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 Stadium, East Dulwich
Ground Capacity 3,000 (500 seated)[1]
Chairman Jack Payne
Manager Gavin Rose
League Isthmian League Premier Division
2012–13 Isthmian League Division One South, 1st (Champions)
Home colours
Away colours

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is an English football club based in Dulwich, in the London Borough of Southwark. 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.[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.


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 First Team Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Cape Verde GK Chico Ramos
England GK Phil Wilson
Nigeria DF Peter Adeniyi
France DF Mathieu Boyer
Sierra Leone DF Ahmed Deen
England DF Lewis Gonsalves
England DF Marc-Anthony Okoye
England DF Kershaney Samuels
England MF Nyren Clunis
England MF Billy Crook
Republic of Ireland MF Ian Daly
No. Position Player
England MF Ellis Green
England MF Kevin James
England MF Tommy Kavanagh
England MF Dean Lodge
England MF Ethan Pinnock
England MF Xavier Vidal
England MF Jerome Walker
England FW Harry Ottaway
Turkey FW Erhun Öztümer
England FW Tommy Whitnell

Out On Loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
England MF Gerry Gonella (on loan to Merstham)
England MF Abdul Mansaray (on loan to Sittingbourne)

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]


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): 1,835, Dulwich Hamlet v Southport (1998–99)
  • Highest attendance (old stadium): 20,744, Kingstonian v Stockton, FA Amateur Cup Final (1932–33)


  1. ^ a b c d Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p578 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  2. ^ a b c Dulwich Hamlet at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ 2010–11 Isthmian League FCHD
  4. ^ Football's local hero BBC Sport, 17 February 2003
  5. ^ Ashdown, Marc (24 May 2013). "First black England player revealed to be Benjamin Odeje". BBC London News. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Huddersfield Town hope Daniel Carr will join long list of Dulwich Hamlet graduates Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 13 April 2013
  7. ^ Dulwich Hamlet The Football Magazine
  8. ^ a b "Memorandum Of Procedures For Dealing With Misconduct Occurring". Docstoc.com. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Saturday Senior Cup Previous Winners". SurreyFA. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 

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