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Fans United to save Dulwich Hamlet

This is a story from the SD archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Dulwich Hamlet are holding a “Fans United” game at the next home game vs Dorking Wanderers on Good Friday.

The Fans United day follows on the back of a successful rally last Saturday 17 March, when around 1200 fans marched from East Dulwich to the locked gates of Champion Hill.

The Save Dulwich Hamlet group and The Football Club are inviting fans of all other clubs to visit their temporary home at Tooting & Mitcham in solidarity with their plight, and to highlight the broader issue of unscrupulous owners and the risk they present to many football clubs across the country.

Local MP, Helen Hayes, said in Parliament last week, “In London the list of clubs that are under pressure is depressingly long. In recent years Enfield Town, Edgware Town, Hendon and Thurrock football clubs have all lost their historical homes. Away from London and the south-east, where the pressure on housing and the value of land is not always so acute, the story continues. Northampton Town, Kettering Town, Torquay United, Skelmersdale United and Coventry City —to name just a few—are all facing battles to survive as the property developers circle.”

Season ticket holders and Supporters’ Club / Trust members from other clubs will be offered entry at the usual concession price of £5.

Fans are encouraged to wear their own club’s colours and banners.

A photo of Fans United behind the goal will take place at the end of the first half to demonstrate solidarity between football fans against outside forces that seek to threaten and undermine any football club across the country.

A spokesperson for the group, said “We have a battle on our hands to save OUR club, and we hope that fans will unite to support the cause. We recognise that this issue is far from unique, and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other clubs that are facing threats to their existence.”

Club Director Tom Cullen, said “The Save DHFC campaign have been brilliant at mobilising the community and helping get our story out there. We’re very pleased to be able to offer reduced prices for fans of other clubs as a show of solidarity, and to welcome new people along to our special club.”

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