Clapton CFC take on Hilltop in second trial friendly with limited fans

After we welcomed supporters back for the women’s team friendly at the Stray Dog last Sunday, it’s time for a similar trial event for the men’s team.

We’ll be taking on Hilltop in a friendly at the Wadham Lodge Stadium this Saturday, September 5th. 150 tickets were released, via newsletter to our members, and they were quickly snapped up.

It was great to be back together last weekend, even with a smaller than usual crowd.

If we all continue to respect the guidance and each other, we will be able to gradually allow more supporters. So follow the rules, and next game we might have space for you and your mate too.

Here’s what you need to know…

Before the day

Entry is only by advanced ticket from

There will be a maximum of 150 tickets available for this trial event, with a maximum of four per person if you are booking for your ‘bubble’. The details entered when booking tickets will only be used, if necessary, for NHS Track and Trace.

Members will be given the opportunity to book first, via the newsletter, before we post on social media. Not a member? Sign up or renew now.

Entry, as usual is free, but with donations welcome. When you register, you can choose to take the free tickets or donate up to £3 per ticket, it’s entirely up to you.

There will be no entry without a ticket, which you can display on your phone, or print as necessary. Please don’t come without a ticket.

Please only book tickets if you are definitely attending the game. If circumstances change and you can’t make it, please contact us for a refund and so we can release the ticket.

On the day

Follow all guidance on travelling and social distancing in getting to Wadham Lodge. (Mask up on public transport).

Kick off is at 3pm and gates open at 2pm. Remember that entry will take a bit longer so please come earlier than the usual last minute rush.

You will need to queue at a 2m distance outside the stadium entrance for the no-contact digital thermometer, and for your ticket to be checked.

We will have hand sanitiser at the entrance, but you’re welcome to bring your own of course.

When you are inside, please do not congregate by the entrance, but instead make sure you space out around the ground 2 metres away from those outside your bubble. 

Please keep the middle of the three terrace steps empty, and stand on the first step or back step only, to allow 2m distancing. Please also keep walkways clear so people can walk around the ground easily.

If you’re sitting in the stands, please keep two seats and a row clear from anyone outside of your bubble.

The Matchday Centre bar won’t be open and they have asked that no alcohol be brought to the game, There is no ban on singing, flag waving etc but please be sensible and keep your distance.

The toilets can be accessed by the side door in the car park – look out for the signs. If you have access issues, you can go up the ramp into the reception instead. You’ll need a mask when indoors.

Please follow any instructions from Clapton CFC matchday volunteers on the day. It’s a thankless task and your co-operation will be appreciated.

Continue to be respectful of other people throughout the day. Clapton is a community and we want to be able to offer a safe environment for everyone – including those who are more vulnerable. 

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