Tower Hamlets vs Clapton CFC preview: Wednesday night East London derby for men’s first team

Tower Hamlets FC vs Clapton Community FC takes place on Wednesday, November 8 2023 with a 7:45pm kick off at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, Mile End.

The Clapton CFC men’s first team head to Mile End on Wednesday evening for another East London derby game.

A night game at the iconic Mile End Stadium is always a great occasion. With both teams in good form, and both averaging just short of 4 goals a game, it promises to be a classic encounter.

The opposition

Tower Hamlets FC (formerly Bethnal Green United FC) was formed in 2000 and started life in the Middlesex County Football League, like we did. They were promoted into the Essex Senior League in 2008 and almost achieved promotion straight through. In their years in the ESL they won Gordon Brasted and League Cup trophies, and reached the last 16 of the FA Vase. After a two-season spell in the South East Counties League for teams in Kent and South London, they were relegated to our own level two seasons ago.

Form guide

Tower Hamlets had a tricky start to the season with seven straight defeats but kept faith with player-manager Kiernan Hughes-Mason (formerly of Millwall, Grimsby Town and Welling United) and his team and it’s reaping rewards. They’ve moved up to mid-table since and have recorded fine wins against the likes of Hutton, Newbury Forest and Burnham Ramblers.

CCFC are now unbeaten in 12 league games, though the run of consecutive wins ended with a 2-2 draw against Wormley Rovers.

Previous meetings

This is our first meeting.

Players to watch

Young striker Solomon Asomah is the division’s top scorer with a whopping 16 goals in 16 games so far. Meanwhile experienced forwards Craig Heskey and Leon Lewis are no strangers to the Old Spotted Dog Ground.

Match Information

Admission is £5, or free for under 16s. It’s pay online only from this link with a maximum of 350 tickets.

Once booked, you should get an email confirmation and also your name will be on the door along with the number of tickets you have booked.

Tower Hamlets will be selling teas, coffees and confectionery from 7pm so please do support our East London friends. Note they can no longer sell beer!


Mile End Stadium is a 12-minute walk from Mile End Station on the Central/District/Hammersmith & City, 16 minutes from Limehouse DLR/National Rail station and 21 minutes from Bow Road on the District/Hammersmith & City.

There’s a small pay and display car park on site.