Leyton Orient 3 Pompey 2: All-Seeing Eye

Adam Webster is sent off by referee Graham Horwood. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam Webster is sent off by referee Graham Horwood. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Orient fans enjoying the high life, a commentator going intergalactic and Italian president from another planet – the All-Seeing Eye saw it all at Brisbane Road.

WINDLE USES THE FORCE

A long time ago in a galaxy

far, far away – there was a

radio commentator called Dan Windle.

Well, maybe not a galaxy far, far away but Brisbane Road can seem a long way from home at times...

And Windle’s references during commentary are certainly from another planet on occasion.

That was the case at Orient on Saturday as he shoehorned a mention of Star Wars into his work.

‘This game has had more twists and turns than the new Star Wars film,’ exclaimed

Windle to collective shakes of the head from his co-commentators.

The All-Seeing Eye is now challenging the Express FM man to work ‘Jabba the Hutt’ into today’s commentary against Luton Town.

It wasn’t just Windle’s work which was out of this world at Orient.

The elevated commentary position caused David ‘Bunky’ Bowers to go as white as Princes Leia’s robes, too...

ROOMS WITH A VIEW

Ever fancied a room with a view – of Brisbane Road?

There’s no shortage of takers among the Leyton Orient fans, apparently.

That was clear on Saturday as residents of the flats built into the corners of the ground took in the game.

A rotund gentleman enjoyed a beer in replica shirt, while a party took place on a roof terrace near the away fans.

Luckily for them, their elevated level meant they were just out of sight of Pompey followers...

OH EAST LONDON, IS WONDERFUL

The east end of London is renowned for its hospitality.

And Leyton Orient did their bit to show that friendly welcome is not a remnant of a bygone era on Boxing Day.

Andy, the press steward at Brisbane Road, reinforced the stereotype by laying on some proper East End grub and cheeky chat before the game.

Pie and mash with a cuppa was served up to the appreciative press, although there was no sign of jellied eels, pearly queens or Grant and Phil Mitchell anywhere.

RED IS THE COLOUR

Graham Horwood was quick

to get his cards out on Saturday.

That was seen as he flashed a couple of reds to Pompey Adam Webster and Leyton Orient’s Mathieu Baudry.

It seems the Bedfordshire official had got perfectly used to dismissing players as he went to caution Orient’s Bradley Pritchard late on.

The colour being waved in Pritchard’s face was very nearly red before Horwood made a late switch when realising his error.

BECCHETTI’S BANTER

Francesco Becchetti – what a character.

It was words to that effect from the Pompey fans as some bizarre scenes took place on the full-time whistle at Brisbane Road.

The Orient owner got rather caught up in the moment as he charged on to the pitch to celebrate the win for his side.

Pompey fans made their feelings known about his antics – and so did O’s assistant boss Andy Hessenthaler.

A bizarre scuffle took place between the two before the Italian took acclaim from three sides of the ground.

Maybe that had something to do with Becchetti making his feelings known from behind the dugout during the game, as was suggested in some quarters.

It seemed the Orient stewards didn’t quite know what to make of the situation as they went to confront the pitch invader before realising who he was.

It was all a bit unsightly and surreal, so we were fortunate to have Hessenthaler clear things up after the game.

‘It was just a little bit of banter,’ said the Orient assistant manager.

‘It’s Boxing Day after all.’

Ah, banter. Jimmy Bullard has a lot to answer for...