The good folks at Football Beyond Borders have released a short film featuring non-league Clapton FC and their unique supporters, the Clapton Ultras.
Clapton’s fanatical support have been introducing a quiet revolution to lower league football, attracting a passionate following based on the European ultras tradition, and one that reflects their opposition to modern professional football.
United in their opposition to discrimination and far-right politics within football, attendance figures have risen sharply since 2012, with average gates jumping from 43 to 186 for the 2014/5 season.
Clapton’s home attendance of 519 against Stansted on 18 April 2015 proved to be the second ever highest attendance figure for an Essex Senior League match.
Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of common ground between Clapton’s fans and those of my team Dulwich Hamlet, and a large contingent came down to support Hamlet’s ground breaking anti-homophobia friendly match against Stonewall FC in February this year.
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