So what on Earth does one do in the off-season? The football’s ended. And Dulwich Hamlet has separated from most of last season’s players, with the club now splitting the CDs with their exes. They’re free to take Ocean Drive, but we’re holding on to Appetite for Destruction and the dog. The process of rebuilding the club for next season’s push into the Conference South is afoot. The good news is that Hakan and his trusty sidekick Terry are staying to lead the club back to glory. A proper coup for the club. We now we need to trust them, like we did Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, to put together a top team to dish the Eli Billericays of this World. Keep your eyes peeled on the Hamlet Twitter feed for exciting new player announcements.
But what else to do during the time of torpor? Well you could scoop up some merch for the Summer for a start. Take a look at www.dhst.org.uk to see what you can bag in the sale. A bucket hat to keep the withering London sun at bay perchance? Or you might want to wait to splash your cash on the new replica shirt when it’s out (usually late August). Will this year’s shirt go back to the dashing sash or perhaps the Bauhaus asymmetry of two seasons ago? We can but speculate. But this fan would like to see a sweet pink and blue tartan or gingham get-up.
But hang on a minute, there must be some appetising pre-season football fayre on the menu surely. Well there sure is, kicking off with our longstanding German friends Altona 93’s visit on Saturday 8 July. the two teams will duke it out for the Jäger-Kail Cup, which the Hamlet claimed five years ago in Germany with a 4-1 victory and some serious fan hangovers. The Pink and Blues have also lined up Bromley, Millwall U23s and the Cray Valley Paper Mills works team throughout the Summer. But the big one is a 25 July away match against deadly rivals Tooting & Mitcham. Proper tasty that.
Check out all the details on https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/dulwichhamlet, including how you can score yourself a season ticket. Outside of Lordship Road Poundland, it is truly the best value in South London.
Hamlet Hoch as they say in Hamburg.