of top-tier football in the 1962/63 season, were subsequently relegated to League Two.

Last season's campaign saw a series of disasters with five managers, unpaid wages and then the winding up order against Becchetti.

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