Author: Mark Scoltock

Welcome to Dulwich Hamlet Women’s FC

Last Friday the club announced that from this coming season (2019/20), AFC Phoenix of the London and South East Premier Division would be playing as Dulwich Hamlet Women’s FC.

The Supporters’ Trust are looking forward to welcoming the squad, their family and supporters into the Hamlet family.

Back in March, we announced that two organisations would benefit from the sale of our International Women’s Day (IWD) scarves which where launched at the Dartford home fixture on 3 March 2019.  At the time, The Red Box Project, was announced as one recipient, but we made no announcement on who the other organisation to benefit would be.  We simple posted …… Watch this space!!

Well, finally we can announce that the other organisation to receive £450, from the Supporters’ Trust, will be Dulwich Hamlet Women’s FC!

Back in March, myself and fellow Board member Mel Hughes, went to watch AFC Phoenix’s final league game of the season at Champion Hill.  At the end of a very entertaining game, despite periods of heavy rain, they agonisingly narrowly lost out to Kent Football United 2 -1.  Kent, with games in hand, would eventually go on to win the league and pipped AFC Phoenix in securing the one available promotion place.

After the game, myself and Mel spent some time talking to various members of their squad and committee, we knew straight away that Dulwich Hamlet and AFC Phoenix would be a perfect fit for each other and that Sunday’s in East Dulwich would never be the same again.

Dulwich Hamlet Women’s FC will play their games on Sundays and Wednesdays and games will be priced at £4 Adults, £2 concessions (U13’s free). The football club have announced that entry to all homes will be free for those who have a 2019/20 DHFC Season Ticket. For those of you still considering purchasing a season ticket, further information can be found on the club’s website.

The women’s team will have a full pre-season at Champion Hill, playing fixtures on four consecutive Sundays all a 14:00 KO.  The first fixture will see them host Leyton Orient on Sunday 21 July.

 

Date of Annual General Meeting (AGM) Announced

DHST’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Wednesday 10th July 2019, at 19:00 in the Club Bar, Dulwich Hamlet Football Club.

All DHST Members are welcome to attend the AGM and it is a great opportunity to hear about all that DHST has achieved this year and our future plans. 

Please click to find further information about the AGM and DHST Board election.

If you are unsure whether your membership has expired please contact us by emailing info@dhst.org.uk

You can rejoin on the night, but you will be unable to take part in the elections or ballot.

The AGM is also the time that DHST announces who will be elected to serve on the Board for the 2019/2020 season. This year there will be at least four vacancies made available for new elections to the Board, and the notice to Members in the link above includes details of how to make a nomination.

Being on the DHST Board is a great way to volunteer time to help the Club, meet new people, and learn new skills. You can find more information regarding the Board’s roles and responsibilities here. Nominations are welcome from anyone who is over the age of 18 and is a paid up Member of DHST – please note the cut off date for nominations is at 23:59 on the 10th June.

Please note: to be eligible to make a nomination, second a nomination or be eligible to vote in this years trust elections you must be a member of the trust or renew your membership (if it has expired).

The cut off date for joining and being able to vote in the election is the 17th of June. If you have any further queries regarding this or your current membership status please contact us via the contact form on this website.

Programme Notes v Woking

Welcome to today’s final home league game of the season against Woking.  Today’s visitors are looking for an immediate return to the National Conference. With Torquay sealing top spot last week however, promotion will need to come via the play-offs.

With the 3-1 victory over Hungerford Town at Champion Hill, on 13th April, Gavin and his squad have all but mathematically secured our second season in the National League South.  At the time of writing, a number a fixtures were due to take place mid-week and so you may be reading this pre-game with our league status already guaranteed!

Recent form would suggest that the team have started to find their feet in this league – in particular at home with the last defeat coming against Chelmsford City at the end of January.  Despite our away form, supporters have continued to travel in numbers (many by supporter coaches organised by the Trust) and I am sure that this is one area that Gavin and Junior will be working on improving next season.

It has been another eventful season, starting with our first ‘home’ fixture taking place at Tooting and Mitcham’s Imperial Fields ground.  It has been a long road back to East Dulwich, but Boxing Day saw The Hamlet once again running out at Champion Hill against a back drop of 3,000 fans  

There have been so many people who have given up their time this season to assist the football club to not only get back to East Dulwich, but assisting with match day operations at both Imperial Fields and Champion Hill.  Who can forget when over 80 fans turned up at Champion Hill to assist with the Trust initiative of cleaning up the ground before a ball was even kicked!

With attendances regularly hitting around the 3,000 mark since our recent return, it is no surprise that merchandise sales from both the Trust’s match day shop (the Mega-container) and online store have surpassed all previous sales since being back home.

Please note that the shop will only be open before the game and at half-time today.  

Another important way in which DHST raises funds is through our 100 Club lottery.  The 100 Club was founded in 2004, and pays out 40% of monthly contributions in prize money (25% first prize and 15% second prize).  The remainder goes into a ring-fenced account to be used by the Trust to fund meaningful investment into DHFC.

 

This season, in addition to other financial and non-financial support, the Trust made two significant lump sum investments into DHFC from its non-100 Club reserves (which have since been converted into shares in the football club).  We are currently consulting 100 Club contributors on the future use of the ring-fenced fund to increase the Trust’s shareholding in DHFC. 

 

As a Community Benefit Society, the Trust’s shares in the football club are held on behalf of our 700 Trust members, all of whom can vote and stand in the annual election to the Trust board (more on this later). 

 

Looking to the future, the Trust hopes to expand the 100 Club, increasing prizes for contributors as well as supporting the Trust’s aims.  I would ask all supporters to consider signing up –  which you can do so for as little as £1 per month.  Just pick up a joining form from the Mega-Container, or visit www.dhst.org.uk/100club.

Finally, as another season is coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the Trust Board annual elections.  Before standing for election three years ago, I was told that being on the DHST Board would be a great way to volunteer time to help the Club, meet new people, and learn new skills.

Whilst this has been certainly been true and as my current term on the Board comes to an end, I could never have imagined what a roller coaster of a ride the past three years would have been for Dulwich Hamlet. I would certainly recommend getting involved and the Trust welcomes nominations from anyone who is over the age of 18 and is a paid up Member of DHST.

 

More information, on elections, will be published in May via our website and social media.  In the meantime, if you are thinking about putting yourself forward, please do come and have a chat to me and any other member of the current Board.

 

Enjoy the game and have a great summer!

 

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

Goose Green Fair and London Festival of Football Writing

Merchandise

A big thankyou must go to all our members who volunteered and helped us operate the club shop on match days throughout last season.  The season started with the Trust selling merchandise out of bags at Imperial Feild until the Mega-container made it’s way to Tooting and Mitcham, be it for a for a short time, by Boxing Day it was back ‘home’ at Champion Hill!

If you are wishing to purchase merchandise, the shop is now shut for the Summer holidays and will reopen for the clubs preseason friendlies (fixtures and dates are still tbc).  Don’t forget you can buy a wide range of merchandise via our online shop – and we will be selling a small selection of merch tomorrow at the Dulwich Hamlet Festival Fair on Goose Green.

Sunday 12 May: Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green

The DHST Board and volunteers will be attending the annual Dulwich Festival Fair at Goose Green tomorrow, Sunday from 12 to 5pm.

The family friendly fair will include face-painting, donkey rides and bouncy castles to keep the kids entertained whilst grown-ups can enjoy gorgeous arts and crafts stalls, delicious street food, incredible, local live music and the ever-popular EDT beer tent.

Location: Goose Green, East Dulwich, SE22 8EW

London Festival of Football Writing

The DHST volunteers will also be representing the football club at the London Festival of Football Writing book fair on Saturday 25th May at Conway Hall from 11am to 4.30pm.  There is a whole host of publishers, magazines, fanzines and other football brands selling their merch and we will be selling a selection of DHFC merch and books written by some of our fans – Games without frontiers by Joe Kennedy, The Parreira tales – chasing the 108 by Walter Johnson, Tottenham’s Trojan Horse? By Dr Mark Panton and Amanda Lilywhite, along with selling the All to nah fanzines on behalf of our friends at Altona 93.

The book fair is free entry all day and open to all ages.

Location: 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL

BRANDS APPEARING AT THE BOOK FAIR INCLUDE:

Bandy and Shinty
Caricom
Dinkit
Eighteen86
Floodlit Dreams
Football Editions by NotOnSunday
Football Shirt Collective
Football Weekends
GIRLFANS
Howler
Jeff Brookes
Kickaround
Legends Publishing
Matchday Mag
MUNDIAL
OOF
Pitch Publishing
SEASON
Shukyu
STAND
The Blizzard
Urban Colours
View from the Allotment
When Saturday Comes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Coach Travel of the Season – Updated 3 April 2019

The Supporters’ Trust will be running a coach to Chippenham this Saturday, priced £18 adults and £12 concessions.

The coach is due to leave Champion Hill at 10:45 and there are a limited number seats remaining.  So if you wish to book a place on the coach then please email info@dhst.org.uk

With no cheap return fares now available on the train, this is the most affordable way supporters can travel to the game this weekend.

The final coach of the season, to Weston-super-Mare, is planned to leave Champion Hill at 10:00, with adult tickets £22 and concessions £17.

With this coach, we will require advance bookings of over 50% capacity before we can confirm it will be running. Therefore, we would ask those who are considering to travel to the final game of the season, on the coach, to confirm your place soon.

Tickets for this game can also be purchased at the club shop at the next home fixture OR on the Chippenham coach this Saturday.

Finally, we would like to remind supporters’ to use only the above methods to secure your place, we cannot guarantee that we see your post on other social media / forum sites and you may miss out on a seat.

Long time supporter takes on the London Marathon

Long-time Dulwich Hamlet supporter and current Trust Board member Paul Griffin (Griff) will be running the London Marathon in April and will be raising money for Guys and their research into Bladder Cancer.

Taking on a Marathon is a huge challenge, so what is driving him to taking on this huge challenge, for Griff “…it boils down to giving a little something back to the amazing people at Guys Hospital without whom it would be very unlikely to even be around today”

“Back in October 2017 I popped into A&E at Tommy’s with several abdominal pains and blood in my urine.  Not long after I was in the ICU at Guys with a catheter pumping blood out of my bladder, I’ll spare you the more gruesome details.”

It turned out that Griff had Stage 3 Bladder Cancer, a form of disease he didn’t even know existed until the consultant told him.

“I required radical surgery to remove the entire bladder to eliminate the cancer with my prostate coming out to for good measure”.

Even then, he was not out of the woods as a CT scan a few weeks later, showed a lump in his groin leading to ultrasound and more biopsies before Griff was given the all clear in February of last year.

“Competing the Marathon is not just a way of raising money for Guys but raising awareness of a form of Cancer research into which is severely underfunded and showing that Cancer is not an end but a start of a second chance of life.”

If you wish to help Griff reach his target, you can donate via his JustGiving page.

 

Do you have any unwanted sportswear or schoolwear?

The Football Club have announced that tomorrow’s home league game has been designated a “Kit Amnesty” match.

Supporters are being encouraged to bring along any unwanted old sportswear, sports equipment and old school wear / uniforms which will be collected before and during the game against Truro City.

All the collected clothing and equipment will be donated to Wear A Sports Shirt Day, which will distribute it to charities working in the UK and throughout the world to get underprivileged young people involved in sport.

This has been organised in partnership with Cornishman Julian Chenery, now resident in London, who runs the “Wear A Sports Shirt Day” charity project and travels to non-league games regularly collecting donations.

Also attending the game will be Osman Sesay (London School of Science & Technology, Sierra Leone); Elizabeth Anyu (Immaculate Heart of Mary Senior Secondary School, Uganda) and Alex Tugume (Talents Academy, Uganda) who will accept the donations on behalf of the organisations they represent.

IWD and Women at the Game

Marking International Women’s day in 2017, Walter Johnson, a Trust Board member at the time, spent a few months interviewing women across the game of football to highlight the breadth of opportunities available to women wanting to make a contribution to the game.

International Women’s Day provided the opportunity to focus on what football is doing to provide more visibility for female role models, to inspire future generations to participate in the game.

Walter spoke to a variety of women in the game, right from the grassroots up to the FA. From coaches educating young girls taking their first kick in the game, right up to players operating at the highest level; he wanted supporters to hear the stories of these inspiring women.

These stories can be found below:

Adrienne Alcover (the Actress)

Alex Atack (the fan)

Carli Lloyd (the World Cup winner)

Heather Rabbatts (the Executive)

Karen McKay (the coach)

Karen Perie (the Manager)

Laraine Bateman (the photographer)

Lynsey Morton (the referee)

Phoenix Martins (the semi-pro)

Toni Miller (the physio)

Programme Notes v Dartford

Welcome to today’s game against Dartford for this National League South league fixture.

The Supporters’ Trust are pleased to continue to actively promote International Women’s Day, which is this Friday (8 March) and today you will be able to purchase a new purple and white (IWD colours) scarf from the Mega-Container shop.  The Club and Trust first started to promote IWD in March 2015 when we sent out vouchers with free tickets to women’s football teams & leagues across the Capital.  Since then we have raised money for a number of female organisations by auctioning off a specially designed first team purple kit and selling Suffragette coloured scarves to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave women the right to vote.

Since 2015 we continue to see a steady raise of female fans attending our games at Champion Hill and currently a third of the elected Trust Board are female.  Fans from other clubs often comment on the diversity of our fanbase and this is down to our club’s reputation of being welcoming to all the members of the community.  As a female fan I am proud of the fact that I have always been made to feel welcome at Champion Hill and I was encouraged to become an active member of the Supporters’ Trust before being asked to seek a seat on the Trust board.

Since our return to Champion Hill, female fans will have noticed that we now have free sanitory items in the toilets.  The club has been working with On The Ball (@OnTheBaw) who campaign for free period products at football grounds and Dulwich Hamlet are part of 68 other clubs who’ve joined this scheme.  We should also acknowledge the help of our local neighbouring Sainsburys who provide most of the products.

Profits from this year’s IWD scarf sale will be split between two local organisations. Today we welcome Terri and Christina who are volunteers from the Red Box Project who are a community-based, not-for-profit initiative.  They aim to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools so that no young person misses school or suffers embarrassment because she has her period.

Beth, who is another volunteer at the Red Box Project, and whose Son is a massive Dulwich Hamlet fan, explained to us a bit more about the charity.

“The Red Box Project gives young women in need – whether for financial or social reasons – the reassurance of being able to take enough products for their entire period. We sponsor and stock a red box filled with period products, spare pants and tights.  The box is kept with a designated member of staff in the school and posters placed in the girls’ toilets encourage a young woman in need of period products to ask for the red box.”

Beth continued, “In Southwark, we have Red Boxes within most secondary schools and in just over 40% of primary schools.  We have donations points at local businesses where people can drop off donations of period products and in East Dulwich you can drop off donations at Rye Books, Goose Green Clinic and Punk Me Up Café.   Funds that are raised through initiatives such as the Dulwich Hamlet International Women’s Day scarf go towards buying boxes, pants and tights (these items are more expensive and not donated as much as packs of pads).  All your donations will go towards ensuring that no child or teenager in Southwark has to deal with the stress and worry of period poverty.  For more information about us and what we do, visit our Facebook page RedBoxProjectSELondon “.

The remaining profits of this years’ scarf will be given to a new women in football project, unfortunately the project cannot be revealed just yet… but watch this space!

Today we are also having a sale on selective merchandise items. For those seeking a Spring bargain, get along to the Mega-container before or after today’s game, where you will find a third off a number of our ranges. We’re having a bit of a spring clean to make room for some new ranges over the Summer, so you can pick up polo’s and T-shirts for as little as £10 and some very natty team wear for under £20. Take a browse through the sale rail while stocks last.

Enjoy the game and Forward the Hamlet!

Mel Hughes

Merchandise lead