Lanre Vigo

In our long awaited second instalment of player profiles we bring you Lanre (or Olanrewanju) Vigo. The British Nigerian full back has been impressing since his arrival last season.

Lanre began his football career during his time at University in Northampton where he was studying Business Computing Systems.

He spent a season with Northampton Spencer FC in 2011, then went on to play for Chelmsford Reserves the following season, then playing for Springfield FC who are situated in the same city. Then it gets a little interesting.

In his pursuit of a professional contract Lanre went to the United States to play for London United Academy Florida. That is a team of ex professionals all hoping to make football a full time job in the ‘land of the free’.

During his three-month stint there he played against an impressive array of teams. That includes Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew and even Costa Rican under 23s!

You can see highlights of his time over there on YouTube:

When he returned to the UK he was able to obtain a trial at Livingston FC.

Getting a professional contract is still the main goal for Lanre. And he believes Clapton is a good platform.

He told us: “I felt that I could get fantastic exposure at Clapton and I did, I even got a trial with Gillingham FC but that fell through when the manager (Justin Edinburgh) got sacked”.

Lanre, who is originally from Nigeria, doesn’t see a career playing football there although there are opportunities and the quality is growing. He feels “right now it’s best for me to be here where I can get noticed easily”.

Last season’s winner of the Best Newcomer at Clapton was discovered playing against the Tons in a trial game for Soccer Shop Window.

Lanre Vigo receiving his Best Newcomer award at the Players’ End of Season Awards

The speedy right-back impressed with his mature head and formed a good partnership with Jonny Ashman ahead of him. Now Jonny has moved on and up, maybe we will see him getting forward more too this season.

At the moment Lanre is enjoying life at Clapton. “You know what I fell in love with Clapton, initially I meant to be at Clapton for a short period but I fell in love with the club and the fans, I had never experienced anything like this before.

“I had offers from other teams but I just couldn’t leave Clapton…… unless for a professional club.”

We at Clapton FC News wish you all the best. Follow our star full back Twitter on @LanreVigo


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