Tag: Dulwich Hamlet

The Property Developers & The Hamlet – An Unlikely Union

The recent success of Dulwich Hamlet has been overseen by two very different organisations. On the one hand, there’s been the supporters themselves. On the other, however, has been… a property development company that is confounding what we would normally expect from such a company’s involvement with a football club. Kevin Rye, the former communications director at Supporters Direct and now an advisor to that company, explains. Over recent years there has been a minor flurry of articles and features about Dulwich Hamlet FC, not least on this very site, after seeing an increasing band of supporters taking to...

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Dulwich Hamlet & The Nebulous Concept Of The “Football Hipster”

It was in February 1990 that I made my first trip to Champion Hill for a Vauxhall-Opal (Isthmian) League Premier Division match between Dulwich Hamlet and St Albans City. As a youth, I was singular in my interests and the opportunity to visit the home of one of the former giants of amateur football, a stadium that had played host to Olympic football in 1948, before its demolition and conversion into something a little more user-friendly was too good to pass up, even for a sixteen year old boy who should have had more pressing things on his mind,...

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Football, Beer & Sunshine: Normality Returns To The Dripping Pan

It’s been a long time coming, but spring might finally just about be in the air in East Sussex. After what felt like months of constant high winds and rain, the sun is out in Lewes for this afternoon’s Ryman League Premier Division match against league leaders Dulwich Hamlet, and a combination of the good weather and a beer festival has attracted a large crowd of just over eight hundred people to The Dripping Pan for league match of significance to both of the clubs taking part. By the end of the afternoon, though, the large, rambunctious travelling support...

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Hamlet Under The Hammer, Again

With a unique name, a history that includes winning the FA Amateur Cup on four occasions, and distinctive pink and blue colours, Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is one of the most idiosyncratic presences in English football. But after a little more than one hundred and twenty years of existence, one of London’s best-known non-league clubs is, despite success on the pitch that has taken it to the summit of the Ryman League Premier Division as this season approaches its closing stages, facing a battle to save itself against a backdrop of unpaid bills and intrigue over a property deal that may – or may not – take the club to a new home at the Greendale Playing Fields, just yards from the its current Champion Hill home. The convoluted story of how this came to be is one that ultimately stretches back almost a quarter of a century. Non-league football in England suffered a downturn in its fortunes from the middle of the 1960s on, and the formerly amateur clubs of London and the south-east were hit harder than most. With grounds built to house crowds several times the number of people that they were now attracting which were both expensive to maintain and, perhaps even more significantly, housed on prime real estate land, the list of clubs that were forced into oblivion or to sell up and hope...

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The Hamlet & The Stones: The Ryman League Warms Up For One Of Its Matches Of The Season

They’ll be working very in South-East London today to try and get tomorrow’s big match on in the Ryman League Division One South, between Dulwich Hamlet and Maidstone United. Here’s Damon Threadgold from The Real FA Cup with a look at Hamlet’s season so far. For the last couple of years, South London’s most nostalgic, if not most successful, non league side have been enjoying a purple patch. Ultimately, that has only resulted in a familiarisation with the Cardiff City oeuvre of play off defeats and a lost cup final. But, under the guidance of Gavin Rose and assistant Junior Kadi, Dulwich Hamlet are now attaining a justified reputation for melding an aesthetes outlook with a degree of end product.In 2011 the pink and blue got to the play offs with a late surge and lost in the final to Leatherhead. ┬áLast season, having been top of the Ryman Division One (South) for a good chunk of it, they slipped away in the last few weeks, missed out on automatic promotion and then lost narrowly to Bognor Regis Town in the play off final. It’s worth noting that the two clubs that snatched promotion last year are currently first and fourth in the league above. This season, with ex-league club Maidstone back in their home town, at a large bespoke ground and with the locals throwing themselves back through...

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