After claiming a Championship scalp by beating Charlton in the first round of the Capital One Cup, Leyton Orient will make the trip to Goodison Park to face Premier League side Everton in the second round. The tie will be played in the week commencing 27th August.
The two sides have played each other eight times before with Everton winning 4 times and Leyton Orient claiming victory twice. The O’s are yet to beat the Toffees in the League Cup. The London side managed a draw in the second leg of round two at Goodison Park in October 1989, but having lost 0-2 at Brisbane Road in the first leg, Everton went through 4-2 on aggregate. However, the O’s did manage to knock Everton out of the FA Cup in the third round in January 1952. A goalless draw at home forced a replay at Goodison for Orient, where the O’s won 1-3.
The teams last met in 2002 in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. Everton’s lineup that day included Tony Hibbert, Duncan Ferguson, Paul Gascoigne and former Orient loanee Kevin Campbell. An own goal from David McGhee and a Duncan Ferguson goal put the O’s two goals behind after half an hour but Scott Canham pulled a goal back shorlty after. Having already assisted Ferguson’s goal, Gascoigne continued to pull the strings, providing Campbell with the chance for his first goal of the game and he struck again with ten minutes left to complete the rout.
Last season the O’s made it to the third round of the League Cup before suffering a narrow defeat against Blackburn at Ewood Park. Everton defeated Sheffield United and West Brom on the way to the fourth round where they were defeated by Chelsea. The Toffees have been runners-up in the League Cup, on two occasions. in 1977 and 1984.
The draw would have been particularly pleasing for Jamie Jones and Michael Symes as they began their careers as trainees with Everton. Life-long Everton fan Jones spent 13 years with the Toffees as he rose through the youth ranks before leaving for Brisbane Road in July 2008. Michael Symes spent two years as a trainee before departing to join Bradford City. Neither player managed to make a first team appearance for the Merseyside club but they may well get a chance to finally play at Goodison.