Dulwich Hamlet F.C.

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Dulwich Hamlet
Dulwich Hamlet's emblem
Full name Dulwich Hamlet Football Club
Nickname(s) The Hamlet, Pink 'n' Blues
Founded 1893
Ground Champion Hill, East Dulwich
Ground Capacity 3,000 (500 seated)[1]
Chairman Jack Payne
Manager Gavin Rose
League Isthmian League Premier Division
2014–15 Isthmian League Premier Division, 4th

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.


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 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.


Current squad[edit]

As of March 2015

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 Oshane Brown
England GK Phil Wilson
England DF Michael Abnett
England DF Matt Drage
England DF Terrell Forbes
England DF Michael Kamara
England DF Ethan Pinnock
England DF Frazer Shaw
Barbados MF Ashley Carew
England MF Nyren Clunis
No. Position Player
England MF Jack Dixon
England MF Jordan Hibbert
England MF Kevin James
Sierra Leone MF Albert Jarrett
England MF Dean McDonald
England MF Kershaney Samuels
England MF Xavier Vidal
England MF Luke Wanadio
England FW Joe Benjamin
England FW Harry Ottaway

Former players[edit]

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.[4] Charles Tyson played for the England amateur team as well as Southampton.

Benjamin Odeje was the first black footballer to represent England at any level.[5] He played in five schoolboy internationals, making his debut against Northern Ireland at Wembley in 1971.

Former Dulwich players who went onto play in the Football League or Premier League include:[6][7][8]

Backroom staff[edit]

As of October 2014

Position Name
First Team Manager Gavin Rose
Assistant Manager Junior Kadi
Coach Kevin James
Physiotherapist Yoven Soobramaney
Reserve Team Manager Scott Ellis
Academy Management Gavin Rose, Junior Kadi, Kevin James

Managerial history[edit]

From 1966 onwards:

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


Dulwich Hamlet achieve attendances among the highest in the Isthmian League, and are notable for the activist element of their support, led predominantly by "The Rabble".[9] Fans have backed anti-fascism and anti-homophobia initiatives.[10] In recent times, the fans developed a friendship with German club Altona 1893, which was also founded in 1893.[11] In recognition of the relationship, the club adopted the Altona 1893 home strip as their away strip for the 2014–15 season.


Club records[edit]

  • Most first team appearances: Reg Merritt, 576 (1950–1966)[1]
  • Most consecutive first team appearances: Chris Lewington, 290 (1977–1982)
  • Most first team goals in career: Edgar Kail, 427 (1919–1933)[1]
  • 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): 3,000, Dulwich Hamlet v Maidstone United, 18 April 2015[14]
  • Highest attendance (old stadium): 20,744, Kingstonian v Stockton, FA Amateur Cup Final (1932–33)


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