Notice served and Dulwich Hamlet locked out of ground

Discussion in 'Dulwich Hamlet FC' started by sleaterkinney, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. B.I.G

    B.I.G Well-Known Member

    What happens when people haven't earned the right to an opinion #brexit
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  2. Harry R

    Harry R Active Member

    As I understand it, and I'm sure a committee member will correct me if I'm wrong, the committee weren't consulted. They weren't a party in any agreement - the 'agreement' was between Meadow (as controller of the club's finances, appointed by the majority shareholder) and Meadow (landlord).
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  3. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Which part of it isn't true?
    How much do you think it would cost to acquire a new ground, new players, etc?
  4. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    There's some well informed discussion going on in the comments here:
    Firm in trade mark row with embattled football club

    The overwhelming opinion is that Blake Morgan have been thoroughly dodgy, if not downright unethical in their conduct.

  5. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Meadow keep insisting that Hamlet had "repeatedly breached their licence" but have yet to explain any details. Anyone got any idea?
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  6. alcopop

    alcopop Banned Banned

    I think you could argue it worked very well. They got a little army of supporters to get all excited, get some press, etc, etc. Then they say that everything will be fine if the council are more amenable to what they want.

    Pressure is transferred to the council. They cave. Job done.
  7. PartisanDulwich

    PartisanDulwich Well-Known Member

    So bar staff sacked
    and according to Gavin on ITV tonight he was denied entry to the ground
    is that all correct ?
    also reports of 24 hour security
    so take it we have to work on basis 17th we will be playing else where ? not Champion Hill ?
  8. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    You appear to have very little understanding of the situation.

    And far from just getting a 'little army of supporters excited' (your patronising tone is noted), Dulwich Hamlet received support from a huge variety of sources, including Lords and Earls at the House of Lords and the Mayor of London, with both Meadow and Blake Morgan coming out of it looking like unscrupulous companies with a highly dubious code of business ethics.

    Both companies may find themselves tainted by this for many years, so it's hard to see how anyone could conclude that this has proved anything but a total disaster for them.
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  9. Lucy Fur

    Lucy Fur Well-Known Member

    What brings you to this thread, other than to spout your usual drivel. Kindly fuck off. And stay fucked off.
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  10. Lucy Fur

    Lucy Fur Well-Known Member

    Don't know specifics but there were clauses such as all sponsorship boards should come down after matches. They didn't therefore technically a breach. Petty bullshit designed to make them always have an upper hand legally, petty nasty shitwipes that they are.
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  11. B.I.G

    B.I.G Well-Known Member

    These johnny come lately 2004 urbanites should simply stick to what they know #2003
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  12. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Nothing else to add except this is fucking horrendous behaviour and a sad indictment of what can happen when community assets aren't protected and treated as such.

    It's especially sad as I know many Hamlet fans became such after turning their backs on 'Modern Football'(TM) and sought refuge at Hamlet from
    That's what I figured, and I do love the idea of this slightly pepped-up Lord roaming the halls of Westminster, clutching that scarf in his hand and wrapping it round the neck of anyone he can find :D
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  13. Bill Azzi

    Bill Azzi I am not a trademark.

    Would it be possible for all the financial information, all the contracts etc. between the Club and Meadow to be made available for everyone to see online ? Bits and pieces of information seem to emerge from time to time so why not everything ? Only in the past week or so have I, and others, found out for the first time,from postings on forums etc, that the "back rent" was £121,000, that the "debt" is £750,000 (does that include the rent ?). There was also the £6,000 in VAT, having arisen from a VAT assessment- what income was being assessed ? I only found out from a posting on this thread that one of the contract terms was to remove the sponsorship boards after games, which seems an odd requirement for a stadium with no other user.
  14. alcopop

    alcopop Banned Banned

    Lets see how it pans out shall we?
  15. alcopop

    alcopop Banned Banned

    It’s hard to conclude anything at this juncture.

    Nothing has been finalised.

    You can conclude all you like when the fat lady has sung

  16. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    You could start by listening to the people who know far more about the situation than you because your random conjecture is pretty pointless.
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  17. PartisanDulwich

    PartisanDulwich Well-Known Member

    [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed
    OK, I need to tell you all something, this could be quite a long thread, so don't worry about missing anything. Catch up later if needs be. I'll be on all day with this one.... In 1993, i was a young street cop in South East London.

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      2. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 13h13 hours ago
        I worked on the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth. Man that was a fucking hard place to police. On my bus home, i would pass a nice little football ground in East Dulwich. Popped in for a pint and an evening game one day and fell in love with the place

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      3. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 13h13 hours ago
        The handful of supporters behind the goal were same ones that sold me a programme, manned the turnstiles and made the teas at half time. My kind of football club. So, after a while, i warn to The Rabble, and they warm to me... More importantly, they inspired me

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      4. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 13h13 hours ago
        The problems on my beat were mainly centred around youngsters with nothing to do and no role models in their lives. The club was void of supporters in great numbers but the passion in the small group that were there, was amazing.

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      5. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 13h13 hours ago
        So, they knew what i did for a living and came up with a range of schemes and initiatives that would bond the community. We started a simple schools competition and every week, a hundred excited youngsters flocked to Champion Hill.

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      6. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 13h13 hours ago
        Walworth is a big Boxing area, so we got local Champions, British, European and Commonwealth Champions to come down the Hamlet and sign autographs for the kids who would normally be running rampage through he estates.

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      7. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 13h13 hours ago
        And the more we took kids off of the streets, the easier life was for me on the beat. Local kids now had local heroes to look up and when they weren't at the football, they were in the boxing gyms around Camberwell and Walworth.

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      8. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 13h13 hours ago
        Crime on my beat dropped dramatically. When we saw kids out who were doing 'proper kid stuff' me and my mates would give complimentary tickets for the football matches to them. The football Club as a tool we used to fight crime

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      9. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 13h13 hours ago
        In recent years, the football club kick-started all these community schemes and it doesn't need me to re-write all that has been said in recent years. Look it up for yourself, the myriad of schemes, promotions, initiatives that bring ppl together, as one.

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      10. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 12h12 hours ago
        It genuinely is the most inspiring place i have ever experienced. Those fans i told you about, they would come out on Christmas Day and round up lonely pensioners and take them to the Christmas Day bash at Dulwich College.

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      11. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 12h12 hours ago
        They would ask friends who were local school teachers and caretakers to apply for the free tickets for schools and take more kids off the streets...... They invited every community group, association, help promotions for pensioners....

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      12. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 12h12 hours ago
        They created a football club that is the heart beat of a community. A place where people go and the football, as good as it is, is actually secondary to what the club is, itself.

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      13. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 12h12 hours ago
        You may have asked who this football club. well, yesterday, legal representatives of the owners of the football club, issued the football club with a notice telling them they can no longer use the name, the nickname or the letters on any media. Electronic or otherwise.

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      14. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 12h12 hours ago
        A club with 125 years of service to the people of London, a club that provides entertainment, a magnate for local families, an aspiration for local footballers and history second to none. And why is this you may ask....

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      15. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 12h12 hours ago
        The owners were refused planning permission for their luxury development on the grounds that they did not provide enough affordable housing.... Can you see where this is going?

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      16. [​IMG]Kevin Holland‏ @TheSolarShed 12h12 hours ago
        So in a nutshell, they have effectively 'closed' the football club, killed off it's name and for some strange reason think this will go unchallenged. This will rumble on for a while yet and this week is pivotal, as the council may well yet take decisive action....

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  18. DonkeyAssessor

    DonkeyAssessor Well-Known Member

    I feel a great deal of empathy here.
    My argument for some years re abolition.of school playing fields, is if kids could propel a cricket ball up each others nostrils or belt one a 100 yards, they would have far less inclination to stick a knife in another kid.
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  19. Lucy Fur

    Lucy Fur Well-Known Member

    Is your life really so empty that you are reduced to this. Get your self out son, try to make some friends, foster some hobbies. Cos you are making a right tit of yourself here.
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  20. YTC

    YTC Human Man

    We will, and you'll look like the bellend you clearly are.
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  21. dcdulwich

    dcdulwich Well-Known Member

    Of course, a lot more than that is and will be being done by Parliamentarians - as has been the case with Councillors. I think it's fair to say that Peter John, Catherine Rose and many others, have done much more than wear a scarf - although they have done that too.

    It's a bit of fun, yes, but you will also see from Roy's comments, that most of the scarf wearers are football fans. It's important to get support and, indeed, spark a bit of anger, over the way our club has been treated and Roy is doing an absolutely bang up job.

    Take the piss if you want but these are all people who can make a difference - not just for our club, but for others that will inevitably face similar problems in the future. If we get through this intact, we must surely work towards making sure that other clubs in the football family, perhaps not as resilient as ours, can survive too?
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  22. dessiato

    dessiato Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

    And this is why I support your fight. I'm doing it so that low level football teams have a chance of survival. I'm doing it so that one day, if they come for my team, they'll think twice and maybe walk away. I'm doing it so there'll be affordable football to watch.
  23. liamdhfc

    liamdhfc Well-Known Member

    Bill and o
    Bill and others, I am sorry you feel that the club has not been transparent but let's be straight here and say that all the owners of Dulwich Hamlet FC Ltd over the years have been opaque at best.
    I have alluded in my recent programme columns to the back rent and I'm not having any blame loaded on the club committee in any of this. The club's debt is very evident from its published accouns and that is again something thas been there for many years.
    The club committee asked to see budgets and other figures over the last few years but were shown some at a meeting some 2 years ago. However, we were not even allowed to keep a copy.
    The playing budget was set by Meadow acting under their agreement with the majority shareholder, the licence was imposed and it was clear there were caveats within it that could be used to remove us as required, that's why we resisted the club entering into it until we were threatened with the gates being shut.
    When Meadow dumped the club back in the hands of its majority shareholder, we have worked tirelessly to unravel the situation and understand the club's finances without any handover of information from Meadow.
    We have been lucky to be able to call on favours from an accountant i know, one that Meadow left high and dry without paying his fees.
    The HMRC investigation was into underdeclared gate income by people employed by Meadow.
    The committee has never at any time been in a meeting with Meadow about running the Football Club as we were not the body that Meadow wanted to hand the club to when they had received planning permission.
    Yet, despite being treated as an irrelevance by many, it is my team that have put their heads up to be shot at by trying to run the club finances. Even there, promises of income streams were withdrawn without notice and threw our projections out of the window.
    It isn't a power thing to have be one company Directors, it's a necessity that serves to protect our legal position because we could otherwise be seen as acting in quasi Director roles as the only Director had no interest in running the business on a day to day basis. This despite many thinking we were mad.
    However, this isn't about wanting thanks.
    In conclusion, I can't see what can be served by putting any agreements up on a forum, even if the terms of them allowed me to.
    I am always happy to chat to people about the situation and be as honest as possible but my time is currently very much taken up with talking to other clubs about using their facilities, keeping the league on our side, trying to work out how we can meet our financial obligations and some discussions about routes to get the club out of this. Oh, and a job I have to hold down.
    In closing, I have to say that over anything I may have done, YTC has done even more and without him I'm not sure where we would be.
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  24. Lucy Fur

    Lucy Fur Well-Known Member

    members of both the football committee and the trust have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get this information, but meadows have been totally uncooperative in these matters. It's also worth pointing out that the licence which was signed "under duress" also contained a confidentiality clause meaning the contents could not be made public, and to do so would be a breach in itself. The situation has been further exasperated by the fact that meadows insisted on managing the financial affairs, promising to give us monies from bar/gate to pay for purely football matters, wages etc. they should of been paying rent vat and so on. the questions you ask are good ones, but don't think for a second nobody else has been asking them, and for a long time before we came to this.

    edit. ah liamdhfc has just answered this more comprehensively than me!
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  25. Bill Azzi

    Bill Azzi I am not a trademark.

    Liam, I didn't for one moment mean to make a criticism of the Club or yourself in any way and Iam very sorry if it came across like it. I just felt it would be a positive thing for everyone to see how the Club were being screwed by these contract terms and financial restrictions. Apologies. Bill
  26. Fingers

    Fingers From Tuscany SE22

    I for one am going to throw some thanks at Liam and Tom. Each and every time I have approached them at a game they have always made time to have a chat about the situation and update on what is going on in a transparent manner.
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  27. Dulwich Mishi

    Dulwich Mishi Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!

    Only what I heard someone say, but the person who I heard talking about it is usually fairly accurate...something I overheard in the bar, not told to me directly in public.
  28. blueheaven

    blueheaven Well-Known Member

    Why does Meadow's release talk about buying the site out of administration in 2014 and paying off the club's bills? Wasn't that Hadley that did that? I thought they were two different things.
  29. Dulwich Mishi

    Dulwich Mishi Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!

    Probably you've had as much information as Steve Dye used to supply when he was in charge...
  30. Dulwich Mishi

    Dulwich Mishi Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!

    As liamdhfc modestly alluded to, he has been working tirelessly alongside YTC on our current crisis. Let us not forget they both have day jobs, their work on the Football Committee is a voluntary labour of love.

    Whatever happens, whether we go out of existence or get through this and thrive, for me personally, for their input and lead on all this, they will be up there-using a word I don't bandy about lightly-as true Dulwich Hamlet LEGENDS. Up there alongside the likes of 'Pa' Wilson, George Wheeler, Ossie Bayram, Edgar Kail...

    No more words needed from me in this post.

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