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'x900'
Tenants
Clapton (1888–)
London Bari (2012–)

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.

History[edit]

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]

References[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