The Clapton CFC men’s first team are taking part in a behind-closed-doors mini tournament called the Middlesex Super 6 League.
The Tons 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.
The league sees the six teams play each other once, starting from April 24th.
Lockdown rules state that no spectators are allowed until May 17th so at least the first four rounds of games will take place behind closed doors.
However, we are live streaming our games so members can watch the team bid for silverware.
The fixtures and results:
Saturday, April 24th
- 12pm Clapton CFC 1 Stonewall 1
- 2pm Sporting Hackney 1 NW London 3
- 4pm AEK London H/W Cricklewood Wanderers
Saturday, May 1st
- 2pm Cricklewood Wanderers 2 Stonewall 1
- 4pm NW London 2 Clapton CFC 4
Saturday, May 8th
- 2pm Clapton CFC 2 Cricklewood Wanderers 0
- 4pm Stonewall 1 Sporting Hackney 4
Tuesday, May 11th
- 8pm NW London vs AEK London
Saturday, May 15th
- 12pm Sporting Hackney vs Cricklewood Wanderers
- 2pm AEK London vs Clapton CFC
- 4pm Stonewall vs NW London
Saturday, May 22nd
- 12pm Cricklewood Wanderers vs NW London
- 2pm Clapton CFC vs Sporting Hackney
- 4pm AEK London vs Stonewall
Saturday, May 29th
- 12pm AEK London vs Sporting Hackney
Middlesex Super 6 League
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The competition was originally proposed by NW London but has been sanctioned by the league and approved by local county FAs. A trophy and medals will be handed out to the winners.
The friendly mini league was arranged after the Covid-affected MCFL Premier season was declared null and void.
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
Other MCFL Premier teams, Larkspur Rovers, London Samurai Rovers, 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 and London Samurai Rovers are playing in a third subsidiary competition, the Lockdown Cup.
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.