Match Of The Week: Dulwich Hamlet 2-2 Hendon

As September starts to roll into October, the evenings start to get shorter and the autumn leaves crispen and fall underfoot, The 2008/09 FA Cup continues to rumble on. We’re at the Second Qualifying round stage now, and things are starting to become rather more serious than they were. This is the fourth round of the competition to have been played so far this season, and the prize money is rising. £3,000 goes to the winners of this weekend’s matches, with the added bonus of the knowledge that they will be 180 minutes from the First Round Proper, where Football League Clubs enter the fray, matches are shown live on the television and the serious money starts to be earned. Should anyone make it all the way from the Extra Preliminary Round to the First Round, They’ll have made £30,000 in prize money alone – a tidy sum for clubs the size of the clubs that enter the FA Cup at the Extra Preliminary Round stage. One of the matches drawn out of the hat for this round is likely to quicken the pulses of people of a certain persuasion – Dulwich Hamlet vs Hendon. This is a clash of two former giants of the amateur game that have fallen on hard times. Dulwich Hamlet live in a world of faded glamour and constant battles against threats to their...

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