Clapton CFC vs Bush Hill Rangers preview: Last-gasp friendly for men’s first team

The men’s first team were due to play their BBC Essex Premier Cup first round tie on Saturday, but the opponents pulled out so it’s a walkover win.

We tried to get a replacement league game to avoid two blank Saturdays in a row but in the end managed to sort a very tough friendly.

So we will take on Bush Hill Rangers – who have won four out of four in the Hertfordshire County Football League so far this season – at the Stray Dog in Walthamstow. 

It’s a massive test for the team against one of the best at Step 7 in the area.

Match information

Clapton CFC vs Bush Hill Rangers is on Saturday, September 17 2022 at 3pm at the Stray Dog, Wadham Lodge, Kitchener Road, Walthamstow.

Advanced tickets are not needed, you can just turn up. Entry as usual is free but with donations welcome, with a suggested £2 for waged adults for friendlies.

The Matchday Centres bar will be open. 


It’s all clear on the trains and Tube. The Liverpool Street to Walthamstow Central train service is running as normal, so too the Victoria line, and the Gospel Oak to Barking line.

  • 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 car parking space available at the ground but it may be better to park on a street nearby.

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