LEYTON Orient will have an extra incentive to turn it on against City.

Justin Edinburgh would have been 50 on Wednesday and the club will mark his birthday with a gala dinner after the game to raise money for the foundation set up in his honour.

Edinburgh died in June after suffering a cardiac arrest and his sudden passing continues to hang heavily over the club.

Striker Matt Harold said: “It has probably had a bigger impact on me than I could have ever imagined. His family have been so strong, which gives you strength.

“The team got into the ground as a collective in the days afterwards and we got a chance to see all the memorials left to him from the fans, and we could talk about him and all our fond memories.

“We’ve got a genuine bond together as a group that I don’t think we’ll ever lose.”

Josh Wright, rebuilding his career back at Orient after a difficult year with City, is the O’s top scorer from midfield with six.

Having spent most of last season out in the cold under David Hopkin, he is relishing playing every minute of Orient’s return to league football so far.

But it has been a testing time for the O’s, who are clearly still feeling the effects of the shock over Edinburgh’s death.

Ross Embleton is back at the helm after initially taking over on a caretaker basis.

Former Plymouth boss Carl Fletcher was appointed in October – but sacked after just 29 days and five games in charge.

Chairman Nigel Travis admitted the appointment had gone “spectacularly wrong” and that people “were not enjoying themselves.”

Embleton said: “I think the toughest thing for him was to come in and try to embrace the culture and the way that everybody is at the club.”

Orient need a result after a run of nine games without a win since beating Grimsby 4-0 in mid-October. They have won only twice at home so far.