Clapton CFC v Islington Borough preview: Women’s team face high-flyers

On Sunday, November 10th, Clapton CFC’s women’s team play their 10th game at the Stray Dog, including pre-season and cup games. For this fixture, we welcome Islington Borough Ladies Football Club. 

Islington currently have 6 teams: U9, U10, U12, U14 and U16 – as well as the women’s team.

They play their home games at St Aloysius Playing Fields in Highgate.

Their women’s team played in the GLWFL Division 2 North during 2017/18 and were promoted after a successful season.

A mid-table finish last season (18/19) shows the strength and depth they have as a squad at this level.

Islington Borough Ladies Football Club currently sits comfortably in third place in Division One Greater London Women’s Football League.

Having played 6 games so far, they have won four (against Regents Park Rangers, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Brentford and Luton Town), drawn one (against Comets), and lost one.

Their one loss came in their latest league game, where they lost 1-6 at home to Dulwich Hamlet Reserves. 

Having played against Islington Borough in Division Two during the 2017/2018 season (as AFC Stoke Newington), we know them well and there is always a bit of friendly rivalry. Bring it on!

Head coach Patrick McLaughlin said:

We’re well in to the thick of things now, with last weekend’s match marking a third of the season complete.

Today’s opponents started the season very strongly, unbeaten in their first five games.

However, this came crashing to a halt last week, losing 6-1 to Dulwich Hamlet Reserves and we can expect a strong performance as they look to bounce back from that result.

Match information

The game takes place on Sunday, November 10th 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.

We will have a mini programme for sale, priced at £1.

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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