Clapton CFC online shirt sales have now CLOSED after a crazy few months

It’s been exciting and exhausting, but Clapton CFC’s online shop has now closed to new orders.

Our away shirt story is a phenomenon that none of us could have predicted. We were overwhelmed by the support people have shown for the club and our shared values.

In the summer, the story of our Spanish Republic-inspired away shirt somehow spread around the world.

Over 2,500 men and women from the UK and Ireland travelled to fight with the International Brigades, with more than 500 dying for the cause.

Friends and comrades, particularly in Spain and Britain, started ordering faster than our non-profit manufacturer Rage Sport could make them.

This picture of Stefan Kilron and Stefan Nielsen at the first game in our away kit went around the world

Our unexpected spot in the limelight meant lots of frantic planning, working out how on earth we can process so many orders.

So we had to shut the online shop for three months while we coped with the backlog.

We also had to rush to register for VAT – we never expected our income to be high enough to need to do so – which forced a £5 rise in price from £25 to £30.

Eventually, by January, we had caught our breath and were able to reopen the shop for a second spell. We sent over 10,000 emails to people who had registered to hear when the shop would reopen.

Finally, seven months after our kits first went on sale, the shop has closed.

A small core of tired volunteers have been working with our manufacturer Rage Sport and distributor Weengs to fulfil all the orders – and responding to thousands of messages.

It’s been a full-time, unpaid job. So it’s time to refocus our efforts into other aspects of running a football club.

We have been humbled to hear so many personal stories about the Spanish Republic and the International Brigades. There have been some wonderful links formed through our adopted away colours.

Many thanks to Rage Sport for bringing our fan-designed, fan-chosen kit to life and fulfilling all these orders. They are an ethical company who make all their kits in Italy using responsibly sourced material and make sure all workers in the supply chain are paid properly fairly.

And a huge thank you to the thousands who have bought a shirt, become a member, followed us on social media, or sent us a message.

We hope Clapton CFC can do these colours proud. No pasaran!

I’ve already ordered, will my shirt be delivered?

Of course. All orders that have been placed will be fulfilled.

What’s more, we hope to have every single shirt delivered by April 14th.

Will you ever reopen the online shop for shirts?

We have no plans to at the moment.

However, if we had a group of volunteers prepared to take it on, it’s possible. Email us merch@claptoncfc.co.uk if you want to volunteer.

Are kits available to buy in person?

Yes. You can buy home and away shirts on matchdays only at our temporary home ground, the Stray Dog in Walthamstow, East London. See the fixture list.

If you live outside of London but have a friend or relative here, you could ask them to come to a game and buy one for you.

Perhaps they will be on sale at other special occasions too – watch this space.

How many shirts have Clapton CFC sold?

It’s approaching 12,000 now, around 500 home shirts, and 11,500 away shirts. This is completely nuts given we only expected to sell around 250 in total.

Around 5,500 shirts were sold online to Spain and 4,500 within the UK.

What will you do with the profit generated?

We will use some of the money to help with the running of the club, which is a community benefit society entirely run by its members, all volunteers. Any significant spending must be approved by a members’ vote.

However, funds are also earmarked to help the International Brigade Memorial Trust, who work to keep the memory of those who travelled to Spain to fight alive.

We are in discussions with the IBMT and West Ham Park on how best to help mark the 80th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War.

This would be a memorial to David Marshall and other British and Irish volunteers who fought with the International Brigades in Spain.

Is there any other way of supporting the club?

Of course – become a member! Then it’s your club as much as anyone else’s.

All members have a full and equal say on how the club is run, with volunteer committees overseeing day-to-day business. It costs £5 for concessions and £10 waged for a year.

Also – come to our games. Here’s our fixture list.

I have another question

Email merch@claptoncfc.co.uk.

35 comments

  1. Its a real pity youre stopping selling these moving and wonderful shirts on-line. Apart from the profit you presumably make from on-line sales, there are lots of people like me [and those I have bought them for] who love them but wouldn’t or couldn’t get to the ground to buy them.
    Please reconsider!

    1. We’d love to keep on doing online sales but it’s taking up so much of our time and we only have a small volunteer base who are exhausted from replying to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of emails. We also need to switch our delivery company.

      Having said that, never say never, if another group of volunteers step forward then we could sort something. And we will continue to sell shirts at home games.

  2. Hola. Yo hice un pedido on line para España en febrero y por mas que pregunto no me dan respuesta para saber si me la haran llegar. Podrian resolver mi duda? Gracias

  3. I live in the US and missed that you had restarted production of the shirt. I would love to get one if you’re ever able to restart online sales.

  4. Great, I was late when I was living in Cork and now that I live in Tokyo (hopefully to stay), You’re not making more.
    At least you know that you have put your own name in the map and that now you have a lot of spanish people rooting for you. LET’S GO CLAPTON!

    PS: If you manage to make more, let us know!

  5. hello
    i am write from Sant Feliu de Guixols and i have interest in your t shirt
    when and where i can to but it, please…?

  6. I want to buy a shirt too.
    Yo también quiero comprar una camiseta, espero con ilusión que volváis a venderlas y nos lo hagáis saber.

  7. Querria comprar una camiseta, de la conmemoración de las brigadas internacionales, necesitaría la talla xxxl, como puedo conseguirla? Graciss

  8. My wife and I learned about Clapton’s magnificent story quite a while ago. There are at least two proud Australian wearers of the strip. Venceremos.

  9. Is it true you have no shirts left? I’ve been watching but must have missed it if so. I’m terminally ill with cancer and hoped to make my last journey in one of your shirts as you have rung such a bell with my thoughts. Best wishes in any case. Julyan

  10. Nooo!!I missed the second round of selling! Too baad! I really wanted to buy the shirt for my nephew’s birthday!! Please please if there is any other possibility to find it or if you’ll put again the on-line sales could you email me? Thanks a lot!
    Martina

  11. Yo también estoy interesada en tener una camiseta. Por favor, si pudiera ser os lo agradecería mucho.

  12. Please, can I have noticed of a new period to get your away-shirt?
    I want to get one for me, but first one for my brother, an archeologist who is working in Paterna (Valencia) giving peace to the relatives of people shot by the fascists in our civil war (he had an interview for a BBC program recently) 😉
    Thanks for your memory and solidarity

  13. Seen as I was born in the mother’s it seems only fitting I become a fan and purchase a shirt. When will have some back in stock ? .

  14. I live in Northern Ireland, or as they say here “Norn Iron”.
    Everyone wears Liverpool or Man Utd shirts in the summer.
    Please advise if the away shirts are coming back on line.
    Love the club, it’s ethics and honest values.
    I want to wear one with pride to show football is not about big money but ethics and be questioned about the club and what it stands for.
    Well done for a great season.
    Keep it up.

  15. Espero y deseo que sigáis haciendo más camisetas republicanas,yo estaría interesado en una. Me siento orgulloso de conocer a otro club con valores y por lo tanto me sentiría muy orgulloso de llevar ese escudo en mi pecho. Mis mejores deseos para todo ese equipo que compone en Clapton cfc. Por favor póngase en contacto conmigo en el momento de que podáis tener más. Un saludo camaradas!!!😉

  16. My Spanish friend showed me this top. I’ve only just got around to looking for one and you’ve stopped selling them!!!!! Surely you will do another run at some point.?????

  17. Please inform me as soon as the shirts go back on sale. I really want one but live in Scotland so cannot be at the club’s away or home games.

  18. Hi there,
    I cannot believe I missed the opportunity to buy an away shirt – and on both occasions! It was meant to be a gift for my husband, first for our wedding, then for our first wedding anniversary. ;-( I really hope you find a volunteer group to step in. I sure would offer wouldn’t I live in Hamburg, Germany.
    If it’s not too much asked: If ever one of you guys comes around to visit or go see a match of the FC St. Pauli (there are always a bunch of people from the UK there), please get in contact to figure out if it would be possible to arrange for an exchange.
    Keep on being awesome! And know: You’ll never walk alone.
    Cheers, Ana

  19. The jersey is very popular in Germany now. A brave man stood besides a far right demo and shouted that they are not Germany, not even Chemnitz! Of course he’s right and I think that many people were glad to get such a jersey! Produce it again and it maybe will be a symbol all over Europe to stand against far right! No parasan! You’ll never walk alone!
    https://twitter.com/ftamsut/status/1165879934184820736?s=20

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