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March Board Meeting Minutes Published

The full minutes of the DHST Board meeting that took place on 15 March 2018 are now available to read here

Topics covered include an update on the situation at the Club/Champion Hill, membership consultation, merchandise, 12th man fundraiser party, summer fairs and volunteering.

12th Man Fundraiser Party – A Great Success!

On Saturday night we hosted a party at the East Dulwich Tavern to raise funds for the Club’s 12th Man fund. The party was well-attended with great music from our DJs, prizes won in the raffle and some very good prices realised in the auction.

conocer chicas de quito We’re pleased to announce that the money raised from the night is £2340.00!

Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope everyone had an enjoyable time.

We must also extend our sincere thanks to the team at the East Dulwich Tavern for providing the venue free of charge.

Lastly, a big thank you to all individuals and businesses who donated prizes for the raffle and auction:

Porters Barbers   Flock and Herd Butchery   The Palmerston   Mel Hughes   Meat Liquor   Franklin’s   Duncan Palmer Photography   Moxon’s Fishmongers   William Rose Butchers   The Cheese Block   The Honor Oak Handyman   East Dulwich Picturehouse   Sheffield FC   Mark Scoltock   AP from Wrexham FC   DHST   DHFC Former Players Association


12th Man Fundraiser Party – The Prizes!

Last week we announced details of our forthcoming party to raise funds for the DHFC 12th Man scheme. We’re delighted to reveal details of raffle and auction prizes up for grabs including details of how you can bid on the auction items prior to the party in case you can’t make it or just want to get your bids in early!

follow Members who are unable to attend the party are invited to submit starting and maximum bids for auction prizes by email before the party. binУЄre option forum com Successful email bids will be confirmed on Sunday 15 April.

All advance ticket holders will go into a lucky dip draw, on the night, to win a special Dulwich Hamlet goodie bag!  The goodie bag includes a DHFC canvas tote bag with 2018 calendar signed by the players and a 1983* crest woolly hat inside. youtube binäre optionen  

*owing to an error by one of our suppliers, we have a limited number of hats with a unique date! pzioni binarie  

valutahandel test Raffle prizes

Once again local companies from East Dulwich have kindly donated gifts.  We have a voucher for a Porters Special and £30 worth of products from Porters Barbers; a meal voucher worth up to £40 from Meat Liquor, vouchers from butcher, Flock and Herd worth £50; a voucher for The Palmerston pub and DHST are donating a selection of Kappa teamwear.

Vouchers from local butchery, Flock & Herd Auction prizes

We have a fantastic range of football shirts available, a Dulwich Hamlet football signed by the current first team; an Edgar Kail T-shirt signed by ex-DHFC players from the Dulwich Hamlet Former Players Association and a selection of signed prints from cartoonist, David Squires including a recent strip which featured Dulwich Hamlet.

We are opening the bidding for the items below from today so if you can’t make the party you can place a bid via email. If you wish to bid for any of the items just email us at by midday on Sat 14th April.  If your bid is successful we will contact you on Sunday 15 April to arrange payment and collection of your prize. Please state the lot number you wish to bid for, your opening bid and your final bid. Lot 1 – 2017/18 Dulwich Hamlet no.3 long sleeve away shirt – Size: XL

get link Lot 2 – 2015/16 Manchester City away shirt (new with tags) – Size: Small

source Lot 3 – 2011/12 New York Cosmos short sleeve away shirt (new with tags) – Size: Large

get link Lot 4 –  1989/90 Juventus home shirt long sleeve home shirt #11 Size: Large/XL

Lot 5 –  David Squires print – West Ham feat. Dulwich Hamlet

Lot 6 –  2011 Sheffield FC home shirt (no.7) to commemorate 150th year – Size: Large

Lot 7 –  David Squires print – Carlos Valderrama

Lot 8 –  2016/17 Rayo Vallecano replica shirt Size: Large

Lot 9 – David Squires print – England World Cup fail

Lot 10 – David Squires print – Millwall ground chicanery

Lot 11 – Bala football signed by 2017/2018 DHFC players

Lot 12 – Edgar Kail T-Shirt signed by former DHFC Players

Lot 13 – Limited edition signed Sheffield FC football from 150th year (no. 32)

A special thanks to all individuals and businesses that have so far donated items.  We express our sincere thanks to the East Dulwich Tavern and their staff for allowing us to use the space for free and for their continued support of the Football Club.

Football signed by current first team players.
Football signed by current Dulwich Hamlet first team players.
Juventus shirt
1989/90 Juventus Replica Shirt
Dulwich Hamlet Shirt
Dulwich Hamlet Current Season Replica Shirt
2016/17 Rayo Valleccano replica shirt
2016/17 Rayo Valleccano replica shirt
2011/12 New York Cosmos Replica Shirt
2011/12 New York Cosmos Replica Shirt
2011 Sheffield FC Replica Shirt
2011 Sheffield FC Replica Shirt
2015/16 Manchester City Replica Shirt
2015/16 Manchester City Replica Shirt



February Board Meeting Minutes Published

The full minutes of the DHST Board meeting that took place on 15 February 2018 are now available to read here

Topics covered include an update on the situation at the Club/Champion Hill, plans to commemorate International Women’s Day, membership consultation, merchandise, and volunteering.

DHST review of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Ltd Abbreviated Accounts

Appraisal of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Ltd abbreviated accounts for the year ended 30 September 2016

In line with objective 3 of our 2016-18 objectives, the Supporters’ Trust is here to ensure that Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is a transparent and well run football club. In order to prepare the club for fan ownership it is vital that we scrutinise any publically available financial information and continue to push for any information that is not readily available to support the understanding of this public information. Continue reading “DHST review of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Ltd Abbreviated Accounts”

Further Statement on Current Situation with Meadow Residential LLP

On 7 March, Meadow dropped their ill-advised attempt to stop Dulwich Hamlet Football Club using its own name.

Although this was an embarrassing episode for them, it is no real concession: Meadow should not have made its trade mark registrations in the first place, and it is clear that they would not have survived proper legal scrutiny.

The bigger picture is that all the other elements of Meadow’s apparent strategy to push DHFC out of business remain in place.

It appears from Meadow’s latest statement, issued on 7 March, that their development plans still depend on concessions that are unrealistic, in our view, to expect Southwark Council to make.

In those circumstances, we do not understand what good Meadow believe can come from their continued involvement at Champion Hill.

As we said on 7 March, we believe it would be better for everyone – including Meadow – if they sold the land at fair market value on terms which guarantee the future sustainability of the club.  We repeat our call on them to do so.

Whatever course Meadow now take, they must end the strategy of aggression that threatens the club’s existence.

To that end, we are putting the following five propositions to Andrew McDaniel, Michael Tremayne and Didier Colin of Meadow Partners LLP; to Peter Bennison of Meadow Residential LLP; and to Jeffrey M Kaplan of Meadow Partners LLC, which we invite them to agree as a matter of urgency.

  1. Give the club its home back.  Under threat of being locked out of Champion Hill, the club signed a new licence in December 2017, on terms you knew it could not comply with.  We call on you to reinstate that licence immediately, to ensure that the club can fulfil its next home fixture, and commit to replacing it as soon as possible with a new licence negotiated fairly and in good faith, to remain in force for as long as you continue to own and operate Champion Hill.
  2. Withdraw the statutory demand, and stop using alleged debts incurred on your watch to threaten the club.  It is unconscionable for you to claim rent and other sums that you would not have pursued if your planning application had succeeded. And it is well established that it is generally impermissible to pursue disputed debts by way of insolvency proceedings.
  3. Agree to pay over match day bar profits to the club, going back to 1 November 2017, and going forward.  When you announced your withdrawal of financial support from the club in October 2017, you did not make it clear the club would not receive bar profits, and only informed it that it would not a few weeks ago.  It is the club’s activities, and the loyalty of its supporters, that generate these profits, and they should be allocated to the club.
  4. We call on you to honour all player and staff contracts entered into on your watch, and to reinstate the bar and support staff who were let go last week. Our players and staff are ordinary members of our community, working extra jobs to support themselves and their families.  Withdrawing or threatening a key source of their income has huge consequences for them.  You agreed the wage budget for the 2017/18 season, and players and staff were entitled to rely on the assurance that they would receive an income until the end of the season.
  5. Please remove the unnecessary fencing you’ve put up on the access road to Green Dale behind the stadium.

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We do not intend to comment in detail on Meadow’s statement of 7 March, but there are a couple of points we should address.

First, Meadow’s statement presented their registration of the trade marks as a step taken for the club’s benefit, in the context of “discussions over a memorandum of understanding and ultimate handover [of the club] to DHST”.  This may suggest that we knew about the trade marks when they were registered.  To be clear, we did not: we had no idea they existed until we saw a copy of Blake Morgan’s letter threatening the club.  The updated MoU was signed in March 2017.  The trade mark applications were made, without informing DHST, in October 2017.  This coincides with the withdrawal of the planning appeals, the discontinuance of DHFC Limited’s claim (as an integral part of the planning application) to extend its lease over Green Dale, and Meadow’s announcement that it was withdrawing financial support from the club.

Second, the statement refers to Southwark taking legal action against the Club.  Again, to be clear, the Green Dale lease proceedings were brought by DHFC Limited on Meadow’s watch against Southwark.  When DHFC Limited discontinued that claim, Southwark automatically became entitled to an order that DHFC Limited pay its costs.  But Southwark has not, to the best of our knowledge, pursued DHFC Limited for those costs.  This is in keeping with the clear public statements made by its leader, Peter John, and by the Council Assembly in unanimously passing a motion in support of the club – and is in contrast to the approach Meadow have taken to the debts they say they are owed by DHFC Limited.

Finally, we’d like to place on record our thanks to Tooting and Mitcham United for agreeing to share their ground with the club, and to the countless individuals who have shown their support for the club in different ways over recent days.

We’ll continue to keep our members updated whenever we’re able to do so.


New Southwark Plan – Proposed Submission Version

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

DHST have been closely following the proposed New Southwark Plan for nearly a year and have been actively participating in the consultation process, contributing comments to the parts of the document which affect Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and having success in putting in place a sensible development strategy for Champion Hill whilst providing greater protection to the Dulwich Hamlet Football Club.

The New Southwark Plan will be a new borough-wide planning and regeneration strategy up to 2033. Once finalised and adopted, it will replace the saved Southwark Plan policies and the Core Strategy. This document sets in place strategies for sites in the borough in relation to potential development of these sites.

The New Southwark Plan contains area visions and site allocations including East Dulwich and Champion Hill Stadium. Within the first version of the Plan was an allocation for the Champion Hill stadium which included the land around the stadium (car wash, car park) and the land on which the stadium buildings are located (health club, bar, changing rooms etc.) but, specifically excluded the football pitch. In theory this could have meant that the New Southwark Plan set in place a development strategy for the site which provided no facilities for the Football Club other than a pitch. Clearly this isn’t feasible for an ambitious senior Club like DHFC.

Our response to the Council’s first draft of this document was partially successful with the amendment of the required uses on the site to include both the football pitch and associated facilities rather than just the pitch. Whilst we had some success in getting this small but significant wording changed the Council omitted to include the area of the associated facilities and the concerns on the other aspects that we highlighted in our original response still remained.

The Council then consulted on the new and amended preferred option policies document which we responded to here. The East Dulwich area vision was amended to acknowledge that the Club is “an important visitor attraction with a valuable community function” and the Champion Hill site allocation was amended so that any new development on the site includes provision for a stadium with at least the same size facilities as we currently have. 

Given that the first version of this document didn’t acknowledge retaining of the ancillary facilities (turnstiles, changing rooms, bar etc.) we should see this as a very important ‘win’, particularly since the current situation (with the withdrawal of Meadow’s planning appeals) means the car park is realistically the least path to resistance in terms of developing the land and the first version of this document would have left everything but the pitch up for grabs which could have harmed the ability for a senior level football club such as DHFC to continue to use Champion Hill.

The New Southwark Plan: Proposed Submission Version is currently out for formal consultation until 27 February 2018. This stage of the consultation to assess whether the proposed Plan is ‘sound’ and ‘legal’. The Trust have made their representation which supports the Plan. The current description of the site now reads as follows:

Redevelopment of the site must:

Retain the football ground and ancillary facilities (D2) with capacity for no less than 3,000 spectators.

Redevelopment of the site should:

• Provide new homes (C3).

Redevelopment of the site may:

• Provide new extra care housing (C2).

Design and accessibility guidance

The design, layout and accessibility requirements for this site are dependent on the proposed mix and location of land uses and their relationships to each other within the site. Proposals must ensure that the football grounds continue to function successfully. Comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment of the site could include taller buildings subject to consideration of impacts on existing character, heritage and townscape. Redevelopment should complement the setting of existing open spaces, and enhance walking routes and connectivity to Lordship Lane and East Dulwich. The site is not within a borough designated Archaeological Priority Area or conservation area. The site is located close to the Camberwell/Constance Road Workhouse build in 1892. An archaeological assessment is required for this site.

We will report again once the results of this stage of consultation are complete.

December Board Meeting Minutes

The full minutes of the DHST Board meeting that took place on 20 December 2017 are now available to read here

Topics covered included an update on the situation with Meadow, Southwark Council Assembly, New Southwark Plan, merchandise and the Christmas party.

November Board Meeting Minutes

The full minutes of the DHST Board meeting that took place on 16 November are now available here

Topics covered included an update on the situation with Meadow, Southwark Council Assembly and the New Southwark Plan.