Dulwich Hamlet F.C.
|Full name||Dulwich Hamlet Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Hamlet, Pink 'n' Blues|
|Ground||Champion Hill Stadium, East Dulwich|
|Capacity||3,000 (500 seated)|
|League||Isthmian League Premier Division|
|2013–14||Isthmian League Premier Division, 6th|
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 Stadium.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
The first season back in the Premier Division was a successful one, with Gavin Rose's cultured style of play attracting ever growing crowds to Champion Hill Stadium, and thanks largely to Erhun Öztümer's 33 goals from midfield, the club topped the league for a period. Although a poor run of results saw them drop out of the play-off positions for the first time that term on the very last day of the 2013–14 season, the style and panache with which the club made their return to the Premier Division meant the moral victory was without question claimed.
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, 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 a new Sainsbury's was built on the site. A new, smaller stadium was built over the former adjacent training pitch, which opened in 1993. In September 2013 it became the first football ground in Greater London to be listed as an Asset of Community Value.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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, and shunned 'big money' moves to professional clubs to play for Dulwich, for whom he scored over 400 goals, and is still the subject of terrace songs by fans of the club. Charles Tyson played for the England amateur team as well as Southampton.
- FA Amateur Cup
- Winners 1919–20, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1936–37
- Isthmian League
- London Senior Cup
- Winners 1924–25, 1938–39, 1949–50, 1983–84, 2003–04
- Surrey Senior Cup
- Winners 1904–05, 1905–06, 1908–09, 1909–10, 1919–20, 1922–23, 1924–25, 1927–28, 1933–34, 1936–37, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1973–74, 1974–75 (Record 16 times)
- London Junior Cup
- Winners 1899-00
- Most first team appearances: Reg Merritt, 576 (1950–1966)
- Most consecutive first team appearances: Chris Lewington, 290 (1977–1982)
- Most first team goals in career: Edgar Kail, 427 (1919–1933)
- Most first team goals in a season: Edgar Kail, 53 (1925–1926)
- Biggest Isthmian League wins: 10–1 vs West Norwood (1920–21); 9–0 v Worthing (1990–91)
- Heaviest Isthmian League defeats: 1–10 vs Hendon (1963–64); 0–9 v Walthamstow Avenue (1945–46)
- Biggest cup win: 13–0 vs Walton-on-Thames, Surrey Senior Cup (1936–37)
- Heaviest cup defeat: 0–9 vs Hornchurch FA Cup (2004–05)
- Highest attendance (new stadium): 2,856, Dulwich Hamlet v Hampton & Richmond Borough (2014–15)
- Highest attendance (old stadium): 20,744, Kingstonian v Stockton, FA Amateur Cup Final (1932–33)
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- 2010–11 Isthmian League FCHD
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- Dulwich Hamlet The Football Magazine
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