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Clapton Ultras Resolve Dispute

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Clapton Ultras have come to an agreement with the club’s board of directors to end a two-month boycott.

In November, fans of the Tons were presented with an unexpected £1 price rise at their home game with Sporting Bengal and searches by security upon entering the ground.

It was unclear to supporters at the time whether the extra £1 was to cover fines or be put into the playing budget.

So, for the foreseeable future the Ultras decided to boycott home games until the matter was resolved.

On December 6th against Hullbridge, the first of the boycotted home games, the attendance was 21, a drastic drop from the 360 they had been averaging.

Meetings were held between Clapton’s Chief Executive and some of the Clapton Ultras as they sought to come to an agreement.

Progress in the discussions led to their home game with Barking on January 28th being a ‘Pay What You Want’ (minimum £1) fixture and the Ultras’ temporarily lifted their boycott.

And today an agreement was reached for ticket prices to be reduced to £6.50 – from the increased £7 – with concessions £3, U18s £1, U10s and disabled fans free.

It was further agreed that there would be no more increases this season and advance notice would be given ahead of any future increases.

The board shall “use any reasonable security measures” to prevent any untoward behaviour by supporters and both parties have agreed to meet regularly and work together.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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