Clapton supporters are hosting an urgent public meeting to try to save London’s oldest senior football ground, the Old Spotted Dog.
Here’s the crisis in a nutshell – the current leaseholder of the OSD is a charity, but club chief exec Vince McBean is attempting to liquidate this and transfer the charity’s assets to a company owned and operated solely by himself.
This is happening under the noses of the Charity Commission, who were due to publish an investigation, and despite a High Court injunction intended to prevent the liquidation. Clapton fans fear what Mr McBean will do with OSD once he has it under his control given his track record so far.
Further details on the emergency are outlined in this Morning Star article we wrote last week.
The public meeting has been called by all Clapton fans groups and will take place at Durning Hall, near to Forest Gate station, at 7pm on Wednesday 11 April.
Organisers said: “This isn’t just a meeting for Clapton fans but everyone who wants to save the ground for future use for the community.
“It ought to be an invaluable community resource. And yet it is at risk of being lost to the community for generations.
“We must Save the Dog and ensure it is reclaimed by and run for its community.
“Come to our campaign launch meeting to hear why this matters now and work out what we can do about it.
“It would be a fantastic show of community strength and togetherness to pack out Durning Hall on Wednesday.”