My second Dulwich Hamlet football match on 9th February, was the best game of my life. It was in remembrance of my super grandad, John Avis, a loyal fan and is filled with memories that will never go away. We travelled from Stoke on Trent to Champion Hill, South London, home to the great stadium of Dulwich Hamlet and joined over 2500 spectators to watch Hamlet play Welling.
From 2 o’clock everyone crowded into the bars and terraces and the chatter grew louder as they caught up on their week and discussed game plans. The players were on fire - one goal, two goals, it was obvious who was going to win. Bright colours of pink and blue covered the walls and spun above the heads of pumped fans who stood behind the goal.
The Welling manager, wildly waved his arms like a cheerleader and amused the crowds with his enthusiastic advice to the referee. Our team kept calm and focussed throughout. The opposition popped a lucky goal towards the end of the match, but the game ended 2:1 to Dulwich.
Whilst beaming Dulwich fans slipped back through the turnstiles at the end, I snuck onto the pitch and had a photo with my favourite player, Nathan Green. I thought about the game and how welcome we had been made to feel and, even though loads of people get to do this every weekend, this had been MY BEST DAY EVER.