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Last Updated: Friday, 13 August, 2004, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Leyton Orient's cult heroes

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Peter Kitchen has been voted Leyton Orient's all-time cult hero by the club's fans.

Kitchen won with 56% of the vote, ahead of fellow Leyton Orient legends Terry Howard and Carl Griffiths.

PETER KITCHEN: 56%

Came to the O's from Doncaster Rovers, if my memory serves me correctly. Never were you so confident there would be a goal as when Peter had the ball. A real forward's forward - He was absolutely irrepressible.
Paul Nice

Peter was a first class goal scorer, a lower division "Jimmy Greaves" with finishing, but I would say he had a better all-round awareness of his colleagues. Peter on the field always gave you hope that Orient would score even in days when goal scoring was not always their strong point. The crowd idolised him and even now when he appears at the ground he is always welcomed warmly.
Steven Walters

Two spells with the O's, the first time for one season only, but what a season! We made it to the FA Cup semi-final, beating three Premier (then Division 1) sides, Norwich, Middlesbrough & Chelsea on the way and Peter scored in every game except the semi when we lost to Arsenal! He was known as Cyrano due to his rather enlarged nose, and scored goals for fun. Will never forget him winding up Mickey Droy of Chelsea by beating him not once but twice, before scoring the winner.
Keith Cummings

He joined us in the 70s and was our leading scorer. He always got involved with the supporters after the game, he would go into the supporters' club and have a drink and a chat with everyone. Super guy, super player.
John King

Striker who found the back of the net with amazing regularity. He looked lazy but he was always in the right place at the right time. Scorer of two of the best goals I have ever seen in a FA cup replay against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in early 1978.
Chas Meyer

A legend, I played against him in the local sports centre five-a-side league and he is still great!
Tim Charge

TERRY HOWARD: 35%

Great shot, made the crowd go "Ooh"
Richard Hester

Terry Howard is a cult hero for being a martyr, and a symbol of what Orient fans went through in the club's worst days. Howard was always a great player, and scored many a free-kick in an Orient shirt. There were even chants of 'OOH, Terry Howard' every time he came to strike the ball. When Orient won promotion in 1989 it was Howard who grabbed the microphone and shouted over the PA system, 'see you all at the Stow', the Walthamstow dog track, and this could have been enough in itself to gain cult status. Then, in one match, Terry Howard was sacked at half time. The hero just never reappeared The cries of 'OOH Terry Howard' continued for the rest of that season, as Howard became a symbol of everything that was wrong with the management of Leyton Orient. Orient lost their 'OOH' and lost their oomph, and so a martyr was born.
Bobby Friedman

Could hit a thumping free kick, usually wide but got the crowd going - 'ooh, Terry Howard'
Rob Mason

No-nonsense defender, free-kick expert and the only player ever to be sacked at half-time during a documentary. You can't get more cult than that.
Sam Munday

Oooh Terry Howard. What a player. Solid dependable and didn't miss a game in......well he probably still would be there if he could be!
Tim Charge

CARL GRIFFITHS: 9%

Carl Griffiths

goalscorer extraordinaire
Paul Morris

Brilliant goalscorer. Could be found in the crowd when not playing - or even playing for other clubs. Cult status comes from his habit of lamping his marker within the first ten minutes of every game and only getting caught once...meaning he was banned from the play-offs. Which we lost.
Sam Munday





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