Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Lifelong Orient fan leaves club £150,000

Leyton Orient have revealed that supporter John Burman left the club £150,000 in his will.

A lifelong supporter of the League One club, Burman passed away aged 55 last May after a long battle with cancer.

The former railways signal operator followed the O's home and away but his last gesture of support  will allow the cash-strapped club to continue to push for promotion to the Championship.

Burman, who was known to his friends as 'Chingford John', was a season ticket holder in the Tommy Johnston Stand and a member of the Leyton Orient Supporters Club.

Orient will dedicate their league clash with fellow promotion hopefuls Peterborough on Saturday to John's memory.

After receiving the money, chairman Barry Hearn said: 'This is a wonderful gesture from John who was by all accounts a remarkable man.

'He was a true Orient supporter and we will be celebrating his life on Saturday, whilst the significant money he has left will ensure that his legacy lives on and the club he so passionately supported can live on and continue to grow.'

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