MEET THE CLAPTON FC SIGNINGS: WHO’S WHO OF THE NEW TONS

16 new players have now joined Clapton FC since new manager Jonny Fowell was appointed.

We’ve done some digging into their backgrounds and also given our first impressions of the new crop of Tons recruits.

GOALKEEPERS

Richard Robins

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The former Colchester United youth player played 23 times for Wivenhoe Town in the Thurlow Nunn League between August 2012 and December 2013.

But Richie’s spell there ended in horrific circumstances when he was attacked by a gang of six men while protecting a female friend on a night out.

He suffered a broken nose, eye socket and cheek bones and needed facial reconstruction surgery after the assault outside Subway in Colchester.

Understandably the injuries and ordeal kept him out of the game for a long time but he has since returned to action for his uni, University of East London, helping them to promotion to the top level of student football.

He’s now at Aveley, high flying in the Ryman North league, and has played three times so far this season. However, he is on loan for the season with the Tons and has become the reliable pick in the absence of the injured Pape Diagne.

Alex Henderson

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Goalkeeper Alex Henderson has returned to the Tons after making two starts last season. The former Wells City keeper made his comeback in the 3-1 defeat at Sporting Bengal but looks like he’s set to be back-up to Richie Robins.

Robert Dogaru

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Everyone will remember his match-winning late penalty save on his debut at Southend Manor.

The 17-year-old, who plays for Spurs Development, was comfortable otherwise in his first ever senior game. However, he has yet to play again due to commitments to a Sunday team.

DEFENDERS

Tayo Awoderu

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The young left-back started out at Slough Town’s youth team, earning the most improved player award and breaking into the reserves. He moved on to Enfield Town Under 21s and was on the bench for the first team last season.

While possessing lightning pace – he has competed as a sprinter -he is more than just a bleep test. An overlapping full-back with pace and tricks, but discipline too.

Olanrewanju Vigo

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Full-back Lanre grew up in Lagos and was invited to train with the Nigerian national side under 17s. He joined Northampton Spencer, at Step 5, while studying at the town’s university and also had a spell at National South side Chelmsford City.

Along with Tayo, Lanre has helped fill the problematic full-back slots confidently, both at right- and left-back. Making an effort on Twitter too.

Dylan Ebengo

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The 20-year-old centre-back has joined from Enfield FC, where he had played 10 games this season.

He started out at Borehamwood, before moving to AFC Hayes where he was named reserve team player of the year in 2014.

Sturdy and decisive in his first games at Takeley and Ilford, where he helped the team keep consecutive clean sheets with different centre-back partners.

Andrew Lastic

Made his debut at centre-back at Tower Hamlets, having been signed following a good performance in the trial game with Non-League Chance.

Quincy Egbejale

The 21-year-old university student is a local lad, having been to school at St Bons in Forest Gate while playing the Leyton Orient centre of excellence.

Since then he’s been at Barking reserves, making his debut at 16, played first team football for Grays Athletic in the Ryman North, and more recently Enfield FC.

He’s yet to make his Tons debut but at 6ft 3in he’s expected to be a physical presence at centre-back.

MIDFIELDERS

Louis Rene

A former pupil of St Bons across the road from the Old Spotted Dog, Louis was on the books of Barking FC a few seasons ago, making four appearances.

After that he went to New York on a scholarship at Monroe Community College. He also finished 28th out of 5000 entrants in a global Nike football competition.

Rene left the field in the his first half of his debut at Takeley with concussion and so missed the Ilford game four days later.

Siao Blackwood

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New signing Siao Blackwood pictured signing for Grays this summer

Well-travelled midfielder Siao Blackwood joins the Tons having been released by Ryman Premier side Grays Athletic.

The 26-year-old made two appearances in his brief spell there having previously been on the books of Crystal Palace, Aldershot Town, AFC Wimbledon, Three Bridges, Aveley, Chatham and Peacehaven.

The fact he went straight on corners after coming off the bench at Takeley suggests Fowell rates his deadball delivery highly.

Raphael Duyile

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Bolton Wanderers academy graduate Rafa, 24, is back for his second spell with the Tons after starring in the Chris Wood/Neil Day era.

Since leaving Clapton for Enfield FC, the winger has been at Concord Rangers and Heybridge Swifts, as well as America with South Florida Adrenaline and New Zealand second division side Bay Olympic.

STRIKERS

Stefan Nielsen

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The 24-year-old striker got off the mark with the winner at Takeley, where he was in the right place to score from close range.

He played once for Ilford earlier this season and has been in the successful University of East London first team for the last few years.

Ajani Domingo-Carrington

Known as AJ, this fast and sharp striker is only 17 but has impressed in his first four games, netting two goals.

Not big but not intimidated by the burly centre-back he’s faced in the Essex Senior League either.

Nowhere near the finished article but has shown glimpses of serious ability and his positioning for Ilford goal was like Lineker or Owen.

Samuel Coe

The striker has made sub appearances for the last two games after signing on loan from Ryman North side Romford.

He has scored once in four appearances for Romford having previously been with Witham Town in the same division.

Christian Adu Gyamfi

Tall, raw striker who netted the winner making his debut as a sub at Eton Manor and kept his place for the next few games. The teenager previously played for Collliers Row Juniors in Romford.

*James Steer

Newly added to the squad but unfortunately we’ve drawn a blank on who  he is and what position. More information coming soon.

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