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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Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust
- DHST Statement Regarding Ongoing Developments 6th November 2017
- Planning Update: Appeals withdrawn 23rd October 2017
- Green Dale Lease: Update 21st October 2017
- DHST response to press statement on future of DHFC 18th October 2017
- New Southwark Plan Update: Some success! 4th Sept 2017
- Interesting history of the club ownership and grounds
- The Trust, the club and fan ownership
- Supporters’ trust meeting notes for 2015 – 2016
- Q&A from the Trust’s AGM (June 2015)
- Memorandum of Trust between DHST and Hadley Development Management Ltd (Sept 2015)
- CLUB STATEMENT REGARDING ONGOING DEVELOPMENTS WITH MEADOW RESIDENTIAL/MEADOW LLP (pitchero, 6th Nove 2017)
Sites Aimed at Fans to Support the Planning Application
- Champion Hill Stadium Development (a Hadley website)
- Support Our Stadium (a fan setup site)
- The Hamlet Historian
- There May be Trouble Ahead
- Hamlet Under the Hammer (a recent history)
- Article about the history of DHFC 1891 – 1931 (the hamlet historian)
- Club History (from pitchero)
- Champion Hill stadium hosted the Olympics
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 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 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 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…
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
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
- Dulwich Hamlet: London’s most hipster football club (Guardian 23 Aug 2015)
Related documents from elsewhere on the site:
- Lease between Southwark Council and DHFC (1992)
- The S106 agreement between Sainsburys, Southwark and Kings College (1990)
- Lease between DHFC and Kings College London (1990)
- Lease between Southwark Council and DHFC (2018)
- How to get the title deeds (bottom of page)