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At Clapton Community Football Club

November 26, 2019
by the gentle author

Photographer Max Reeves has been documenting the drama and delight of the extraordinarily successful phenomenon that is Clapton Community Football Club over its inaugural year. With a shirt inspired by the colours of the International Brigades and the Spanish Republican flag, CCFC defines itself as an inclusive endeavour, celebrating the heroic East End Brigades of the thirties.

Large attendances and enthusiastic crowds demonstrate that CCFC has become a genuine community focus in Clapton. Owned by the fans and collectively-run, the club is a co-operative with 1300 members internationally, including a majority from Spain who joined in solidarity with the Republican flag.

Wilberforce Wanderers, winter 2018

The Curve, late autumn 2018

Samurai Rovers, early spring 2019

FC Roast, early autumn 2018

Eastfield FC, late autumn 2018

Stonewall FC, early winter 2018

Stonewall FC, early winter 2018

Chipperfield Corinthians, winter 2018

Ware Sports, midwinter 2018

Clapton Legends XI, early spring 2019

The Curve, late autumn 2018

Ware Sports, midwinter 2018

Samurai Rovers, early spring 2017

Eastfield, midwinter 2018

Eastfield, midwinter 2018

Samurai Rovers, winter 2018

Photographs copyright © Max Reeves

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. Jim McDermott permalink
    November 26, 2019

    From the evidence of the cricket score-lines, this league is every bit as unbalanced as the Premiership.

  2. Peter Holford permalink
    November 26, 2019

    Are those scores or are they dates? I also checked that CCFC didn’t stand for Conservative Campaign Fact Checking in case they aren’t true scores.

    I’ve read about Clapton before – a club to value. Dulwich Hamlet has similar values and its support has grown as a result.

  3. Rob Harries permalink
    November 26, 2019

    Ha. It took me a while to realize they were dates, too!

  4. November 26, 2019

    Brilliant. It’s a shame that the big business clubs can’t learn from the ethics of Clapton FC . Always antifascist is the best slogan for a club I’ve ever heard!

  5. November 26, 2019

    I had to check the shape of the ball; google the club website and go to the results page before I realised these were dates 🙂

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