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Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior League

By Taimour (WeHateWombles)24/7 10:30Fri Jul 24 10:30:41 2020

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July 24th 2020
“WE’RE GOING HOME!”
Clapton CFC have become owners of the historic Old Spotted Dog ground in Forest Gate.

It’s official. Clapton Football Club Limited, the community benefit society behind Clapton Community Football Club, today became the proud new owners of the Old Spotted Dog.

The oldest senior football ground in London has been the spiritual home of Clapton supporters for over 130 years… but for the first time ever we now own it.

The Old Spotted Dog ground, on Upton Lane in Forest Gate, is next to the boarded-up grade II-listed pub of the same name that is now being turned into a hotel.

It has hosted games against many of the top clubs in its history, including nearby Premier League giants Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, Dutch giants Ajax and a host of 1966 World Cup winners.

The previous owners, Star Pubs & Bars, had been looking for new tenants since last summer, when it terminated the lease held by Newham Community Leisure Ltd due to non-payment of rent.

Supporters-owned Clapton CFC, off the back of selling a phenomenal 15,000 replica shirts, were originally offered the lease in September 2019.

A few months later, the plans changed and the club were given the chance to purchase the freehold outright instead.

In a vote of the club’s 1350 plus members, it was unanimously agreed to make an offer, which was accepted, and the process of changing the ownership has now finally been completed.

The ground does however need a significant amount of work to bring it back up to the required standard after a sustained period of neglect by the previous leaseholder.

It means both the men’s and women’s first teams will still need to play at their temporary home of Wadham Lodge Sports Ground in Walthamstow for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

However, the new Old Spotted Dog Ground board of directors, made up of Clapton CFC supporters and residents from the local area, are optimistic of raising the funds needed to restore the ground, and can bank on a sizeable number of Tons fans to volunteer.

A proposal has gone to Clapton CFC members to release funding to go towards the necessary improvements to bring the Old Spotted Dog back up to standard to host competitive football again.

Kevin Blowe from The Old Spotted Dog Trust said:

“For the first time ever, the oldest senior football ground in London is owned by a football club, and a member-run, non-profit, community-focused football club at that.

“Bringing Clapton’s spiritual home back into community use, after a season of boycotts of Clapton FC home games when it was placed into liquidation by the previous tenant, was absolutely central to the motivation for setting up Clapton CFC back in the summer of 2018.

“Finally having a ground of our own, owned by members, will offer long term stability for the club and also the chance to build lasting links with the local community.”

Whilst the Old Spotted Dog ground is now owned by Clapton CFC, day-to-day running of the ground will be transferred to the recently formed Old Spotted Ground Trust.

The long fight to make the Old Spotted Dog a community asset once more has been backed by West Ham MP, Lyn Brown, Newham mayor Roksana Fiaz and many local councillors.We are very grateful for their help in helping us achieve our dream.

Lyn Brown MP said:

“At a time when so many community clubs are under threat, it is wonderful to know that Clapton CFC are instead taking huge steps forward to secure their future locally. Clapton have a special history at the Old Spotted Dog ground, and a powerful connection to our communities in East London through their support of charities and causes.”

We at Clapton CFC would desperately like to see the Old Spotted Dog benefit the whole local community, and so are keen to hear from community organisations who would like to use the facility when it is back up to an acceptable standard – email osd@claptoncfc.co.uk

For any media/press enquiries please email: comms@claptoncfc.co.uk

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Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior League

By David Crawt24/7 11:23Fri Jul 24 11:23:28 2020In response to Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior LeagueTop of thread

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Watched the K’s there on many occasions.

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Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior League

By supahoops724/7 12:11Fri Jul 24 12:11:01 2020In response to Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior LeagueTop of thread

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Been watching this development for a couple of years now.
More of anti fascist 'Ultras' following than plain old 'Hipsters' like DHFC.
I last watched Ks at Clapton in 1971 and way back then I thought how sad
and run down the Old Spotted Dog was then. This However is fantastic news for
an iconic club that has hung on over so many years. Good luck to all involved at the
'Tons'. Opponents for a PSF?. Would be very interesting to meet up with their travelling support.

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Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior League

By Nick Garland25/7 07:39Sat Jul 25 07:39:54 2020In response to Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior LeagueTop of thread

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But isn’t this a breakaway club? The old Clapton FC are still going so I’m not sure it’s a continuation in that sense.

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By supahoops725/7 09:09Sat Jul 25 09:09:23 2020In response to Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior LeagueTop of thread

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Yes, you are totally correct about that Nick.
I'll refer to Taimour's response in answer.

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By Taimour (WeHateWombles)25/7 08:50Sat Jul 25 08:50:37 2020In response to Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior LeagueTop of thread

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I think the new community club would claim to be the "real club". Since most of the old directors and fans moved across as part of boycott against the owner and now they own the historic ground. I assume the other Clapton will give up the ghost in due course.

These things are complicated: I for one only recognise the legitimacy of Enfield 1893 and also maintain that MK Dons won the FA Cup in 1988.

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Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior League

By Olde School Ks (OldSchoolKs)24/7 17:12Fri Jul 24 17:12:45 2020In response to Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior LeagueTop of thread

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What fantastic news for all fans of clubs with similar problems.
Keep fighting,the message and there maybe just maybe a possitive at the end of the road
Well done

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By Ksuals24/7 13:12Fri Jul 24 13:12:37 2020In response to Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior LeagueTop of thread

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Is my recollection of going to see Ks there correct that along one side was the back of a brewery?

Ksuals

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By supahoops724/7 14:01Fri Jul 24 14:01:27 2020In response to Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior LeagueTop of thread

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Think there was some kind of industry.
Not sure if it was a brewery.

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By Ksuals24/7 15:37Fri Jul 24 15:37:51 2020In response to Re: Clapton (this is good but "Clapton FC" remain set to play in Essex Senior LeagueTop of thread

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Thanks Superhoops

Ksuals

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