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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

 

100 Club monthly lottery draw – August 2019

The winners of this month’s draw were:

1st Prize: Jonathan Barnes (£126.75)

2nd Prize: Martin Chapman (£76.05)

Monthly contributions are running at £507 – this is an increase of £220 over the last four months, increasing both prizes and addition to the fund.   The total raised now stands at over £39k, 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 online 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.)

Board Statement: Champion Hill Planning Application

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

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

 

Coaches to Dulwich Hamlet Away Fixtures 2019-2020

The Supporters’ Trust is delighted to announce that we will be aiming to run the following coaches this season:

24/08, Eastbourne Borough Adults: £16 Conc: £11

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

We are in the process of confirming departure times with the coach company and will update fans with these ASAP.

We will look to run additional coaches to Cup Fixtures once they are announced, and if they are viable.

As was the case last season, coaches will be confirmed once we have sold 50% of the seats. 

Bookings can be made now on matchdays in the Megacontainer or online via the Club Shop https://www.dhfcshop.co.uk/product-category/away-coaches/

We are sorry, but we cannot accept reservations via any other channels. We’re not trying to be difficult, but we simply don’t have the man hours available to be continually checking Urban, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for coach signups and it’s too easy for one to slip through the net. It’s one thing posting information on many different forums, but quite another to be continually checking them for responses!  We hope you will understand.

When you book, we will ask for your contact details so that we can get in touch in the (hopefully unlikely) 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.

We look forward to seeing you on the coaches and at Away games! :cool:

Up The Hamlet!

Alex Smith

100 Club draw – July 2019

The winners of this month’s draw were Dominic Smith who won £95.50 and Jonathan Barnes who won £57.30. Monthly contributions are running at £382 – this is an increase of £100 over the last three months, increasing both prizes and addition to the fund.   The total raised now stands at over £37k.   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 online 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.)