Clapton CFC are delighted to be heading to Germany to help our friends at Roter Stern Leipzig mark their anniversary.
RSL have been taking a stand against racism, sexism and homophobia in football and society since their first game, in September 1999.
They are the type of fan-owned community club that CCFC aspires to be, with over 1500 members and nearly 30 football teams including men’s, women’s, youth and seniors.
They also have teams for basketball, roller derby, handball, volleyball, scooter derby, Thai boxing, tennis, gymnastics, chess, triathlon, croquet, table tennis, climbing, martial arts, badminton, darts, off-road, athletics, cycling and running.
CCFC will be playing a friendly against their men’s first team, who play in the Landesklasse Nord, which is the seventh tier of German football.
They’re currently in a comfortable mid-table place – eleventh – with a few games of the season left.
Florian, who is both a regular at RSL and CCFC, told us: “Roter Stern Leipzig are a DIY football club, founded by 20 football enthusiastic punks in 1999.
“Similar to the original Clapton Ultras, they were fed up with watching and playing the game ridden with everyday racism and masculinity.
“What started as a fun project fuelled by beer and pyro on the lowest possible level has since then become a staple of community support in the South of Leipzig, providing a home for more than a thousand members, playing not only football in all age groups from 5 to 50 in an environment free from discrimination.
“Over the years, a number of Clapton and RSL supporters/activists have become close friends, and people in Leipzig cannot wait to welcome the double winning CCFC team to celebrate their 20th anniversary in a ground that will remind many Claptonites of their spiritual home, the Old Spotted Dog.”
The FA has given clearance for the game, the flights are booked for a strong squad of 18 players plus the management and we hope as many members and supporters will be able to make it too.
There will be a concert and a party after the game. Join us for a celebration of fan-owned sport in Germany.
Our Men’s First Team committee is working on booking in the rest of the pre-season schedule. Keep an eye on our website, social media and the members’ newsletter for more information.
Rotern Stern Leipzig vs Clapton CFC is at Sportpark Dölitz at 4pm on August 10. Join the Facebook event here.