CLAPTON PLAYERS’ END OF SEASON AWARDS – THE RESULTS

Following on from the fans’ awards, organised by the Clapton Ultras after the final game of the season, the Tons’ players held their own get-together this weekend.

QPR Striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was the special guest to hand out the trophies to the winners of seven categories.

Here are the winners in full.

Player of the Season – Dylan Ebengo

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Player of the season Dylan Ebengo with assistant manager Andre Thomas (pic @claptonfootball)

Manager’s Player of the Season – Johnny Ashman

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Johnny Ashman with his fellow award-winner Dylan Ebengo (pic @claptonfootball)

Players’ Player of the Year – Dylan Ebengo

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Dylan Ebengo with his two trophies plus manager Johnny Fowell and coach Ray Bartlett (pic @claptonfootball)

Most Improved – Ryan Reed & Nathan Cook joint winners

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The joint winners Ryan Reed and Nathan Cook (pic @claptonfootball)

Nathan being joint winner was a testament to him surprisingly getting better in a new position

Mr Clapton – Jerry Jairette

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Jerry Jariette and his son  (pic @claptonfootball)

Best Newcomer – Lanre Vigo

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Lanre Vigo picks up his award from guest Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Clapton coach Ray Bartlett (pic @claptonfootball)

Golden Boot – Jay Knight

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The Golden Boot trophy (pic @claptonfootball)

Unfortunately Jay wasn’t there to pick up his award.

Here’s a reminder of who won what at the fans’ awards last month…

Player of the season – Johnny Ashman
Most improved player – Ryan Reed
Goal of the season – Steven Sardinha
Ultras’ favourite player of the season- Jerry Jairette

FROM STOCKHOLM TO OLD SPOTTED DOG – MEET DYLAN EBENGO

Dylan Ebengo with his two awards and left, manager Jonny Fowell and right, coach Ray Bartlett

After a hugely successful season we take a look at some of the players that have made a name for themselves at Clapton.

Here we focus on Dylan Ebengo, who picked up two awards at the players’ end of season gathering this week after a very impressive season.

So who is Dylan Ebengo? Not even turning 21 years old until July, the 5.10” centre-half is from Angel, Islington.

Dylan Ebengo winning a Nike competition as a teenager

The winner of a Nike trials event, he started out at non-league talent factory Borehamwood, before moving to AFC Hayes where he was named reserve team player of the year in 2014.

His other previous clubs include Essex Senior League rivals Enfield 1893 and interestingly Sodertalje FK.

Dylan went over to Sweden for a few months after he was invited by a friend and played with the third division Stockholm county side.

Dylan Ebengo training for Swedish side Sodertalje FK

Dylan, who has played as captain on four occasions, is a player that appears to be comfortable on the ball but can stick a few up field when needed – and has scored a couple as well.

Commentators say his biggest strengths are that he is able to read the game and is not prone to errors.

Dylan was booked just once in 29 starts and no red cards, which demonstrates great maturity in his play.

The north London defender said he chose to come to Clapton because he felt it was a great platform for him to show what he is capable of.

He also cites the fans as being a major pull for him: “the atmosphere there is outstanding.”

When asked about his ambitions, Dylan replied “to play at the highest level possible”.

We at Clapton FC News believe he has a bright future ahead of him and we will leave you with some fantastic stats from assistant manager Andre Thomas.

CLAPTON FANS’ END OF SEASON AWARDS – THE RESULTS

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Pape Diagne received a special King Pape crown

 

After Clapton soundly beat Burnham 7-0 in their last game of the 2016/2017 season, fans joined the team on the pitch to see the Tons receive the Essex Senior League runners-up shield.

While there are still a few remaining fixtures to be played in the league, Clapton secured the second place spot with 92 points, 7 more than third place FC Romania who have one remaining fixture to play.

After the league award, the Ultras handed out their player awards for the season. 208 people voted across four categories: Most Improved Player, Goal of the Year, Best Player of the Year and Ultras Favourite Player of the Year.

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Geoff Ocran with his special award

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Andre Thomas collecting his special award

As the Clapton team had a lot of new faces this season, it was not surprising that almost all of the winners were collecting their Ultras awards for the first time.

 

 

 

 

Injured Clapton goalkeeper Pape Diagne, departing captain Geoff Ocran and assistant manager Andre Thomas were also recognised with special awards.

Each winner received a variety of prizes, including a one of a kind t-shirt designed by a Footy Ultra, depicting Steven Sardinha’s Wadham Lodge goal.

Most Improved Player

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For the Most Improved Player award, centre-back Quincy Egbejale came in third and midfielder Steven Sardinha came in second.

The winner was midfielder Ryan Reed, who started 22 games, had 33 appearances and scored 7 goals this season.

Reed was pivotal in creating chances and towards the end of the season, the combination of Reed and Ashman, with Jay Knight up front, was one of the most promising attacking presences we’ve ever seen at Clapton.

First place: Ryan Reed – 17%
Second place: Steven Sardinha – 16%
Third place: Quincy Egbejale – 12%

Goal of the Year

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Clapton scored 95 goals this season, so it was difficult to pick a favourite for Goal of the Year.

In third place, Nathan Cook’s recent Barca-esque goal against Enfield at home (6-2) in the 62nd minute on April 8th came in third.

Johnny Ashman’s last minute game deciding belter at Stansted (2-3) on January 7th in the 95th minute came in second.

In first place was a goal so lovely that it inspired a Footy Ultra, Clapton Ultras junior division, to draw a re-enactment.

The winner was of course, Steven Sardinha’s 48th minute goal at Wadham Lodge (0-2) on October 5th last year.

Sardinha beat 3 players from the edge of the box and then smashed it into the top corner of the goal, much to the delight of the Ultras who had gone behind the attacking goal that half.

First place: Wadham Lodge v Clapton (0-2) Steven Sardinha 48’ – 05/10/16 – 51%
Second place: Stansted v Clapton (2-3) Johnny Ashman 90+5’ – 07/01/17 – 22%
Third place: Clapton v Enfield (6-2) Nathan Cook 62’ – 08/04/17 – 15%

Best Player of the Year

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For Best Player of the Year, all three winners put on the Clapton shirt for the first time this season.

Second place was a tie between Ryan Reed and Steven Sardinha.

As winger Johnny Ashman quickly became a fan favourite this season, and already has two different songs that are sung about him, it was no surprise that he won the best player accolade.

Johnny had more appearances than anyone else on the team with 46 and started all but two games.

He scored ten goals, and is generally seen racing down the wing, beating players and creating chance after chance for the Tons.
First place: Johnny Ashman – 43%
Second place: (tie) Ryan Reed and Steven Sardinha – 12%

Ultras Favourite Player of the Year

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The Clapton Ultras Fan Favourite award is given to the Ton who best represents the spirit and passion of Clapton.

Third place went to the increasingly popular Steven Sardinha and second place went to last year’s winner and constant fan favourite, Nathan Cook.

First place was an easy one for people to select this year, our captain Jerry Jairette.

Not only has Jerry put in ten years service as a Ton, he’s one of those rare players that can play almost any position, and often had to this year as we went through a rotation of goalkeepers.

When he’s not on the pitch, Jerry also makes an effort to reach out to the fans.

Even during the mid-season boycott, he would make a point to come out and talk to supporters.

First place: Jerry Jairette – 45%
Second place: Nathan Cook – 12%
Third place: Steven Sardinha – 10%

CAPTAIN OCRAN TO PLAY LAST GAME FOR THE TONS

Geoff Ocran lifts the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy last season (photo: Clapton Ultras)

The Tons’ captain and fans’ favourite Geoff Ocran has revealed that tomorrow’s season finale against Burnham Ramblers will be his last game for the club.

Ocran, an almost ever-present in the team for the last few seasons, has only played seven games this term – the last being the 3-0 loss away to Barking in September – as he has struggled to recover from injury.

As revealed in an interview with Clapton FC News in November, what started as a knee injury spread to his achilles – however at that point he was hopeful of a return in the new year.

Andre Thomas, Miles Hunter and Geoff helping fans collect for the Newham Recorder Toy Appeal in December 2015 (photo: Newham Recorder)

It was not to be though and yesterday Geoff, who at 32 years old is an Essex Senior League veteran, took to Twitter to announce that he will be leaving the club, although Clapton fans may be pleased to hear it’s not to join a rival:

With what should be another historic day on Sat for , this Saturday will unfortunately be my last game for !

This is mainly due to not being able to commit full time to football at this level next season (to clarify before the conspiracy theories starts) 😂😂

He then went on to thank the managers and coaching staff he has played under, thanking former Tons boss Mike Walther for making him captain and praising current manager Jonny Fowell’s decision to give the captain’s armband to his good friend Jerry Jairette.

In and , Clapton will definitely push on with the obvious choice as new club captain!

Thanking for what has been a great 3 seasons not to mention for making me Captain

Fans will mainly remember Geoff for his reliable performances in midfield, however an undoubted highlight for most will be him guiding The Tons to success in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy last season and lifting the trophy as captain.

Those wishing to show their appreciation should make sure they head to the Dog tomorrow for our last game of the season, kick-off at 3pm.

Geoff playing against Clapton for London APSA in the 2012/13 season (photo: London APSA)

TRANSFER ROUNDUP

Clapton manager, Jonny Fowell took the the local press this week to talk about the important role the club’s supporters are to events on the pitch in lifting his team’s performance levels. While negotiations in transferring those massed outside The Dog back into the stands look to be in the final stages, the outspoken gaffer has been on the recruitment drive again, bolstering his squad as top of the table Tons look toward a final title push.

Emmanuel Olajide

Anyone peering in through the fence is recent weeks will doubtless have been impressed with the performances of Clapton’s latest stopper. Olajide is the sixth ‘keeper to have stepped between the sticks for the team this season, following the shock departure of Richie Robbins in December. The former Aylesbury, Broxbourne Borough and Hatfield Town GK has made a strong start to life in East London, notching up three clean sheets in six, with just five goals conceded in total.

Colin Mugoya

colin_mugoya2016Staying on the topic of keeping goals out, defender, Colin Mugoya arrives at Clapton from Southern League, Hayes & Yeading. The 19 year old centre back has made a healthy number of appearances for the West Londoners since breaking into the first team in 2015. He no doubt joins The Tons with an eye on gaining more playing time and could feature in the upcoming friendly with Brentwood Town on Monday 13th.

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Originally signed for Clapton in 2014, Eamon was last seen by Tons fans in September missing a late penalty against his former club for Southend Manor. Since departing The Dog, the versatile defender has gone on an extended tour of Essex-based Ryman clubs including Bowers & Pitsea, Aylesbury, Witham Town, Heybridge Swifts and Great Wakering Rovers. A welcome return for an old favourite, fans will have to wait until 14th March to see him back in the red & white.

Emmanuel Mokwa

Another handy Emmanuel to arrive at Clapton is Olajide’s current understudy, Emmanuel Mokwa. The nineteen year old ‘keeper has clearly impressed enough to make it into a much trimmed down squad, despite not having the same extended CV of clubs as his goalkeeping counterpart. However, as much needed cover in that position, Mokwa should expect to have his chance at some point, given how many goalkeepers the club has already fielded this season.

Departing

With the clutch of new personnel arriving in E7 there has also been a notable set of departures.

Goalkeepers, Robert Dogaru, Alex Henderson and Yakup Seyer have all de-registered, while outfield players, Christian Adu Gyamfi, Scott Lawton, James Steer and Tobi Adesina exit without much fanfare.

Seyer has unfortunately suffered a long-term shin injury, while Adesina will remain one of those ‘what ifs’, as a signing which promised so much at the start of the season.

The Tons manager has been teasing supporters recently with talk of a another exciting signing, as an additional forward is thought to be high on the shopping list. We’ll wait to see what comes off, although time is on his side as Clapton now have to wait until February 25th for their next competitive game.

CLAPTON SIGN FORMER REDBRIDGE HOTSHOT – WHILE TWO EX-TONS RETURN

Jay Knight in action for Redbridge (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Jay Knight in action for Redbridge (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Former Chelmsford City, Redbridge and Welling United striker Jay Knight has registered for Clapton, according to the FA Full-Time site.

Knight scored 15 goals in 36 appearances for The Motormen last season in Ryman Division 1 North, before netting 7 times in 10 games at the beginning of this season in the ESL.

Obviously impressed by this return, National League South outfit Welling United signed him on dual-registration at the end of October, however it seems he failed to make an appearance for either club since.

He scored for Redbridge in their 2-1 win over the Tons in the London Senior Cup last season.

Two other signings have also been added to manager Jonny Fowell’s squad, and they should be familiar to Clapton fans.

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Ike Nzuruba in his previous spell with the Tons

Well-travelled striker Ike Nzuruba has returned to the club, making his second debut against Takeley on Saturday.

Among his former clubs are Leyton, Hayes & Yeading, Hoddesdon Town, North Greenford United, Hatfield Town, Reading Town, Redbridge, Hertford Town- and most recently ESL rivals Stansted. He also had trials with Cardiff City and Cowdenbeath.

Also making a comeback is midfielder Dean Bouho, a popular member of Chris Wood’s Clapton squad who spent the last few seasons at Eton Manor.

CLAPTON FC TOP SCORER AND WINGER RETURN – WHILE FOUR PLAYERS DEPART

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Fahad Nyanja playing for Clapton in 2012

Hotshot Fahad Nyanja is back home for his fourth spell with Clapton – and scored the winner as a sub in his comeback game.

‘Ninja’, 26, left the Tons in September for a spell with Ryman North side Bowers & Pitsea but remained our top scorer even while away.

His injury time winner yesterday at Enfield 1893, tapped in on the rebound, took his tally this season to six goals from five starts and four sub appearances.

He couldn’t quite force a regular place while at Bowers, with 2 starts and 10 sub appearances adding up to only 340 minutes, scoring 1 goal.

Ninja isn’t the only returnee this week, however, as exciting winger Abdeen Abdul is now registered with the Tons again.

The 22-year-old, who grew up in Ireland and won a nationwide search for young talent called The Dream, departed for Ryman Premier side Billericay Town last season.

Although he didn’t enjoy a long-term stint he gained valuable higher-level experience, playing alongside fellow ex-Ton Quinton Monville.

Since then Abdeen has spent time with former Clapton manager Mike Walther’s Stansted in the Essex Senior League.

Four players have exited the Old Spotted Dog meanwhile, most notably midfielder Oti Ikomi, a first-team regular at the start of the season, playing 14 times.

Striker Sam Coe joined the Tons on loan from Romford, but has now moved on to Eton Manor after just two sub appearances.

Also leaving the club are Jerry Puemo and Kenny Aileru, who both arrived from Aldershot Town’s youth team in the summer but did not make an appearance.