Supporters of Dulwich Hamlet, who tonight play their first match since being locked out of Champion Hill by landlords Meadow Residential, have announced a protest march and rally on Saturday 17th March.
As detailed on the new website, savedulwichhamlet.org.uk, supporters are taking action 'to draw attention to the grave threat our football club faces. We want to show how much our 125 year old club means to the local community.'
The rally will take place at Goose Green (opposite the East Dulwich Tavern) at 12.30pm where the assembled throng will hear from the following speakers:
- Liam Hickey – Dulwich Hamlet chairman
- Al Crane - Chair of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters' Trust
- Mishi Morath – Lifelong Dulwich Hamlet fan
- Helen Hayes - MP for Dulwich and West Norwood
- Catherine Rose – Southwark councillor and Dulwich Hamlet fan
- Lord Roy Kennedy - Member of the House of Lords and Millwall fan
- Ian Feeley - Sheffield Football Club, the world's first football club.
It will then be followed by a march from Goose Green to Champion Hill - for a celebration of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club in St Francis Park.
Organisers state that everyone is welcome, Hamlet fan or not, and add that it 'is a family-friendly event so feel free to bring the kids.'
They also ask that those attending make banners and placards, and sign up to the volunteer list to either help on the day or in the future.
The club's first match at Tooting and Mitcham United FC, Imperial Fields, is tonight- as they face Metropolitan Police in the Velocity Trophy Semi-Final. They then host Worthing on Sunday 18th March.