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DHST 100 Club Lottery December winners announced – and here’s how you can join

The winners of December’s draw were:

1st Prize: Mrs M M Collar (£161.50)

2nd Prize: Ian Shailer (£96.90)

Monthly contributions are running at £646.  Thanks to all contributors for helping us to grow this number from less than £300 over recent months, increasing both prizes and the fund.   The total raised has now reached £41k, most of which has been invested in shares in the Club.   The balance remains available for investment, and continues to grow.

Many thanks for your continued support – it would be great if you could encourage friends to join too.

Head here to fill in a quick and easy form to be in with a chance of winning next month’s draw.  (If you’d like to increase an existing contribution you can do that directly via your bank, but please let us know of the change in time for the next draw.)  Email info@dhst.org.uk if you have any questions.

Programme Notes v Chippenham

Welcome to today’s FA Trophy game against fellow National South club Chippenham Town.   Having been knocked out of the London Senior Cup on Tuesday night against Wingate and Finchley, this final opportunity for the team to have another cup run this season.

Who can forget the great Trophy cup run we had several years ago when we took   Macclesfield Town, who are sadly going through a number of off-field issues, to a replay in the quarter-finals.

It was great to recently find out that the football club had been nominated in the Football Supporters’ Association’s (FSA) annual awards for the Nationals Game Community Award

This is the second year running that the FSA have been running this award that highlights the variety of community outreach work undertaken by non-league clubs over the country.  On the shortlist, we are joined by other clubs who have been recognised as making a positive impact in their respective communities.

The FSA, who the Supporters’ Trust is a current member of is a national, democratic, representative body for football supporters in England and Wales.

They are seen as leading advocates for supporter ownership, better fan engagement, diversity and much,much more

Most of the community outreach work carried out at the club is conducted by fans who volunteered their time.

Volunteers are such an essential part of the operation of this club, we are always looking for fresh blood, new ideas and help from supporters. So if you (or someone you know) can help, please get in touch.

We are currently looking for Trust members to act as a support to Board members running the Mega-Container on match days and to offer support with other activities, such as the recent warm coat collection.  If you would like or are consider volunteering for the Trust and / or the football club, please do get in touch with us by either popping into the Mega-container on home match days or emailing us at info@dhst.org.uk.

In addition, this season there is a need of support, not only the men’s home fixtures, but also for our women’s team games on Sunday afternoons.

We are  also hoping, with your help, to run some new community initiatives focused on the elderly, isolated and those living with dementia.

The football club and Trust recently collected coats for Wrap Up London (an organisation that works with local charities and community groups to assist the homeless).  The coats then got redistributed to local charities and community groups who directly offer support to people who are homeless, refugees, older people and others facing crisis.  Further information on how you can still donate can be found on their website: https://wrapuplondon.org.uk

Finally, with only a handful of supporters’ indicating that they wished to travel by coach to the Oxford City game at the end of the month, we have had to make the decision not to run a coach to that game.  Our next planned coach will be Weymouth, in early January and more information will be published shortly.

Enjoy the game

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

Are You Able to Help Dulwich Hamlet?

Our volunteers are such an essential part of the operation of this football club and we are always looking for fresh blood, new ideas, and help from supporters, however large or small.  

The Supporters’ Trust is specifically looking for fans to assist Board members in operating the Mega-Container on home match days and to offer support with other Trust or club activities (an example of which can be found below).  If you would like or are considering volunteering for the Trust or football club, please do get in touch with us by either popping into the Mega-container or emailing us at info@dhst.org.uk.

This season we also need your support, for not only the men’s, but the women’s team home games at Champion Hill.

Poster partners/flyering

The Club and Trust require fans to help distribute posters and flyers that lists all the upcoming home fixtures to local businesses and outside train stations in your neighbourhood. The posters and flyers are available for collection from the clubhouse. If you are able to help us do get in touch and let us know which area you can help to distribute the posters and flyers

Mega-Container Assistants 

  • Helping with selling in the Trust shop, basically doing a bit of retail!
  • You will be lead by a member of the Board who will handle the till, you will mainly be asked to help with customer queries, getting stock for them etc, or perhaps selling scarves outside the shop to ease congestion inside it.

Saturday (Men’s game) – The shop opens at 2pm, at halftime and at the end of the game.

Sunday (Women’s game) – The shop opens at 1.30pm and at halftime.

50/50 Sellers

  • Selling tickets for the Club’s 50/50 raffle (half of the proceeds to the winner, half to the Club).
  • You will be coordinated by the lead for this.
  • The role involves selling raffle tickets around the ground before the game and up to half time (when the draw is made).
  • After you’ve finished selling you will need to count up your cash.

Programme Sellers

  • Selling programmes.
  • You will be coordinated by the lead for this, Bill on Saturday.
  • You will be responsible for selling programmes in a given “patch” of the ground.
  • Programmes usually sell out and you can probably rely on stopping sales shortly after kick-off (once everyone has got through the turnstiles).

For many years, the Trust has played a vital role in supporting Dulwich Hamlet and raising the profile of the club, and we’ve been fortunate to attract volunteers with a diverse range of backgrounds and skills.  Everyone has something to contribute – it doesn’t matter where you sit or stand, or how long you’ve been coming to Champion Hill, and if you don’t know anyone on the current board, don’t let that put you off.  If you’d like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.

Programme Notes v Billericay

After Friday night’s FA Cup game, it is back to league action today at Champion Hill.

Great cup runs create such excitement and the team, supporters’ and the local community showed the viewing public why this is such a great football club and fully deserve the plaudits that have come our way in the past few weeks..

Although the game finished with a four – one win for the visitors Carlisle United, for long periods of the game the team matched them and we were pressing for an equaliser when they scored their third goal which effectively ended the tie.

In the end, the League Two club was simply too strong for us on the night.

Now it is back to league action today with the visit of Billericay Town, a team we have done battle with on many occasions in recent seasons, who themselves have had their fair share of headlines of late.

Sadly, in the run up to last weekend’s cup-tie, the Supporters’ Trust had been informed that Farouk Menia, Coach of Dulwich Hamlet FC women’s team, had passed away after a long battle with cancer.

The Supporters’ Trust sends its collective condolences to his family and two children.

He leaves behind a strong women’s team that I know will continue to build on the foundations he helped create during the 8 years he had been involved with them.

Over the past few weeks, many hours have been worked by an amazing team of volunteers, not only on the night, but through-out the build up to the FA Cup game doing roles such as selling tickets, setting up for the match, 50/50 tickets and programme sales as well as operating the Trust’s Mega-container club shop.

Merchandise sales have been amazing and we received over 80 orders alone over the weekend via our online shop, many of which had been made whilst our FA Cup tie was taking place!

Orders of replacement stock have now been placed and so we will soon be back up to full stock  in the shop (open on match days only) and online (www.dhfcshop.co.uk).

Please note that Trust Board members and volunteers, who pay to attend the matches and give up their time, operate the shop and I would like to remind supporters’ that we will be closed (as usual) whilst the match takes place.

Have you any warm winter coats you could bring it down to the club to be passed onto those who may find themselves homeless during this winter?

Over this weekend, the football club and Supporters’ Trust are  collecting coats for Wrap Up London (an organisation that works with local charities and community groups to assist the homeless) at both todays and tomorrow’s (DHFCW) home fixtures – so please donate those unwanted coats at our collection points.

Before we open bookings for the planned supporters’ coach to the league match against Oxford City on Saturday 30 November, we are asking fans to contact us if they are interested in traveling with us to the game.

Ideally, we want to be able to run as many coaches as possible but have found ourselves in a Catch 22 situation that (a) we cannot confirm that a coach will run until we take a sufficient number of bookings, but (b) there is a reluctance to book before the coach is confirmed.

Asking supporters’ to email (info@dhst.org.uk) their interest worked for the recent cup tie away to Havant and Waterlooville so we have decided to continue with this process for the Oxford City fixture.

Enjoy the game

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

Maybe next time? Coach to Oxford City – 30 November

Due to there not being enough interested numbers the Trust is sad that it is unable to run a coach to Oxford City. We will though keep trying to gauge interest in the future and hope to run a coach again soon should there be sufficient demand!

We will run a supporters’ coach to the league match at Oxford City on Saturday 30 November if enough people are interested in travelling.

We trialed a different approach to coach booking for the FA Cup game at Havant and we’re going to repeat it for Oxford.

We want to address (as far as possible – it isn’t easy) the Catch 22 situation that (a) we can’t confirm that a coach will run until we take a sufficient number of bookings, but (b) there is a reluctance to book before the coach is confirmed.

There’s also a timing issue: not only do we need sufficient bookings, but we need them as early as possible, to enable us to announce in good time whether or not the coach will run.

The latest date we will ever cancel a coach is the Monday before a Saturday game (the coach company’s deadline for confirming or cancelling) but ideally we want to make the call earlier (either way) so that supporters know where they stand and, if a coach isn’t going to run, can make alternative arrangements and take advantage of advance fares where possible.

For any system to work, it will need supporters to “take the plunge” and express interest/book places early.  Booking via our website is quick and easy, and in the event that a coach can’t run we can process your refund quickly (for this reason, we encourage bookings online rather than in the shop, although we are of course still happy to take them in person).

Arrangements for Oxford City

As with the Havant game, we are inviting people to send us expression of interest.  If it appears that there may be enough interest, we’ll open bookings.  We will then keep you updated and aim to make the call as early as possible (and in any event by no later than the morning of 25 November).

So, if you would be interested in taking the coach to Oxford, please email us at info@dhst.org.uk as soon as possible (by 17:00 on Monday, 18 November).  Please provide your name and, ideally, a contact number.

The coach would leave Champion Hill Stadium at 11.30 on 30 November, costing £16 for adults, £11 for concessions.  Oxford’s ground is inconveniently located on the Oxford ring road, well away from the city centre.

We hope to hear from you soon!

DHST

Winter Coat Collection for the Homeless

At this weekends games (listed below) the Supporters’ Trust and Dulwich Hamlet Football Club will be collecting warm winter coats for the homeless for Wrap Up London.

If you have a big winter coat please bring it down to the club and please ensure it is sufficient to keep a homeless person warm through the winter.

Coats will be accepted for men, women, children and babies.

This November is the ninth year of Wrap Up London!

Drop offs will be located at six London Underground stations from 11th – 13th November. The charity then redistributes the coats to local charities and community groups who directly offer support to people who are homeless, refugees, older people, people fleeing domestic violence, and those at risk through living in poverty.

For people facing crisis, the impact of receiving a coat can go further than just keeping warm. The coats collected by Wrap Up London offer a real opportunity for positive change. When a person at risk makes contact with a charity to collect a coat they receive practical help from that organisation and have the opportunity to accept ongoing support to change their situation long-term.

Drops will take place at the following games this weekend:

Dulwich Hamlet v Billericay Town, Saturday 16 November KO 15:00

Buy tickets here

Dulwich Hamlet Women v Haringey Borough, Sunday 17 November KO 14:00

 

Programme Notes v Carlisle United

Welcome to tonight’s FA Cup First Round tie against football league club Carlisle United whose supporters have made the long journey down from Cumbria this evening.  What a great occasion tonight is for this football club and the local community. It has just been over 12 months since it was announced that we would be returning home to East Dulwich and it has taken many hours, from countless volunteers during this time, to ensure that this amazing community club not only continues to grow but also gives us all nights like these.     

I personally know that this time of year can be equally as exciting for fans of those first and second division clubs who enter the tournament at this stage.  For many years, following my childhood team in the North West of England, I looked forward to the draw and possibly getting a tie against a non-league club that would have me grabbing the map to find where exactly which town or village that team was from. I am sure many Carlisle fans went straight to google to search Dulwich Hamlet when their number came out.  What we can assure the traveling support, is that you will not find a warmer welcome than at Champion Hill tonight and I wish you a safe journey home. 

Club Shop

We have had some great recent additions to our club shop in recent weeks, including a new sweatshirt and t-shirt.  At tonight’s game we will have our special “Up for The Cup” scarf on sale (priced £10) and this can be purchased, not only in the shop, but also around the ground.  These are a very limited run of 200, so when they are gone, they are gone. 

Please note that the Supporters’ Trust club shop will only be open from 17:00 until 19:30 this evening to allow the volunteers, who work tirelessly throughout the season to enjoy the game this evening.  

Coaches 

We are planning to run a coach to Oxford City at the end of November (Saturday 30th) and information on how you can book your seat will be announced shortly.  This proved very popular with supporters last season and will be priced £16 adults and £11 concessions 

Tonight is not just about showcasing why we love this club, but more importantly an occasion for us to come together and enjoy.  Cup games like these do not happen that often, so take a deep breath and let’s get behind Gavin and the team for the full 90 minutes.     

 

Thank You

Despite the result, what an occasion Friday evening was.

The Supporters’ Trust would like to thank all those volunteers who worked, not only on the night, but through-out the two week build up to the game doing roles such as selling the tickets, setting up for the game, working in the  shop, selling 50/50 and programme’s and much, much more.

Our volunteers are such an essential part of the operation of this club, if you would like or would consider volunteering for the Trust or football club, do please get in contact with us by either popping into the Mega-container on both the women and men’s home match days or emailing us: info@dhst.org.uk.

Sadly, the Supporters’ Trust  have been informed that Farouk Menia, Coach of Dulwich Hamlet FC women’s team, has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

The Supporters’ Trust sends our collective condolences to his family and two children.

We both first met Farouk last season when the team (under their original club title AFC Phoenix) played their final league game of the season at Champion Hill.  I don’t think it’s a secret that this occasion was the prequel to the club shortly becoming fully part of the Dulwich Hamlet family.

Many exciting conversations were had with players after the game, but one common theme came through, the love and respect they all had for Farouk.  He was more than just their coach, collectively he was their best friend.

That day the team presented him with a Hamlet scarf. With that big smile of his on his face, he put it straight on and it remained around his neck until he left the club that evening.  Acknowledgement that the collective decision to become part of our club was the right one.

The team has sent up a gofundme page in order to help provide support for his family during this difficult time.

Mel and Scolly

DHST

Up For The Cup

Tomorrow we welcome Carlisle United to Champion Hill in the FA Cup First Round.  To mark the occasion the Trust have produced a limited edition commemorative “Up for the Cup” scarf which will go on sale exclusively at the game.

The scarves are priced £10 each and are limited to just 199, so make sure you get to the ground early as when they are gone, they are gone.

Gavin’s infamous Dulwich Hamlet beanies are now back in stock (£10), alongside trucker (£12) and bucket hats (£12 ).  

We also have a wide selection of hoodies and sweatshirts available including our new grey crew shirt (pictured below) priced £18 for sweatshirts and £25 for hoodies.  

Joining our Junior Rabble range, is the collection of Baby Rabble bibs and baby suits that come in both pink and blue.  Bibs are priced £7 and baby suits priced £10 and start at size 0-3 months.

Recently stocked Ciao t-shirt has been flying out of the shop, priced £15.  Please note that the Mega-container shop will be open from 17:00 tomorrow and will close, for the remaining of the evening, at 19:30 to allow our volunteers to enjoy the game.  

Can’t make the game tomorrow?  Don’t forget you can also buy your Dulwich Hamlet merchandise online.

Up the Hamlet!!!