Autumn 2012 – a small group of East London football nomads, priced out of League football, decided to set down roots at our closest ground. A few cold months, standing with the long-serving, yet diminished, Clapton support at the Old Spotted Dog, we fell for the Tons as we learnt about its social history and local significance. We decided to get involved and lend our support to help the revival of one of East London’s last remaining amateur clubs.
We were inspired by active supporter involvement, characteristic to both non-league football and the ultras movement and were encouraged by our players, coaches, ultras groups, football fans from other clubs, and local community groups. This is what matters to us, and that football is accessible to as many people as possible, an ideal which is responsive and ongoing.