Clapton CFC v Crystal Palace Development preview: High-flying Eagles next up for women’s team

Clapton CFC’s opposition this Sunday, October 27th at the Stray Dog sit comfortably in second place in the Greater London Women’s Football League Division 1. 

The Eagles women’s team were founded in 1992, and their first team play in the FA Women’s Championship, with their home games being played at Hayes Lane in Bromley. 

CCFC’s opponents, Crystal Palace Development, also play their home games in Bromley, but two miles further south at The Warren. 

Last season, the Eagles’ development squad won the Greater London Women’s Football League Division 2 South.

In fact they absolutely stormed it, winning all of their 18 league games, and finished with a whopping goal difference of 81, meaning an average of 4.5 goals scored per game. 

They also wrapped up the double with a win over Bromley in the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy.

This season, they’ve picked up pretty much where they left off, winning the first five games in the league. However, last week they suffered their first league defeat – a 5-2 loss away against Walton Casuals. 

With the Tons/ recent cup defeat fresh in mind, we can be assured that they once again will want to get back to their winning ways. 

Head coach Patrick McLaughlin said

Crystal Palace Development have made a bright start to the season. 

This isn’t exactly a surprise, given they secured promotion from Division 2 South by winning all 18 of their games. 

We can therefore expect a difficult game once again, although their invincible run was abruptly halted when they lost 5-2 to Walton Casuals. 

Given the tightness of our own game against Walton, if we are at our best, we should be confident of achieving a result.

Match information

The game takes place on Sunday, October 27th 2019 at 2pm at the Stray Dog, Wadham Lodge, Kitchener Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JP.

The Stray Dog is the pitch to the left as you enter the Wadham Lodge car park. There is covered and uncovered standing.

Entry as always is free, but we welcome donations, with a suggested £3 for waged adults.

We have a range of merch on sale at all home games, including our away shirts.

Our full-colour matchday programme will be on sale. There’s a different cover artist each time.

Fusion Foods will be selling hot food at the entrance. They will have meat, veggie and vegan options and accept cards or cash.

Our landlords Matchday Centres run an outside can bar and a full bar inside.

Magpie Project collection

At each game we collect food and toiletries for our charity partner, the Magpie Project. They support mums and young children who live in temporary and emergency accommodation.

If you have any of these to spare, please bring them to our collection point at the entrance:

● Toothpaste ● Toothbrushes ● Shower gel ● Shampoo ● Soap ● Deodorant ● Bags of rice ● Bags of pasta ● Breakfast cereals ● Washing powder


Wadham Lodge is about 20 minutes walk from Walthamstow Central station. Turn onto Hoe Street and follow the road all the way along (past the junction with The Bell pub) until Chingford Lane. Continue past Sir George Monoux 6th Form College and take the first right onto Brookscroft Road then left onto Kitchener Road.

You can catch a bus along that route too. The 357, 34, 97, 215 will all take you to the top of Brookscroft Road from Walthamstow Central. It will take about 12 minutes.

There’s also plenty of car parking space available at the ground.

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