The ongoing feud between Paul Dipre and Carshalton Athletic fans gathered pace on Saturday a group of supporters boycotted the Robins’ final home fixture of the season.
Since owner Dipre took over management duties a year ago, the already deep fissure between him and the fans has grown even bigger, with a number banned from games.
Those supporters asked others to stay away from the match with relegated Aveley – which ended 0-0 – and instead donate their admission fee to the Royal Marsden Hospital.
They claim there were about 125 paying fans that went into the ground while the club states the attendance as 490.
Peter Randall, a former press officer at the club singled out by them as one of the protagonists behind the demonstration, has called for a meeting with Dipre to settle their differences.
“The discontent amongst Robins supporters has never been far from the surface in recent times,” he said.
“Attendances for first team games have declined and the club occupies a mediocre league position, “Supporters sharing these concerns were asked to record their dissatisfaction by boycotting the
final home game of the season and many familiar faces were missing from the terraces last Saturday. “We were merely talking to people who asked for more information, handing out leaflets and
collecting admission money and other donations to be handed on to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, a move which received an excellent response.
“It really is time for Mr Dipre to re-open some form of meaningful dialogue with supporters and critics alike, and listen to the views of the week in, week out fans, many of who have spent most of
their life-time following and backing the Club.”
The Robins though issued a statement denouncing the protest.
“The calls to boycott Carshalton Athletic’s last home game against Aveley by a small group of disgruntled fans were well and truly snubbed as people turned up to show their support,” it said.
“Despite all their efforts, the campaign spectacularly back-fired.
“A crowd of nearly 500 walked past the picket line and filled Colston Avenue when, under normal circumstances, one might expect a gate of around 150 for an end of season game like this one.
“Just over 120 of those who ignored the picket line were junior members and their parents who are entitled to free access to all home games as part of their annual subscription fee.
“Many of the disgruntled group were the same people who had been banned from the club for antisocial behaviour last season.”