Author: Duncan Hart

Your Club needs you – #SupportOurStadium

Do you love our Club?  Then the time to act is now.

Southwark Council have not taken a decision on the planning application to redevelop Champion Hill.  Meadow Residential (the owners of Champion Hill) have now appealed against the failure of the Council to make a decision within the statutory time period and for the refusal to allow amendments to the existing Section 106 agreement.  The cases have now been referred to the Planning Inspectorate.  This is our last chance to demonstrate our support for the scheme.  We must all act before the deadline for comments on 7 March.   Continue reading “Your Club needs you – #SupportOurStadium”

Changes in leadership on DHST Board

We held our monthly Board meeting at the club last night (Minutes published in due course).  Duncan stepped down as Chair after 19 successful months in the role.  Duncan’s term is due to come to an end in July, and stepping down now allows him the opportunity to help a new Chair settle into the role.  Duncan has also recently started a new job, which is a great new challenge and deserves a greater part of his attention in the coming months. Continue reading “Changes in leadership on DHST Board”

Solidarity with Peckham Town player

You may have heard that Peckham Town’s game vs Stansfeld was abandoned after 27 minutes on Saturday. This was following an extremely distressing incident when Alli Abdullahi was attacked on the pitch. You can find further information on the incident here. There is absolutely no place for this in society, let alone football.

Alli has a broken jaw, eye socket and neck damage (not broken as feared). He had an operation at Kings on Tuesday and hopes to return home later this week. He has a young family and only just started self-employment. So this incident will hit him financially, as well as physically and emotionally.

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Benjamin Odeje visits Champion Hill

If you have visited the club bar over the last year, then you may have noticed the exhibition of former Dulwich Hamlet FC footballers that have made significant contributions to the club’s history.  This display was erected in October 2015 for Black History Month and was a joint project between the Football Committee, the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust, Forward the Hamlet and the Hamlet historian.  At Tuesday 18th October’s home win against Harlow Town one of those footballers, Benjamin Odeje, was a special guest at Champion Hill.  Ben played for Dulwich in two separate spells during his career, but this was his first visit to the current Champion Hill Stadium built in 1992.

Forty-five years ago in 1971, Ben became the first black footballer to represent England, appearing in a schoolboy international against Northern Ireland.  Ben was a footballer known for his blistering speed, enabling him to score over 400 goals in three seasons in schools football, leading to his eventual call up and nickname ‘Pele’.  His attributes often made him a target from opposing players and fans, but as Ben positively spun it: “Whenever I was being targeted, I knew it meant I was having a good game!”

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DHST objectives for 2016-18 updated

The DHST Board has updated its objectives for the next two-year period (2016-18).  The full monitorable plan is available here.  The front-page and objectives page of the website have been updated to reflect the changes.  You can also read our 2016 annual review here.

The Trust will continue to be a democratic, transparent, non-profit making and independent of the football club.  The Trust’s five objectives are that Dulwich Hamlet football club:

  • has a secure long-term home in East Dulwich
  • is fully owned by its supporters
  • is a transparent and well run Football Club
  • has a growing Supporters’ Trust that communicates regularly with its members
  • has strong links with all fans and the surrounding community

The work that DHST will undertake in the coming period is critical to the future of the club.  A large membership gives greater weight and support for our objectives.  Membership is £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for under-18s.  You can join here or at the “Mega-Container” on a match-day.

Back the Playfair Qatar campaign on Saturday

Qatar’s World Cup and its vital infrastructure are being built by foreign workers, mostly brought in from south and south-east Asia and Africa.  Once in Qatar, they cannot leave without their employers’ permission, leaving them vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and the daily risk of serious injury or death.  Hundreds have already died (1200 confirmed deaths from India, Bangladesh and Nepal alone from 2012-14) and thousands more are in danger.

As football fans, we need to stand united against this injustice.  This is why we are asking DHFC fans to back the TUC and Football Supporters Federation’s Playfair Qatar campaign.  We are asking you to print out a poster from the campaign website and bring to the game on Saturday 8 October vs Bognor Regis Town.  At the half-time whistle, we ask that fans gather behind the goal that Dulwich were attacking (usually the Greendale end) and raise your signs up in the air along with your pink and blue scarves (or green and white for Bognor Regis Town fans).  This will be photographed, added to the Playfair website and used in the campaign.

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Trade Union day on 8 October

DHST and the Football Club will be holding a Trade Union day to coincide with the Ryman League Premier Division game versus Bognor Regis Town FC on Saturday 8 October.

The day will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War and the Battle of Cable Street.  Funds will be raised for the International Brigade Memorial Trust, set up to remember all those who lost their lives fighting fascism in Spain.  As part of the day: Continue reading “Trade Union day on 8 October”

Dulwich Hamlet fans playing in the Liberté Cup

On 10th September three Dulwich Hamlet fans (Walter – DHST community lead, John and Neil pictured below) will be heading to Dunkirk to represent DHFC and take part in a football tournament with people from the Grande-Synthe camp, and other football fans from across Europe.  The Liberté Cup is an exercise in equality and human rights bringing together people from across Europe.  You can track their progress next weekend by following @dhstorg.

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DHST 2015/16 annual review published

All DHST’s work over the last two-years have focused on our 2014-16 objectives, which include clear measurable performance targets.  We committed to review performance annually and publish our findings to members.  We duly did this by sending the annual report to our members ahead of the AGM.

We are now sharing this for all supporters to be able to read.  If you have any questions or comments, then feel free to email us on info@dhst.org.uk, discuss on social media or ask the new Board questions at upcoming games.

As a new Board, we will be reviewing our objectives and activities for the coming two-year period in the coming weeks.  We will publish the updated objectives and targets when complete.