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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!!! 

 

 

DHST 100 Club November Lottery winners announced – & how to join

The winners of November’s draw were:

1st Prize: Arec Koundarijan (£147.50)

2nd Prize: Alex de Jongh (£88.50)

Monthly contributions are running at £590, and have more than doubled in the last 6 months, increasing both prizes and addition to the fund.   The total raised has now passed £40k, 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.)

Programme Notes v Eastbourne Town FC

Welcome

Thank you to Carrie Dunn and Pippa Monique for the book event and their Q&A event earlier today and I hope they enjoy their afternoon at Champion Hill. If you missed the event earlier today for Carrie’s ‘The Pride of the Lionesses’, it documents the changing face of women’s football in England and the team’s run up to the 2019 World Cup.

The Trust will be stocking the book in the Mega-Container on match days, priced at £12.99.

Merchandise update 

We have taken delivery of new merchandise including a new t-shirt and sweatshirt design. We also have a wide range of merchandise available from the mega-container on match days and at our online shop dhfcshop.co.uk

Volunteers wanted

The Women’s team are requiring help with match day operations and help is also required with programme sellers, 50/50 sellers and working in the Mega-Container, if interested in requiring further information or helping to volunteer please email us at info@dhst.org.uk

Join the Trust?

You can become a member of the Supporters’ Trust by filling in a form at the shop or joining online via our website. By being a member, you will be supporting the Trust’s aim of ensuring that Dulwich Hamlet has a secure long term future in East Dulwich. The cost to join is £10 Adult, £5 concession and under 18s just £2.

DHFC comedy nights

This evening the Clubhouse will be hosting their monthly comedy night event with tickets just £8 in advance (£9 on the door) or £5 for concessions.

The MC is Alexandra Haddow and tonight is joined by Sara Barron (Best Newcomer nominee Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018 and the woman described by Jon Ronson as ‘the reigning Queen of New York’s live story telling scene’), South London Stand Up Legend Andre Vincent and Harriet Kemsley (Channel 4’s’ ‘8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’).

FA Cup competition

On Friday 8 November  the Men’s team will be playing Carlisle Utd at Champion Hill.  If you have been unlucky in purchasing a ticket for the match, the game will be televised on BBC2 and KO is at 19:55.  The Clubhouse will be hosting a FA Cup making competition this Tuesday evening, it’s £2pp entry fee with the winner receiving a £30 bar tab.

Mel Hughes

Merchandise lead and Co-Vice Chair

Programme Notes V Bath City

Today we welcome Bath City to Champion Hill.  Bath come here with back to back league wins and will again provide a challenge as we bid for our first league win since we beat Eastbourne Borough away on 24 August.

You may be aware that Bath City’s majority shareholder (with about 54% of the shares in the club) is the Bath City Supporters Society (BCSS).  Like DHST, BCSS is a “community benefit society”, with the aim of ensuring that Bath is a community-owned club, based on either full or partial supporter/community ownership.  In 2017 BCSS raised £350,000 from the community to enable it to increase its stake in the club.

DHST’s objectives include a similar aim: we want to achieve the greatest possible supporter and community influence in the running and ownership of the club.  We believe that this is the best way of protecting the club for its fans and the community – now and for future generations.

To that end, since September 2018, we have made direct financial investments into the club, of approximately £66,000.  Much of this was raised via our 100 Club lottery, so please consider joining.

As well as providing the club with capital support at a time of critical need, this investment has allowed the Trust to acquire (for the first time) a meaningful shareholding in the club (approximately 19%).  We hold these shares on behalf of our members and the wider community and we aim to build the community-held stake over time.  The club has agreed that up to two of its directors will be nominated by the Trust, and first of those positions has been taken up by Duncan Chapman.

We have forged valuable links with BCSS over the years, and we hope that this will continue.  BCSS have sometimes provided the independent person required to sit on DHST’s election subcommittee, and at last year’s away fixture members of the Trust Board meet up with them to discuss their experiences of community ownership.

Merchandise update

We have taken delivery of new merchandise including a new t-shirt and sweatshirt design.  And yes – a special FA Cup scarf is on its way!  We also have a wide range of merchandise available from the mega-container on match days.  If we’re out of stock in your size, do check our online shop at dhfcshop.co.uk.

Book launch tomorrow

Carrie Dunn launches her new book, ‘The Pride of the Lionesses’, with a Q&A in the bar tomorrow.  Doors open at 12.00pm for a 12.30pm start, followed by DHFC Women against Eastbourne Town at 2.00pm.  The book documents England’s run to the 2019 World Cup – come along to hear from Carrie and pick up a signed copy.

DHFC comedy nights

Don’t forget the Clubhouse will be hosting the monthly comedy night event tomorrow evening, with tickets just £8 in advance (£9 on the door) or £5 for concessions.

FA Cup competition

On Friday 8 November, the Men’s team will be playing Carlisle Utd at Champion Hill, not that anyone needed reminding. If you have been unlucky in purchasing a ticket for the match, the game will be televised on BBC2 and KO is at 19:55.  The Clubhouse will be hosting a FA Cup making competition this Tuesday evening.  There is a £2 per person entry fee with the winner receiving a £30 bar tab.

Finally, thanks must go to the bar staff and all those who have volunteered to help with selling tickets for this tie at the club bar this week.

Enjoy the game.

Alex de Jongh and Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

Joint Chairs