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The Boys Are Back In Town!

2 years ago By Mishi Morath

Saturday afternoon promises to see one of the biggest reunions of former Hamlet players ever seen in the history of our club!

Kimm Connett, who played for The Hamlet in the late Seventies, [pictured above-third right-, with his family at the ground, earlier this season] He was part of our Isthmian League Division One Championship team from 1978, is the prime mover behind the establishing of a 'Dulwich Hamlet Former Players Association'.

The gathering of our heroes of yesteryear is well overdue, and the Club owes a huge thank you to Kimm for his efforts.

The aim is to have a number of social events each year, not just for the 'Old Boys', but for all of our fans to get involved in. The gathering this weekend is just the beginning for what we are sure will be an excellent organisation.

The players will be in the Clubhouse for old fans and new to chat to, with many old memories no doubt be shared, with old ones-almost forgotten-being relived.

The manager of that successful '78 team, Alan Smith, who went on to take the helm professionally at Crystal Palace among others, will be coming along.

Some of those from that side which bounced from relegation at the first attempt who have promised to be there include Harry Falconer; Martin Lewis; Rodney Brookes; and Steve Rogers...not the mention one of the all-time Hamlet legends Ossie Bayram, whose name is still sung behind the goal at Champion Hill!

From the Eighties Andy Edwards, Steve Bowtell; Nicky Glover; Paul Edwards & Kevin Wallace hope to be there.

Two of our longest-serving stalwarts, both of whom made over FIVE HUNDRED appearances, Gary Hewitt & Lee Akers are coming.

Paul Hannifan is coming, from the mid-Seventies.

From even further back are the likes of Eric Allinson; John Everitt; Ron Eastland; John Swann; Ken Jelly; Peter Smith & Roy Wootton.

These are just some of our former names who are making a pilgrimage back to Champion Hill on Saturday afternoon, when we take on Needham Market, kick off at 3.00pm.

After the final whistle they are all hanging around in the clubhouse and some will be taking to the microphone to share some of their memories of their time here, with our supporters.

Also taking to the stage will be stalwart Hamlet fan, and popular on the 'after dinner' speaking circuit, Bob 'The Cat' Bevan.

Roll on Saturday...I don't know about you, but I just can't wait!

Updated 20:39 - 5 Dec 2015 by Liam Hickey

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