The Old Spotted Dog Ground

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The Old Spotted Cat Ground
Location Forest Gate, London
Capacity 2,000 (100 seated)[1]
Field size 45 × 90 ft
Clapton (1888–)
London Bari (2012–)
The Old Spotted Dog Ground is located in Greater London
The Old Spotted Dog Ground
The Old Spotted Dog Ground
The location of The Old Spotted Dog Ground within Greater London.

The Old Spotted Dog Ground is a football ground in Forest Gate, London, and the oldest senior football ground in the city.[2] It has been the home ground of Clapton since 1888,[3] and currently is also the home ground of London Bari.


The ground was originally part of the grounds of the Old Spotted Dog Hunting Lodge used by Henry VIII. The lodge became a pub, the Spotted Dog, which was later Grade II listed,[4] but closed in 2004 and is now in disrepair.[5] The land later became a sports ground and was used for county cricket matches.[3]

Clapton moved to the ground in 1888 after learning that St Bartholomew's Hospital were giving up their tenancy.[6] The club played the first match at the ground on 29 September 1888 against Old Carthusians, winning 1–0 in front of over 4,000 spectators.[6] Their record attendance at the ground of 12,000 was set for an FA Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur during the 1898–99 season.[1]

During World War II the ground was used as an anti-aircraft station.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p658 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  2. ^ Clapton FC Clapton FC
  3. ^ a b c The Old Spotted Dog ground Clapton FC
  4. ^ Council apology over Forest Gate’s Spotted Dog campaigners’ claim Newham Recorder, 13 October 2012
  5. ^ Robert Bevan (1 May 2014). "East End rescue mission: the London treasures under threat as land prices rise". Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b History Clapton FC

Coordinates: 51°32′32″N 0°1′17″E / 51.54222°N 0.02139°E / 51.54222; 0.02139