The Clapton CFC men’s first team will be taking part in a behind-closed-doors mini tournament called the Middlesex Super 6 League.
The Tons will face Middlesex County Football League Premier Division rivals Cricklewood Wanderers, NW London, Stonewall and Sporting Hackney, as well as AEK London from the division below.
Unfortunately, games will be behind closed doors, in line with lockdown rules, but a live stream may be possible so members can watch the team bid for silverware.
The league will see the six teams play each other across five Saturdays, starting from April 24th until May 22nd.
The fixture list in full:
The competition is sanctioned by the league and approved by local county FAs and will see a trophy and medals handed out to the winners.
The friendly mini league was arranged after the Covid-affected MCFL Premier season was declared null and void.
Other MCFL Premier teams, Larkspur Rovers, London Samurai, Brentham, Pitshanger Dynamo and Indian Gymkhana are otherwise engaged in the Middlesex FA Intermediate Cup.
CB Hounslow Reserves are taking place in another competition, the Covid Cup, along with 20 other teams from across all the divisions of the Middlesex County Football League.
Hilltop are hoping to be in London Senior Trophy action instead – as are NW London but they are keen to field two teams.
The FA has clarified that spectators will not be allowed in adults grassroots or non-league football until at least May 17th.
Player-manager Geoff Ocran said:
I think the most logical and realistic outcome was the league being null and voided considering the amount of games to play.
It’s unfortunate as I believe we had our best squad to win the league but so is life so ‘we go again’ next season.
Special praise has to go Wasim Khan (NW London manager) for doing the extra leg work and getting this mini league together.
We were more than happy to participate as we felt it would be disappointing to waste an extended window from the FA to play competitive football.
It’s just a great chance to get the team together and play some competitive football.
Yes there is a potential trophy at stake here but I think just getting back to the weekly routine and comradery is the main aim for us.
Hopefully the projection stays on course and the fans can return as soon as possible! #coyt
The Clapton CFC men’s squad and coaches recently voted among themselves, by 32 to 1, to restart football and play in this league.
Taking part is entirely voluntary and any player who didn’t want to play would not be pressured or disadvantaged.
A survey about the return of football has been circulated to all members in the newsletter this week.