Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says the passing of Justin Edinburgh in the summer was a devastating blow to Leyton Orient and football. His death following a caradic arrest shocked the world of football and sadly he left a wife and two children.
Edinburgh sadly died back in June at the tender age of 49 and Artell says that his death will take some getting over for everyone connected with the O’s.
It was a terribly sad ending to what had been an unforgettable season after the former Southend, Spurs and Portsmouth player led the proud London club back into the EFL.
Ahead of our meeting at the Matchroom Stadium this evening, a poignant Artell said: “The death of Justin was terribly sad. The club were on such a high after winning promotion back into the Football League, so for it to end on such a massive low rocks a football club and a community.
“When you lose someone like that in such a horrible and unpredictable way and at the age he was, it shocks everyone. It was extremely sad.
“Leyton Orient are back in the League and he played a massive part in that. A lot of it was down to Justin.
“Orient are a league club. That is where they belong and I am glad they made it back. I am sure there will be others in the National League who will be thinking that they are league clubs as well, but Orient have a long association with the Football League and they deserve to be back in League Two.
“Of course, there can be no sentiment in football and the people at Orient are good people and they know that things have to carry on.
The boss added: “We have a job to do. It will be a tough game because it is always a tough place to go. They are still finding their feet at this level again but it will be difficult game if we are not bang at it that is for sure.”