Author: Mark Scoltock

Long time supporter takes on the London Marathon

Long-time Dulwich Hamlet supporter and current Trust Board member Paul Griffin (Griff) will be running the London Marathon in April and will be raising money for Guys and their research into Bladder Cancer.

Taking on a Marathon is a huge challenge, so what is driving him to taking on this huge challenge, for Griff “…it boils down to giving a little something back to the amazing people at Guys Hospital without whom it would be very unlikely to even be around today”

“Back in October 2017 I popped into A&E at Tommy’s with several abdominal pains and blood in my urine.  Not long after I was in the ICU at Guys with a catheter pumping blood out of my bladder, I’ll spare you the more gruesome details.”

It turned out that Griff had Stage 3 Bladder Cancer, a form of disease he didn’t even know existed until the consultant told him.

“I required radical surgery to remove the entire bladder to eliminate the cancer with my prostate coming out to for good measure”.

Even then, he was not out of the woods as a CT scan a few weeks later, showed a lump in his groin leading to ultrasound and more biopsies before Griff was given the all clear in February of last year.

“Competing the Marathon is not just a way of raising money for Guys but raising awareness of a form of Cancer research into which is severely underfunded and showing that Cancer is not an end but a start of a second chance of life.”

If you wish to help Griff reach his target, you can donate via his JustGiving page.

 

Do you have any unwanted sportswear or schoolwear?

The Football Club have announced that tomorrow’s home league game has been designated a “Kit Amnesty” match.

Supporters are being encouraged to bring along any unwanted old sportswear, sports equipment and old school wear / uniforms which will be collected before and during the game against Truro City.

All the collected clothing and equipment will be donated to Wear A Sports Shirt Day, which will distribute it to charities working in the UK and throughout the world to get underprivileged young people involved in sport.

This has been organised in partnership with Cornishman Julian Chenery, now resident in London, who runs the “Wear A Sports Shirt Day” charity project and travels to non-league games regularly collecting donations.

Also attending the game will be Osman Sesay (London School of Science & Technology, Sierra Leone); Elizabeth Anyu (Immaculate Heart of Mary Senior Secondary School, Uganda) and Alex Tugume (Talents Academy, Uganda) who will accept the donations on behalf of the organisations they represent.

IWD and Women at the Game

Marking International Women’s day in 2017, Walter Johnson, a Trust Board member at the time, spent a few months interviewing women across the game of football to highlight the breadth of opportunities available to women wanting to make a contribution to the game.

International Women’s Day provided the opportunity to focus on what football is doing to provide more visibility for female role models, to inspire future generations to participate in the game.

Walter spoke to a variety of women in the game, right from the grassroots up to the FA. From coaches educating young girls taking their first kick in the game, right up to players operating at the highest level; he wanted supporters to hear the stories of these inspiring women.

These stories can be found below:

Adrienne Alcover (the Actress)

Alex Atack (the fan)

Carli Lloyd (the World Cup winner)

Heather Rabbatts (the Executive)

Karen McKay (the coach)

Karen Perie (the Manager)

Laraine Bateman (the photographer)

Lynsey Morton (the referee)

Phoenix Martins (the semi-pro)

Toni Miller (the physio)

Programme Notes v Dartford

Welcome to today’s game against Dartford for this National League South league fixture.

The Supporters’ Trust are pleased to continue to actively promote International Women’s Day, which is this Friday (8 March) and today you will be able to purchase a new purple and white (IWD colours) scarf from the Mega-Container shop.  The Club and Trust first started to promote IWD in March 2015 when we sent out vouchers with free tickets to women’s football teams & leagues across the Capital.  Since then we have raised money for a number of female organisations by auctioning off a specially designed first team purple kit and selling Suffragette coloured scarves to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave women the right to vote.

Since 2015 we continue to see a steady raise of female fans attending our games at Champion Hill and currently a third of the elected Trust Board are female.  Fans from other clubs often comment on the diversity of our fanbase and this is down to our club’s reputation of being welcoming to all the members of the community.  As a female fan I am proud of the fact that I have always been made to feel welcome at Champion Hill and I was encouraged to become an active member of the Supporters’ Trust before being asked to seek a seat on the Trust board.

Since our return to Champion Hill, female fans will have noticed that we now have free sanitory items in the toilets.  The club has been working with On The Ball (@OnTheBaw) who campaign for free period products at football grounds and Dulwich Hamlet are part of 68 other clubs who’ve joined this scheme.  We should also acknowledge the help of our local neighbouring Sainsburys who provide most of the products.

Profits from this year’s IWD scarf sale will be split between two local organisations. Today we welcome Terri and Christina who are volunteers from the Red Box Project who are a community-based, not-for-profit initiative.  They aim to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools so that no young person misses school or suffers embarrassment because she has her period.

Beth, who is another volunteer at the Red Box Project, and whose Son is a massive Dulwich Hamlet fan, explained to us a bit more about the charity.

“The Red Box Project gives young women in need – whether for financial or social reasons – the reassurance of being able to take enough products for their entire period. We sponsor and stock a red box filled with period products, spare pants and tights.  The box is kept with a designated member of staff in the school and posters placed in the girls’ toilets encourage a young woman in need of period products to ask for the red box.”

Beth continued, “In Southwark, we have Red Boxes within most secondary schools and in just over 40% of primary schools.  We have donations points at local businesses where people can drop off donations of period products and in East Dulwich you can drop off donations at Rye Books, Goose Green Clinic and Punk Me Up Café.   Funds that are raised through initiatives such as the Dulwich Hamlet International Women’s Day scarf go towards buying boxes, pants and tights (these items are more expensive and not donated as much as packs of pads).  All your donations will go towards ensuring that no child or teenager in Southwark has to deal with the stress and worry of period poverty.  For more information about us and what we do, visit our Facebook page RedBoxProjectSELondon “.

The remaining profits of this years’ scarf will be given to a new women in football project, unfortunately the project cannot be revealed just yet… but watch this space!

Today we are also having a sale on selective merchandise items. For those seeking a Spring bargain, get along to the Mega-container before or after today’s game, where you will find a third off a number of our ranges. We’re having a bit of a spring clean to make room for some new ranges over the Summer, so you can pick up polo’s and T-shirts for as little as £10 and some very natty team wear for under £20. Take a browse through the sale rail while stocks last.

Enjoy the game and Forward the Hamlet!

Mel Hughes

Merchandise lead

IWD Scarves, Mega-Container Spring Sale and Coaches to Oxford City!

IWD Limited Edition Scarf

International Women’s Day (IWD), which is next Friday (8 March), is again being promoted by the Supporters’ Trust giving fans at tomorrow’s game against Dartford the opportunity to purchase a new purple and white (IWD colours) scarf from the Mega-Container shop.

The Football Club and Trust started promoting IWD in March 2015, offering free match day tickets to women’s football teams & leagues across London. Supporters will certainly remember the specially produced purple and white kit worn in a league fixture two seasons ago, as well as last years scarf produced  in the colours of the Suffragette’s which celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act which gave women the right to vote.

  

Profits from this year’s IWD scarf sale will be shared between two local organisations. One of these are The Red Box Project, a community-based not-for-profit initiative.  Their aim is to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools so that no young person misses school or suffers embarrassment because she has her period.

Beth, a volunteer at the Red Box Project, and whose Son is a massive Dulwich Hamlet fan, spoke to the Trust about the charity.

“The Red Box Project gives young women in need – whether for financial or social reasons – the reassurance of being able to take enough products for their entire period. We sponsor and stock a red box filled with period products, spare pants and tights.  The box is kept with a designated member of staff in the school and posters placed in the girls’ toilets encourage a young woman in need of period products to ask for the red box.”

The other organisation, who will benefit from the sale of these scarves, is being kept under wraps for the time being.  Watch this space!!

Spring Sale

If you are seeking a Spring bargain, make sure that you get yourself along to the Mega-container club shop before or after tomorrows home game against Dartford.

We’re having a bit of a Spring clean to make room for some new ranges over the Summer, so you can now pick up polo shirts and t-shirts for as little as £10 and some very natty teamwear for under £20.

Make sure you get to the Mega-Container and  browse through the Sale Rail!

Coach Travel to Oxford City

The Trust are organising a coach for fans wishing to go to the game against Oxford City on Saturday, 23rd March.

Prices are £15 adults and £10 concessions and the coach is been provisionally booked to leave Champion Hill at 11am.

As with previous coaches, we will need advance bookings of at least 50% coach capacity before we are able to confirm it will be running. Therefore, we are asking supporters to book their seat as soon as possible.

You can purchase your ticket for the coach in the Mega-Container at our next two home matches.

If you are unable to make it to any of the above games but would still like to travel with us, please send us an email to put your name down.

Programme Notes V Welling

Welcome to Champion Hill for today’s game against local South London club and familiar foe, Welling United.

This will be the fourth meeting of the two teams this season, with Dulwich’s visit to Park View Road in August marking our first competitive game at this level.  Sadly, the result that day went in favour of the home team but our most recent meeting, in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy, saw us sneak the victory in the replay at Imperial Fields by 2 goals to 1.

Following the success of last year’s limited edition scarves celebrating LGBT History Month, the Supporters’ Trust have produced another ‘Rainbow’ Pride Flag inspired limited edition scarf which goes on sale before today’s game.  I am proud to be involved again this year in the design of the scarf and I am sure that, like last year, they will be extremely popular with the Rabble.  Make sure you pick yours up today as they are predicted to sell out quickly with the profits being donated to two very worthy LGBT football charities.

The ‘Rainbow’ Pride flag was created by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, symbolising solidarity for LGBT+ people with the colours representing the diversity that exists within this community.  I am not sure who amongst the Rabble hung it there, but it is great to see Pride Flag bunting behind the Greendale End goal.

February is the international campaign month of ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH). FvH is a campaign that aims to united supporters, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the Football Authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football. Throughout the year, their work not only enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in football, but also celebrates and welcomes diversity in the game. DHST is proud to be supporting the campaign this season by donating a percentage of the profits, from the limited edition scarves to FvH to help towards them continuing their work.

The other benefactor today is the Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) who are a voluntary organisation established in 1989 as a social network for LGBT football fans across the UK.  GFSN works to maintain a social network for LGBT supporters, to encourage inclusive teams for players of all abilities, and to campaign against discrimination in football, with a view to creating a safe and tolerant environment both on and off the pitch.

Our next planned supporters’ coach will be for the game at Torquay United on Saturday 23 February.  Pricing is £30 adults and £24 concessions.  As with our previous coach to Concord Rangers last week, we will only be able to confirm that the coach will be running once we have reached 50% capacity.  With engineering works resulting in part of the train journey being by replacement bus, adding to the already expensive pricing, we expect fans will be looking to travel on the coach which is due to be leaving Champion Hill at 8am. You can pay for your place on the coach today and at the next two home games, London Senior cup tie against Brentford United B this Tuesday (12 February) and Saturday’s league game against Hemel Hempstead (16 February).  If you are unable to book your place at these 3 games but wish to travel with us, you can email the Trust info@dhst.org.uk.

Finally, most of you will be aware that long time Dulwich supporter Mishi Morath fell seriously ill whilst ground hopping in Chatham last week. The DHST Board and myself wish Mishi a speedy recovery and we all hope to see him back at Champion Hill very soon.  In the meantime, we have a card available for supporters to sign that we will pass onto him.  The card will be available at the 12th man table throughout the match and in the bar afterwards.

Enjoy the game

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

 

Coach Provisionally Booked for Torquay United

The Supporters’ Trust are organising a coach for fans wishing to go to the game against Torquay United on Saturday, 23rd February.

Prices are £30 adults and £24 concessions and the coach is been provisionally booked to leave Champion Hill at 8am.

Train travel to Torquay that weekend will be severely hit by engineering which means traveling part of the journey by replacement bus.  Currently the cheapest return tickets are just under £80 per person, so supporters will find that the coach provides a suitable cheaper alternative for those wishing to travel to Devon.

As with the coach to Concord Rangers last weekend, we will need advance bookings of at least 50% coach capacity before we are able to confirm it will be running. Therefore, we are asking supporters to book their seat as soon as possible.

You can purchase your ticket for the coach in the Mega-Container shop at our next three home matches starting with this Saturday’s fixture against Welling United.  The next two opportunities will be at London Senior Cup ‘home’ tie against Brentford B this Tuesday (12/2/19) and at the National South league fixture against Dartford on Saturday 16 February.

If you are unable to make it to any of the above games but would still like to travel with us, please send us an email to put your name down.

LGBT History Month, £1,200 Raised and Coach Information

LGBT History Month Scarf

Following on from last season’s successful limited edition LGBT History Month scarf, we will again have a Rainbow Flag themed Dulwich Hamlet scarf on sale at next week’s home game against Welling United.  The scarf features a new design and includes this season’s anniversary club crest.  In addition, showing our support for LGBT History Month, our Trust logo will proudly display the colours of the Rainbow Flag.

All the profits from its sale will be split and donated to the Gay Football Supporters Network and Football v Homophobia.

200 scarves will be on sale on 9 February (cash-only) from the Mega-shed, which is now located next to the Mega-container club shop, one hour before kick-off (2pm) priced £10 each.  There will be a maximum purchase of two per person and any remaining scarves will then be sold from the Mega-container at HT and FT (card payments will then be accepted).

We are unable to reserve scarves for any supporters who may not be able to attend next Saturdays game, so we would advise you to try to arrange for someone else to purchase one for you as we expect these to sell out on the day.

Christmas Party

Our Christmas party was held at Champion Hill and it was the first time many supporters got their first look at the newly decorated club bar. Thanks to all those who attened and helped raise funds for the club 12th Man Scheme and this year’s club charity partner Redthread.

In addition, thanks to the many local business, listed below,  who donated prizes for our raffle and auction that helped us raise £1,200 that will be split 50/50 between Redthread and 12th Man.

Also thank you to Mike Urban, Tom Cullen and Scolly for providing the party tunes.

Barry Road Barber

Canopy Brewery

David Squires

Dulwich Hamlet Football club

Duncan Palmer Photography

Four Pure Brewery

House of Tippler

Porters Barbers, East Dulwich 

Yo! Sushi

Coaches 

The Supporters Trust are running a coach to tomorrow’s game at Concord Rangers and we still have a few places left for anyone who wishes to still travel.  Prices are £15 adults and £10 concessions, to book a place please email info@dhst.org.uk.

We also hope to be running a coach to Torquay United on 23 February prices are adults £30 and concessions £24.  With engineering works and expensive train tickets to Torquay that weekend, we hope that many supporters will take advantage and book a place with us on the supporters coach.

We have provisionally booked the coach to leave at 8am and tickets can be purchased at our next two home games (9 and 16 February) and on the supporters coach tomorrow.

As with all our coaches, we will only be able to confirm once we have reached 50% capacity.

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