Losing out in the FA Cup to Sporting Bengal had looked to give The Tons the weekend off on the 3rd Septmber as our scheduled Non-League Day opponents now travel to Kings Langley on the same day.

Not so – suddenly Clapton have now rearranged their home game with FC Romania. It was exclusively revealed by us at Clapton FC News last week and has since been confirmed by the Clapton website.

So it’s all official – and there are some good discounts for local residents, unemployed, senior citizens, students, under 16s and refugees.

We’ll be previewing the game properly in the coming days, but in the meantime here is some useful information if you are planning a trip to the OSD.

Where and when

The game takes place on Saturday, September 3rd, 2916 at 3pm.

The venue is Clapton’s home for the last 138 years, the Old Spotted Dog, Upton Lane, Forest Gate, E7 9NP.

The nearest stations are Plaistow and Forest Gate.

How much does it cost?

There are special Non League Day entry prices for:

  • Newham residents £3 – bring a utility bill dated within last 3 months
  • Unemployed £3 – bring some form of proof
  • Refugees free – ask turnstile staff for details

This is in addition to the usual concessions at every game which also apply for this game:

  • Senior citizens £3 – bring ID
  • Students £3 – bring ID
  • Under 16s £1

For everyone else, the cost of entry is £6.

The usual prices are £1 under 16s, £3 students and senior citizens, £6 adults.

Do I need to buy a ticket?

No, there are no advance tickets, everyone pays at the turnstiles – in cash, no card!

Get there any time from 2pm when the turnstiles open.

Where do I sit or stand?

There is a small seated main stand which fits 100 people only. So if you want a seat, get there early to bagsie one.

Otherwise you can stand anywhere around the ground including grass banks behind both goals which are you can sit or stand on.

There is also a covered terrace, recently extended, called the Scaffold. This is the home of the infamous Clapton Ultras.

If you want to sing non-stop for 90 minutes, plus before and after the game, these are the people to seek out. If you are wanting a chat, check your phone, take selfies, it’s not your spot. There’s plenty of room around the ground.

What happened last season?

The news that Non-League Day has been ad hoc’d back on to the fixture list will be big news for those counting the coffers at the Old Spotted Dog.

Last season’s event drew an amazing crowd recorded at 761, with the Clapton website stating that it is gunning to break the 1,000 barrier this time around.

The game itself was a 3-3 thriller with local rivals Ilford.

Then, no extra ticket concessions were due to be offered by the club for NLD last season, until the Clapton Ultras stepped in to fund free tickets for anyone struggling to pay into the game.

More questions?

Comment below or tweet us at @claptonfcnews and we’ll do our best to help.


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