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Fans United to Save Dulwich Hamlet Day - Good Friday

Fans United to Save Dulwich Hamlet Day - Good Friday

Dulwich Hamlet are holding a “Fans United” game at the next home game vs Dorking Wanderers on Good Friday. The Fans United day follows on the back of a successful rally last Saturday 17 March, when around 1200 fans marched from East Dulwich to the locked gates of Champion Hill.

The Save Dulwich Hamlet group and The Football Club are inviting fans of all other clubs to visit their temporary home at Tooting & Mitcham in solidarity with their plight, and to highlight the broader issue of unscrupulous owners and the risk they present to many football clubs across the country.

Local MP, Helen Hayes, said in Parliament last week, “In London the list of clubs that are under pressure is depressingly long. In recent years Enfield Town, Edgware Town, Hendon and Thurrock football clubs have all lost their historical homes. Away from London and the south-east, where the pressure on housing and the value of land is not always so acute, the story continues. Northampton Town, Kettering Town, Torquay United, Skelmersdale United, Coventry City and Merthyr Town—to name just a few—are all facing battles to survive as the property developers circle.”

Season ticket holders and Supporters’ Club / Trust members from other clubs will be offered entry at the usual concession price of £5. Fans are encouraged to wear their own club’s colours and banners. A photo of Fans United behind the goal will take place at the end of the first half to demonstrate solidarity between football fans against outside forces that seek to threaten and undermine any football club across the country.

A spokesperson for the group, said “We have a battle on our hands to save OUR club, and we hope that fans will unite to support the cause. We recognise that this issue is far from unique, and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other clubs that are facing threats to their existence.”

Club Director Tom Cullen, said “The Save DHFC campaign have been brilliant at mobilising the community and helping get our story out there. We’re very pleased to be able to offer reduced prices for fans of other clubs as a show of solidarity, and to welcome new people along to our special club.”

A big thank you from the Save Dulwich Hamlet Team

A big thank you from the Save Dulwich Hamlet Team

Save Dulwich Hamlet would like to extend a big thank you to all those who turned up in sub zero temperatures and to those who gave up their time to volunteer and organise.

The demonstration was magnificent with estimates of between 1000 and 1200 marching from Goose Green to our home on Champion Hill. On the day we raised over £1,600 for the club. 

We are taking a couple of days off to recover and let Southwark Council hold talks with Meadow Residential but rest assured, our next day of action is in the planning and we will let you have details as soon as we have a plan together.

You are all amazing!

Here are some pictures of the day courtesy of Duncan Palmer Photography

A superb boost for #saveDHFC in Parliament

A superb boost for #saveDHFC in Parliament

Yesterday's trip to parliament far exceed our expectations. Around 30 Dulwich Hamlet fans descended on the House of Commons to watch an adjornment debate on the future of the club, called by one of our local MPs, Helen Hayes, who has tirelessly campaigned to save the football club. The response from Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, was magnificant. 

Hugo Greenhaugh has written about the day and saved us doing it.  You can read it here

We even had support from Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, come out in support for us!

Here are some pictures of the day courtesy of Duncan Palmer Photography

Please do not forget, today is Rally and March Day! Come down to our family friendly event, supporters of all clubs are welcome. Wrap up warm and wear your pink and blue scarves!

Details here

 

#saveDHFC - Today we are taking our Campaign to Parliament!

#saveDHFC - Today we are taking our Campaign to Parliament!

The save Dulwich Hamlet campaign met up with deputy Labour Party Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Tom Watson, after he visited Champion Hill yesterday lunchtime to give our campaign a boost and film a video for his Facebook page.

You can watch it on Facebook here.

We would like to thank Tom for coming down and meeting our campaigners and our manager, Gavin Rose.

But it does not stop there....

Save Dulwich Hamlet are taking this all the way to the top after our local MP, Helen Hayes, secured an adjournment debate today in the House of Commons (2.30pm.)

This is not only about our troubles. This is about the troubles faced by the wider football community as land prices soar and property vultures swoop. 

That is why we are welcoming supporters of all football clubs to our rally and march on Saturday (details here) and to our game against Worthing on Sunday. 

Let's stand together, let's demand change!

#saveDHFC #supportersunited 

Now the battle begins: Join our rally and tell Meadow to sell Champion Hill to Southwark Council

Now the battle begins: Join our rally and tell Meadow to sell Champion Hill to Southwark Council

Our Save Dulwich Hamlet campaign received a huge boost yesterday when Southwark Council’s cabinet agreed to try to buy Champion Hill from Meadow Residential, which evicted the club last week.

Southwark wants to keep the existing ground - allowing the Hamlet to return home - and build social housing on the car wash site behind the Dog Kennel Hill end. (The full details are on the council's website.)

This means our battle really begins - to persuade Meadow, its UK executives Andrew McDaniel and Peter Bennison, and its investors in the US that they can leave with dignity by selling Champion Hill to Southwark Council.

So far, Meadow is digging in. Where Dulwich Hamlet built bridges with the local community in East Dulwich, McDaniel and Bennison are hiding behind a fence - and even flying a drone to spy on anyone walking past.

But Meadow’s plans are unworkable, and Southwark isn’t ruling out a compulsory purchase. Andrew McDaniel and Peter Bennison should just sell now and exit with their heads held high, instead of dragging the local community into a legal process that will only leave their reputations, and that of Meadow’s financial partners such as Investec, in tatters.

We’re grateful to Southwark Council for doing their bit - now we need to do our bit.

We've been overwhelmed by interest from local, London, UK and global media, all interested in the tale of a bullying property developer taking out its tantrum on a community football club. 

So wrap up warm, put your pink and blue scarf on, and join us at Goose Green (opposite the East Dulwich Tavern) at 12.30pm on Saturday 17th March for a family-friendly rally and march to Champion Hill, and a celebration of all things Dulwich Hamlet.

Bring your kids, bring your friends - let’s be loud, proud, and send Meadow a message it can’t ignore.

Join us on our Save Dulwich Hamlet Rally - Saturday 17th March 2018

After a week of fast changing events, we are pleased to announce the details for our day of action rally and march on Saturday 17 March 2018.

We are marching to draw attention to the grave threat our football club faces. We want to show how much our 125 year old club means to the local community.

We will rally at Goose Green (opposite the East Dulwich Tavern) at 12.30pm where we will be joined by the following speakers:

  • Liam Hickey – Dulwich Hamlet chairman
  • Al Crane - Chair of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters' Trust
  • Mishi Morath – Lifelong Dulwich Hamlet fan
  • Helen Hayes - MP for Dulwich and West Norwood
  • Catherine Rose – Southwark councillor and Dulwich Hamlet fan
  • Lord Roy Kennedy - Member of the House of Lords and Millwall fan
  • Ian Feeley - Sheffield Football Club, the world's first football club. 

We will then march from Goose Green to OUR home - Champion Hill - for a celebration of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club in St Francis Park.

Who is welcome?

Everyone is welcome - whether you're a Dulwich Hamlet fan, a supporter of another club or someone who cares about the local community, because this issue reaches far beyond Dulwich Hamlet Football Club. This is a family-friendly event so feel free to bring the kids.

Get involved!

  • Please make banners and placards, and make them inventive and colourful as possible. You can download our logos here.
  • You can sign up to our volunteer list to either help on the day or in the future. We are not going away!
  • Tell your family and friends. Share our posts and get the message out on social media
  • Join us at Dulwich Hamlet's temporary home at Tooting & Mitcham FC, Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Road SM4 6BF. (Mitcham tram stop, 118 bus from Morden tube.) All supporters of all clubs are welcome to our game against Worthing on Sunday 18 March. #supportersunited

Dulwich Hamlet is more than just a football club. It is an intrinsic part of the community.

If you want to see a future for Dulwich Hamlet we need you at our rally. We need you decked out in pink and blue. And we need you loud and proud!

Let’s make ourselves heard and let Meadow Residential know we are not going down without a fight!

SDH

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Mass day of action: Update

Mass day of action: Update

When we originally called the mass day of action it was assumed that we would be playing our game against Worthing FC at Champion Hill. Due to the fast changing nature of events, we now find ourselves in a position where we are waiting to find out where we will actually be playing.

This of course could have an impact on the timings of the march and rally on Goose Green and other details, so as soon as the club inform us, we will publicise details through our usual social media channels and on our website.

In the meantime, feel free to spread the word and start making placards and banners. You can download our logos and other resources from our repository page which you can find here.

Rest assured, our day of action will be going ahead

SDH

Statement from Save Dulwich Hamlet

Statement from Save Dulwich Hamlet

Statement from fan group Save Dulwich Hamlet
We're shocked, but not surprised to learn that property developer Meadow Residential is attempting to throw Dulwich Hamlet FC out of Champion Hill, where it has played since 1931
As fans, we've been making plans for a Save Dulwich Hamlet rally and march to take place before the home match against Worthing on Saturday 17 March. We'll update fans and the community on plans for that when we know what's happening with the match.
However, we're encouraged that Southwark Council's cabinet is to discuss a proposal to buy Champion Hill from Meadow - by force if necessary.
We would support any plan to allow Dulwich Hamlet to stay at Champion Hill while building much-needed social housing, and would urge Meadow to talk to Southwark or any similar bidder and start the process of selling up now.
You can help us today in a number of ways:

  1. If you live in Southwark, please email your local councillors and ask them to support the council proposal to buy Champion Hill. If you live over the border in Lambeth, please suggest some neighbourly support. Find their details at www.writetothem.com.
  2. If you live elsewhere in London, please email your London Assembly members and ask them to raise this with the Mayor. We're grateful for Sadiq Khan's support, but please help us make sure this stays on his agenda. Again, find their details at www.writetothem.com
  3. Raise this issue with your local MP. What is happening to Dulwich Hamlet could happen to any community football club, while property developers should not be allowed to bully cherished local institutions. www.writetothem.com
  4. Drop a friendly note to Meadow's US parent company, Meadow Partners LLC. Please. no abuse or threats. Its London office's shocking mismanagement of this scheme is damaging its reputation and wasting its money. Let Andrew McDaniel, who is responsible for the firm in Europe, know why you love Dulwich Hamlet and why Meadow is wasting its time bullying the club. Meadow has nothing to lose and everything to gain by selling up. Contact him and Meadow's New York office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We're an independent fan group, acting on our own initiative and not controlled by the club or the supporters' trust. You'll be hearing more from us soon. Let's stick together and save Dulwich Hamlet.

#saveDHFC @saveDHFC

Save Dulwich Hamlet Day of Action - Saturday 17 March 2018

Save Dulwich Hamlet Day of Action - Saturday 17 March 2018

So here we go. The first of our supporter actions to help save Dulwich Hamlet Football Club will be a rally and march before the home match against Worthing on Saturday 17 March.

We'll kick off at Goose Green in East Dulwich - the open space by the East Dulwich Tavern - at 12.30pm. We'll make a song and dance, listen to a few speakers and then make a short noisy march to Champion Hill.

It will be a family-friendly occasion so do bring the kids. 

We want everybody there. It's a protest but also a statement of what we are all about as a club. Bring your pink and blue colours, musical instruments, face paints, balloons and banners.

Give us a follow over on Twitter - @saveDHFC - and sign up to our Facebook event page Save DHFC rally and march.

Please share this with your friends - we'll have more news to come. 💖💙💖💙

Much love,

SDH

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Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our brand new website. With our 125th birthday fast approaching and the club in crisis due to greedy property developers, this website aims to be the focal point of our fan action group where you will be able to get information on the latest news and action days we will be holding.

Please give our Facebook page and Twitter a follow and check  back here for updates!

"It is a huge shame that Meadow did not sell to Ferdinand’s Legacy Foundation. I urge them again to “walk away” and leave the club in safe hands." 
Peter John - Leader of Southwark Council

 

"I urge the current owners to come to a swift arrangement and do what’s best in the long-term interests of both the local community and Dulwich Hamlet."
Sadiq Khan - Mayor of London

 

"This treatment of our popular, community-minded, much-loved, successful local football club @DulwichHamletFC is appalling #SaveDHFC"
Helen Hayes MP

You can help the club by donating to the 12th Man Scheme by PayPal below or on our Just Giving page. All money donated to the 12th man goes to the football club and NOT Meadow Residential.

Amount:
 GBP

You can also set up a regular bank payment using the details below:

Barclays Bank - Sort Code: 20-32-06 - Account Number: 93901645

Thank you for your Support

Helen Hayes MP - Lord Roy Kennedy -  Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP - Cllr Peter John -  Cllr Catherine Rose - David Lammy MP - Sadiq Khan - Tracey Crouch MP - Sarah Jones MP - John Healey MP - Ruth Smeeth MP - Baroness Shami Chakrabati - Ian Lucas MP - June Sarpong - Judith Cummings MP - Jim Fitzpatrick MP - Lord David Goddard - Baroness Anne Jenkin - Liz McInnes MP - Micheal Alum - Carolyn Harris MP - Ruth Cadbury MP - Neil Coyle MP - Ellie Reeves MP - Tom Watson MP - Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP - Jim McMahon MP - Kate Green MP - Andy Burnham - Alison McGovern MP - Gary Lineker - Danny Baker - Seema Malhotra MP - Andrew Gwynne MP - Jon Ashworth MP - John Woodcock MP - Lord Neil Kinnock - Matt Forde - Baron Christopher John Suenson-Taylor - Lord Brian Griffiths - Harriet Harmen MP - Peter Crouch - Keith Olbermann - Micheal Fabricant MP - Gareth Thomas MP - Lord Bob Kerslake - Baroness Jenny Randerson - Baroness Maggie Jones - Baroness Ros Scott - Baroness Ann Taylor - Lord Richard Newbry - Conor McGinn MP - Lord John Lytton - Toby Perkins MP - Lord Nick Clancarty - Baroness Jenny Jones - Baroness Angela Smith - Peter Kyle MP - Vernon Coaker MP - Pat McFadden MP - Soibhan McDonagh MP - Stella Creasy MP - Lord John Prescott - Baroness Alicia Kennedy - Lord John Reid - Baroness Margaret McDonagh - Lord Steve Bassam - Lord Jeremy Beecham - Lord Philip Hunt - Lord George Foulkes - Glenys Thornton MP - Jess Phillips MP - Liam Byrne MP - Co-operative Party NEC

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