On 14th March 2015, we turned our home game against Basildon United into the launch of a crowdfunding campaign in support of Paris, Newham’s only LGBTQ youth project, which faced closure because of the cut in its council grant.
A huge crowd, who helped raise funds by buying home-made pies, ‘Pink Menace’ (a special edition of the Red Menace fanzine) and donating cash, were treated to a tense match (with Clapton coming from 2-3 down to win 4-3) and a fantastic display of rainbow-coloured pyro after the final whistle.
Paris members were at the game too and Dawn, the youth work manager who supports the group, said:
“This, for many, was the first time they had attended a football match and they really enjoyed the chanting against homophobia led by the Clapton Ultras. After the match, the Clapton FC players met their fans and had pictures taken with the rainbow flag. There’s a really great atmosphere and community spirit at the ground.”