The creation of “Tons Make Clear” was partly prompted by an email we received from a concerned supporter. To protect the individual’s privacy, we’re not going to include the email. Instead we will respond to the main statements, that they have asked us to publish:
A supporter has said we should display this response to comments made by supporters.
You may have been stopped and told outside the gates that the management is attempting to wind the club up and the fans have an injunction to stop this and are boycotting games in protest.
This is not the case. Neither is there any legal case against us challenging the owners of Clapton Football club.The management want and will change the structure of the club but have no intention of closing or winding up the football club.
The people boycotting the games would like to replace the existing management, investors and members and have there own structure. They are not members and have supported the club for the past three to two years and have made these demands. They want a fans own club. We, the real supporters, do not want this.
From a supporter of over 30 years.
The fact is that the management want to and will change the structure of the club but have never had any intention of closing or winding up the football club. We have spent many years rebuilding the club from the bottom up with limited resources. We also have a long term plan for this historic club and everyone involved in getting it to where it is today has a long term vested interested in its success, and it is not a monetary one – if we were looking for a quick route to making a fast return on our investment, then Clapton Football Club would not have been top of the list for this!
The reality is that, we intend to run the club as a normal football club like it has been since we saved it 17 years ago and invested a substantial amount of personal money to do so.
The people boycotting the games would like to replace the existing management, investors and members and have there own structure.
The people boycotting the club and collecting money to mount a legal case are not members and have only supported the club for the past two to three years. By their own admission, they were looking for (and found what they needed in Clapton FC), somewhere to enjoy grass roots football at low entry and where they could enjoy many activities that are banned, but are less stringently enforced by lower level clubs. Now, having created a large fan base and, with the influence of Andrew Barr, who claims to be the Real Clapton FC, and others, now want to take over.
Their strategy is to discredit the management.