We were saddened to hear that our former coach and assistant manager, Pat Welton, passed away on Monday. He was 82.
Pat coached successfully at Youth level for both England and Spurs and then stepped up to assist Keith Burkinshaw when he took over as manager in July, 1976.
After an impressive playing career as a goalkeeper, mainly with Orient and later Queens Park Rangers, Pat subsequently managed in non-league football with St Albans and Walthamstow Avenue.
As a player he was a member of the Orient team that won the Third Division (South) Championship in 1956.
However, his strength was in youth development and, as international manager, he led England to victory in the UEFA Championship at that level in 1963.
He continued that success when he became our first full-time youth manager in August, 1969, coaching our side to two FA Youth Cup triumphs in the early 1970s.
Moving up to the first team, he served the Club for four years - including our promotion back to the First Division in 1978. He later worked with Burkinshaw in Bahrain.
Pat will always be remembered at White Hart Lane not just for his professional ability but also as an extremely likeable personality. We extend our condolences to his family and friend at this sad time.
Pat is pictured above with our victorious side after he led them to Youth Cup success at Huddersfield in 1974.