Clapton supporters are leading a campaign to safeguard the future of the Ton’s home ground by nominating The Old Spotted Dog as an Asset of Community Value.
Newham residents are being asked to register their support for the Forest Gate site as the first steps in protecting the historic grounds from a change of use and development.
Fresh concerns were raised recently over the running of The Dog after leaseholders for the ground, Newham Community Leisure Ltd, failed to meet the 30th September deadline for filing accounts.
The company has an unfortunate record, including a period in which it was struck off by Companies House. This latest failing could mean, without proper accounts being filed, the company is struck off again and the lease is at risk of forfeit.
With property developers having recently bought the namesake pub just outside, Clapton fans have urged greater vigilance from Vince McBean, who is also a director of Newham Community Leisure Ltd.
The Old Spotted Dog is London’s oldest football ground and one of the most historic recreation grounds in the country, with some features dating back to the Tudor period.
Clapton FC moved into The Dog in September 1888 after it was vacated by St Bartholomew’s hospital. The pitch was previously used to play cricket.
Get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you live in Newham and would like to help secure the future of Clapton’s famous old ground by putting it in the trust of the community.