​Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust Statement to fans, supporters and stakeholders Feb 5, 2021

5th Feb 2021

The National League suspended the season for Step 2 on January 22 because it acknowledged in the General Manager’s letter to clubs that of the loan options available on that day ‘neither is seen as a viable and sustainable’ way to complete the season. Sadly, two weeks later the League’s attempts to secure grants instead of loans have been unsuccessful. The situation is therefore the same today as it was on January 22 and yet clubs are now being told by the League to resume under threat of expulsion or deduction of points under rule 8.39 for ‘any Club without just cause failing to fulfil an engagement to play a Competition match’. The situation clubs were in two weeks ago was considered by the League as ‘just cause’ to suspend all fixtures. Nothing has changed since that date.

Football authorities have been criticised in the past for not taking a strong enough stand to prevent owners from engaging in financial mismanagement leading to the loss of long-standing community clubs. A League competition threatening clubs with the direct aim of coercing owners to place those clubs at risk is an inexcusable contradiction in their rules and responsibilities and we ask the League to take the only correct course of action and extend the suspension until the situation has changed.

After consultation with our season ticket holders, supporters’ trust members and club officials through surveys and meetings the clear direction our board has been given is to cease activities to protect the club until such time as we can begin to incur costs again safe in the knowledge that we can afford to pay for them.

If the League does not fulfil its responsibilities then Dulwich Hamlet FC are not in a position to fulfil its fixtures until the League are no longer placing the short or long term future of a 128 year old community club at risk.