It’s been a huge week for us at Clapton CFC with lots of attention from around the world for our small club. In fact we have been totally overwhelmed with the response to our new away shirt commemorating the Spanish Republic. Thanks so much to friends and comrades old and new.
We originally expected to sell around 250 shirts across this season, and we had a plan in place to deal with those. But then in the last few days our shirt has gone viral and we’ve had over 5,000 pre-orders, way beyond what we were set up to handle.
We are committed to ensuring that our shirts continue to be produced by Rage Sport in Italy, with a completely ethical supply chain, and that they can cope with the demand. Rage say they will be working full-time on making the shirts you’ve pre-ordered but as they’re a small company it’s going to take at least the next six weeks just to clear the backlog.
Because of this we have decided to take a temporary pause on shirt orders, as of 20th August. This will allow us to work out a proper, robust plan on getting the shirts made and delivered, and to deal with any returns etc. Additionally, PayPal won’t release the money you’ve all pre-paid until we start fulfilling the orders, and we need that money to pay Rage for material costs.
Remember, we’re a members-run amateur football club in the 12th tier of English football, only set up two months ago, we’re not a clothing company. and we’ve been taken completely by surprise by our amazing time in the spotlight.
For people who have already pre-ordered shirts, they will be sent out in the order they were received, depending on how early you ordered them. So if you’ve only just placed your pre-order, it is likely you won’t receive them for another 8-10 weeks.
We will reopen the pre-ordering facility as soon as we have got all our plans in place. Register your email address here to find out when that happens. We also need to work out what exactly to do with the unexpected income – but rest assured we are speaking to the International Brigades Memorial Trust about this.
Thanks for your understanding and amazing support. We’re looking forward to meeting lots of our new friends when the season kicks off later this month, away to Ealing Town on September 15, and home to Hutton FC at the Stray Dog on September 22.
Some REPLICA SHIRT FAQs
How many shirts do you have in stock?
None! Our first order was only for 30 home and 30 away shirts which, arrived for our launch event in July but quickly sold out. So since then we have been taking pre-orders which the kit manufacturers, Rage Sports.
Basically, when you pre-order a shirt, we ask Rage to one for you. Rage Sport are as excited as we are at the level of interest and they will only be producing our shirts, and nothing else, for at least the next month.
When will pre-orders be available again?
As soon as possible. Please keep following our Twitter, Facebook and this website for further details, You can also add your email address here and we’ll alert you as soon as it’s reopened.
I’ve already pre-ordered, how long will it take to receive my shirt?
As soon as the next batch has arrived in East London, in the next few weeks, we will start sending them out to the first people who pre-ordered them. And so on and so on with each batch we receive. So the earlier you ordered, the earlier you will receive them.
We hope to have all the pre-orders made and delivered to you within two months. But please be patient with us because no-one could have expected this level of demand, Rage are a small (but brilliant) company, and we are volunteers, after all.
What sizes are available and what is the fit like?
The shirts are available in sizes from S to XXL at the moment. Want a smaller / larger one? Email us at email@example.com and we’ll see if that size is possible from Rage Sport.
We haven’t been able to get a full sizing chart yet, but we’ve measured a couple of shirts, and they were:
L is 20” armpit to armpit, 26” front collar to bottom (40″ chest size)
XL is 21” armpit to armpit, 27” front collar to bottom (42″ chest size)
However, they’re very snug, so if you want a casual fit rather than risk it being skintight, we recommend choosing one size bigger than your usual size.
Can you ship a shirt to my country?
Yes, wherever you live in the world, you can get a shirt delivered to you. If you’re local, we also offer the opportunity to collect yours at a game for no postage costs.
Do you have a club shop in East London?
No. We are a very small club and we don’t have a physical space of our own right now. The postal address listed on our website – Durning Hall – is only for mail, The only place to buy will be online, once pre-orders reopen.
You’ve not answered my question above!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to answer them.