Author: Mark Scoltock

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!

Replica Shirts Available This Weekend

The Supporters’ Trust have now taken delivery of this seasons replica shirt’s.

On sale in the club shop at this Saturday’s home game against Concord Rangers, will be the men’s home (navy) and away (pink) replica shirts priced £25 (infant), £30 (youth) and £35 (adult).

 

In addition, we will also be stocking this season’s Dulwich Hamlet women’s team white away shirt which features a pink and blue sash and their team sponsors.  This will be available to buy at their first league game at Champion Hill on Sunday 18 August, KO 14:00

All three replicas are unisex fit and will be available in the following sizes.

Adult small to 4XL – £35
10 to 14 years – £30
up to 7 -8 years – £25

Please note: the women’s away shirt will initially only be available from adult small size upwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Your Coaches Online

Our first planned supporters’ coach of the season is to Eastbourne Borough (planned departure 11:45) on Saturday 24 August, with adult tickets only £16 and concessions £11. With current train tickets being double the price of the coach, alongside door to door services, we hoped that this form of travel would be popular with our fans.

Although a number of supporters’ have booked already, we are some way short of our minimum sales of 50% of the seats and so we are unable to confirm that we will be running a coach for this fixture.

After not cancelling any coaches last season, it would be a shame to not run our first planned coach of the season, so we are asking supporters who wish to travel on the coach to book their tickets by this Sunday evening (18 August).

Tickets can now be purchased online via our online shop or at the fixtures this weekend at Champion Hill.

DHFC V Concord Rangers, Saturday 17 August

DHFCW v Aylesford Ladies FC, Sunday 18 August

When you book, please supply your contact details so that we can get in touch in the event of cancellation.

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

Other planned coaches:

28/09, Chippenham Town Adults: £19 Conc: £14

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

 

Programme Notes v Spurs

Welcome to today’s pre-season friendly against a Tottenham Hotspur XI side, in which is our third out of four home pre-season fixtures.

There have been a number of significant changes at the club during the summer period; more obvious is the work to add to the already existing terracing on three sides of the ground.  Whilst plans have recently been submitted for our proposed new stadium, it has been recognised the importance that these works are needed to be done to ensure everyone gets a great match day experience at Champion Hill and continues to come back to back the team this season.

The most exciting pieces of news this summer was the announcement that from this season the club will also be fielding a Women’s team with their home fixtures taking place on Sunday afternoons.  The Team play their first pre-season friendly fixture tomorrow at Champion Hill tomorrow at 2pm against Leyton Orient.

Earlier this month, the Trust held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the club bar, which included the announcement of the results of the recent elections to the Trust Board.

The Chair’s report highlighted that 12 months ago, Football Club’s position was desperate and having to play our ‘home’ fixtures at Tooting was causing immense financial pressure and uncertainty with regards of the future of Dulwich Hamlet.

The report continued to address the members present by adding that since then, while uncertainty continues in some respects, the situation has improved considerably. For those not aware, the Supporters’ Trust has contributed to this improvement, in part by investments in the Club in return for shares. £18,000 was in 2018, and more recently, the club received a further £40,000 investment from us.

It was also highlighted, at the meeting, that one of the Trust’s Objectives for the past year was to increase shareholding and representation in the football club, with a long-term vision of ownership of the Club.  In the past 12 months the Board have being working very hard to increase the Trust’s shareholding, of the club, to approximately 20%. In addition, we have now secured two seats on the Football Club Board.  At this time, Duncan Chapman has taken up one seat and we hope to announce our nominee for the second seat after the first meeting of the new Board.

I would like to personally thank the two retiring Board members, Alex Atack and Dominic Smith.  It was a great pleasure to work with you both, your hard work in the past few years certainly helped make a difference.

With both of them stepping down and Alex De Jong and I having to stand for re-election, this opened up four positions on the Board.  With five strong candidates being nominated, an election was held.  Congratulations goes to Alex, Liam Ball (who had previously been co-opted as Treasurer) and Arec  Koundarjian who, alongside myself, was elected to the 2019-2020 Board.

The Trust will be looking to run a number of supporter coaches again this season. We are currently finalising those games we are looking to offer travel to, along with costs.  The first coach is planned to be Eastbourne Borough away on Saturday 24 August priced £16 adults and £11 concessions, bookings can be made today at the mega-container club shop.

Finally, we have also been busy over the summer placing merchandise orders for both the mega-container and the online shop, this seasons’ shirts will be available to buy in early August and prices will remain the same as last season (Adults £35, Junior £30/£20).

 

Enjoy the game

Mark (Scolly) 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