Joy for Jay and he is gunning for Daggers

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 August 2015

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson volleys home the opening goal against Barnet (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson volleys home the opening goal against Barnet (pic: Simon O'Connor).

07958 573219

Orient forward discusses partnership with Paul McCallum and how he aims to lead from the front this year

Jay Simpson celebrates with his Leyton Orient team mates after scoring the opening goal against Barnet (pic: Simon O'Connor).Jay Simpson celebrates with his Leyton Orient team mates after scoring the opening goal against Barnet (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Jay Simpson and Leyton Orient will go to Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend full of confidence under boss Ian Hendon, a complete contrast to last season.

When Simpson and O’s went to Victoria Road on October 7 for a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash, he had played 12 times and not found the net for his new club.

But he scored twice against the Daggers on that night and after getting off the mark against Barnet last weekend, the former Arsenal man and Orient will go to Dagenham in positive spirits.

Simpson impressed against the Bees and his 74th-minute strike was quickly followed by Paul McCallum finding the net to open his account for the club.

It was the perfect start for Hendon’s team, who will look to make it two league wins from two at Victoria Road having lost 2-1 to MK Dons in the first round of the Capital One Cup last night (Tuesday).

Simpson said: “I am looking forward to the Dagenham match, I have still got a few mates who play for them. I know their manager Wayne Burnett really well.

“He is a very good coach so it will be nice to go there and if we can win it will be even sweeter.

“I really enjoyed the game at Dagenham last year and every game we go out and want to win. I want to score as many goals as I can, so if I can go there and get another goal it will be great.”

For any forward, it is important to get off the mark as quickly as possible when you start the new campaign and Simpson was pleased to lead from the front.

Although he is only 26-years-old, he is more experienced that most in this Orient squad and wants to be a leading light for the younger members of the team.

Last season he scored eight times for the Brisbane Road club and struggled with injuries throughout the campaign. But after starting well against Barnet, the sky is the limit for Simpson.

“I think it is a relief to get off the mark, once you get one you can get another quickly,” he added.

“The longer you go without scoring it can become quite difficult and the pressure does build, but I am glad to get off the mark.

“We’ve got a lot of young lads in the squad so people will be looking to me to be one of the senior players, so it was good that I could get off the mark against Barnet and try to lead from the front.”

In pre-season the partnership between Simpson and McCallum looked like one that would be capable of hurting a lot of defences in League Two.

It only took them 74 minutes this season to show that and they both could have scored earlier as well.

Simpson fired over in the first half, before testing Graham Stack and seeing another opportunity sail wide in the second period.

McCallum had the best opening after just seven minutes when he was played through on goal, but chipped wide of the Barnet goal with just Stack to beat.

Both made up for it, though, and showed why they will be a deadly duo this year for the O’s.

Simpson added: “I enjoy playing with Paul and we get on really well off the pitch, so it helps our relationship on the pitch.

“It is still new, but we have had a little bit of time in pre-season and time away in Spain. We played again on Saturday against Barnet and hopefully the understanding continues to improve.”

Last weekend was a great start for both and a repeat display at Dagenham could be on the cards.

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

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 10:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton has revealed he spoke with former O’s striker and now Stevenage boss Alex Revell frequently during the original Covid-19 lockdown as they now go head-to-head this weekend.

Wed, 14:00

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi is feeling confident after two big wins to correct their slow start to the new Essex Senior League season.

Wed, 12:00

Wapping men secured a 4-2 victory over Bromley and Beckenham to make it three consecutive wins in the Conference East League.

Wed, 09:27

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton was ‘pleased’ for his squad to bounce back to winning ways as they put in a much-better team performance.

Tue, 22:36

League Two: Tranmere Rovers 0 Leyton Orient 1

Tue, 15:00

West Ham United fan and budding journalist Kwame Boakye gives his views on the club’s comeback away to rivals Tottenham and believes Fulham is the next big test with Manchester City and Liverpool on the horizon.

Mon, 14:00

West Ham Women are wearing pink shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month much to the delight of attacker Rachel Daly who holds the cause close to her heart.


With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start for the small and medium-sized companies. Let’s get businesses ready to take advantage of new opportunities...

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Latest from the East London Advertiser