Non-league football is becoming increasingly popular among fans who are becoming disillusioned by how “modern football” is ruining the beautiful game. As a result, football fans across the UK have started to venture to their local non-league football clubs for a “real” football experience.
In this article, we will introduce you to three non-league clubs in London where you can expect a lively atmosphere brought about by passionate fans.
Clapton Community FC was launched in 2018 after disillusioned fans of Clapton FC left their “old” club to start fresh.
Years of mismanagement by Clapton FC’s chairman, Vince McBean, led the most passionate Clapton fans to leave and establish their own club. A club by the fans, for the fans. Hence, the name: Clapton Community FC.
Currently, Clapton CFC plays in the Middlesex County League Premier Division and calls Wadham Lodge Stadium in Walthamstow home.
The Clapton CFC supporters – led by the Clapton Ultras – are inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-fascist. They portray their political and social views as well as the love for their club via banners, flags, and tifos.
Dulwich Hamlet FC
Founded in 1893, Dulwich Hamlet FC is arguably one of the most exciting clubs to see in non-league football. Not only does its ground – Champion Hill – have an official capacity of 3,300 but its fanbase is also big enough to fill it.
A representative of the South London-based club told HooliganFC.com that the average home game attendance rate in the 2019-20 season (at the time of writing) was over 2,250.
Currently, Dulwich plays in the National League South, which is the sixth tier in the English football pyramid. That is not too far away from professional football.
However, Dulwich Hamlet FC is most known for being an inclusive club where everyone is welcome.
You will feel welcome at Dulwich regardless of your ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation and the club and its fans pride themselves in that.
Enfield Town FC
Established in 2001, Enfield Town Football Club was founded after fans of Enfield FC broke ties with their former club due to its chairman’s decision to sell its home ground and relocate out of Enfield.
Currently, Enfield Town plays in the Isthmian League Premier Division and calls the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium home.
In the 2,500-capacity ground, the Enfield Town Ultras who make the most noise for their club.
The Enfield Town FC Ultras were formed in 2013. They have since been the driving force behind the Enfield Town supporters’ scene.
If you are fed up with Premier League ticket prices, restrictive stadium regulations, and a lack of atmosphere, check out one of these non-league clubs next Saturday instead.