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Played for Both: Leyton Orient v Walsall

11 October 2019

Walsall travel to Leyton Orient this afternoon as they look to get back on track in Sky Bet League Two.

The Saddlers’ four match winning streak in all competitions came to an end last week after they were comprehensively beaten by Salford City.

Orient ended a run of seven games without a win after a 1-0 triumph at Northampton Town last Saturday.

Ahead of today’s contest, we take a look at three players who have played for both Walsall and Leyton Orient over the years.

Adam Chambers

Former Saddlers captain Adam Chambers had lengthy spells at both Orient and Walsall.

He joined The O’s in 2006 and played almost 200 games, scoring 10 goals.

Chambers moved to the Banks’s Stadium in 2011. He scored a 25-yard screamer against his former employers on his Saddlers debut to secure a 1-0 victory.

He went on to captain Walsall and helped the club reach Wembley for the first time in its history.

Chambers also played a key role as the Saddlers finished third in League One, just missing out on promotion in 2016.

He went on to make 331 appearances for the Saddlers.

Jason Demetriou                

Jason Demetriou also represented both Walsall and Orient.

The Cypriot international began his career in East London where he scored five goals in 168 appearances.

The right-back then had a five year spell in his native Cyprus, playing for AEK Larnaca and Anorthosis Famagusta.

He joined Dean Smith’s Walsall in 2015 and, alongside Chambers, was part of the team that finished third in League One back in 2016.

Demetriou left the Saddlers that summer to join Southend United.

Dean Smith

The name Dean Smith will bring smiles to fans of both Orient and Walsall.

Smith started his playing career at Walsall back in 1989. He left for Hereford United in 1994 before joining the O’s in 1997.

He made 288 appearances for Orient before moving to Sheffield Wednesday in 2003.

Smith made his first steps into coaching at Orient where he served as a Youth Coach and Assistant Manager.

In July 2009, Smith returned to Walsall as Head of Youth. He took over as Caretaker Manager in January 2011, replacing Chris Hutchings.

It wasn’t long before he was announced as permanent manager and he guided Walsall to safety after they were nine points adrift when he first took charge.

Smith guided Walsall to their first ever Wembley appearance in 2015 and after an excellent start to the 2015-16 season, he was snapped up by Championship side Brentford.

He is now managing Aston Villa in the Premier League.  


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