Clapton FC have confirmed they still don’t have a new chairman, four months after the resignation of the last one.
Mark North joined in the summer to replace John Murray-Smith but lasted just a few months before quitting in November.
There had been no word of any replacement since, despite our repeated unanswered questions, and Mr North is still listed as chairman on the club and league website, four months on.
However, the club has now confirmed that there is a vacancy for chairman in a matchday programme that was uploaded online this week.
In the same programme, chief executive Vince McBean also appealed for a groundsman, kitman and match day secretary.
A groundsman is something particularly needed. Pictures from the Old Spotted Dog recently showed the surroundings getting increasingly dilapidated and the grass rather overgrown.
Redbridge manager Micky Wetherall mentioned the pitch in a post-match interview at the weekend.
He told the Ilford Recorder: “The pitch was terrible the grass is long and the surface is so bobbly.
“It’s very hard to get up for a game of football in these circumstances but we got in got three points and got out so for me it’s a job well done.”
There has been a gradual hollowing out of the club over the years.
All youth teams have quit the club in recent seasons – with the final team, under 18s, switching to Hackney Wick FC.
Chairmen Murray-Smith and North, assistant manager Wayne Seal, and first team coach Marc Nurse also departed this season.
The exodus isn’t helped by Clapton FC being closed for ‘restructuring’ for at least six years, despite being a members club by constitution.
The success of fan-owned Clapton CFC – with 1,300 members and dozens of volunteers pitching in every for no personal reward – shows the potential that Mr McBean had within his grasp.
If only he had opened up the club to this surge in interest, rather than driving it away by trying to liquidate the Old Spotted Dog and closing the membership.