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Confirmed – Coach Travel to Concord Rangers This Saturday (2/2/19)

Following our recent publishing of supporters feedback, we announced that the Supporters’ Trust would only be able to confirm a planned coach once we have reached capacity of 50%.  We are please to confirm that the coach will definately be running to Concord Ranger this Saturday.

You can book your place on the supporters coach at the Club Bar, before and after the Dulwich Hamlet Football Club directors  public meeting at Champion Hill Stadium tonight, or by emailing: info@dhst.org.uk

Pricing for Concord will be £15 adults and £10 concessions with the coach due to leave Champion Hill at 11:45.

Programme Notes v Chelmsford City

Today we welcome Chelmsford City and their supporters to Champion Hill.  Chelmsford have consistently been one of the top teams in the National South in recent years and this season is no exception with the team currently sitting fourth in the league table.

We have now had crowds of around 3,000 for our first 3 league fixtures back at Champion Hill, with a number of people unfortunately having to be turned away at our last home league fixture against Bath City. Whilst it is great to be playing home games back in East Dulwich, the current form of the team has been a concern for us all of late. It is clear that Gavin Rose and his coaching staff are working hard to improve results on the field, and with fans’ support off the field, we know that they will be able to turn it around, hopefully starting with a positive result today.

Plenty of hard work has been put into making the stadium ready for the club’s return. It’s clear however, that improvements are still required to make sure that everyone has a great match day experience. That starts with the introduction of 10 portaloos which, at the time of writing, were due to be delivered yesterday in time for today’s game.

Duncan Chapman, the Trust Co-Chair, commented: “It was fantastic to have three sell-out games over Christmas and New Year but this did put a lot of pressure on the facilities at the ground – including toilet provision.  The Trust has always tried to promote a good matchday experience for fans and standing in a queue isn’t much fun for anybody. We have therefore been working hard with the club to identify and implement a solution as soon as possible. There will now be 10 portaloos available on the ‘toilets opposite’ side of the ground for the rest of the season. These will be thoroughly cleaned and serviced after every match.” He continued: “If supporters have any concerns or suggestions on how the club can improve the matchday experience at home games, we would encourage you to contact us.”

Duncan also informed me that due to recent works undertaken at the stadium, the Trust has helped to save 2 litres of water (1.94 to be precise) on every loo flush in the toilets in and under the main stand!

We would encourage anyone, Trust members or not, who have any suggestions regarding the current ground and possible ways to improve it, to contact us via email: info@dhst.org.uk

The football club Directors will be holding an open meeting in the club bar this coming Monday, January 28th at 7:30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to update fans and the local community on the status and future of the football club after the events of the past year and answer questions on any subject.

Meadow Residential have recently announced an exhibition of their planning proposals for Champion Hill which will take place in the club bar on the February 1st and 2nd. This exhibition will be held as part of the planning process.

The Trust Board continues to work with other parties towards the goal of securing a long-term home for the club on the wider Champion Hill site. We would encourage Trust members and all fans of the club to attend both of these events.

The Trust Board welcomes the preparation of a revised application, and will, as throughout the process to date, make constructive contributions to discussions to ensure that the interests of the club, its fans and the wider community are safeguarded.

We recently consulted supporters on coach travel to away games and published our findings on our website and via social media.  Thank you to all those who gave us feedback.  We have provisionally booked a coach for next weekend’s game away to Concord Rangers priced at £15 adults and £10 concessions. Bookings can be made today (full payment and contact details required) at the Mega-Container club shop, but please note that we cannot run coaches at less than 50% capacity. In the unfortunate event that we have to cancel a coach, we will give fans as much notice as possible and your money will refunded.

The Mega-container shop is now again fully stocked with woolly hats and scarves, including our new “Champion Hill” scarf which is on sale today for the first time.

 

Finally, following on from last year’s successful LGBT History Month scarf, I am proud to announce that the Trust has produced a new rainbow flag inspired scarf which will be on sale at the next home game. LGBT History Month takes place every February and all the profits from the sale of these limited edition scarves will be shared between Football v Homophobia (www.footballvhomophobia.com) and the Gay Football Supporters Network (gfsn.co.uk).

 

Enjoy the game

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

Feedback on coaches and future trips

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback on coaches to away games. For a more detailed summary, please follow the link at the end of this post, however, for those who want a quick read, these are the highlights!

Based on your feedback, the Trust will endeavor to ensure the following:

  • That as much notice as possible be given to fans of available coaches. Moving forward, we hope to do this at the beginning of each season. For now, we have announced the coaches we hope to run for the remainder of this season (see bottom of post) with prices.
  • That in addition to advertising on Twitter, Facebook, Urban 75 and through announcements at matches, we will put up posters at Champion Hill and make better use of the DHST and DHFC websites.
  • The proceeds from the onboard raffle will be used to subsidise the cost of the coach in order to make running the coach more viable.
  • That whenever possible members of the Trust Board will continue to host coaches, and to appoint trusted volunteers to do so in their absence.

Future Coaches

Please note that we cannot run coaches at less than 50% capacity. In the unfortunate event that we have to cancel a coach, we will give fans as much notice as possible.

Seats will need to be paid for upfront and money will refunded in the event of a cancellation.

Date Destination Prices Estimated Departure Time from Champion Hill* Cut-Off date for signing up
2nd February Concord Rangers Adult £15

Concession £10

 

11:45 am 28th Jan
23rd February Torquay United Adult £30

Concession £24

8am 9th Feb

 

 

23rd March Oxford Adult £15

Concession £10

 

11:15am 9th March
6th April Chippenham Adult £18

Concession £12

 

10:45am 24th Feb
27th April Weston-Super-Mare Adult: £22

Concession: £17

10am 15th April

 

*Based on advice from coach company, with aim of arriving at destination at 2pm. Subject to confirmation.

I look forward to seeing many of you on board!

Best wishes,

Alex Smith

DHST Community Lead

Full summery of findings 

 

Programme Notes V Slough Town

Welcome to the second game back at Champion Hill during this festive period. Today we welcome Slough Town who we visited on August Bank holiday, with the Hamlet running out 2 -1 winners on that occasion.
Today’s game sees the last Dulwich Hamlet fixture of  2018 – the football club’s 125 anniversary year – of which the big moment of the year was the club’s tour to Hamburg which took place last July.  I think it was John Lennon who said “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans”, certainly nobody could have predicted what 2018 brought along.
The issues the club faced in the past 12 months have been written about on numerous occasions, now with the security of a minimum 18 month lease to return home, it’s time for us all to focus on the future of Dulwich Hamlet rather than recent past events.
This year also provided us all with many highs.  Who could ever forget that moment when we finally secured promotion in the play-off final at our temporary home of Imperial Fields.  From the moment Dipo stepped up and put the deciding penalty kick into the back of the net, the weight on everyone associcated with this great football club lifted (be it temporarily) and celebrations carried on through the night on that now famous roundabout in East Dulwich.
For the 2018/19 Season the club would now be finding itself playing in the National League South, a level it has never been in before. But before this season started, a part of South London would be making its way over to Hamburg by train, plane and bike, to play our good friends Altona 93 in the much anticpated pre-season friendly.  The occasion, like the play-off final win, will remain in the memory of all those Hamlet fans who made the trip and today we welcome a number of our fellow supporters from Altona 93 who have made the journey over for the holiday period.
Starting the season at Imperial Fields was not ideal.  Despite being local, the 8 miles distance between there and Champion Hill was a journey too far for many (for many reasons). Our crowds were significantly less than the club would have wished for and that brought with it further financial troubles. The return home could not have been more timely.
The process of returning to Champion Hill has been a long one. One particularly poignant moment of the campaign was the day that supporters and the local community came together at the SaveDHFC rally held on Goose Green in March.  I, like many attending that day knew, in that instant, the importance of this commnuity football club to the area and vowed to do as much as I could to help get the club back to where it belongs.  Being on the Supporters’ Trust Board, I have witnessed first-hand the hours put in by just this group of people, add to this the work of the Football Club, 12th Man Scheme and the staggering amount of people who voluteered their time through-out the year.  Collectively we fought one hell of a campaign.
As mentioned above, the Football Club has now signed a lease with Meadow Partners to play at Champion Hill for the next 18 months. This is concurrent with a lease that the Football Club have also signed with Southwark Council for Green Dale.  The Supporters’ Trust are aware that Meadow Partners are planning to submit another planning application for the Champion Hill site in the new year,  this has also been written about recently in the local press. Whilst steps have already been taken to provide short term security to the club, we will be working closely with all concerned parties to ensure that its long term future at Champion Hill is also secured.
Enjoy the game and Happy New Year to you all.
Scolly
DHST Spokesperson

100 Club Draw – January 2019

The winners of this month’s draw were Lee Shailer who won £71.75 and David Miles who won £43.05. Monthly contributions are running at £287 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.

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.