Clapton CFC men’s first team promotion permutations for the final games

There are 3 games left this season in the Middlesex County Football League Premier Division for the Clapton CFC men’s first team so here’s an update on the final run-in.

Last Saturday’s magical win against Kensington Dragons in front of 902 spectators at the Old Spotted Dog Ground was enough to ensure we finish above Shepherd’s Bush, the only other promotion applicant.

Our promotion to the next division up – the Eastern Counties League Division One South – is now dependent on the FA’s verdict on our ground grading application.

We submitted our evidence of work done and had two ground visits, and we now await a final report on whether everyone’s hard work was enough to pass the ground grading. We’re expecting to hear in mid May.

However, Indian Gymkhana can still pip us to the title if they win all their games and we lose all ours. So one point is required to wrap it up, with the first chance to do so at OIR on Saturday.

Whatever happens, the league trophy would not be presented until the final home game on Saturday, May 6, which is incidentally against OIR too.

Two weeks ago there was a major development in the race for the title as the result of our home game vs second-placed Shepherd’s Bush has been changed.

The game in August finished 1-1 but had been under investigation since October as to whether Shepherd’s Bush had fielded a suspended player.

After a six-month investigation, the game was finally awarded to Clapton CFC, meaning we gained 2 points and the Bushmen lost 1.

Our final games of the season are…