Slade backs Leyton Orient ticket giveaway

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade has given his full support to Barry Hearn’s latest scheme to attract more fans to Brisbane Road reports Sky Sports.

With West Ham winning their bid to move into the Olympic Stadium in three years, O’s chairman Barry Hearn has moved quickly to stop any Orient fans who find themselves wandering over to the Olympic Park.

Hearn announced that he is giving away 1,500 free season tickets to youngers aged between 14 and 18, and full time students aged 18 to 21.

The club is hoping that the scheme will not only stop fans switching their allegiance to the Hammers but also encourage a new generation of supporters to come and stand up for their local club.

Slade said: “I think it’s a really good forward-thinking initiative to get a new breed of young supporters. When you come to your first game your first alliance to a football club stays with you for life, it did for me.

“It’s a great initiative and it will be nice to see some new faces in the east stand.”

Despite Orient having a great season on the pitch, just 3,713 fans turned up at the Matchroom Stadium to see their side beat Bury 2-0.

Both Hearn and Slade will be hoping this new incentive will not only bring in a new generation of fans but also increase interest in the club.

Slade added: “We know if we can get 5-6,000 in the ground on a regular basis then it’s a great atmosphere.”

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