The 2017/18 season has been over for 6 weeks and now its time to look ahead at who The Beachboys are set to face in the new campaign which as always will bring new challenges and more importantly, new teams. This is the fifth and final part to the 5 part series that we have been releasing over the last month to get you all in the excited spirit for new season under Sammy Moore.

This week for ‘Campaign 2018-19 – The New Opponents’, we look at Dulwich Hamlet.

Who Are They?

Dulwich Hamlet are based in South London and were formed in 1893 and they got promotion via the Isthmian/ Bostik League Premier Division Play-Off Final last season at the expense of Hendon.

The club was formed by Lorraine ‘Pa’ Wilson. In 1907 they joined both the Isthmian League and the Spartan League, leaving the latter at the end of the 1907–08 season. Between 1919 and 1937, the club won FA Amateur Cup 4 times whilst they’ve won the Surrey Senior Cup a record 16 times. The last time being in 1975.

The club has spent its much of its entire history in the Isthmian League and floating between its divisions. In particular, Division 1 South and the Premier division.

After losing in the play-offs to eventual play-off winners Margate, East Thurrock and Bognor Regis Town in the last three seasons, Dulwich finally won promotion to Step 2 at the expense of Hendon following 5 seasons of playing at Step 3.

The Ground

The Hamlet play their home games at Tooting and Micham’s Imperial Fields ground at the moment and they’ve been there since the start of 2018 when they were forced out of their Champion Hill home by owners Meadow Residential.

The stadium has a capacity of 3500 with 612 seated.

Like our friends at Dulwich, we will be hoping to be play them at Champion Hill which has a capacity of 3000 with 500 seated.

Last Season:

It was a tough one for the team in Pink and Purple as they were forced out of Champion Hill by Meadow Residential half way through the season and they had their funding cut from the owners.

They finished the 2017/18 Isthmian/ Bostik Premier League season in 2nd place with 95 points earned and they scored 91 goals which ultimately got them promotion via the play-offs to Step 2. The club’s run in the FA Cup saw them reach the Second Qualifying Round before losing 3-2 at Slough Town whilst their FA Trophy run was halted at the 2nd Qualifying Round stage where they lost at Harlow Town 2-1.

The Manager:

Dulwich continued to be managed by Gavin Rose. The former midfielder is now the Hamlet’s longest serving manager, having taken charge of over 350 games in the last six and a half seasons.

He started off at the club back in 2002/03 where he made 40 first team appearances whilst also taking charge of the youth team as manager. Rose has also had spells with Wimbledon, Charlton Athletic, QPR, Southend United, Bromley, Gravesend & Northfleet and Walton & Hersham amongst others during his long career.

Off the pitch, he has been involved in running the Aspire Academy which specialises in coaching youngsters and he also had managerial experience with Beckenham Town whom he led to nearly winning the Kent League championship. Aspire Academy were responsible in recent Hamlet player Reise Allasani signing for League 1 side Coventry City

Since taking charge of the club, Hamlet won the Ryman South title in 2012/13, they have also reached two League Cup finals (of which one was against us) and continue to win awards for their excellent disciplinary record.

The Last Time:

The last time we played the Hamlet was at The Aspect Arena back on Tuesday 19th November 2013 where we defeated them 4-3 in extra time of the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round Replay. Goals from James White, Sam Higgins, Reece Hams and Danny Glozier secured the win for us whilst Dean Lodge, Ian Daly and Xavier Vidal scored for the visitors.