A lot has changed since Yeovil Town last visited Leyton Orient on December 19
PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 September 2016
When Yeovil Town and Darren Way last made the trip to Brisbane Road, they were up against a lot of different personnel
Some would say nine months is a long time in football and others may disagree, but what is certain is that a lot has changed since Yeovil Town last visited Leyton Orient.
December 19 2015 saw the Gloves make the trip to east London to take on the O’s in League Two.
And the change in personnel on the pitch as well as off it seems pretty dramatic considering the previous clash wasn’t that long ago.
Orient’s current manager Andy Hessenthaler was on the touchline at Brisbane Road, but as a number two to then head coach Ian Hendon.
Kevin Nugent, meanwhile, was still a first-team coach at the O’s and Lee Harrison was goalkeeper coach.
But in the space of that meeting to now, all three have left for various different reasons and the latter two are working in League One with Charlton Athletic and Southend United respectively.
Now we take a look at who was listed as substitutes for the match against Yeovil on December 19.
Although quite a few of the seven are still at the club, only one has featured for the first team this season competitively.
Charlie Grainger was the goalkeeper among the replacements that day, but hasn’t played for O’s since December 5 – excluding friendlies.
He hasn’t even appeared on the bench this season and that is similar to Alan Dunne who was a substitute against Yeovil.
The ex-Millwall captain played two pre-season games this summer, but has confirmed himself recently that he is back training with the under-18s.
Connor Essam and Jobi McAnuff were on the bench and the former has since departed on a free transfer to Eastleigh and now been loaned to Woking.
McAnuff scored a sensational equaliser on December 19 to earn O’s a draw, but departed this summer and joined league rivals Stevenage.
Youngsters Freddy Moncur and Victor Adeboyejo were substitutes as well and although both remain contracted to the club, they’ve not appeared for the first team in a competitive fixture since.
The only player among the replacements that day who still remains an integral part of the club is Ollie Palmer.
Palmer was introduced at half time against the Glovers and that takes us nicely onto the starting XI on that cold, chilly day.
Alex Cisak was between the sticks and has been Orient’s first choice goalkeeper since signing permanently in the summer of 2015.
Queens Park Rangers loanee Cole Kpekawa was in defence, but left east London in January and has since completed a transfer to Barnsley.
Former O’s captain Mathieu Baudry played along with Jean-Yves M’voto. The latter departed Brisbane Road a month after facing Yeovil and now plays for Scottish club Raith Rovers.
Baudry was actually offered a new contract but decided he needed a fresh challenge and joined Doncaster Rovers.
Frazer Shaw played left-back for Orient, although went on a free this summer and signed for Accrington Stanley before having his contracted terminated last month.
On the right of midfield was Blair Turgott, another to depart at the end of last season and he has signed for Bromley Town since.
Lloyd James and Jack Payne were together in midfield and both are at different League Two clubs now – Exeter City and Blackpool respectively.
Bradley Pritchard was asked to do a job on the right and now plays for Greenwich Borough in the Ryman South having departed on a free in July.
Scott Kashket partnered Jay Simpson up front and the former recently departed O’s before linking up with Wycombe Wanderers.
Simpson is still an Orient player but has only played once this season in the 3-0 win against Stevenage on August 16.
All in all the O’s have seen three members of the coaching staff leave since Yeovil last visited Brisbane Road.
Meanwhile 11 of the squad are now plying their trade away from E10 and the likes of Dunne and Grainger don’t seem set to feature again soon.
In the space of nine months an incredible amount has changed at Orient and Yeovil boss Darren Way won’t recognise too many people this weekend.
But hopefully Orient can begin to find more continuity now because that is what ultimately helps bring success to a club.
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