Friday, 27 March 2015

Three-three and FBBTV

What's happened?
Dulwich Hamlet 3 - 3 East Thurrock

Photo: Mike Urban

Last Saturday (20th March) Dulwich Hamlet welcomed fellow play-off hopefuls East Thurrock to Champion Hill. With both sides in poor form - DHFC hadn't won in 5 and East Thurrock had gone 6 games without a win before a 1-0 defeat of Hampton & Richmond Borough the previous Saturday - it's safe to say not many fans were expecting a classic.

Ninety minutes later and all pre-game predictions had been blown to smithereens (much like Phil Wilson's face - more on that later). Two defensive mistakes in the opening 20 minutes ensured that one of the most comical East Thurrock own goals you've ever seen was rendered meaningless. Aside from a bright performance from THE TANK (Joe Benjamin), DHFC skulked down the tunnel knowing they had to improve after the break.

And improve they did. Like a two-funneled pink and blue twister, Dulwich's wingmen grabbed hold of the game in a display of authority that Helen Hunt can only dream of. This period of pressure led to Ashley Carew expertly converting a penalty after an hour - 2-2. 

After league top-scorer Sam Higgins had right-hooked Phil's nose into Green Dale Fields*, Carew buried his second penalty of the day with only injury-time to come. Alas, Dulwich couldn't hold on and Ross Parmenter took advantage of more tentative defending to angle a last-gasp equaliser past the now unconscious Wilson. 3-3.

The winless run now stands at 6 games. Remarkably, Dulwich have a 6-point cushion over their nearest challengers for a play-off place - Enfield Town. DHFC travel to Wingate & Finchley tomorrow (28th) - make sure you're there.

Check out Brixton Buzz's photo match report of the game here.

Check out The Luxury Fan's match report here.

*This is not true. It was a completely innocuous challenge and Sam Higgins should shoulder absolutely no blame.

Football Beyond Borders FBBTV launch party

After the 3-3 draw against East Thurrock, Dulwich Hamlet were proud to host the Football Beyond Borders (FBB) FBBTV launch party.

FBBTV is filmed at the Copa 90 studios in London and is putting a fresh spin on the beautiful game. FBB have launched the show to raise money to buy their own equipment to make more FBBTV - training and working with their young participants to give them a voice and platform to talk about their love and knowledge of football.

The launch was a huge success as guests enjoyed two FBBTV films - one focusing on Clapton FC and the other on Dulwich Hamlet. There was also a fusion of football and dancing through the soon-to-be world-famous Football Tango, and a fundraising prize-draw.

The FBBTV cast were filming throughout the match and were singing and dancing with the fans behind the goal - check out a video of them going crazy after one of Ashley Carew's penalties on their Facebook page.

We hope to welcome FBB back to Champion Hill very soon! Visit their website here.

Dulwich Hamlet v Maidstone United tickets go on sale

Dulwich host league-leaders Maidstone on Saturday 18 April. Due to the expected popularity of the game, the club has taken the decision to make the game all-ticket. This means absolutely NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BUY ON THE DAY. If you would like to attend this game, YOU MUST PRE-PURCHASE A TICKET from the DHFC clubhouse.

Make sure to keep an eye out for updates on when the ticket office will be open. Your best bet is to check regularly the official club website and the official Twitter account. We will also broadcast updates from @ForwardHamlet.

What's next?
Wingate and Finchley v Dulwich Hamlet
Saturday 28 March, Harry Abrahams Stadium. Wingate have only won 2 of their last 7 league games but did gain a good point at Margate last Saturday. Dulwich will be looking to consolidate their play-off spot with a first win in 7 games.

Attending fans are encouraged to 'pay-what-you-want' as part of the club's annual community day. The game kicks off at 1pm and will be followed by a match between supporters of both clubs at 4pm on the main pitch. One half of FTH shall be making an appearance in the pink and blue. Find out more about the day's events here.

Forward The Hamlet episode 18
Our next episode will be out on Tuesday (31st). We have an exclusive interview with Dulwich Hamlet manager Gavin Rose, first-team player Jordan Hibbert, and non-league football blogger The Luxury Fan. Keep your eyes peeled and ears open!

Injury time
Potential sponsors invited to take part in 2015-16 sponsorship prize-draw
A brand-new competition gives you the opportunity to purchase a quarter-page advert in a match-day programme before the end of the current season and receive free entry into a prize-draw for a huge range of sponsorship packages.

You could have your company's logo on home shirts, first-team tracksuits, polo-shirts, or pitch-side advert boards. Find out more about the competition here.

Phil Wilson still has a face
We can exclusively reveal that Phil's nose didn't need to be reset into place after his collision during the East Thurrock game. Although there are reports that his dashing good looks could have been temporarily effected.

Don't forget we've added a gallery of DHFC supporters wearing club attire on their travels across the world. Check it out.

Listen to all past episodes here.

Twitter: @ForwardHamlet | Facebook: Forward The Hamlet

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