Orient play it again for Mitzvah Day at Vi & John Rubens House

25 Nov 2019

Residents at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House in Redbridge together with Leyton Orient Football Club midfielder, Josh Wright and winger, Jordan Maguire-Drew enjoyed playing a retro game of Subbuteo and chatting together on their Mitzvah Day visit last Wednesday, 20th November.

Football fan and resident, Jack Winter, 94, said, “It’s nice to see the youngsters come and visit us. I had a few games at the Orient when I played for the Leyton 11’s occasionally. I used to live about 200 yards from the club. I started playing when I was at junior school and I carried on playing until the war started when I was 13.  After the war I went back to watching the football and still enjoy watching the game to this day.”

The players also met 97-year-old resident, Monty Ward, whose son, Barry says, “Dad was an Orient fan as a kid and used to go when we lived down the road to the stadium. It was really nice that the players came to brighten up his day.”

Orient player, Josh Wright said, “We had a lovely afternoon visiting residents at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House for Mitzvah Day.”

Josh’s brother, Mark Wright discovered the family had a Jewish connection in Spain which dated back centuries, after he appeared on the TV series Who Do You Think You Are?

Jacklin Stephenson, Activity Coordinator at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House said, “We are very pleased that the Leyton Orient Football Club players have been visiting us for many years now and that our local team and the Leyton Orient Trust have such a strong connection with the home. Jordan and Josh are a real credit to the team.

“It brings a great feeling to the atmosphere in the home when the young footballers come to spend time with the older generation at the home. It’s a real highlight for us all and prompts the residents to reminisce about their football memories. We look forward to welcoming them back again on their next visit.”