Dulwich Hamlet independent supporters group, 'Save Dulwich Hamlet,' have responded to the news which cast fresh doubt on the survival of their club by issuing a clarion call to fans- and setting out a number of steps that interested parties can take to help. Their statement is below:
We're shocked, but not surprised to learn that property developer Meadow Residential is attempting to throw Dulwich Hamlet FC out of Champion Hill, where it has played since 1931.
As fans, we've been making plans for a Save Dulwich Hamlet rally and march to take place before the home match against Worthing on Saturday 17 March. We'll update fans and the community on plans for that when we know what's happening with the match.
However, we're encouraged that Southwark Council's cabinet is to discuss a proposal to buy Champion Hill from Meadow - by force if necessary.
We would support any plan to allow Dulwich Hamlet to stay at Champion Hill while building much-needed social housing, and would urge Meadow to talk to Southwark or any similar bidder and start the process of selling up now.
You can help us today in a number of ways:
1) If you live in Southwark, please email your local councillors and ask them to support the council proposal to buy Champion Hill. If you live over the border in Lambeth, please suggest some neighbourly support. Find their details at www.writetothem.com.
2) If you live elsewhere in London, please email your London Assembly members and ask them to raise this with the Mayor. We're grateful for Sadiq Khan's support, but please help us make sure this stays on his agenda. Again, find their details at www.writetothem.com/
3) Raise this issue with your local MP. What is happening to Dulwich Hamlet could happen to any community football club, while property developers should not be allowed to bully cherished local institutions.
4) Drop a friendly note to Meadow's US parent company, Meadow Partners LLC. Please. no abuse or threats. Its London office's shocking mismanagement of this scheme is damaging its reputation and wasting its money. Let Andrew McDaniel, who is responsible for the firm in Europe, know why you love Dulwich Hamlet and why Meadow is wasting its time bullying the club. Meadow has nothing to lose and everything to gain by selling up. Contact him and Meadow's New York office at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
We're an independent fan group, acting on our own initiative and not controlled by the club or the supporters' trust. You'll be hearing more from us soon. Let's stick together and save Dulwich Hamlet.
We'll have more on this saga as it happens.