Hearn to change Leyton Orient name to London Orient

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has plans to change the club's name.

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has plans to change the club's name.

Hearn has revealed that he will change the club’s name to London Orient if their bid to ground-share the Olympic Stadium with West Ham is accepted.

The Daily Mail says if the name change were to go ahead, Orient would not be the only team to have gone for a new-look after moving stadium.

In similar circumstances, when Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003 the team became the MK Dons nine months later - to the disdain of many of their fans.

In 1982, Oxford United were saved from closure when Robert Maxwell bought the club.

The following year Maxwell proposed merging United with their rivals Reading. They were to be named the Thames Valley Royals.

The merger was called off due to outcry from fans of both clubs.

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