Discussion in 'Dulwich Hamlet FC' started by Jamie Wyatt, May 5, 2014.
No doubt 4000 Chelsea fans.
Dulwich Hamlet V Nigeria
Saturday 17 September 1949
Dulwich Hamlet won 1-0
possibly highest post war attendance at Champion Hill
The highest post war league or cup game attendance I can find reference to is
12,241 V Walton on Saturday 19th February 1949 at Champion Hill
source: Tony's Non-League Forum: Non League Football Information: History: Nigeria Tour 1949
You said probably the biggest home midweek since the Fifties...you then quote a bigger one from the Sixties...and a much larger one from the forties! As long as you're happy, and all that, but...GOOD GRIEF!
I was really only referring to mid week league/cup games - not friendlies
and primarily to the new stadium
4 gates over 2000 is surely a first at the new ground?
10.10.1931: 16,254 watched the a 1-1 draw against Nunhead in the first game at the new ground.
And the biggest of the season in the FA Trophy too.
Just for the hell of it our 24 'Ryman League' games had an average attendance of 1367 (vs 1343 in 23 last year).
Our midweek average bumped up to 922.
(I won't be using those figures for comparisons in the future )
That's really helpful -
16,254 for Dulwich Hamlet V Nunhead on 10th October 1931 would be a record attendance for League/Cup game at Champion Hill involving Dulwich Hamlet
especially, if the old Champion Hill record attendance was 20,744 for Kingstonians V Stockton in the FA Cup final held on 8th April 1933
The highest for a Dulwich Hamlet friendly at Champion Hill would (almost certainly be) 18,000 for Hamlet V Nigeria
Saturday 17 September 1949
The attendance record is almost certainly for the first game. The gate quoted was the paying gate, as I understand. On top of that would have been complimentary tickets, official guests AND season ticket holders. And has always been widely accepted, anecdotally down the years, as our record gate.
Anyone who's known you for as long as I have would find that quite plausible.
Sorry PartisanDulwich just catching up. The answer is 4 more this season - 8 midweek league games in total. We seem to have 4 home midweek games set at the start of the season. The final number played is, of course, invariably higher.
For the previous three seasons in the Ryman Premier we had 6 home midweek league games. The last time we had 4 midweek league games at home was when we were in Ryman South when there were 2 fewer home league games anyway.
Fwiw I reckon we’ll have our highest opening game gate for quite a while today. Over 877 will do it.
First home game of the 2017/18 Season and one of the highest for many years - highest in last 50 plus years ?
Dulwich Hamlet v Staines Town - 1,096
Your favourite Bostik away ground- here are the results! - The Bostik Football League
Who knows? No records kept really going that far back, but...'possibly'?
So impressive you had to mention it twice! ;-)
It was so good on Saturday...even without a cup of tea! [Just as well I don't drink tea!]
I think that's also the first 1,000+ attendance for any Hamlet match in August in modern times.
so since Sky invented Football in 1992
Since our regular 1,000+ crowds dipped into three figures around 1960.
Actually, with hindsight, I think we had just over 1,000 for another match against Staines two years ago (a 1-2 defeat) on a day that was incredibly hot. Generally our Saturday attendances start low in August and build up through the Autumn, whereas the midweek ones tend to be larger early on when the evenings are mild and dip in the winter months.
2nd game of the season
Dulwich Hamlet v Billericay Town - 1,688
2nd over 1,000
That said if this game had been later in the season sure we could have put 1,000 on todays 1,688
It was way more enjoyable without that extra 1000 though.
Bilericay Town fans were claiming to be the best supported team in the League last Saturday
I've heard a rumour the League fixed the fixtures so this game was early as they wanted the kudos of a big attendance early in the season. That would explain the stange allocation of home games for both the first two Saturdays. Obviously the game might have been cast in August anyway, or even ended up on a Tuesday night, but it's potentially cost us a lot of money in lost takings compared with what we might have got in March or April.
No doubt it was thanks to Billericay.
To be honest I can't believe it was that big, what with Eastbourne Town playing the same day...
That's all 3 august home games at over 1000?
Wow! That's amazing...how can I not have spotted that?
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