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Presenting our 24/25 kits

When so many football kits feature patterns without much meaning it would be Dulwich Hamlet who create a kit inspired by a fan favourite chant.
 
If you’ve been anywhere near a Dulwich Hamlet match in the last 18 months you’ve heard the ‘Hills' chant. But to call it a chant is a disservice, it’s more an anthem, loosely based on the The Beastie Boys song ‘Girls’.
 
 
(Worth noting that Hamlet version of the song has had all the misogyny of the original removed). 
 
Practically speaking, it’s two verses with a basic chorus in between.A leader in the Rabble/Pepper Army starts by calling out long, slow and found, ‘Hiiilllllssssss”. Verse one goes, this is an example…
 
We’ve got Herne Hill
We’ve got Tulse Hill
We’ve got Denmark Hill
We’ve got Forest Hill
 
Chorus be like…
 
Hills, hills, hills, hills, Hills, hills, hills, hills, Hills, hills, hills, hills,
 
We’ve got Telegraph Hill
We’ve got Beulah Hill
We’ve got Brixton Hill
We’ve got Champion Hill
 
The hills are interchangeable, the leader sings whatever hills they like so long as the hills are in central or south east London. The song always finishes on ‘Champion Hill’, the Hamlet’s stadium in East Dulwich. 
 
There have been, so far as we can make out, thirteen hills mentioned, including the non-existent 'Peckham Hill’ shouted by an enthusiastic but geographically challenged player after a match.
 
So why the long explanation? Well, this year’s Dulwich Hamlet kit features all Hills of the chant ‘Hills' in a Isohypsical (contour) map created using the same data the Ordinance Survey use to create their maps. It’s a football shirt / geographic educational device / a method for finding your way home after a match.
 
The cuffs the sleeves each list four hills, with the final one being Champion, and the hills listed on the different kits (Home, Away, Goalie 1-3) are all different from each other, just like the chant.
 
And in case you find yourself lost and needing to locate the Champion Hill Stadium, the Latitude and Longitude of the centre spot of the pitch is on the back of the shirt under the players’ number.
 
The shirt is probably the first football kit to feature a Crown Copyright message "CONTAINS PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION LICENSED UNDER THE OPEN GOVERNMENT LICENCE V3.0.” It’s a bit dull but hey, copyright is what it is.
 
Colour-wise, home is Hamlet's traditional Pink and Blue with away being the Red, White and Black of DHFC’s ‘twin' Hamburg club Altona93. Goalie kits come in Green and Pink (the watermelon), baby pink and baby blue.
 
The kits also feature sponsors Defected Records, Rising Edge, Octopus Energy and Go Up
 
The kit concept and design was devised by Paul Hamilton, DHST board member, designer of the 21/22 kits, and the fixtures posters as well as lots of the merch. Check Paul out at seeyes.co.uk
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A tribute to former kit person Pauline.

A tribute to Auntie Pauline from vice president Martin Eede.

This week we lost a much-admired lady from Dulwich Hamlet when Pauline Powell passed away unexpectedly.  Known to Gavin Rose and his assistant Junior Kadi as “Auntie Pauline” or “Mum” to the players.  Pauline and her partner Mick fulfilled the important role as “kit lady”.  Before this she had filled the same role for Wayne Burnett at Fisher Athletic.   

However, Pauline was much more to the dressing room, as her adopted names suggest, as she looked after the lads much more than just dishing out the kit.  Pauline supplied all the little additions that made the home dressing room comfortable, by including bits and pieces at her own expense.  But even more than that she brought a family atmosphere to the players. 

Her close family will miss her badly – Mick, Ray, Donna and Alfie and our thoughts will be with them. 

Thank you Pauline you will not be forgotten. 

Martin Eede  (Chairman 90’s-2000’s) 

Vice President 

Graphic: Paul Hamilton
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Dulwich Hamlet pre season schedule

Ready to start following both of our 1st teams after the pre season break? 

Take a look at our full pre season schedule here. 

You can also get your tickets for our men's pre season fixtures here and our women's fixtures here.

On Thursday 11th July we will also be hosting an open training session at Champion Hill. Both the men and women's first teams will participate with a chance for you to meet new and existing players ahead of the 24/25. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

MEN

6/7/24 - Fisher FC, 3pm, away, St Paul's Sports Ground, Salter Rd, London SE16 5DZ

9/7/24 - Crystal Palace XI, 7:45pm, home, Champion Hill. Get your tickets here.

13/7/24 -  Dagenham & Redbridge, 3pm, home, Champion Hill. Get your tickets here.

16/7/24 - TBC

20/7/24 - Dorking Wanderers, 3pm, away, Meadowbank Football Ground, Mill Lane, Dorking RH4 1DX

23/7/24 - Hornchurch FC, 7:45pm home, Champion Hill. Get your tickets here.

27/7/24 - Hythe Town FC, 3pm, away, Reachfields Stadium, Fort Road, Hythe CT21 6JS

30/7/24, Haringey Borough FC, 7:45pm, away, Coles Park Stadium, White Hart Lane, London N17 7JP

3/8/24 - Millwall U21s, 3pm, Champion Hill. Get your tickets here.

WOMEN

14/7/24 - AFC Wimbledon,2pm, away, venue tbc

16/7/24 - Sutton United, 7:45pm,  away, venue tbc

21/7/24 - AFC Whyteleafe, 2pm, home, Champion Hill, get your tickets here.

25/7/24 - Charlton Athletic U21, 7:45pm, away, venue tbc

28/7/24 - Brentford FC, kick-off time tbc, away, venue tbc.

31/7/24 - London City Lionesses U21, 7:45pm, Champion Hill, get your tickets here.

11/8/24 - Crystal Palace U21, 2pm, Champion Hill, get your tickets here.

Update from the Board

We are excited to announce some changes to our board as we move to a new way of running the club that we believe will set us up for success in the future both on and off the pitch.
 
Mel Hughes came to the end of her term as one of the two Supporters' Trust nominated directors in December but we are pleased that Mel will continue as a director of the club in an independent capacity after an enormously successful first couple of seasons as our General Manager.
 
Taking Mel's place representing the Supporters' Trust is Nick Igoe and we look forward to learning from his extensive experience in the game as he joins our board as a new director and he is a testament to the efforts of the Trust to bring people into the club.
 
Returning to a director position after a six-year gap is our company secretary Liam Hickey who already attends board meetings in that capacity but we will now be benefit from his deep knowledge of our club and business experience as a full participant in those meetings.
 
Finally I am happy to confirm that while we had to say goodbye to our women's team captain Brit Saylor on the pitch after her retirement her association with the club will continue as she has accepted the invitation to join the board as a director. We've still got Captain Brittany Saylor!
 
All three of our new appointments have the balance we have been looking for of loving and understanding our club but also having successful track records away from the club with skills and experience that can only challenge and improve the way we operate.
 
We are now in the process of evolving the way we manage each area of our club so we can move faster and progress some of the ideas and projects that we have not had the time or the people to resource and look forward to sharing those updates with you all but in the meantime I hope you will join us in welcoming our new board members.

Media volunteers wanted!

As we prepare for the 24/25 season. We're looking to add to our media team to help cover both our men's and women's team.

 

We've got a number of roles available.

  • Match highlights editor
  • Photographers
  • Commentators
  • Videographers
  • Covering our games on Social Media
  • Programme contributors

 

We're looking for volunteers to cover both our men's and women's side ensuring we provide the best possible content for our supporters.

Interested and want to find out more? Email Media Coordinator Kian: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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