CLAPTON TO PLAY GREENWICH IN CUP – MANAGED BY A FAMILIAR FACE

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Clapton have been handed a tough home tie against ambitious Greenwich Borough in the London Senior Cup – a trophy the Tons have won three times.

Greenwich are managed by ex-Leyton Orient, West Ham and Millwall hotshot striker Gary Alexander, with another former Os favourite John Mackie as his assistant.

Big-spending Boro are aiming to reach the Conferenice and fulfilled stage one of their five-year plan when they were promoted as champions of Step Five league the Southern Counties last season.

They now sit midtable in Ryman South after 1 win and 1 draw from 4 games in their first season back in Greenwich, having exited a groundshare with Dartford.

Former England striker Ian Wright famously started at Greenwich, EastEnders star Danny Dyer was once their chairman, while in 2014 the club almost pulled off the signing of Dutch superstar Edgar Davids after he left Barnet.

No date has been scheduled for the First Round tie yet, but it must be played by October 29 at the latest.

The winners will be at home against either Hanwell Town or Thamesmead Town in the next round.

The winner of that will be away against one of Haringey Borough, Warren Mfula’s new club AFC Croydon Athletic, Haringey & Waltham Development, and Fisher Athletic.

Clapton won the London Senior Cup in 1889, 1909 and 1911 and were runners-up in 1901, 1903, 1910, 1915, 1925 and 1989.

First Round draw in full

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