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Dulwich Hamlet FC

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club must surely be one of the longest running football teams in England. They’ve been playing at Champion Hill since 1893!

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DHFC History

Pitch Locations

The area set aside for DHFC to play on has moved about slightly over the years, with various kinds of infrastructure.

 

In 1922 the current astro turf site was a grassy field with a roof down one side and a small hut in the corner.

In 1922 the current astro turf site was a grassy field. Is that a covered area down one side or a bank?

In 1922 the current astro turf pitch was a grass field. Is that a covered area down one side or a bank? This is probably where DHFC played (other people will have more info). A small hut in the corner was presumably used as a changing room.

Another shot from 1922 – looks like terracing in the earth on the northern side?

Another 1922 shot – hard to see exactly but it looks like terracing in the earth on the Northern side (where we now have a steep bank on the astro turf), plus something going on around the edges. 

 

In 1930 DHFC played on a field on the site of the current astro turf, with a covered roof on one side.

In 1930 DHFC played on a field on the site of the current astro turf, with a covered roof on one side?

In 1930 DHFC were still playing in the field where the current astro turf pitch is. Looks as though one side of the field has a covered roof but not much else?.
Photo: Britain From Above

In 1931 the pitch was moved and a stadium built on the site of the current stadium. This stadium lasted until 1991 when the current stadium was built as part of the Sainsburys development.

This stadium was able to host huge crowds. Looks as though the second side of roofing was added on a bit later…

 

DHFC pitch in 1949, on the site of the current stadium

DHFC pitch in 1949, on the site of the current stadium

The stadium in 1949 was on the site of the current stadium. It had covered stands on either side of the pitch. The line of poplars is clearly visible (there are a few still there today).
Photo: Britain From Above

 

DHFC pitch in 1949, on the site of the current stadium

DHFC pitch in 1949, on the site of the current stadium

Same as above but slightly different angle. The 1949 pitch is on the site of the current stadium and has covered sides for spectators.

There’s a nice description of this stadium on the website Hopping All Over the World.

DHFC on film

Not only was the DHFC pitch in the background of an early Edwardian film but watch this.. at 30 mins 30 secs in. Apparently it’s the old DHFC stadium from before the current one! Amazing birdsong too.

In a nice turn of events, British Pathe (who were part of the Gaumont empire) made a documentary in 1963 called “Home and Away”. it features many football clubs, including DHFC playing on their 1931-1991 stadium. You can watch it online.

 

DHFC other bits & bobs

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