The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, got personally involved in the crisis engulfing Dulwich Hamlet FC yesterday, urging property developers Meadow to find a solution to the impasse threatening the future of the club. Speaking to The Independent, Khan stated:
"It’s deeply concerning to me that Dulwich Hamlet’s future remains uncertain at a time when it is doing so much good in the community. I urge the current owners to do the right thing and revisit their application to protect Dulwich Hamlet and deliver more affordable homes, or find an alternative that ensures the future of a football club that means so much to its supporters and local community.”
Hamlet were advised earlier this week- details here- that Meadow would no longer cover football related costs and that these must be paid from profits made from football related activities, despite giving the club no control over the 'management, pricing or efficiency' of these activities. The club then launched an appeal for help from supporters- details here- which has been widely supported and publicised across the Non League world, including by former loanee Peter Crouch. Despite this, the club's future looks extremely precarious if this situation is allowed to rumble on for too much longer.
Manager Gavin Rose was also rather forthright in his views:
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“People have always rallied around DHFC and the way that we play our football, and so seeing us in these straits has really brought friends out from both the football and the business community. Whether it’s enough remains to be seen, but if this club goes down then it won’t be due to a lack of support, friends or goodwill in the face of some very poor faith from a hedge fund who clearly have no interest in the ongoing support that this club provides to the community.”
Read the full article here: The Independent