I would like to start by again thanking all concerned for the wonderful support which has continued despite not being officially part of the Management Set Up. It has been a pleasure to stand with the Ultras and quite frankly I was lost for words at the fantastic Support received at Cricklefields last Saturday.
After seeing the fantastic response to the recent events it was in my mind to try do something to make a positive impact and in the meantime show the entity which passes as the Clapton ‘Club’ just what an impact the supporters can make. With this in mind I have come up with a suggestion which will hopefully prove worthwhile and raise the profile of both Clapton and Tower Hamlets F.C.
In a nutshell my suggestion is to try attract a large attendance for the league at this Saturday’s game at Tower Hamlet’s with a part of the gate going towards the ‘Homeless’ charity, money raised would be distributed in line with the wishes of our very own Billy Wise, a player I have personally loved coaching and for whom I think we can all relate to his story.
Having spent a fantastic year coaching Tower Hamlets (when Bethnal Green) Utd i knew they were a team that would also embrace this idea. Many thanks to AJ, Adam and Nural at Tower Hamlets for helping to make this a possibility and for very positive comments towards the Clapton fans and team.
As for details, all gate monies over a 100 fans will go directly to Billy to use within Homeless organisations as he deems fit (I will be checking he doesn’t go to the tattoo parlour with it, beyond that it is up to him)
Hoping our fans will get behind the venture, and together we can show the good side of football at this level.
Many thanks for reading and your continued support and hope to see you at Mile End Stadium in good voice. Please spread the word.
Always a Ton
this is purely a supporter idea, not in any way connected to the club management. -DF
My reaction to hearing that Schürrle scored a hat trick.
disclaimer: this is an op/ed that does not reflect the views of anyone but myself. this is coming from the perspective of a black American man who has encountered his fair share of racial vitriol. but only a fraction of what my mom experienced, which was a fraction of what her mom saw. if you have any questions, please ask.
the infamous quenelle is the product of a French satire comedian-turned right-wing extremist. almost like a bizzaro Jon Stewart on the wrong side of history. it has subtext in anti-Semetic leanings, likened to a reverse Nazi salute. in the aftermath of Anelkagate, at least two well known soccer players, Nasri and Sokho, have had photo evidence of the same salute come to light via social media. sort of like bigoted planking for millionaires. if Mr. M’Bala, the creator of this pose, is as famous as reports let on, these players know exactly what the meaning is. naturally, there’s no way to prove this, but ignorance can only go so far.
antisemitism seems to be the open wound that won’t heal for Europe. like America’s crumbling, yet still gasping for life, racial caste system, people are still reminded that we always have progress to make. if it’s not Ajax’s nickname, originally meant as a pejorative, or the “Y-word” controversy just a couple months ago, it’s CSKA Moscow’s supporters forgetting that the Nazis they salute burned their grandparents’ land down to cinders. to be fair, American TV stars equate fellow humans to beasts and worse, so we’re no better.
Anelka’s mistake wasn’t making the gesture. it’s not playing coy. it’s being stupid enough to do this in a game. if he holds the same political views as M’Bala, my guess is that something stupid would have happened anyway. but as an outside player now, no longer the superstar he once was, it wouldn’t have broken Twitter. with the English game broadcast across the planet, millions (ok, for a WBA match hundreds of thousands) have now Googled the salute. whether it’s “anti-system" or antisemitic i’m sure some Semites, and goyem, were involved with the system that got Nicolas Anelka PAID.
political statements in sporting arenas aren’t always bad, but one has to be prepared for the fall out. Tommie Smith and John Carlos knew what was going to happen when they did this. they were accused of being racist, because logically, if white power means screw everyone else, black power must mean the same thing (it doesn’t). with decades of hindsight, most can appreciate this for what it was: a need for the world to know that the United States was broken and killing its own people for not being white. i somehow doubt that’s what we saw this past weekend.
twenty-thirteen has be a pro class on racial impropriety, starting the Schalker Kevin-Prince Boateng being slurred off of the field at A FRIENDLY while playing with AC Milan. we’ve had partial stadium closure, bananas, weaksauce fines that don’t bother these clubs in the slightest, and still, we have a governing body that does absolutely nothing about it. oh yeah, everyone’s darling Suarez doesn’t talk to blacks. it seems some have forgotten.
if the quenelle means what some say it does, Nicolas Anelka needs to get the Paula Deen treatment. it’s unfathomable that hateful speech and actions could go unpunished in the public eye. bigotry cannot hide behind religion or “not knowing it would hurt so many feelings” (that’s for the blackface celebrities that creep up every Halloween) or “this is what we do all of the time in my country.”
where i live, you have the right to say whatever you want. but there are consequences we all face for that right. Mr. Anelka isn’t American, but i’m sure he still has some consequences coming his way.
John Brown II