Clapton Community FC’s new away shirt has rapidly become a firm favourite – and especially in Spain.
Based in Walthamstow, the fan-owned club was only formed this year, with the team set to begin play in the Middlesex Counties League Division 1 Central & East. The club’s replica shirts have already gone down well, with the away one in particular drawing a legion of admirers.
Prior to the Bank Holiday weekend, the club say they had over 2,600 orders.
As the club’s website explains, most of the demand has come from Spain, due to the design being based upon the colours of the International Brigades, who joined the fight against fascism in Spain during the Civil War of the late 1930s. Over 2,500 men and women from the UK and Ireland travelled to fight, with more than 500 dying for the cause.
“It has been quite the shock for us, as we only expected to sell about 250 shirts in a year,” said kit designer and Clapton CFC member, Thom. “Fans voted from a total of 16 kit designs, but this was by far the most popular. I really wanted to make something that marked the importance of the sacrifice of those who fought against fascism.
“We have always been known as fans who do not accept racism, sexism and homophobia, so it made total sense. We didn’t expect our tiny club to be noticed by Spanish football fans but we’re delighted nonetheless.”