Clapton played in their second FA Amateur Cup Final on 30th March 1907, having two years earlier lost to West Hartlepool at Shepherds Bush. On this occasion the final venue was moved across West London to Stamford Bridge (Chelsea FC) where a crowd of 5,000 spectators saw the Tons lift the trophy for the first time in their history following a 2-1 victory over Stockton.
The match day programme, which also covered Chelsea’s Division Two home fixture with Hull City that was played the day before, was sold at auction in 2009 for £3000.
The victorious Clapton team were :
J. Wilding (goal); J.J. Bayley, R. Ewan (backs); H. Parkinson, F. Randall, J. Olley (half backs) H. Eastwood, C. Russell, C.S. Rance, C.H. Purnell, F. K. Harvey (forwards).
Scorers : Clapton – Russell, Rance. Stockton – Chambers
The report of the Essex Chronicle of the 5th April 1907
Of this team, Clyde Honeysett Purnell (Olympic gold medallist 1908) and Charles Rance, the scorer of the winning goal in the final, (turned pro with Tottenham 1909) are probably the best known.
Half back F. (Frank) Randall was one of five men tragically killed in an explosion, aged 42, at a munitions factory in Rainham Essex in September 1916 . The Essex County Chronicle described him as a hero. Newspaper cutting >
F.K. Harvey went on to become President of Clapton FC as did H. Parkinson, the team captain on that afternoon. Mr Parkinson (right) was instrumental in reviving the club after the first World War. In the first season, playing records were poor, public support had dwindled and due to the Old Spotted Dog being unavailable, the club was playing it’s home matches at the grounds of Ilford FC and Leytonstone FC. Following a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Ilford, Mr Parkinson confidentially declared that the club had engaged in building a team to re-capture the Amateur Cup. This was regarded as something of a joke at the time but it was, indeed a true prophesy, for two years later Clapton became Isthmian League Champions and shortly thereafter came two seasons of success in the FA Amateur Cup.
J.J. Bayley (left) was recruited by Clapton FC after he had given a magnificent display in a London Junior Cup Final that was played at the Old Spotted Dog. A striking personality, he was the renowned for his height and was the centre of the defence. J.J. Bayley was known as “Big Bill” as nickname that some fourteen years later was to be used to described Clapton England international centre half W.I. Bryant. Mr Bayley was President of the Clapton Football Club in 1920-21.
Clapton were to return to the Amateur Cup final just two years later and go on to win the trophy on five occasions in total.