The O Zone: 'Kevin Lisbie has Jeremy Kyle on the TV, which has become a habit'

Life behind the scenes at Leyton Orient

Last week I gave our defender Scott Cuthbert the club video camera to get an insight into a day in the life of a player. Full credit to Scotty who returned the camera next day unbroken, with over half an hour’s worth of footage on it. You can see the video below so I thought I might share the findings of it with you in this week’s column.

Training starts at 10.30am and the players have to be in by 10am though the majority start arriving from 9. The early birds will make a bowl of cereal or porridge and sit in the dining room chatting and flicking through a newspaper whilst the scholars mill about around them getting on with their chores. After that it’s time to get changed and head into the gym, or to the physio room. Before training each player has a gym programme to complete compiled by Lee, the head of sports science, who is usually flying about making sure that all the players have done it, whilst others are in the physio room having a rub or getting treatment.

By 10.15am the majority have done their gym work and are gathered in the main room where Kevin Lisbie has Jeremy Kyle on the TV, which has become habit. The teas are being distributed – green tea seems to be the drink of choice at the moment - and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt working in football is that if you make yourself a cup of tea and don’t offer to make everyone else who’s present one, then your life isn’t worth living as Kev, especially, can spot a ‘selfish tea’ from a mile away.

Just before 10.30am it’s time for the meeting where the gaffer runs through some video clips of the opposition from the next game. The clock has disappeared in the main room and a couple of others have been changed by pranksters in recent weeks to try and create a few latecomers - being late for a meeting carries a fine.

After that, it’s boots on and out for training.

VIDEO: A day in the life of an Orient player starring Scott Cuthbert (via

Training varies every day but the lads will always go with Lee for the first half-an-hour or so for a warm-up before Kevin Nugent, our assistant manager, leads the main session whilst the gaffer Russell Slade watches on and chips in when necessary. Training on this particular day ends with a bit of 6-a-side that, as ever, is fiercely competitive. Some of the lads head in after that whilst Scott stays out for a bit of extra work. Having been deployed largely as a right back this season, instead of in the middle of the back four, he’s put a lot of work into the attacking side of his game and is busy working on receiving a pass out wide, getting the ball out of his feet and crossing for the forwards to finish.

Training finishes usually around 12.15pm, and after that the place is chaotic to say the least. The windows are steamed up as the first team and scholars all pile in for lunch plus there are a few others about. Howard Gould, our community liaison officer, goes round to the players to remind them of their community commitments that week whilst our club Chaplain has popped in to speak to a few of the lads and provide any support should they seek it.

A lot of the lads are back in the gym doing their weight routines whilst Lee leads a boxing session on the pads in the gym. That always gathers a crowd as the players seem to be quite competitive about who has the best technique.

By 1.30pm the lads are starting to make tracks. It’s a tight-knit group and the majority share lifts. On a Thursday, Scott, Nathan Clarke, Mathieu Baudry, Gary Sawyer and Jamie Jones who all live near each other have a weekly afternoon hangout named ‘ TNBN’ which is an abbreviation for ‘Thursday Night Boy’s Night’. This week they head over to Jonesey’s house where they have a coffee, play darts and get stuck into the new PS4.


Suggested Topics
Pro-Russia rebels guard a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 crash in Torez, Ukraine
Life and Style
Child's play: letting young people roam outdoors directly contradicts the current climate
lifeHow much independence should children have?
Arts and Entertainment
Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book
booksFind out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Sign here, please: Magna Carta Island
propertyYours for a cool £4m
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Struggling actors who scrape a living working in repertory theatres should get paid a 'living wage', Sir Ian McKellen has claimed
Skye McCole Bartusiak's mother said she didn't use drink or drugs
peopleActress was known for role in Mel Gibson film The Patriot
Arts and Entertainment
Damon Albarn is starting work on a new West End musical
artsStar's 'leftfield experimental opera' is turning mainstream
Life and Style
Paul and his father
artsPaul Carter wants to play his own father in the film of his memoirs
Ben Stokes trudges off after his latest batting failure for England as Ishant Sharma celebrates one of his seven wickets
Arts and Entertainment
Members of the public are invited to submit their 'sexcapades' to Russell T Davies' new series Tofu
Sky's Colin Brazier rummages through an MH17 victim's belongings live on air
Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game
arts + ents'The Imitation Game' stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley
i100... and no one notices
Arts and Entertainment
Friends reunited: Julian Ovenden, Richard Cant and Matt Bardock in rehearsals for the Donmar revival of 'My Night
with Reg'
theatrePoignancy of Kevin Elyot's play being revived just after his death
Caption competition
Caption competition

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor