Park View vs Clapton CFC preview: Massive away day for men’s first team in play-off chase

Park View vs Clapton Community FC takes place on Saturday, March 23 2024 with a 3pm kick off at New River Stadium, Haringey, N22 5QW

The Clapton CFC men’s first team surely have the hardest run-in of all the sides in the Eastern Counties League. It gets no easier with a trip to in-form Park View on Saturday, the fifth last game of the season.

North London side Park View looked relegation certainties just two months ago but have had a complete turnaround in their fortunes since appointing new manager Potchu Mendes.

CCFC need to start picking up some wins if we are to hang on to a place in the play-offs. It’s become a four-way fight for two places between us, Hackney Wick, Cannons Wood and Dunmow Town.

It’s Non-League Day on Saturday so with no football in the top tiers, why not join us for this big away day? The venue is the New River Stadium, just off White Hart Lane, with a massive grandstand as well as plenty of terracing.

The opposition

Park View are a non-profit club formed in 1991 and originally drew players from London’s Ghanaian community. They joined the Middlesex County Football League Division One Central & East and won it in the first season – exactly like we did a decade later. Since then they’ve progressed through the levels while also forming a women’s team and several junior teams. They also offer community fitness projects and free youth coaching sessions and support social diversity and integration.

Form guide

Park View have won six and drawn two in the nine games under new management, which is promotion-chasing form. CCFC meanwhile are without a win in five games although we’ve had a tough run against play-off rivals Hackney Wick, Dunmow Town and Hutton twice in that run.

Previous meetings

This will be our second meeting. Earlier in the season, Clapton CFC despatched a talented but low on confidence Park View side 4-0 at the Old Spotted Dog Ground.

Players to watch

Striker Ali Bangura has 9 goals in 9 games since joining from Step 5 side Real Bedford. Former Clapton CFC favourite Samba Badjana is also registered with them, having left Scottish side Forres Mechanics earlier in the season.


Park View’s admission prices are £8 or £5 concessions.


The nearest Underground station is Wood Green, which is a 17 minute walk. The nearest National Rail station is White Hart Lane, which is a 33 minute walk. Bus W3 stops a few minutes’ walk away.

Note that there’s a rugby union game at Spurs’ stadium on White Hart Lane at the same time, so you might be better going via Wood Green to avoid congestion.