Search

Dayton will cherish last conversation with Justin and the memories

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 June 2019

Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis and owner Kent Teague join the players and staff in celebrating winning the National League title (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis and owner Kent Teague join the players and staff in celebrating winning the National League title (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

The winger posted an emotional tribute to the Leyton Orient manager on Twitter, which highlighted his kindness and key qualities

Tributes to Justin Edinburgh, including from Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff and goalkeeper Dean Brill, by the dugout at Brisbane Road (pic: Simon O'Connor).Tributes to Justin Edinburgh, including from Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff and goalkeeper Dean Brill, by the dugout at Brisbane Road (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient's James Dayton has provided more insight into what a great man Justin Edinburgh was with a poignant tribute to someone who was more than a manager to him and so many others.

The football community continues to remember the former Spurs defender, but a state of shock remains that he has passed away at the age of 49.

Clubs and players from up and down the country and overseas shores have all added to his memory since O's confirmed the tragic news on Saturday evening.

At the time, a stunned Dayton tweeted 'why' but on Monday he explained at length the small details which made Edinburgh so special, including getting easter eggs for the players' children to attempting to run the London Marathon with a serious injury.

"From the moment we were first introduced, you had this aura about you that made me sit up to attention and listen," Dayton's message read.

"Then, within a few minutes you had the whole room in hysterics, and from that moment you had my upmost respect, which only grew. That was just you! You had everything. You had this special gift as a natural leader, a great manager, but above all a top man.

"You made me fall in love with my job again, something that hadn't been the case for a long time and for that I will be forever grateful.

"When the time comes again that I'm fit and ready I'll stay true to you and what you demanded of me and us everyday.

"Your standards never dropped. You gave everything 100 per cent whether it was the Watt bike or your treadmill runs with Ross (Embleton) and 'Webby' (Danny Webb).

"Looking back you were showing us how it's done, leading by example. Your fighting spirit and determination that rubbed off on us all showed when you tried to run the marathon with no ACL and didn't even know. Who even tries to do that!?

"I've shed so many tears, but when I think of the memories I laugh a lot more. That's what you did, you brought a smile to peoples faces with your charisma and charm. Your kindness was deep, this was shown in ways like buying all of our kids Easter eggs every Easter. I barely remember to do that for my own.

"You used to talk to me about David Webb and the impact he had on you, I used to sit there and think cor, that is exactly how I feel about you. I never got to tell you that, but I will forever cherish our last conversation. Your kindness again, you were adamant that you were carrying my bag to the car and not my pregnant wife. This gave us the opportunity to have that talk which I feel so lucky to have had.

"To Kerri, Charlie and Cyndie and the rest of the Edinburgh family, you should be so proud of the man you got to call husband and Dad. I haven't got the words to describe the effect he had and always will have on not just me, but my wife and children.

"I will only hope I create the relationships with my children that he had. Thank you for allowing us to share the special memories that we made.

"You will always be more than gaffer to me, a great manager, but you was different, more than just that, a great man.

"It was a privilege to of had you in my life, the impact you had on me and others in that short time will always live on. Rest east mate, keep watching over us. Our leader, gaffer."


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Saturday, May 23, 2020

England Boxing is set to launch a series of free 30-minute online mental health awareness sessions called ‘Box In Mind Bitesize’.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Alan Martin contacted the sports desk with memories of when Leyton Orient met Arsenal in 1952.

Friday, May 22, 2020

With live sport remaining on hold during the ongoing coronavirus shutdown, why not put your sporting general knowledge to the test?

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Government must underwrite a new body to protect clubs in the English Football League from going under in the coronavirus pandemic, a new report says.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Football Association remains committed to completing the final three rounds of the FA Cup if the professional game can safely restart amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Relegation across all three divisions of the EFL is “integral” to the integrity of the competition, the league’s board has said.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

It was eight years ago this week that West Ham booked their return to the Premier League with a play-off final win over Blackpool at Wembley.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

With sport still shut down across most of the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic, why not test your sporting knowledge with another quiz?

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

Most read sport

Competitions

A competition for wannabe writers has been started to add works to Canary Wharf’s ‘short story’ dispensers which are temporarily locked up by the lock down.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser