This section of the website has been dedicated to providing the facts, answering questions and correcting any misleading statements being made on social media and across the internet. Clapton Football Club is committed to providing the real supporters of the club with answers – if in doubt over something, please ask. Drop us an email with your questions or request a meet up.

There are many statements about Clapton Football Club pervading social media, football blogs and a variety of self serving news websites. Many of these statements are particularly negative and are directed at the management of Clapton Football Club.

Further, since the start of the 2017-18 football season, the Clapton Ultras, a formidable and strong fan base, which has seen the Tons moving from supporters of 50-120 to being one of the largest fan bases in the Essex Senior League, have decided to boycott all Clapton’s matches.  The reasons for this are set out separately but in summary, they want to “take back” Clapton Football Club. The Ultras have joined forces with others, including the group calling themselves The Real Clapton FC and others.

We have to admit that we have been so focused on responding (or not responding) to the many negative and often inaccurate statements being put out that we have tended to overlook the “real supporters”.  We would like to publicly  apologise for not keeping you informed of the facts and leaving you to rely on the various statements being made by others.  We sincerely value your support and to this end, we have now created this special section on our website called “Tons Make Clear”, which is designed to respond to and provide clarity around issues and statements made on the internet, as well as providing real supporters with a platform to have their concerns addressed.

Clapton Football Club not connected to CCFC

Clapton Football Club badgeThere have been many recent statements on social media and we have been inundated by members of the public, particularly from Spain wanting to purchase our away kit (people have also come to the Old Spotted Dog Stadium to purchase this kit directly). Please be advised that there is a club known as Clapton Community Football Club, established in 2018. This organisation has nothing to do with Clapton Football Club, the entity established in 1878, based at the Old Spotted Dog Stadium, London E7 9NP since that time and playing in the Essex Senior League….Read More »

Plenty of Time for Genuine Support of the Club

Mark North, ChairmanThe new Chairman has been in place for just a very short while and already he is facing the same negative and derisive comments and attacks from various individuals.

As part of the Clapton Ultras, these individuals having boycotted all matches for more than a season and have now created their own club within the Middlesex Football League. With that, one would have thought that there is now no reason for members of Clapton Football Club still be receiving emails and social media messages of this nature.

For those that have a genuine support for the club and it’s progress, we are more than happy to meet with you.  To that end, Mark North has written the following statement… Read More »

Newham Mayor’s discussion with Clapton FC

We were recently informed that on Monday 18th June there would be an item on Newham Council’s agenda regarding the Old Spotted Dog Ground and Clapton Football Club. This item was in the name of Kevin Blowe a member of the Clapton Ultras, who have made it their duty to spread mis-information and total fabrication of the facts surrounding The Old Spotted Dog, Clapton Football Club and myself.

We attended the meeting and listened to item 8 of the Newham Council’s agenda and…Read More »

Updated: KickItOut Support Claim

Clapton Football Club has always had a philosophy of  ‘working with other like-minded people’, and although we have never had a grant from KickItOut they are an organisation that has pioneered the eradication of racism in football, which we fully support.

Following our recent publication of a post relating to the annual football event organised by Proudly East London, we have received communication from Clapton FC News. Further, Essex Senior League and the FA have also received communication from Clapton FC News (interestingly no communication from Proudly East London, or is Clapton FC News now the official voice for the Clapton Ultras!)… Read More »

Why Clapton FC News Gets No Comment

Why No Comment

Clapton FC News, a group of individuals who are members of Clapton Ultras, have and continue to state that Clapton Football Club is refusing to comment on any story that they wish to publish.

To clarify, it was only until the club published an email sent to Clapton FC News stating publicly that we would not be responding directly to Clapton FC News as they refuse to make themselves known … Read more »

Court Action – Latest Situation

Clapton v Norwich United FA Cup 19 August 2017On Tuesday 24th April 2018, we attended a Case Management Meeting at the Rolls Building in front of Judge Sally Barber. The Petitioner, ourselves and respective solicitors and barrister were present. The hearing was to agree the time frame for the proceedings to follow. It was not to present any case. At the hearing there was Paul Cockerton, and two others (a ginger haired man and an elderly Clapton Ultra fan – we don’t know names as so many like to remain anonymous).

Unfortunately, information put out by Clapton FC News and others that has then been re-tweeted is “five per-cent of actual facts and ninety five per cent of creative writing.”  Read more »

Disciplinary action of players

Clapton PlayersThere has been much commentary surrounding the disciplinary action taken recently by the club in relation to Jerry Jairette, one of our longest standing players. We do not intend to go into the details of the action taken, other than to say that the decision was not taken lightly – Jerry has made a big contribution to the team and has been instrumental in its progress.

However, all clubs and organisations, have a disciplinary code that everyone either accepts, or they face the consequences of any action that falls outside of what is acceptable. Continuous flouting of those rules, particularly when in positions of responsibility within the team, therefore results in sanctions and this is the current situation.  Read more »

Ultras being banned by other clubs

team-11Ahead of the recent London Senior Cup match, the hosts, Metropolitan Police FC issued a notice to say that the match was only open to home team fans.  Understandably, Clapton supporters were not happy with the decision, but then certain individuals took to Social Media making false statements and comments.

The various statements on Twitter and on the Clapton FC News website claiming that Clapton officials caused the Met Police to have a Home Supporters policy for the evening game is totally false and not evidence based.

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I don’t know where to start

13119131_10154276536441802_7958451959879668214_nA letter received from a supporter – I really don’t know where to start, but our football club is being ruined by a bunch of people claiming to be Clapton fans. A lot of us came to this club based on the atmosphere when we first arrived, three years ago.  Since those happy days some have been hell bent on causing as much disruption as possible.

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Email to Clapton FC News

GordonBrasted-Barking-clapton-Final-3-2016After discussion with the Clapton Football Club Committee, it has been decided that Clapton FC will not be responding directly to Clapton FC News on any issues relating to the club at this time. The main reason for this is that, since it has been established, Clapton FC News has never approached the club, the main subject of its news stories, to obtain the views of Clapton Football Club, before publishing any articles that relate to the club, it’s management or its running.

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Why the fans are boycotting

Clapton FCAt the start of the 2017-18 season, the Clapton Ultras, probably the largest fan base of Clapton Football Club, announced that had joined forces with the Real Clapton FC, a group not associated with the Official club, and that they were going to boycott all matches.  Just before the Tons home match against Norwich United FC in the Emirates FA Cup on 19 August, the Ultras set out the reasons for their boycott in a letter that they distributed to the local residents surrounding the Old Spotted Dog.

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Supporter raises concerns

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… “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…”

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Tons dispel rumours of no Public Liability Insurance

Clapton Football Club 1878There has been a group of individuals spreading rumours that Clapton Football Club has no public liability insurance. They have gone as far as contacting the League, the opposition of our FA Cup matches, Newham Council and others, knowing that this is just a way to create problems for the Tons as part of their ongoing quest to take over the club. As a result, others have jumped on the band wagon, making derogatory comments and statements across social media.

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