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Trust Programme Notes From Boxing Day

Seasons greeting and welcome back to Champion Hill!

Today sees the club’s return to playing football in its home of East Dulwich, with today’s National League South game against Eastbourne Borough.  Having lost against Eastbourne in the FA Cup earlier in the season, I am hoping that the team can pick up three valuable league points today.

Whilst it was hoped that we would have been able to play our first ‘home’ game against Torquay earlier this month, these extra few weeks have given the club a little more time to ensure that the ground is not only ready for The Rabble’s return but a number of improvements have been put in place.

Amongst some of the improvements, you may have noticed, or currently be sitting on, the new pink seats that have recently been purchased by the Supporters’ Trust at a cost of £5,000.  The Trust has requested via the club directors that this amount, together with a previous loan of £13,000 made to the football club in September – a total of £18,000 – be converted into Dulwich Hamlet FC shares.

One of the Supporters’ Trust main objectives has been to help secure a long term future for the football club in East Dulwich. Our commitment to this, especially over the past 12 months, has never been stronger and we see this as the ideal time to strengthen our commitment with the purchase of further shares in the club.  The relationship between the club directors, match day committee and the Trust is as strong as I have ever seen during my time on the Trust Board. I am confident that we will all continue to work hard in not only securing the club’s future but also helping it grow and reach other communities in and around Southwark.

Our traditional Christmas party was held on Thursday 20th December at the newly re-decorated club bar, here at Champion Hill.  Many thanks to all those who attended and helped raise funds for the 12th Man Scheme and this year’s club charity partner, Redthread.  In addition, thanks to the many local business who donated prizes for our raffle and auction.  If you were not able to attend the event last week, make sure that you pop into the bar at some point today and check out all the hard work that Dave, the new bar manager, and an amazing group of volunteers (both supporters and members of our local community) have done.  With the bar opening each day after the new year, I hope that it will be a real asset for the club and supporters. One thing I am involved in introducing is regularly having dj’s playing after home games.

I hope you all have had a restful holiday period so far – I am sure many of you have been far more excited about today’s game than yesterday’s visit of Santa!  Sadly, I am missing today’s game as I will be ‘up North’ for Christmas with my family. As you can imagine, I am gutted to be missing out on our return to Champion Hill.  Enjoy the game today and give the team a cheer for me.

See you all, back here, on the 29th December.

Scolly

DHST Spokesperson

Christmas Party Tomorrow!!!

The Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust Christmas party takes place tomorrow evening in the club bar at Champion Hill.

Entry on the night will be £3 on the door.  There will be, as usual, DJs, an auction, raffle and musical bingo (one free bingo card will be included in your entry price but limited to 100, so get down early) and buffet provided by MEATLiquor and Franco Manaca.

Doors open at 19:00, with last orders at 23:15.

19:00                          Doors Open

20:00 – 20:30       Christmas Musical Bingo

21:00                          Raffle Winning Numbers published

22:00                          Auction

23:30                          Finish

There will also be an opportunity to buy Hamlet merchandise for those last minute stocking fillers.  Details of the raffle and auction prizes on offer, on the night, can be found below.  All proceeds of the raffle and auction will be split between 12th Man and football clubs charity partner Redthread.

Raffle Prizes

Prize  Donated By
2 x DHFC Merch Goodie Bags DHST
2019 Signed DHFC Team Calendar DHST
YO! Sushi £50 Voucher YO! Sushi
Barry Road Barbers £25 Voucher Barry Road Barbers
Sheffield FC Shirt Sheffield FC
Keg of Ale Canopy Brewery
Porters Barbers £49 Voucher Porters Barbers
2 x Four Pure Pack of Cans, Four Pure Bobble Four Pure Brewery
Promotion Palm tree Scarf DHST
Altona 93 Scarf & July Party Poster DHST
DHFC Photograph Print Duncan Palmer
Growing up With Subbuteo Book Scolly
Ultras Sankt Pauli Scarf, Mug and Stickers Scolly
1 x Pair of match  Tickets / Boardroom Pass DHFC
Deserter Book Launch Poster Tim
House of Tippler £50 Voucher House of Tippler

Auction Items 

Item Donated By
Full Playing Kit (No 17) from July’s Anniversary Tour to Hamburg

David Squires Print

12th Man Scheme

David Squires

2018 Signed DHFC Team Calendar (Promotion Winning Squad) DHST
Four Pure Brewery Tour and £20 Voucher Four Pure
Long Sleeve 2017/2018 Adult Home Shirt – Medium DHST
Club Deportivo Palestino Shirt – Large / XL Wrexham Fan

100 Club – December 2018 Draw

The winners of this month’s draw were John Prendergast who won £78.00 and Damon Green who won £46.80. Monthly contributions are running at £312 and the total raised now stands at almost £38k. Many thanks for your continued support. Head here to fill in a quick and easy online form to be in with a chance of winning next month’s draw.

Shop Open at Champion Hill This Sunday

Last week the Mega-container shop made an emotional return to Champion Hill just in time for Christmas.  With our first game back in East Dulwich due to take place on Boxing Day, the Supporters’ Trust will be opening the shop this Sunday (16 December) from 12pm to 2pm.

In addition to this Sunday’s opening, a limited range of merchandise will also be available at our Christmas party being held in club bar at Champion Hill.  Entry on the night will be £3 and there will be, as usual, DJs, an auction, raffle and musical bingo (one free bingo card will be included in your entry price) and buffet!

All proceeds of the raffle and auction, on the night, will be split between 12th Man and football clubs charity partner Redthread.

Online Christmas Sales – Two Days Left To Order 

We have been overwhelmed by recent online sales and there will be a limited stock of bar scarves and blue beanies available in the next few days.  It is important to note that the latest order date, to ensure delivery before Christmas, is midnight on Thursday (13 December 2018).  

We are fully stocked with merchandise and there are plenty of ideas for seasonal presents and the following are available online or from the mega-container:

Home and away adult and Jnr shirts  (£35 / £30).

Official Team wear is also available which includes polo shirts £25, training shirts £25, sweatshirts £29 and hoodies £35.

Sweatshirts £18, hoodies £25 and hats £10 with this year’s 125 anniversary crest (which appears on this seasons playing shirts).

We also have our popular Junior Rabble range of caps £10, T-shirts £9 and scarves £6.  If you purchase any Junior Rabble items in person from the Mega-container, you will received a free gift of a poster of this seasons First Team squad and a Junior Rabble pin badge (whilst stocks last).

We also have a wide range of t-shirts available in both women’s and men’s sizes.  Designs include Yorick, Hamlet 93 and Promotion Roundabout, all priced £12.

A number of items are not available to buy from our online store but are available to buy from the Mega-container.  These include books written by Dulwich Hamlet fans (

Games without frontiers by Joe Kennedy £9, The Parreira tales – chasing the 108 by Walter Johnson £10, Tottenham’s Trojan Horse? By Dr Mark Panton and Amanda Lilywhite £5), a limited stock of our 1920’s retro shirts (£40 adult sizes only), 2018 team calendar £6 and Exclusive numbered print by Parrot design Champion Hill print £20

Finally, as the football clubs 125 anniversary year comes to a close, we still have a number of items produced to celebrate our friendship with Altona 93 (who are also celebrate 125 years). Exclusively available at the mega-container, the range includes polos £16.00,  t-shirts £15, scarf £10, cups £2.50 and tote bag £5.

 

Dulwich Hamlet Christmas Party

We are delighted to confirm that this years Christmas Party will be held in the club bar at Champion Hill.

Entry on the night will be £3 on the door.  There will be, as usual, DJs, an auction, raffle and musical bingo (one free bingo card will be included in your entry price) and buffet!  Doors openat 19:00, with last orders at 23:15.

There will also be an opportunity to buy Hamlet merchandise for those last minute stocking fillers.  Details of the raffle and auction prizes on offer, on the night, will be published nearer the time.  All procees of the raffle and auction will be split between 12th Man and football clubs charity partner Redthread.

Please sign up to the facebook event so we can gauge numbers for the buffet!

Last Match Day Sale Before Christmas

With our next home league fixture due to take place on Boxing Day, tomorrow is the last opportunity to purchase from our full range of Hamlet goodies on a match day before Christmas.

Replica shirts and calendars on sale tomorrow

Our now traditional club calendar is now in stock priced just £6.  Many thanks to Duncan Palmer (@photodunc) and Jon Paradiso for their assistance in getting this produced.

In addition to the calendars, we have now also taken delivery of our latest batch of both adult and children replica shirts. Priced £35 adults and £30 children, both home and away, will be on sale at the mega-container tomorrow and shortly online.

Stocking Fillers 

We also have a wide range of Dulwich Hamlet inspired gifts, which are priced at £15 or under.  This includes books, mugs, woolly hats, caps, tote bags, patches, badges, socks, gloves and scarves.  All these items and much more, can be found in our blue and very bright pink painted Mega-container. Tomorrow, the shop will be open from 2pm, at half time and after the game.

Thank you

It has been another incredible year of sales and we would like to thank all fans who continue to purchase from the club shop, operated by the Supporters’ Trust, and we look forward to continuing to offer you great Dulwich Hamlet merchandise for many years to come.  Don’t forget that we pass on a percentage of all profits onto the Club, so the more you buy the more money the club receives.

If you cannot make it to the shop, do check out our online shop.  Please note that the last order date for Christmas delivery is midnight Thursday 13th December. Any orders placed after this date will not be processed in time for Christmas and postal orders will resume from Wednesday 2nd January.

Christmas Party 

There will be a final opportunity to pick up some last minute items at this year’s Christmas Party.  The Trust  will be once again hosting the event and it will be taking place on Thursday 20th December.  We, as we sure you all are, are delighted to confirm that it will be held in the club bar at Champion Hill.  Entry On the night will be £3 and there will be, as usual, DJs, an auction, raffle and musical bingo (one free bingo card will be included in your entry price) and buffet!

 

Trust Programme Notes – Oxford City

Welcome back to Imperial Fields for our game against Oxford City who come into this game after a three all draw away to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup last Saturday

Last week we published, on the Supporters’ Trust website, an article from our Joint Chairs, Alex Atack and Duncan Chapman, regarding the club’s return to Champion Hill:

“As we’re sure you are aware by now, the Club is looking forward to our return to Champion Hill next month. At the last match, we put out a request for volunteers to support our ‘making ready’ the ground initiative next Saturday. To say the response has been overwhelming would be an understatement and we can’t thank you all enough for your commitment to the Club. We are still particularly keen to hear from people with specific trade skills – plumbers, electricians and painters. Please do get in touch if you think you can help (info@dhst.org.uk).

“Whilst we are obviously delighted that the Club is able to return to Champion Hill, we must acknowledge the months of hard work behind the scenes by so many people. First, Liam Hickey and Tom Cullen, who stepped up to become the Club’s Directors when we had to leave Champion Hill. Familiar faces to all who attend the matches, Liam and Tom took on the almighty challenge of running the Club when Meadow handed over control. They worked tirelessly to find us our temporary home whilst bringing investment into the Club which allowed us to continue to compete despite reduced matchday revenues. Liam has since stepped down, and been replaced by Ben Clasper (CEO of our shirt sponsors Rogo Scott). Recently, Ben has been at the forefront of driving negotiations around our return to Champion Hill. The amount of work that has gone into the conversations between Southwark Council and Meadow Partners, alongside the Trust, cannot be underestimated and without Ben representing the Club at the meeting on 22nd October, we are confident that we wouldn’t be returning to Champion Hill on such favourable terms.

“On the topic of the meeting on 22nd October, we must acknowledge the instrumental role of Tracey Crouch MP (the former Sports Minister). Everyone connected with the Club was delighted by her statement in the House of Commons in March, offering support and the opportunity for mediation over the dispute. Ideally it wouldn’t have come to it, but to see Tracey follow through on her words and call a mediation meeting, which ultimately led to our return, was fantastic and couldn’t have come at a better time given her resignation last week. A little closer to home, both Helen Hayes MP and Harriet Harman MP have been immensely supportive of the Club’s return to East Dulwich. Lord Roy Kennedy also spoke up for us in the chamber of the House of Lords and drummed up support in the corridors of Westminster armed only with a smile and a Hamlet scarf! We look forward to welcoming them all back to Champion Hill when we return.

“Finally, so many supporters have been instrumental in driving our campaign. Some, through organised campaigns such as SaveDHFC, have ensured our plight is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. The 12th Man scheme has contributed hugely to the playing budget and allowed the Club to not just survive but also to gain promotion to and compete in the National League South.”   They continued  “And last but not least… every single fan that has attended our matches at Imperial Fields, particularly those who have volunteered their time to fill any of the matchday roles, and everyone that has kept the faith and supported the Club throughout this time.”

As mentioned above, the Trust recently put out a call for volunteers to help clean up the stadium for our hoped for return in December. This took place at Champion Hill last Saturday as our away game against Truro City was moved to the Sunday. Over 80 fellow supporters and members of the local community got stuck into tasks like sweeping, scraping and weeding – inside and outside the stadium. I was not able to be present, as I had chosen that weekend to travel over to Hamburg to catch up with friends and obviously take in an Altona 93 game, but it was amazing to see pictures of everyone at Champion Hill on social media. Thanks to everyone who was available to assist on the day – you all fully deserved the fantastic food  provided by local East Dulwich businesses Meat Liquor and Franco Manca.

Finally, we previously published that the annual club Christmas party organised by the Supporters’ Trust will be taking place on Thursday 20 December at the East Dulwich Tavern. This has now changed. With the club moving back to Champion Hill we have decided to host the event at clubhouse bar  in the stadium.  The East Dulwich Tavern has been so supportive  of the club since we left East Dulwich in March, but they completely understand why we have decided to move the event. The date of the party will be published once we have confirmed arrangements  with the football club.

Enjoy the game!

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

 

Dulwich Home For Christmas

First league fixtures back at Champion Hill Confirmed as The Hamlet return home.

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust are pleased to announce a hat trick of games to celebrate our return to Champion Hill with the first home league game confirmed as our Boxing Day fixture against Eastbourne Borough at 3pm on Wednesday December 26, 2018 closely followed by two more, against Slough Town at 3pm on Saturday December 29, 2018 and then against Bath City at 3pm on Saturday January 5, 2019.

The club and the trust would like to thank all of the volunteers and contributors who have helped to make the return home a reality over the past month by providing resources at incredibly short notice including Meadow Partners, Southwark Council and the National League. The local community members, tradespeople and businesses who have worked round the clock are too numerous to mention in a single statement but the club and the trust will ensure their efforts are acknowledged in due course.

It should also be acknowledged that the work on the stadium and the pitch was completed in time to host the game at 3pm on Saturday December 1, 2018 against Torquay United with the full support of the council and the league however that game will be our final game at Imperial Fields and we are grateful to Tooting & Mitcham FC for their agreement. The decision was taken after consultation with Torquay United about how best to accommodate their considerably higher than average away attendances and the club and the trust felt that the additional ticketing, facilities and safety measures would have resulted in limited availability and a less than optimal matchday experience for both sets of fans. We would like to thank Torquay United and the National League for their help and support during that process.

Tickets for our final game at Imperial Fields against Torquay United will be made available online. This is not an all-ticket match however, and supporters will be able to pay on the gate as usual.

Announcements for the release of tickets for the first three league games back at Champion Hill will be made in the next week.
Depending on FA Trophy results there is also the prospect of an earlier cup fixture on Saturday December 15, 2018.

100 Club – November 2018 Draw

The winners of this month’s draw were Bill Azzi who won £78.00 and Philip Llewellyn Baker who won £46.80. Monthly contributions are running at £312 and the total raised now stands at over £37k. Many thanks for your continued support. Head here to fill in a quick and easy online form to be in with a chance of winning next month’s draw.