Wednesday, 25 November 2015

FTH 27 - Altona special

A special episode recorded during a recent visit to Hamburg. Includes a chat with our great friend and Altona fanzine editor Jan Stöver. There's a chance meeting with ex-Dulwich Hamlet and current Altona player Malik Issahaku. Then a chat with Hamburg-based football writer Ceylan Hussein and finally we meet Hamlet fan and world-famous actor Michael Wagg.

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Hosted and produced by Ben Sibley (@vicar_of_sibley).

Monday, 26 October 2015

FTH 26

In this episode we speak to DHFC GK Phil Wilson on the day of his 33rd birthday. We then meet Aspire Academy graduate Jamie Mascoll. Finally, Jack McInroy speaks to his dad Jacko McInroy about Black History Month and an Egyptian superstar who once wore the pink and blue.

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Hosted and produced by Ben Sibley (@vicar_of_sibley) and Hugo Greenhalgh (@HugoGreenhalgh).

Thursday, 8 October 2015

FTH 25 - a match day at Champion Hill


To celebrate our 25th podcast, we've tried a slightly different approach. We knew last Saturday's game at home to VCD Athletic would be a hugely busy day for us. Prior to the game, the club opened an exhibition of past and present black players to mark Black History Month 2015.

During the game, a huge crowd was expected due to the 'pay what you want' initiative to mark the Hamlet's contribution to this year's Non League Day. After the game, the club were to come together to say goodbye to Bar Manager Stephen and to hand out several player of the month awards. We round the day off by speaking to Aspire Academy graduate Josh Fernandes after his first senior goal for the club earlier in the day.

All in all, there was a lot going on. We decided to try and capture as much as we could to give you an insight into a day spent at Champion Hill. Some bits work better than others so please bear with us and let us know what you think! All criticism, constructive or otherwise, is welcome. We produce the podcast for you, so your opinion is vital.

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Monday, 28 September 2015

FTH 24


Photo: @hawksultras

In this episode we meet Duncan Palmer - one of Dulwich Hamlet's two official photographers. We also took advantage of a recent FA Cup trip to Whitehawk to chat to three fans of the most upwardly-mobile non-league team in the country.

PLEASE NOTE: the chat with the Whitehawk guys and girls does contain very explicit language - from both ourselves and our guests. We have kept it in as we feel it helps give context to the conversation topics.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

We love you, left-foot curler

Ben Sibley, one half of Forward The Hamlet, writes...

Until the last five years or so it was generally perceived that playing a left-footed attacking player on the right-hand side of the pitch put your team at a disadvantage.

A winger beats his man and whips in an out-swinging cross, surely? How could you expect a left-footed player to swing in a dangerous cross with his weaker foot? Angel Di Maria’s right foot is so poor that he favours a completely unnatural movement to deliver from his weaker side.

Hang about, does the winger need to beat his man at all? Why can’t he cut inside and significantly increase his possibilities for distribution?

If he was feeling particularly devil-may-care, he could even take a shot at goal. Arjen Robben feels this way 98% of the time, occasionally leading to spectacular scenes.

As it turns out, new Dulwich Hamlet loan signing Rhys Murrell-Williamson is just as guilty of this feeling as the chocolate-ankled Dutchman.

It was a predictably physical and tight affair as Billericay visited Champion Hill on Saturday 5th September 2015 – it was a game that needed a moment of magic. And a moment of magic it got.

Billericay number one Jack Giddens' bedroom window might overlook the greenest fields in all of Essex. He might be in a happy relationship with a partner he considers his soulmate.

There’s a possibility he drives an Aston Martin DB6 in gun-metal grey. Of a Sunday he may just tinkle the ivories of an 80 year-old Steinway. But, ol’ Giddens has never seen anything as beautiful as Rhys’ ninetieth-minute winner.

Rhys’ goal left a huge impression on us - it could be the delicious arc of the ball; it could be the gawping mouth and despairing eyes of the static goalkeeper; it could be the balletic follow-through. It could be all three. Yeah, it’s all three.

These components make up what is the most beautiful shot in all of football – the left-footed curler into the far top corner.

When executed perfectly, the ball wraps itself sensually into the side-netting. Like an otter cub curling up into its mother’s warm, fluffy stomach. As the ball enters the goal just inside the post, it traces the curve of the net into the literal back of the net before nestling at ground level and occasionally, teasingly, rolling back out across the goal-line. A final tongue stuck out at the stranded goalkeeper.

You’ve enjoyed every tantalising second of this due to the ball’s arced flight – the shot has been hit at a pace and angle which grabs your attention and allows you to dream.

A thunderbastard of Steven Reid proportions is all killer no filler, it’s a shot of absinthe. You can’t admire it as you consume it. Without big-screen replays, that shot disappears into the record books before you’ve even acknowledged it.

A left-foot curled shot is a drop of single malt. It’s cultured, it’s layered and most of all – it’s fucking delicious.

Just minutes into his Dulwich Hamlet debut and with seconds left on the clock, Rhys collected a Kevin James headed pass out on the right flank. He moved towards the penalty area before squaring up his marker, cutting inside and curling, caressing, stroking, pouring a left-foot shot into the far top corner.

Moments before he made contact with the ball, Kev fell flat on his face – paralysed with anticipation of such beauty. Himself motionless, Giddens watched, mouth gaping, eyes despairing as Rhys’ single malt hit the spot.

All four of these photos are Duncan Palmer's

Anyone can smash a shot at goal and hope for the best - Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have made careers out of it (don’t @ us).

Rhys took the tougher path, he reached for the aged, dusty bottle way above the brightly-coloured optics, he took care of that ball like it had never been taken care of before. He had full confidence that his accuracy would negate the need for power – even on his debut in the dying moments of a goalless game.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson – you devil-may-care legend.

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Good old fashioned football

This piece is authored by Dulwich Hamlet fan James Portland. Originally posted on his blog, he has kindly allowed us to repost here. It should be read as a response to the tripe recently published in the Guardian.

There’s a lot of stuff in the media about the growth in Hamlet’s support, and how supporting the club is about fighting fascism and eating bratwurst. It got me thinking about what attracted me to the club.

I’ve always been left wing, and it’s nice to know a sizable contingent of Dulwich fans are likely to share my views on a number of social issues. That’s not always been the case when, at Premier League grounds, you can find yourself surrounded by furious men shouting their way through questionable ditties.

The club and its fans laudably strive for positive action within the community and, well, stickers bearing a fist bashing Nigel Farage’s face are always going to be a winner.

But what about the actual football? The Communist Party of Britain has its headquarters in Croydon, and the Socialist Party of Great Britain is based in Clapham. If you’re purely looking for left wing political movements to join, it would make more sense to contact one of those groups and get involved in their activities.

If the media reports are to be believed, the new wave of fans at Dulwich aren’t interested in football, they’ve just seen another facet of working class life that can provide a bit of fun for a while.

Quaffing “craft” ale (when did it stop just being ale?), and penning slogans about the coming emancipation from wage slavery, are noble pursuits, of course, and the “H word” has quickly been drained of all meaning by the late-to-the-party mainstreamers who, seemingly unaware of the irony, now dispatch it indiscriminately against anyone they want to disparage in order to feel better about themselves.

But is there any truth to the notion that people start following the club simply because it seems trendy, or because they just like the idea of waving Pride flags around and getting smashed on Buckfast?

Well, who gives a shit?

Perhaps it’s not really for a newcomer to say it but, if people are attracted to the club, let them come. If they enjoy the feeling of being welcomed into a community more than they care about the quality of the football or the results, who cares?

There is always a large number of salt-o-the-earth supporters at Premier League grounds who complain about the numbers of “day trippers” and yet get so smashed in the pub before the game, they barely register what happens on the pitch. Do the journalists write about those fans? No, because there is no story there.

And even if there was, no middle class journalist is going to write an article that draws a caricature of working class fans as boorish drunkards who can barely stand up straight during the match.

But there is a story to be had when the journalist hears about “hipsters” suddenly turning up in their droves to chant about socialism while watching a team that wears pink and plays in Dulwich, because “hipster” is a buzz word that the journalist has recently learned, and those middle class lefty types won’t be up in arms if you dismiss them in such an ignorant way.

It’s the journalists themselves who are the hipsters, isn’t it? Jumping on any cultural meme they think they can get a bit of currency out of, using it for their own benefit without a fuck given for the accuracy of their articles, exactly as they accuse the new Dulwich fans of doing the same to the club.

But if those Dulwich fans are turning up to games regularly, perhaps even getting involved in activities organised by other supporters, then they’re doing a lot more than this dictionary definition of “hipster” suggests:

1. a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.

In fact, following a football club is by no means a latest trend, and it isn’t outside of the cultural mainstream. Unless, that is, you read “cultural mainstream” as “corporately commandeered cultural pastime that has become little more than a means of exploiting working people for every last penny you can squeeze”.

In which case, yeah, non-league clubs in general are outside the cultural mainstream.

And what about the Hamlet fans who aren’t there for the politics, and happen to support Dulwich the same way (or, more likely, not the same way) that the journalist supports Arsenal? Supporters who, irrespective of class, turn up each week solely for the enjoyment of watching the team play football?

I’d be willing to bet that the vast majority of the new wave of Hamlet fans have turned to the club because they became aware of an alternative to the experience as a customer of Premier League clubs.

Fifty quid for a ticket, fifty quid each year to be a “member”, entitling you to the square root of being a mug, crowds that bitch and moan all the time unless they’re winning 5-0, players strutting around the pitch looking useless, safe in the knowledge they’ve just stashed another fifty grand in the bank, and the constant barrage of football “banter” that permeates every aspect of life, an endless stream of people who never actually watch the club they “support”, but will bend your ear eight hours a day in the office about Man United or Liverpool.

Yeah, watching Nyren Clunis tear down the right wing at Kingsmeadow in front of 442 of us was much more fun, actually. If that makes me a hipster, sign me up.

As mentioned, this piece is James' own and was originally posted on his blog. He echoes many of our own views and as such, we stole it. Because we're lazy.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

FTH 23


This photo of Danny Waldren is Laraine Bateman's

We caught up with manager Gavin Rose and new club captain Danny Waldren at the Dulwich Hamlet 2015-16 kit launch at Champion Hill (photos by Duncan Palmer here).

Gavin takes us through several of his new signings, a number of departures, and looks ahead to the forthcoming season. Danny sheds light on his decision to move to DHFC, his playing style, and his determination to lead the team to a serious title challenge. There's also chat from us regarding the playing squad and our thoughts for 2015-16.

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Ashley Carew brings the fun

Hit square off the laces, the lofted pass from the southern-most point of the centre-circle over to the right wing is a thing of absolute beauty. It’s the perfect example of making the ball do the work – many a defending wide-midfield player has been completely taken out of a game by this relatively simple skill.

Lean back, aim for the sweet spot just below the centre of the ball and stand and admire the pleasing arc of your inch-perfect quarter-back delivery. Really bloody fun.

Around eight minutes into Dulwich Hamlet’s first game of their 2015-16 pre-season programme, this was exactly what Ashley Carew did. Danny Waldren’s short pass rolled invitingly in front of him and as the ball began to slow to a stop Carew leant back, aimed for just below the centre of the ball and watched his lofted pass drop onto the toe of Albert Jarrett. I caught the eye of a friend and we nodded appreciatively.

Photo: Joel Virgo Photography

Jarrett then took Peterborough United’s left-back this way and that before sending in a cross that whipped over the bar for a goal-kick. By the time the cross came in, the bypassed left-midfielder had caught up with play and doubled up on Jarrett – all advantage had been lost.

Carew might well have returned Waldren’s pass to whence it came – it would’ve been the safer option. He might’ve helped the ball on to Mitchell Nelson at right-back – it would have dragged the opposition out of position. He might have done all manner of sensible things. But he didn’t. Because that’s not fun.


Three days later, with Dulwich 5-0 down at home to Altona 93, Carew (along with several other first-team players) entered from the bench. Jacob Erskine tapped in for 5-1, Carew himself bent home a 23-yard free-kick (5.45 into these highlights) for 5-2 with four minutes remaining – Dulwich were finishing with a flourish.

As the clock ticked into the final minute Danny Waldren received a short pass from Carew (6.13 into highlights). Waldren (in what already seems a trademark move) allowed the ball across his body before chopping back with the outside of his right foot and rolling a pass back to Matt Drage. Drage in turn rolled the ball back to Carew, six yards back from that sweet spot at the back of the centre circle.

Carew pushed the ball out of his feet and towards the sweet spot before planting his left foot next to the ball and drilling a 40-yard pass over the head of the Altona left-back and onto the right-foot of an onrushing Jarrett who finished high into the roof of the net.

Carew could have returned the ball to Drage – it was the final minute, best to just run the clock down. He could have swept a ball out to the right-back – it was the final minute, best to just run the clock down. But he didn’t – because that’s not fun.

Photo: Joel Virgo Photography

Throughout his time with Dulwich, Carew has done things for fun. He’s rolled the ball under his foot, for fun. He’s thrown a second, a third step-over, for fun. He’s threaded a through-ball and looked the other way, for fun. His critics (and there are a number) claim that this is his downfall, that you can’t and shouldn’t have a player like him at this level, that his style of play is detrimental to the team.

There may well be some truth in all of those views but, frankly, who cares? Watching Ashley Carew do things for fun is really bloody fun.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

FTH 22

We meet James Masini (Acting Chair), Fiona Scurlock (Fan Ownership Sub-group Lead), Duncan Hart (Spokesperson), and Jack Bagnall (Community Liaison) of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters' Trust (DHST) board. Many thanks to them for sparing the time to speak to us.

Remember to attend the DHST AGM on Tuesday 30th June at the DHFC clubhouse. More information is available on the DHST website.

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Friday, 12 June 2015

Four reasons why Xavier Vidal's move to Welling is good for Dulwich Hamlet

Ben Sibley

Xavier Vidal’s move to Welling United didn’t come as a shock, the majority of Dulwich Hamlet fans feared 2014-15 was to be his final season at the club.

This doesn’t make his departure any easier to take, Vidal was a key player for Hamlet right from the get-go after his graduation from the hugely-successful Aspire Academy.

While he will be missed, there are a number of reasons why we most definitely should not despair.


1. Yet another success for the Aspire Academy

Vidal is the latest in a long, long list of players who have graduated from Gavin Rose, Junior Kadi and Kevin James’ esteemed youth setup. The relationship between the academy and Dulwich Hamlet Football Club continues to be hugely positive for both parties.

As Vidal moves on, there are already several academy players on the verge of a regular place in the first-team. 18 year-old striker Shaun McCoulsky exploded onto the scene last autumn with three goals in two Ryman Premier Division games.

2. The opportunity for Jack Dixon to enjoy a more advanced midfield role

Signed from Lewes last November, centre-midfielder Dixon arrived at Champion Hill with a big reputation for scoring goals. He finished top-scorer for the Rooks in 2013-14 with 19 league goals and had netted another five last season before Gavin snapped him up.

Physically strong and comfortable with both feet, it’s no wonder Dicko was a regular goal-scorer. Indeed, he scored on his Dulwich debut away at Harrow Borough. Despite this, he spent the remainder of the season in a deeper role in front of the defence. With Dicko sitting, Xav and Ashley Carew pushed forward – with success – the two finished as the club’s two top goal-scorers in 14-15.

Xav’s departure opens the door for Dixon to challenge for the advanced midfield role he used to enjoy with Lewes. It will be interesting to see how Gavin deploys him next season but we’ve no doubt he’d be a more than capable replacement for Vidal.

3. Dixon’s possible role reversal could give Hibbert his desired midfield berth

The possibility of Dicko’s more advanced role then leads us to suggest a new regular position for Jordan Hibbert. In an interview last season, the ex-Chelsea trainee told us of his preference for a defensive midfield role. A youtube video titled ‘Midfield Controller’ confirms Hibbert’s experience of breaking up play and moving the ball quickly onto teammates.

Primarily used in defence last season, and displacing initial first-choice right-back Michael Abnett for the promotion run-in, Hibbert impressed. His brilliant assist for Harry Ottaway’s equaliser at Tonbridge Angels on the final day capped a fine period in which he cemented his place in the first-team.

Given Abnett’s impressive performances throughout the first half of the season, it wouldn’t be a surprise should he regain his right-back spot for next season. Dulwich’s pre-season programme will tell us whether or not Hibbert will be considered for his preferred DM position – we hope to see him get the chance.

4. Danny Waldren

Just days after a goal-scoring midfielder left Dulwich, another one joined. Danny Waldren, fresh from playing a key role in Bromley’s promotion to the National League, shook hands with Dulwich’s gleeful club secretary and signed for the Hamlet.

The hashtag in hat news-breaking tweet from Aspire Academy said it all - #Leader. Danny captained Croydon Athletic as a teenager and comes to Dulwich with a reputation for taking responsibility on the pitch. Hard-working but also technically-gifted, he has scored 10+ goals in each of the last six seasons.

His signing was something of a surprise given his importance to Bromley but his commitment to DHFC shouldn’t be underestimated. He told Football Exclusives he wouldn’t have made the move if he didn’t think Hamlet could win the league next season. Also telling was the reaction to his signing on social media by various Bromley fans.

Xav’s departure is of course a blow to Dulwich, for any team at any level to lose their top-scorer is never ideal. But Danny’s arrival gives us significant hope that the loss won’t be felt as much as it could have been – say it quietly but there’s a chance it might not be felt at all.

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Three new signings and two extended deals at Dulwich Hamlet

Wednesday 10 June 2015
After several weeks of quiet at Dulwich Hamlet, the usual close season transfer activity began with a bang in the first week of June. Four players left the club, three arrived, two signed new contracts. We'll cover those who departed in another post. For now, the focus is on the new arrivals.

Confirmed signings

Jacob Erskine
Position: ST/CB
Age: 26
Previous clubs: Croydon Athletic, Dagenham and Redbridge, Wingate and Finchley, Tooting and Mitcham, Maidstone United, Redbridge, Margate, Sutton United, Dorchester Town, Bromley, Gillingham, Bishop's Stortford, Concord Rangers, Forest Green Rovers, Swindon Supermarine, Ebbsfleet United, Hampton and Richmond Borough, Dartford, Whitehawk, Maidenhead United

A powerful target man, Jacob can also play at CB – a role he performed in the promotion-winning Croydon team of 09-10 alongside fellow new signing Danny Waldren. As Danny did, Jacob began his career at Croydon Athletic before a move to league side Dagenham and Redbridge in 2007.

He left Dagenham in the summer of 2009 following loan spells with Wingate and Finchley, Tooting & Mitcham, Maidstone United, Redbridge, Margate, Sutton United and Dorchester Town.

Having spent the 09-10 close season with Bromley, Jacob returned to the Football League with Gillingham. He struggled to hold down a first-team place and signed for Isthmian League Premier Division side Concord Rangers ahead of the 2010-11 season.

Brief spells with Forest Green Rovers, Swindon Supermarine and Hampton and Richmond Borough followed before he joined Dartford in October 2011. Seventeen goals later, he had helped Dartford win promotion to the Conference National for the 12-13 season.

He left the Kent side in the summer of 2013 and, via Whitehawk and a return to Bromley, spent two seasons in the National League South with Maidenhead United before joining Dulwich Hamlet in June 2015.

Although comfortable at CB, we reckon Jacob will provide competition in attack for Harry Ottaway, Dean McDonald and Aspire Academy graduate Shaun McCoulsky.

Mitchell Nelson
Position: RB/CB
Age: 25
Previous clubs: Colchester, Tooting & Mitcham, Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Lincoln City, Eastleigh, Sutton United, Margate

A YTS trainee at Colchester United, Mitchell made 3 appearances for the Essex side during 08-09 before being released in the summer of 2009. He joined Dulwich Hamlet’s local rivals Tooting & Mitcham for the 09-10 Isthmian League Premier Division season.

His performances for Tooting caught the eye of Eddie Howe – in charge at League Two promotion-winners Bournemouth. Mitchell headed for the south coast prior to the 10-11 season but failed to make a first-team appearance under Howe. Loan spells at Eastbourne and Lincoln City followed before a December 2011 move to Eastleigh in the National League South.

Nelson enjoyed a successful 16 months with the Hampshire side, including a heart-breaking play-off semi-final penalty shootout defeat to Dover Athletic at the end of the 11-12 season. He then returned to London and joined league rivals Sutton United for the 13-14 season.

Halfway through 13-14, Terry Brown took Nelson to Margate as they prepared for promotion push in the Isthmian League Premier Division. After settling well on the Kent coast, the right-back unfortunately suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury during a 14-15 pre-season victory over AFC Wimbledon. He missed the entire following season.

After signing for league rivals Dulwich Hamlet in June 2015, he is expected to challenge for the right-back spot currently shared between Michael Abnett and Jordan Hibbert.

Danny Waldren
Position: CM/LM
Age: 26
Previous clubs: Croydon Athletic, Bromley

A left-footed midfielder with a famed work-rate and a lethal shot, Danny made his debut for Croydon aged 16 and was captain by the time of his 100th appearance four years later. He captained the side to promotion from the Isthmian League Division One South in 09-10.

After joining Bromley in June 2011, he went on to make 148 league appearances for the Kent side, scoring 22 goals. He made 25 starts as Bromley secured the National League South title in 14-15, winning promotion to the National League for the first time in their history.

A quick search for Danny on the internet brings up numerous match reports full of long-range goals, man-of-the-match performances, and huge praise for him both as a player and a person.

Danny’s performances in the heart of the midfield for the National League South champions cannot be underestimated – his signing is a huge coup for Dulwich Hamlet.

We expect Danny to challenge Ashley Carew and Jack Dixon for a spot in the centre of Dulwich’s midfield – no doubt a welcome problem to have for Gavin Rose following the departure to Welling United of Aspire Academy graduate Xavier Vidal.

Check out Danny’s goodbye message to Bromley.

We collated a few written accounts of Danny's goals for Bromley and a small selection of the reaction on Twitter to his signing here.

Dulwich Hamlet transfers 2015-16
We've created a transfer 'ins' and 'outs' graphic to ensure you're all kept up-to-date with the latest comings and goings at Champion Hill.

New contracts

Ethan Pinnock
Position: CB
Age: 21
Previous clubs: N/A - Aspire Academy graduate

After winning the players’ player, supporters’ player and manager’s player of the year awards for 14-15, Ethan has signed a new one-year deal.

His performances during the season did not go unnoticed and the elegant midfielder-turned-defender attracted a great deal of attention from clubs higher up the football pyramid.

The club have done well to hang on to a player who was widely regarded as the best CB in the league last season. Another year of Ethan in the heart of the defence is fantastic news for Dulwich Hamlet – a real star in the making.

Nyren Clunis
Position: LM/RM
Age: 23
Previous clubs: N/A - Aspire Academy graduate

Another season full of assists, goals and step-overs in 14-15 had football league scouts scrambling to grab a glimpse of Dulwich’s flying winger.

With over 200 appearances for the club, Nyren is a crucial member of the first-team and key to Gavin Rose’s attacking approach.

A brilliant run and curled finish from the edge of the box against Margate in the play-off semi-final encapsulated everything Nyren is about. Nyren Clunis is Dulwich Hamlet, for one more year at the very least.

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Forward The Hamlet meets Dulwich Hamlet Supporters' Trust board

Ahead of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust (DHST) AGM on 30th June, we are delighted to be speaking tomorrow (4th June) to four DHST board members: James Masini (Acting Chair), Fiona Scurlock (Fan Ownership Sub-group Lead), Duncan Hart (Spokesperson), and Jack Bagnall.

We will cover a range of topics concerning the Trust’s activities, aims and achievements – giving you an insight into how the Trust increases supporter involvement in the successful management of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club.

We are also keen that our listeners, and indeed all supporters of DHFC, have the opportunity to ask questions of the DHST board.

Interested in how the Trust works with the local community? Have an idea you would like to propose? Want to find out more about a board-member? This is your chance to get involved.

Submit your question(s) in the comments section below OR email to and we will get through as many as possible.

You can also tweet them to us - @ForwardHamlet using the hashtag #FTHDHST or leave a comment on our Facebook post.

The discussion will be featured in episode 23, due out Tuesday 23rd June.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

FTH 21: 2014-15 season review


Photo: Joel Virgo

Pre-season in the sun, one of the goals of the season in front of 3,000 people, Laurent Hamici's last-minute winner at home to Margate, a blistering run of form that took DHFC tantalisingly close to a title challenge - it's been one hell of a campaign for London's finest non-league football club.

This episode brings together 4 people who between them have experienced almost every twist and turn of the 2014-15 season. Host Ben Sibley is joined by Jack Bagnall, Duncan Hart and Duncan Palmer to relive the best bits from the past 9 months.

We also announce the winner of the original 1936 DHFC photocard.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

FTH 20



Originally scheduled for release on the Tuesday (28th April) prior to the playoff game against Margate, this episode previews the upcoming clash. Dulwich fans give us their predictions for the game, and we speak to Dulwich Hamlet Assistant Manager Junior Kadi and Margate Media Manager Ryan Day.

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The photo above was taken just a couple of days after the playoff game was postponed.

Produced by Ben Sibley (@vicar_of_sibley) & Hugo Greenhalgh (@HugoGreenhalgh).