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Clapton Community Football Club to welcome its 1,000th member after 10 months

PUBLISHED: 15:15 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 30 November 2018

The club's away kit went viral in Spain earlier this year. Picture: Max Reeves

The club's away kit went viral in Spain earlier this year. Picture: Max Reeves

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A 10-month-old football club whose away kit went viral in Spain is to welcome its 1,000th member.

The fan-owned club plays at The Stray Dog ground in Walthamstow but hopes to return to the Old Spotted Dog in Forest Gate. Picture: Max ReevesThe fan-owned club plays at The Stray Dog ground in Walthamstow but hopes to return to the Old Spotted Dog in Forest Gate. Picture: Max Reeves

Clapton Community Football Club will award its newest member, eight-year-old Arlo, his owner’s certificate and member’s badge during half-time in its match against Eastfield FC tomorrow.

A club spokesman said: “The support we receive every day would not exist without a commitment to football that is owned, operated and played by and for supporters.”

The club has a reputation for taking a stance against racism, sexism and homophobia since starting in February this year by fans boycotting Clapton FC over its ownership.

But Clapton CFC wants to return to Clapton FC’s Old Spotted Dog ground in Forest Gate.

Matches are currently held at The Stray Dog in Walthamstow.

In August, the club’s away kit gained attention in Spain for using the colours of the International Brigades, volunteer units defending the left-wing government against General Francisco Franco’s forces in the Spanish Civil War.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 2pm.

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