Clapton ended their league season yesterday with a 2-2 draw at home to Stansted in front of a declared attendance of 407.
That means the Tons averaged 335 fans per game across the 20 Essex Senior League home matches this season, breaking all sorts of records.
Historic attendance stats are hard to come by, but long-serving fans reckon this is the club’s highest in living memory – at least for 40 years.
in terms of the Essex Senior League, no team in the last decade has come close to the 335 mark.
in 2005/6, however, AFC Hornchurch averaged 400 as they stormed to the title. Romford also posted a respectable 180 that season too. (Strangely both sides have averaged less half that figure in the Ryman North this season).
The season before that, Enfield Town went close to Clapton’s figure. winning the title in their fourth year of existence with an average of 270.
Back to this season, and the Tons’ highest attendance was 761 on Non-League Day, a thrilling 3-3 draw against historic rivals Ilford.
Could we one day manage to beat the Essex Senior League record of 897 at Billericay Town, when Jimmy Greaves played for visitors Brentwood, in 1976?
The 2014/5 season average was 183 with a high of 519, the last home game against Stansted.
The 2013/4 season average was 83 with a high of 246, the last game of the season against FC Romania.
The 2012/3 season average was 43 with a high of 86. This was the season that the very first few trail-blazing Clapton Ultras started to go.
The 2011/2 season average was 20 with a high of 25. The total attendance that season, before the Clapton Ultras were formed, was 271, lower than our average for just one game now.