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Dulwich Hamlet History Notes

the 12th man

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Looking at 1978/79 programme

states

highest goal scorer in a season 53 Edgar Kail 1925/26
First team appearances Reg Merritt 571 1950-1966

Record League Victory 11-3 v Civil service 1925/26
We beat Worthing 9-0 in around 1990/91 So by winning margin will surpass that. Ronnie Murrock scored 4 headers.
 

Pink Panther

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We beat Worthing 9-0 in around 1990/91 So by winning margin will surpass that. Ronnie Murrock scored 4 headers.
There's also a 10-1 v West Norwood in 1920/21 listed as joint highest league win. All the goals in that 9-0 v Worthing were scored in the space of just 44 minutes between the 28th and 72nd minutes. We came within a whisker of making it 10-0 when a long range shot from Jim Cannon hit the inside of each post and came back out. That was the moment that convinced me I'm never going to see the Hamlet score double figures. I also saw us beat Borehamwood 9-2 in October 1978, when their keeper had to go off injured after about 5 minutes. George Borg, who will be managing Braintree against us on Saturday, scored a hat-trick that day as did Ossie Bayram.
 

the 12th man

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To get this back in a more appropriate thread!
Post War Top 11 goalscorers
Tommy Jover 192
John Everitt 177
Leslie Green 160
Ossie Bayram 137
Leslie Brown 121
Nyren Clunis 117
Pat Connett 110
Arthur Phebey 77
Paul Whitmarsh 74
Lee Akers 72
Roy Wootton 70
 

PartisanDulwich

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Interesting letter re old turnstiles from Champion Hill - Dulwich Hamlet - This letter was recently posted by someone on ebay for sale
Would be interesting to know if we did indeed sell some and if so to whom ?
Know Hamlet were in serious financial difficulties at the time (as it often was from the 1970's on)
 
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PartisanDulwich

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League Games

1937/38 Wimbledon 1 Dulwich Hamlet 9
1927/28 Dulwich Hamlet 10 Civil Service 2
1925/26 Civil Service 3 Dulwich Hamlet 11
1921/22 The Casuals 2 Dulwich Hamlet 9
1920/21 West Norwood 1 Dulwich Hamlet 10

1978/79 Dulwich Hamlet 9 Boreham Wood 2

1990/91 Dulwich Hamlet 9 Worthing 0
 

Pink Panther

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Interesting letter re old turnstiles from Champion Hill - Dulwich Hamlet - This letter was recently posted by someone on ebay for sale
Would be interesting to know if we did indeed sell some and if so to whom ?
Know Hamlet were in serious financial difficulties at the time (as it often was from the 1970's on)
The letter dates from the end of the first season at the current ground. I doubt we were in "serious financial difficulties" at that time as the Sainsbury's redevelopment cleared the club's debt. Bill Azzi still sells programmes at most home games, I'm sure he can say what happened to the turnstiles. I think he was the club treasurer at the time.
 

PartisanDulwich

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1977/78 Isthmian League Division One

10th September 1977 Wembley V Dulwich Hamlet 0-5
13th September 1977 Dulwich Hamlet V Corinthian Casuals 5-0

Back to back Dulwich Hamlet 5-0 victories in League games
 

Pink Panther

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1977/78 Isthmian League Division One

10th September 1977 Wembley V Dulwich Hamlet 0-5
13th September 1977 Dulwich Hamlet V Corinthian Casuals 5-0

Back to back Dulwich Hamlet 5-0 victories in League games
In October the following season we beat Borehamwood 9-2 and Oxford City 5-2 in home league games: 14 goals in four days.
 

PartisanDulwich

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Saturday 2nd april 1960 Dulwich Hamlet played a friendley against Sweedish team Perstorp SK " playing in an almost complete white outfit, this young side played some very attractive football. Their style was typically continenteal. they moved the ball very quickley from one to another and ran into open spaces. Inthe first half they were definateley on top and their small but brilliant right half Rubin gave a polished display."
The score at half time was 1-1 and FT 4-2
Perstrop SK got a great ovation from the crowd as they left the field
 

PartisanDulwich

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10th October 1959 programme

"Dulwich Hamlet Cricket Club (founded 1889) This Club is older than the football Club and it is intresting to note that the Football club was orginally formed to keep the Cricketers together in the winter"
 

Roger D

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There's contradictory evidence on this one. Dulwich Hamlet Old Boys Association was founded in Febrary 1893. The South London Press report on the first meeting stated that immediate steps were taken to found a cricket club.

However, there are a few reference to Dulwich Hamlet playing cricket in the South London Press in 1892. The opposition include Celtic and Dowlas, which sound unlikely opponents for a school team.

I think the exact foundation ndate of the cricket section currently has to be filed under uncertain.

Edited to add the link. This contains an extract from a DHFC proggue stating the cricket club was founded in 1893. I doubt we'll ever know for certain now

 
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PartisanDulwich

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Turnstiles
Allegedly 6 turnstiles came out of the old stadium, x1 had not been used for many years - a couple "may" have been sold to Corinthian casuals in the early 1990's - two remain on the greendale entrance
 

Pink Panther

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Champion Hill - Dog Kennel Hill 1952 (tram lines being removed)
I believe this was the only section of tramline in London with two lines running in each direction. This was for safety reasons because, due to the steep gradient, trams were not allowed to enter this section until the preceding tram had clear the top/bottom in case a mechanical/electrical failure caused a tram to run out of control.

I remember well known fan Pat Mitchell telling us that the Hamlet players used to train by running up Dog Kennel Hill in pairs, racing against the trams!

Turnstiles
Allegedly 6 turnstiles came out of the old stadium, x1 had not been used for many years - a couple "may" have been sold to Corinthian casuals in the early 1990's - two remain on the greendale entrance
I'm fairly sure Corinthian-Casuals did have a couple. They moved to their current ground around the same time we vacated old Champion Hill. It was very basic to begin with as they'd dropped out of the Isthmian League for five years or so to play at London Spartan League level, but when they returned to the Isthmian League they had a load of fencing panels from our ground which were clearly recognisable to those who had seen them at Champion Hill.
 

PartisanDulwich

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Had not spotted before, that in the 1932 final against Marine at Upton Park - Dulwich Hamlet were wearing the present DHFC logo rather than than the heraldic crest seen on replica shirts from the 1937 final
 

PartisanDulwich

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Corinthian Casuals saying the battery of four they have now came from the old Royal Horticultural Halls ???
King George's Field, Tolworth used by Casuals from 1988-
 

Pink Panther

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DHFC Winners Isthmian League Division One 1978
must one of Dulwich Hamlet's first black players ???
Tony White is the player in question. He was with us for a couple of years, mostly as an understudy/reserve, although he played in my first ever Hamlet game at home to Hertford Town (1 May 1978) when Kimm Connett replaced him as substitute and scored the only goal of the game.

Errol Rhoden was an earlier black player who appears in one of the Hamlet team photos from a few years earlier but I never saw him play.
 

Pink Panther

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Would Errol Rhoden be the first black player since Hagazi
No idea, but given the high turnover of players who only made a handful of appearances during the club's wilderness years of the mid/late sixties, and the number of migrants from the Windrush generation who settled in Lambeth/Southwark/Lewisham, I suspect there may have been earlier examples.
 

PartisanDulwich

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Tuffnell Park V Dulwich Hamlet 1950

"The Hamlet now have the finest ground and amenities for Amateur soccer in the Country"
"They will always remain a shinning example of TRUE AMATEUR FOOTBALL"
"Once a Hamlet player always a Hamlet player"
 
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