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Martin Strong

Leyton Orient 60 Greatest Matches from the Tijuana Taxi era. 1968-2012.

Leyton Orient 60 Greatest Matches from the Tijuana Taxi era. 1968-2012.

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Tijuana Taxi has been gracing Brisbane Road since the late 60’s. It has been an ever-present at the O’s since, witnessing some wonderful football. Even away from home it’s been there in spirit. Here are 60 of the classic encounters since ’68.

The seventies witnessed some enthralling battles, notable in the FA Cup – the two cup runs of ’72 and ’78 – those unforgettable battles with Chelsea twice, Leicester, Norwich and Middlesbrough. And who could ever forget the Villa heartache of 1974.

The eighties are remembered by many as the ‘Clark Out’ years, yet Frankie still presided over some memorable matches – a 2-0 defeat of Spurs, an epic 1-1 with West Ham, and a long awaited promotion achieved with the defeat of Wrexham in ’89.

The century’s last 10 years brought about financial crises followed by financial rescue and yet more unforgettable encounters – the Elleray experience against Brentford, that long awaited away win at Northampton and the play-off semi victory at Rotherham.

Since then we’ve had the thriller at the Kassam in ’06, the arrival of the man with no hair in 2010 and the Jonathan Tehoue moment against the Gooners in 2011. Classic encounters aplenty, each captured in all their glory here. God bless Herb Alpert.

About the Author

Martin Strong was born a few miles from Brisbane Road and has supported the O's for 49 years. He has seen well over a thousand Leyton Orient matches at over 140 different venues around the country since then.

He has been writing in every month in the Leyton Orientear - the second longest running fanzine in the country - for 29 years, as well as writing various articles in books and magazines on the club in that time.

This is his second book following on from 'Leyton Orient - 60 Greatest Matches of the Tijuana Taxi Era', which was published in 2013.

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