Edinburgh Ready To Banish Orient's Bad Wembley Memories

As they prepare to return to the place where their problems all started, Justin Edinburgh says completing a National League and FA Trophy double would be reward for the club’s fans who have suffered that fateful 2014 afternoon.

Leyton Orient have sold 23,300 tickets for Wembley’s final on Sunday already - but the manager is determined to make sure the party doesn’t go flat.

The National League champions are looking to sign off in style against AFC Fylde this weekend on Non-League Finals Day.

But Orient haven’t played a competitive game since the last-day draw with Braintree clinched the title - while Fylde were at the National Stadium just last weekend.

If anyone thinks the Coasters have bad memories of Wembley in what will be eight days after losing to Salford, then they should check in with Orient’s near 25,000.

The last time they were there they lost to Rotherham United in the League One play-off final. Less than four years later, they found themselves in the National League’s relegation zone.

Then Edinburgh arrived and now they want to banish bad memories once and for all.

“The day is about a little payback for the fans and we want to bring the Trophy home for them,” he said.

“It will be a proud moment for me personally leading the team out in front of so many supporters.

“I’ve already taken a team to success at Wembley and it’s a wonderful feeling to be a winner there. When we took Newport County up I remember what it felt like.

“The fans deserve this day out for everything. It’s not been easy but we’re certainly looking forward now.”

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