Clapton CFC launch new Tons History website covering 144 years

We are proud to launch a new website – history.claptoncfc.co.uk – documenting the Tons’ history through the ages.

Our big database features (almost) every result from 1878 onwards, from Downs FC through to Clapton FC and now Clapton CFC, for men’s and women’s teams, leagues, cups and friendlies. Click on ‘seasons‘ then choose a year to view results, tables and more.

We also have a bank of articles shedding new light on Clapton and the Old Spotted Dog in the blog section. Over the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be adding many more forgotten stories and also busting some myths. Looking at the original sources, much of the potted history found on Wikipedia and elsewhere turns out to be wrong.

The website is a product of many months of painstaking work from a group of committed Clapton CFC members. Club members maintain the Clapton Archive held at the Bishopsgate Institute in Spitalfields, write history articles for the Clapton CFC programme, and run the Tons History Instagram and Twitter accounts, so this website is the logical step forward.

The information has been sourced far and wide: Matchday programmes, the Isthmian Archive, the British Newspaper Archive, newspaper websites, other club history websites and books, historians at the Essex Senior League and Essex FA, the British Library and the Bishopsgate Institute.

The first priority, once lockdown allows, is to complete the results for the various Clapton women’s teams that emerged over the years. We’ve only managed to track down around 50% so far, and this has been an enormous challenge in itself. Books, online reports, websites, historians barely exist for the women’s amateur game. We are hopeful the British Library and Stratford Library archives will provide the answers in the months ahead.

There are lots of other gaps to fill, particularly goalscorers and attendances, plus reserves and youth team games will be added in due course. Where we have a match report, line-up and the matchday programme, these could also be added too. In short, the database will never be complete, but it’s now at a stage where we’d like to share with you.

We’re always looking for submissions to tell the story of the last 144 years. Do you have any information, photos, memories, programmes that could help? Spotted an error or have a question? Get in touch too. Please email tonshistory@gmail.com

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