A month ago fans’ group the Clapton Ultras released a statement backing campaign group Real Clapton’s legal action fund.
The fund aims to help safeguard Clapton FC’s existence – in real peril given the attempts to liquidate the ground’s leaseholding company — and then by the end of 2017 see the fans run the club.
Since then a variety of different supporter groups, local businesses and comrades have quickly responded to show their solidarity and support..
St Pauli’s Blocknachbarn
At their May 14th game against Fürth, FC St Pauli supporter group Blocknachbarn displayed a banner that said, “Hate owners, support the real Clapton FC”
At Fortuna Düsseldorf’s April 21st game against FC St. Pauli, Dissidenti Dusseldorf created a tifo with the message “SAVE CLAPTON FC FOOTBALL BELONGS TO THE FANS” and featured the cause in the Dissidenti fanzine.
Roter Stern Leipzig
Werder Bremen Infamous Youth
Werder Bremen’s supporter group, Infamous Youth, showed their support at their April 29th home game against against Hertha BSC with a banner proclaiming “SAVE CLAPTON FC! IY”
Members of Warsaw grassroots community club Alternatywny Klub Sportowy ZŁY, AKS ZŁY created a display at a recent game with the message, “CLAPTON FC MUST BE FAN OWNED”
Zoo at Swope Park Rangers
Closer to home, local brewery 40 FT held a fundraiser on Easter Sunday to help the cause with proceeds of every pint and and barbecue sale going to Real Clapton’s fund.
And Clapton Ultras’ very own Eastern European Crew held a disco after the last home game of the season, raising £305 for the action fund.
Messages of solidarity
There have also been supportive messages including from several international Sankt Pauli fan groups, Colectivo Anticapitalista Londres, Lgbtqi Forest Gate, STRIKE! Magazine, Jolly Roger in Hamburg, London Antifascists and many more.
The latest on the fight
The statement posted by the Clapton Ultras was seen by thousands of people, and helped the legal fund to reach over £8,000 of the £10,000 target set.
The latest legal development is that Clapton’s chief executive’s attempt to liquidate the charitable company that holds the lease has been staved off – for now.
All parties are now waiting for the court to set a date when a judge will decide on whether the voluntary liquidation can proceed.
The result of that case is likely to trigger further developments so Real Clapton are still calling for help.
- To donate and help to hit the target of £10,000, please visit: http://www.saveclaptonfc.com
- To learn more about Real Clapton and its campaign, go to: http://www.claptonfc.info
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