Author: Mark Scoltock

Weymouth Programme Notes

After last Saturday’s FA Cup victory against Eastbourne Borough, it is back to league action today when we welcome newly promoted Weymouth. The Dorset team visit Champion Hill sitting fourth on the league table, having won their last three league fixtures and will prove a tough challenge for Gavin and the team this afternoon.

We face another tough challenge next Saturday when we visit Havant and Waterlooville, having be drawn against them in the next round of this season’s the FA Cup competition.

With the winners progressing to the First Round Proper, we are hoping that  supporters’ are keen to travel to the game next week. With this in mind, the Trust has been checking on whether enough people would be interested in travelling on a supporters coach to this tie on the 19th October.

As this would be an additional coach at short notice, the cost is likely to be around £18 adult, £13 concessions. However, the Trust will almost certainly be subsidising the coach if it runs.

We expect that the coach would leave Champion Hill Stadium at around 11.30 – to arrive by 14:00.

If you are interested in going on the coach, we ask that you indicate this intention at the Mega-container today or by emailing info@dhst.org.uk.

We are hoping to get sufficient numbers to confirm; a final decision will be made tomorrow morning (Sunday 13 October) so that, if the coach cannot run due to insufficient bookings, people have time to make other arrangements.

If before this game we have already confirmed, announcements will be made at the match today.

Do not forget you can also book your places on the coach to Chelmsford today or online www.dhfcshop.co.uk. This National League South fixture takes place on Saturday 28 October.

Tomorrow, the women’s team play their first home fixture since 8 September when Saltdean United visit Champion Hill.  Kick-off is at 14:00 with admission prices £4 adults, £2 concessions, this league fixture is free entry if you are a Season Ticket holder.  At the last home fixture we launch our new “Spicy” scarf priced at £10, these can be purchased on the day from our shop.

DHFC comedy nights

The monthly Dulwich Hamlet Comedy Club is 6 months old in November, and to celebrate the clubhouse is playing host to the most exciting line up to date.  At 7pm on Sunday 2nd November, the star of hit Channel 4 programme ‘The Tez O’clock Show’ Tez Ilyas will headline. They will be a very special appearance, fresh from storming the Edinburgh festival, from comedy legend Tony Slattery. This is one not to be missed.

If you have not been before, these nights are friendly and very funny. Run by volunteers to help the club and hosted by the incredibly talented Alexandra Haddow, the nights appeal to both Hamlet fans and people from the wider local community.

With drinks at happy hour prices all night, you also get a cheap pint. The shows are the first Sunday of every month and tickets for Novembers show can be bought via HamletComedy.co.uk or on the door on the night.

Club bar

You can keep up to date with all the televised games showing in the Club bar by checking out www.matchpint.co.uk/view-dulwich-hamlet-fc-happy-hour-every-day-16711

The bar is open every weekday from 18:00 and from 12noon Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy the game

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

Joint Chair

Supporters’ Coach Travel Update

Havant and Waterlooville, Saturday 19 October

The Supporters’ Trust has now taken significant bookings and therefore we can confirm that this coach will run to next week’s FA Cup tie.

Remaining places on the coach are now extremely limited, but you can still book your seat via our club shop: www.dhfcshop.co.uk priced Adults £18 and concessions £13.  Departure time will be from 11:30 Champion Hill stadium.

 Chelmsford City – 26 October

The Trust has taken very few bookings so far for this coach.  If you would like to travel by coach to Chelmsford, please book online or email us to confirm your interest before 17:00 Thursday, 17 October.

Bookings for this coach should be made via the online club shop, priced are £16 adults and £11 concessions.

We will confirm whether the coach will run on Friday, in the event of cancellation online bookings will be refunded straight away.

Non-League Day Supports Prostate Cancer UK

Non-League Day was launched in 2010 as an event to give non-league clubs in the English National League System a chance to promote themselves during an international break when Premier League and EFL Championship clubs have the weekend off.

This year Prostate Cancer UK is once again the official charity partner of Non-League Day and non-league clubs across the country will be fundraising and raising awareness at games this weekend.

This will be no exception at Champion Hill tomorrow in our National League South game against Weymouth, when a collection will take place for Prostate Cancer UK alongside “DHFC Says No to Serious Youth Violence”.  The Trust will continue to raise awareness through-out this month, starting with changing our logo to the colours of Prostate Cancer UK.

Kick off is at 15:00 and tickets can be bought in advance online priced £12 adults, £5 concessions with under 13’s free.

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.  Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases with age. The risk is even higher for black men and men with family history of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way.

Some prostate cancer grows too slowly to cause any problems or affect how long you live. Because of this, many men with prostate cancer will never need any treatment.

But some prostate cancer grows quickly and is more likely to spread. This is more likely to cause problems and needs treatment to stop it spreading.

If you have any of the above risk factors or if you have any symptoms, speak to your GP. They can talk to you about your risk, and about the tests that are used to diagnose prostate cancer. You can also get in touch with Prostate Cancer UK’s  Specialist Nurses, who can help you understand your individual risk of prostate cancer.

Eastbourne Borough Programme Notes

Welcome to today’s FA Cup Third Qualifying Round against a now familiar foe Eastbourne Borough.  Having been knocked out against them at the same stage last season, I am sure that Gavin and Junior will have the team ready to avenge that defeat. Let’s get behind the team this afternoon and hopefully we will be in the hat on Monday lunch time when the Fourth Round Qualifying draw takes place.

The next planned supporters’ coach is Saturday, 26 October for our visit to Chelmsford City.  The cost will be Adults £16, Concessions £11 and places can be booked today at the Mega-container shop or online www.dhfcshop.co.uk. The last date for booking will be Sunday 20 October.  We are confident that this coach will prove popular, especially as the ground is some 30 minutes’ walk from Chelmsford station and that we will be able to confirm it’s running as soon as possible.

Despite our best efforts to promote the service, due to a lack of demand, we had to cancel last weeks planned coach to Chippenham Town.  As I have previously stated, the Trust is unable to run coaches at less than 50% capacity. Whilst the Board are passionate about helping fans to attend away matches, we have to balance the financial cost of this with all the other responsibilities we have to our members. Every £ spent subsidising coach travel is a £ we cannot invest in the Club or other community projects. Even at 50% capacity, the Trust pays a large subsidy to ensure the running of a coach.

Talking of investing in the club, the Trust has recently completed the purchase of 8,000 shares we agreed to obtain last season.  It takes our direct investment in the club (not including merchandise profit share and other financial support) to £66,000 in the last 12 months.

The Trust continues to look to invest in the club and, outside of our membership fee, our other main sources of income are  merchandise sales and 100 Club lottery.

We are always looking at bringing new merchandise lines to fans and today we are launching our Baby Rabble range of bibs (£7 each) and babysuits (£10) which we expect to sell quicker

The shop  is now back-up to full stock of replica shirts with prices ranging from £25 for infants to £35 for adult sizes.  Also back in stock is our full range of Trucker caps and our very popular bucket hats! Don’t forget with the cold weather coming we have a big range of hoodies, sweatshirts and beanies.

The Supporters’ Trust 100 Club is the only fund-raising lottery, following it’s merging with the 1893 Club, at  Dulwich Hamlet. Monthly contributions are currently running at £545, which I’m told is an increase of £260 over the last four months.  The more monthly contributions we receive, the bigger prizes become and fund continues to grow. The total raised now stands at almost £40k, most of which has been invested in shares in the Club.   You can join today at the Mega-container or online at dhst.org.uk.

Enjoy the game

Mark (scolly) Scoltock

Joint Chair

Coach Travel to FA Cup Tie & Chelmsford

Supporters’ Coach to Havant and Waterlooville, Saturday 19 October

The Supporters’ Trust has had a good response to our request for expressions of interest in coach travel to Havant for next Saturday’s FA Cup game against Havant & Waterlooville – thanks to everyone who has already contacted us.

We are now taking bookings online (dhfcshop.co.uk). If the level of confirmed bookings by Sunday evening (13 October) matches the level of interest expressed, the coach will run (we need to have confirmed bookings by Sunday PM because we have to confirm the booking with the coach company on Monday morning).

So, please confirm your bookings as soon as possible – preferably online rather than waiting for Saturday (when the shop is likely to be very busy). The sooner seats are booked, the sooner we can confirm the coach will run.

In addition, we are still hoping to run a coach for the league fixture on Saturday 26 October.  Bookings can again be made at the club shop this Saturday or online.

Prices are £16 adults and £11 concessions.

Chippenham Supporters’ Coach – Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to a lack of demand, the Supporters’ Trust have had to cancel the planned coach to Chippenham Town on Saturday 28th September. We have individually contacted the small number of fans who had already booked this service.

As previously stated, we are unable to run coaches at less than 50% capacity. Whilst we are passionate about helping fans to attend Away matches, we have to balance the financial cost of this with our other responsibilities to our members. Every £ spent subsidising coach travel is a £ we can’t invest in the Club or other community projects. Even at 50% capacity, the Trust pays a large subsidy to ensure the running of a coach.

Please Note: National Express runs a direct service from Victoria Coach Station to Chippenham with adult returns currently on sale at £14. There is a coach at 11.30am (due to arrive in Chippenham at 14.00). For the return journey, there is an 18.35 departure from Chippenham to Victoria”.

If you would like to support the team at Away fixtures, please do consider using the DHST coach in future!

The next planned coach is on Saturday, 26 October to Chelmsford City.  Adults: £16 Conc: £11

Online booking for the Chelmsford coach will open soon. The last date for booking will be Sunday 20 October. We’ll confirm that the coach is running as soon as half the seats are booked.

Supporters’ Coach to Chippenham

Our second planned supporters’ coach of the season is to Chippenham Town on Saturday 28 September, with adult tickets £19 and concessions £14.  With the cheapest day return train tickets  being over £30, we hope to fill the coach that will leave Champion Hill at 10:45.

Tickets can now be purchased via our online shop or at all home fixtures from the Mega-container at Champion Hill. The last day to book your place will be Sunday 22 September, after this date we hope to be able to confirm its running.

Don’t forget, when you book, please supply your contact details.

Despite low advance seat bookings, we decided not to disappoint fans and ran the coach to Eastbourne.  At the start of the season, the Board set an amount of what we would be willing to subsidise coaches for the season ahead.  A large part of the subsidy was taken up by the coach to Eastbourne, but we hope that future coaches will be more popular and so avoiding cancelling coaches later in the season.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding coaches, please email info@dhst.org.uk pop into the Mega-container or speak to a member of the Trust board on matchdays.

Other planned coaches:

26/10, Chelmsford City Adults: £16 Conc: £11

30/11, Oxford City Adults: £16 Conc: £11

11/01, Weymouth Adults: £19 Conc: £14

08/02, Havant and Waterlooville Adults: £16 Conc: £11

22/02, Bath City Adults: £19 Conc: £14

25/04, Concord Rangers Adults: £16 Conc: £11

 

Planning Application – Have You Commented?

After the ‘double’ header of Duwich Hamlet’s two senior teams facing Eastbourne oppostion this weekend, today it’s back to Champion Hill for the final game of the Bank Holiday weekend.

The football club recently put in a joint planning application that will see the delivery of a new community football stadium that will secure weekends like this for many years to come.

The Trust are urging you to register your support for the application by commenting positively on it, via Southwark Council’s website, the deadline to do this is today!  This is the only effective way of demonstrating support for the application, and it is essential that all of us make our voices heard.  Every comment makes a difference.

The success of the application is critical to the future of Dulwich Hamlet FC – for further information from the Club, please see here.

The DHST Board supports the planning application, and as a significant shareholder in Dulwich Hamlet FC, we look forward to being closely involved in the detailed planning of the new stadium on behalf of supporters.

The past two years have shown that it is essential that Dulwich Hamlet has a permanent home in the heart of East Dulwich, not only to ensure its immediate survival but to secure the long term future of an invaluable, 126-year-old, community asset.  The application, if approved, will allow the Club’s and Trust’s community-focused activities to expand, and will greatly increase the availability of new, state of the art, facilities to local schools and community groups.

We therefore encourage all of our members, all supporters of Dulwich Hamlet FC, and our friends in the wider football community to write to Southwark Council in support of the proposal.  This is vital in order to ensure that the decision makers understand how much the football club means to you, and what the impact would be if it was forced to close.

Please act now to ensure your views are taken into account and do encourage your friends and family to do the same. Every single voice supporting the Club and speaking up to support its survival will make a difference.

To register a comment on the application:

Click here or paste this link into your browser: https://planning.southwark.gov.uk/online-applications/

  1. Search for reference: 19/AP/1867
  2. Click on the ‘Make a comment’ option

Southwark seems to have had some problems with its planning portal so don’t be put off by the fact that there only appear to be a few comments. You should receive an acknowledgement by email when your comment is lodged.

Programme Notes v St Albans

Welcome to today’s National League South fixture against St Albans – our first at Champion Hill, having played last season’s home fixture against them at Imperial Fields in November.  Courtesy of a first half goal by Nyren Clunis, we bagged all three points that day, but went on to lose the corresponding fixture at Clarence Park in March by the same scoreline.

St Albans head to East Dulwich looking for their first win of the season, having drawn both their games so far, against Dartford and Chippenham.  Let’s get behind Gavin and the team today and make sure that we get a perfect start of three wins out of three.

Planning application

Most of you will now be aware of the club’s recent joint planning application for the re-development of Champion Hill.  The planning proposals will provide the club with a new community stadium to replace our current ground, and is essential to securing the future of the club.  The Trust is encouraging all supporters to write to Southwark Council in support of the application before the 22 August deadline.

You will see posters and flyers being handed out around the ground today, providing more information about the application including why the current ground cannot provide a sustainable long term home for the club, and the steps you can take to register your support for the application.  Every supportive comment makes a difference.

To register a comment on the application, visit Southwark Council’s website (https://planning.southwark.gov.uk/online-applications/) and search for reference 19/AP/1867.

Trust board changes

At our first board meeting following our recent AGM and board elections, the new Chair and Vice-Chair positions were decided by the board.

With co-Chairs Alex Atack and Duncan Chapman stepping down (Alex at the end of her three year term on the board, and Duncan to take up one of the Trust’s positions as a Director of the Football Club), this left the role of Chair vacant.

It was agreed that Alex de Jongh (last year’s Vice Chair) and myself will take on the joint role of Chair, and we hope to be worthy successors to Duncan and Alex.  The board agreed that the Vice-Chair position will also be shared, by Mel Hughes and Alex Smith.

It was also agreed that Mitch (Philip Mitchell) will remain as Board Secretary and newly-elected Liam Ball would continue in the role as Treasurer, the position to which he was co-opted in January.

Join the 100 club!

DHST’s monthly 100 club lottery hit a significant milestone this month, with contributions topping £500 for the month.  You can join at the Megacontainer or on our website for as little as £1 per month, to be in with a chance of winning one of the two monthly prizes – now worth at least £125 and £75.

Funds raised through the 100 club have provided the football club with much-needed financial support over the past few months, as well as enabling DHST to take on a meaningful share in the club on behalf of the community for the first time.

Community work

One of the Trust’s key objectives is to maintain strong links with the community, and one of the ways we aim to achieve this is by promoting the club at local fairs.  This summer we had our usual stall at the Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green and over the coming season we aim to work closely with the football club’s very strong community team to promote Dulwich Hamlet.  If you have any community event you may wish us to attend, donate prizes to or simply help promote, do please contact us or the club’s community team.

Book your seat on the Eastbourne coach now!

Finally, please be reminded that seats can be booked, by advance payment, on our coach for Eastbourne away at the Mega-container shop today.  This game takes place on Saturday 24th August and the coach, subject to 50% take-up, will depart promptly from Champion Hill at 11:45 am.  Please book your place as early as possible.

Enjoy the game.

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

Programme Notes V Wealdestone

Welcome back to Champion Hill for the first home league game of the season against Wealdstone.
This is our second season in the National League South and Gavin and the team have spent the close season putting together a squad that should not only be kicking on from last season’s final league position, but as we all hope, will go on and have a good cup run.  We have all dreamt of that FA Cup First Round proper home tie; let’s hope this is the year.
It’s been well published that Meadow Residential, the owners of Champion Hill stadium, and the Football Club have recently put in a joint planning application for the redevelopment of the land which would result in East Dulwich having a new community stadium.
The Trust are working very closely with both parties on this and we will ensure that are members and supporters of this great community club are kept up-to-date on it’s progress.
We recently issued a statement regarding the latest planning proposals, which is as follows:
The Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust (DHST) Board supports the planning application to deliver a new community stadium at Champion Hill.  As a significant shareholder in Dulwich Hamlet FC, DHST looks forward to being closely involved in the detailed planning of the new stadium on behalf of supporters.
DHST recognises that it is essential that Dulwich Hamlet Football Club has a permanent home in the heart of East Dulwich, in order to ensure the long term future of this valuable, 126-year-old community asset.  We are pleased that the proposal will both allow the Club’s and Trust’s community-focused activities to expand, and make the Club’s facilities available for the benefit of local schools and community groups.
We encourage all of our members, all supporters of Dulwich Hamlet FC, and our friends in the wider football community to write to Southwark Council in support of the proposal – this is vital in order to ensure that the decision makers understand the strength of feeling on this topic.
To register a comment on the application, click here and search for reference 19/AP/1867
Tickets for all of this season’s Away coaches are now available in the Mega-container. We hope to have online ticket sales up and running in the next few weeks. Our first coach runs to Eastbourne on Saturday 24th August (subject to 50% take-up), departing promptly from Champion Hill at 11:45 am. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Finally, some of our new stock (a new range of headwear) has now arrived and will be on sale in the Mega-container today.  We have two style of trucker’s caps and bucket hats, both priced at £12.  Many more items are currently in production and we hope to have this season’s replica shirts on Sale at the next home game, this coming Saturday.
Enjoy the game!