UPDATE: The men’s team game between Clapton CFC and Pitshanger Dynamo has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
A pitch inspection by our landlords Matchday Centres took place at 9am and it was deemed unplayable.
“Finish your carrots or there’ll be no ice cream afterwards.”
The words that haunted many childhoods will be ringing in the ears as our men’s team look for revenge for an early season loss against The Carrots aka Pitshanger Dynamo.
After an opening win in their first Middlesex County Football League Premier Division game against Sporting Hackney, Clapton CFC had a rough ride in losing 2-0 away at Pitshanger in the late August sunshine.
The absence of several key players left the Tons lacking the firepower and it began a four-game winless streak in the league.
Since that early season slump, the Tons have strung together some good results and moved into the top half of the table.
Four important wins have come in a row against Stonewall, CB Hounslow Reserves, North West London and PFC Victoria.
Pitshanger have made a very respectable start to the season, currently sitting in 5th place in a division where everyone is capable of beating everyone else.
The Carrots are a long standing member of the league, consistently finishing in the top half of the table in their last four MCFL campaigns.
A strong showing will give Clapton a boost ahead of successive games against the division’s top two teams, Cricklewood Wanderers and London Samurai.
It’s an international break with no top flight club football so it’s the perfect chance to enjoy some non-league football.
Tons player-manager Geoff Ocran told us:
When we played Pitshanger earlier on in the season, I felt there wasn’t too much between the sides on the day,
However, they were able to make the breakthrough which was integral to the game. The team that scored first was always going to go on and win the game.
We are at home so we will be on the front foot from the first whistle and look to make it 5 in 5 having an unbeaten record to defend.
The game takes place on Saturday, November 16th at 2pm at Wadham Lodge Stadium, Kitchener Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JP.
There’s covered seating and both 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 for £2. 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.
Women’s Football Weekend
It’s Women’s Football Weekend and there will be a stall at the game where we will answer any queries about ways women and girls can get more involved with Clapton CFC, from open training, to coaching, to helping run the club.
Magpie Project collection
At each home 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 in East London.
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 Stadium 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.