Remembering Steve Connolly

Remembering Steve Connolly

It is with great sadness that I’m writing this after the passing of my best mate Steve “Deltasix” Connolly on Saturday night.

Steve, was a very familiar face around Champion Hill and at away games with his hat full of badges and accompanied by his wife Jean and their mascot Friday. Jean and Steve would travel all over the country watching Dulwich and making many friends along the way.

Steve and I first met around 35 years ago, living in Essex and both supporting Southend United at the time we started a fanzine together called The Little Gazette and published over 100 issues.

Politics and personal situation drove me away from Essex and Steve to Marbella with his wife of the time Carol. Carol sadly passed away in 2010 and by that time I was living in South London and had discovered Dulwich Hamlet FC, Champion Hill and this wonderful, magical football club that has you hooked the first time you walk through its turnstiles.

It was February 2014 when I first persuaded Steve to go to a game, an away trip to Canvey Island. Steve was back living in Essex at this time, and as I’d been raving about the likes of Nyren Clunis, Peter Adeniyi, Ellis Green and this magical little guy from Turkey Erhun Oztumer, Steve wanted to see this for himself. We lost 2-1!

That wasn’t to stop Steve though as he started coming to more games, then joined me at Champion Hill for the first time for a Tuesday night game against Bury. We started travelling to away games and Steve would often bring along his Grandson Harry and his son-in-law Nick, but together we wouldn’t miss a game home or away. I remember him staying at my flat in Battersea for a 5am start on a Sunday to get the supporters coach to Torquay for a league game away to Truro. Fun days!

Steve met this lovely lady called Jean in 2016. Jean loved football, loved cricket and loved a social life, it was a match made in heaven and I remember Jean joining us for her first Dulwich game in the 2016 the Play Off Final away to East Thurrock United. We lost that one as well but Jean and Steve would become regulars along with Friday and made many, many friends along the way.

You’re going to be sadly missed my friend by me, at Champion Hill and everybody who came into contact with you. RIP my best mate.

Ian Kemp

I’ve met a lot of people at this club but meeting Steve (Jean and Friday) for the first time is something I’ll never forget, thankfully it was the first time of many. Forever grateful to have known you, you’ll always be one of the best.

Flo Clasper

We are absolutely heartbroken to hear the news of Steve’s passing. Steve was an absolutely fantastic person, a proper Dulwich & Football fan who always had time for everyone. We always looked forward to a catch up and a drink on Saturday’s with Steve & Jean and always had a great time being in their company. (Even if the result hadn’t gone our way on the day!)

His presence at Champion Hill has been missed by many over the last few months and will continue to be after this heartbreaking news.

We send our love & condolences to Jean and all of Steve’s family and friends.

Rest In Peace Steve, you we’re one of the best.

With Love from The Price Family



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Edgar Kail Way,
East Dulwich,
SE22 8BD.


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