I was a bit later than usual in submitting it to our esteemed editor John Lawrence, and unfortunately missed the cut when it came to his tried and tested deadlines.
Rather than re-hash it for the next home match, which is not for over ten days, I thought I would publish it on-line here, on the official Dulwich Hamlet website, as I always do soon after a match, but this time earlier without it having been published in the programme!
Another home match, so soon after the last one! Even though we like to think our admission prices offer good value for our level, especially our concession rates, we do appreciate that coming to home matches on a Tuesday night & then the following Saturday do add up, so thank you to all of you who have managed to attend both of them! Not that you might have thought so after the result, but as the cliché goes: “That’s football!”
If you were here in the week I hope you managed to have a look at the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters Trust Megashed, which is inbetween the “12th Man” table & the burger stand. For they have some excellent lines in new t-shirts. So good are they in fact, that I’ve already snapped one of them up myself..and a, hoping they don’t all set out before I get the change to buy them game by game.
Two of them are double-sided, priced at £15 and are dedicated to a couple of fan favourites. One features Nyren Clunis, the ‘King of Camberwell’; and the other is another superb design, dedicated to Ash Carew, immortalised as ‘the Saviour of the Hamlet’! The other three are natty one-sided designs, hence the lower retail price of £12. One is a bright pink shirt, featuring the club crest. The second is a ‘hands over the water’ nod to our friends from Hamburg , namely Altona 93 & is a reworking of their club crest, which is done is a Hamlet Pink & Blue style. The last one is a play on Shakespeare’s Hamlet…featuring Yorick’s skull! If that sounds intriguing then you can see them all for yourself at the Megashed, or online at the DHST website, which you can look at by typing in www.dhst.org.uk
The Megashed itself is a fine example of the Football Club & the Trust working together, as they kindly donate half of their profits from all merchandise sales, which they produce on behalf of the Club, directly back into Club coffers. In return for this they have a free reign to produce Club merchandise, as well as having a rent-free concession inside the ground. So it’s ‘win-win’ for the Club & ‘win-win’ for the Trust! It goes without saying, but there’s no harm in saying it, the Football Club Committee are extremely grateful for this service & financial support provided from our Supporters Trust, in this branch of their activities. And whilst there is only a finite amount of stock they can sensibly carry at any one time, I am sure that if, like me, you like to have a look in other club shops then you will appreciate the wide range of stock that is carried by them. And whilst I am personally proud to be ‘Bah humbug!’ as Christmas time approaches, it’s actually the perfect place to stock up on reasonably priced stocking fillers for your Hamlet following family & friends. And it doesn’t just have to be on a match day…as it’s all available on-line from their website, the address of which I mentioned earlier in this column.
And don’t forget…if there’s something you’d like in their Dulwich Hamlet merchandise range then, whilst they can’t guarantee to produce it, feel free to go up to any of their volunteers who staff their shed with your ideas, and I’m sure they will be considered.
Finally, just a ‘quick plug’ for the Youth Team, who have a big match this coming Wednesday 21st October against Bromley, in the third and final qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup, here at Champion Hill. The youngsters are all coached & looked after under the wing of the Gavin Rose-led ASPIRE Academy & this is an excellent chance for you to see who will be the next crop coming through from the amazing ASPIRE conveyor belt of Hamlet talent advancing through our Pink & Blue ranks. It’s only £3 to get in on the night, a mere quid for concessions. And it would be great to see some First Team regulars from the terraces & stands cheering them on.
So see you all back here on Wednesday night, if you can’t get over to Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday.
Mishi D. Morath (Dulwich Hamlet Football Committee, community liaison)