Dulwich Hamlet F.C.

Dulwich Hamlet
Full name Dulwich Hamlet Football Club
Nickname(s) The Hamlet
Founded 1893 (1893)
Ground Champion Hill, East Dulwich
Ground Capacity 3,000 (500 seated)[1]
Chairman Liam Hickey
Manager Gavin Rose
League Isthmian League Premier Division
2015–16 Isthmian League Premier Division, 5th

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is a football club based in Dulwich, in the London Borough of Southwark in England. The club are currently members of the Premier Division of the Isthmian League, and play at Champion Hill.


The club was formed in 1893, by Lorraine 'Pa' Wilson. In 1907 they joined both the Isthmian League and the Spartan League, leaving the latter at the end of the 1907–08 season.[2] In 1919–20 the club won its first Isthmian League title, winning the league on goal average against Nunhead. They also won the FA Amateur Cup, beating Tufnell Park 1–0 in the final at the Den.

The club won the league again in 1925–26, and the FA Amateur Cup for a second time in 1931–32 win a 7–1 win against Marine in the final.[2] The following season the club won their third league title. In 1933–34 they reached the Amateur Cup final again, but lost 2–1 to Leyton. The two clubs met in the final again in 1936–37, with Dulwich winning 2–0.

In 1948–49 the club won the Isthmian League for a fourth time. A fifth Isthmian League title – in the restructured First Division – was won in 1977–78, but after several years of gradual decline, the club finished bottom of the Premier Division in 1989–90, and were relegated to Division One. They were promoted back to the Premier Division at the end of the 1991–92 season after finishing third in Division One. In 1998–99 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1948, losing 1–0 to Southport.

After finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 2000–01, the club were relegated back to Division One. After finishing seventh in 2003–04, the club played off against Wealdstone for a place in the Premier Division after league re-organisation, but lost 5–4 on penalties after a 2–2 draw. In 2010–11 Dulwich finished fifth and entered the promotion play-offs, beating Bognor Regis Town 3–1 in the semi-finals before losing 4–3 to Leatherhead in the final.[3] The following season the club finished third, again qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Folkestone Invicta 2–1 in the semi-finals, they lost the final 1–0 to Bognor Regis.[2] They returned to the Premier Division after winning the Division One South title on the last day of the 2012–13 season with a 1–1 draw against Burgess Hill Town.

In 2014–15 Dulwich finished fourth in the Premier Division, qualifying for the play-offs. However, they lost 2–1 at Margate in the semi-finals.[4] The following season the club finished fifth, and reached the play-off final after winning 1–0 at Bognor Regis Town in the semi-final,[5] before going on to lose 3–1 at East Thurrock United.[6]


Main article: Champion Hill

The club played at Woodwarde Road until 1895, when they moved to College Farm. The following year they moved to Sunray Avenue, where they remained until 1902. Between 1902 and 1912 they played at Freeman's Ground on Champion Hill,[1] before moving to an adjacent plot of land, where they played until the opening of the Champion Hill stadium in 1931. The stadium was used for amateur international matches, including the 1948 Summer Olympics.

In 1991 the stadium was demolished, as it was too run-down and dangerous to bring up to modern safety standards, as a result of new regulations brought in as a result of the Hillsborough disaster. During the 1991–92 season the club played at Tooting & Mitcham United's Sandy Lane ground, whilst a new, smaller stadium was built on the same site, opening for the start of the 1992–93 season. The new stadium was funded by the sale to Sainsbury's of land that had once been the club's training pitch, situated immediately behind the large covered terrace on the north side of the 'old' Champion Hill, by the landlords King's College London. The new ground remained in King's ownership, with the club having given up the lease on the old ground in return for the new ground being built.

In September 2013 it became the first football ground in Greater London to be listed as an Asset of community value,[7] but this was withdrawn not long after, as there were legal problems with the application.[8]


Current squad

As of 26 November 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Preston Edwards
England DF Michael Chambers
England DF Matt Drage
England DF Nathan Green
England DF Sanchez Ming
England DF Quade Taylor
England DF Marc Weatherstone
England MF Kenny Beaney
England MF Ashley Carew
England MF Nyren Clunis
No. Position Player
Guyana MF Kadell Daniel (on loan at Leatherhead)
England MF Kevin James
Sierra Leone MF Ibrahim Kargbo
Greece MF Vas Karagiannis (on loan from Maidstone United)
Rwanda MF Alfred Mugabo (on loan at Canvey Island)
England FW Daniel Carr
England FW Dumebi Dumaka (on loan from Maidstone United)
Uganda FW Ibra Sekajja
England FW Gavin Tomlin

Notable former players

During the 1920s the club had two players capped by the full England team. Bert Coleman was capped whilst playing for Dulwich in 1921, whilst Edgar Kail won three caps against France, Belgium and Spain in 1929. Kail was the last amateur player to play for England whilst solely with an amateur club, and shunned many approaches to professional clubs to stay with Dulwich Hamlet, his local side, for whom he scored over 400 goals, and is still the subject of terrace songs by fans of the club.[9] Benjamin Odeje was the first black footballer to represent England at any level.[10] He played in five schoolboy internationals, making his debut against Northern Ireland at Wembley in 1971. This was while he was with Charlton Athletic, but when released by them, eventually not being kept on as a professional, he had a spell at Dulwich Hamlet.

Former Dulwich players who went on to play in the Football League or Premier League include:[11][12][13]

Backroom staff

As of August 2015

Position Name
First Team Manager Gavin Rose
Assistant Manager Junior Kadi
Coach Kevin James
Physiotherapist Toni Miller
Academy Management Gavin Rose, Junior Kadi, Kevin James

Managerial history

From 1966 onwards:

Years Manager
1966–1967Frank Reed
1967–1971Peter Gleeson
1971–1972Fred Setter
1972–1976Jimmy Rose
1976–1977George Rocknean
1977Jimmy Langley
1977–1981Alan Smith
1981–1984Eddie Presland
1984–1986Billy Smith
1986Allen Batsford
1986–1987Micky Leach
1987Ray Thorn
1987Billy Edwards
1987–1989Eddie Presland
1989–1990John Langford
1990–1991Joe Fascione
1991–1994Jim Cannon
1994–1997Frank Murphy
1997John Ryan & Mick Browne
1997–2000Dave Garland
2000–2001Les Cleevely
2001Gwynne Berry
2001–2006Martin Eede
2006–2007Wayne Burnett
2007–2009Craig Edwards
2009–Gavin Rose


Dulwich Hamlet had the highest attendance in the Isthmian League in 2015–16, with an average attendance was 1,343, more than double the next highest at Hampton & Richmond Borough.[14] The club has gained a reputation for the activist element of their support, with the fans behind the goal going by the nickname of "The Rabble".[15] In recent seasons, the Football Club Committee, Supporters Trust and fans have backed anti-discrimination and anti-homophobia initiatives, amongst many other initiatives within the community.[16]

Friendship with Altona 1893 and other European links

Hamlet fans have developed a friendship with supporters of German club Altona 1893, as the two clubs were founded in the same year, which began as a friendship started by the Dulwich Hamlet supporters' team. In recognition of the relationship, the club adopted the Altona 1893 home strip as their away strip for the 2014–15 season.[17]

On 12 July 2015, Altona 1893 and a large group of fans made the journey to South London to play a friendly between the two sides.[18] Altona 1893 won 5–3 on the day.

In July 2015, Altona 1893 unveiled their new away strip in pink and blue colours, featuring a friendship logo on the sleeve.[19]

The supporters' team have toured all over Europe, and as well as having a friendship with Altona 93 fans, also have links with Red Star F.C. from Paris; HJK Helsinki from Finland, UR Namur from Belgium, the Belgian branch of the Paris Saint-Germain supporters club, Queen's Park from Glasgow and JK Jalgpallihaigla from Estonia.


London Chellenge Cup Winners 1998-99

Club records


  1. 1 2 3 4 Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p578 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  2. 1 2 3 Dulwich Hamlet at the Football Club History Database
  3. 2010–11 Isthmian League FCHD
  4. "Kent 2020 hailed as a huge success". Kent Online.
  5. "Bognor Regis Town 0-1 Dulwich Hamlet". Dulwich Hamlet F.C.
  6. "East Thurrock Utd 3-1 Dulwich Hamlet". Dulwich Hamlet F.C.
  7. There may be trouble ahead: Dulwich Hamlet FC face an uncertain future Brixton Buzz, 7 February 2014
  8. Asset of Community Value Listing Dulwich Hamlet Supporters' Trust
  9. Football's local hero BBC Sport, 17 February 2003
  10. Ashdown, Marc (24 May 2013). "First black England player revealed to be Benjamin Odeje". BBC London News. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  11. Huddersfield Town hope Daniel Carr will join long list of Dulwich Hamlet graduates Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 13 April 2013
  12. Dulwich Hamlet The Football Magazine
  13. "Peterborough United: Erhun Oztumer joins from non-league", BBC Sport, 9 June 2014. Retrieved on 7 September 2014.
  14. Attendance Tables Isthmian League
  15. Ian Burrell (24 October 2014). "Football revolution as disillusioned fans head for the non-league". The Independent. London.
  16. "Dulwich Hamlet hope anti-homophobia in football campaign is blueprint to others at top of game". The Guardian. London. 17 February 2015.
  17. "2014–2015 Home & Away Shirts". pitchero.com.
  18. "Altona fans make OUR local papers!". pitchero.com.
  19. "They say imitation is...". pitchero.com.
  20. 1 2 "Memorandum Of Procedures For Dealing With Misconduct Occurring". Docstoc.com. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  21. "Saturday Senior Cup Previous Winners". SurreyFA. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  22. Dulwich Hamlet 0–0 Maidstone United Dulwich Hamlet FC

External links

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