Shake off your New Year’s hangover with some fantastic football as local team Dulwich Hamlet take on Leatherhead, a game that has developed into something of a grudge match since the notorious “WallGate” incident of 2013.
Dulwich Hamlet are enjoying a real resurgence, with crowds rising by 250% over the past five years, buoyed by a unique, friendly and inclusive fanbase that has attracted the attention of the national press.
The team are currently sitting in fourth place in the Ryman Premier league, while their opponents Leatherhead languish in fourteenth place.
What makes the New Year Day a bit more special is that some Hamlet fans have never forgiven Leatherhead for the ‘Wallgate’ incident.
In January 2013, Dulwich were 1-0 up at Leatherhead’s quaint but run down ground. With just 12 minutes to go, the team scored again, prompting Hamlet fans to break into their usual enthusiastic celebrations.
Unfortunately, a small part of a breeze block perimeter wall fell down, and although no one was seriously injured and no debris remained on the pitch, Leatherhead players crowded around the referee to get the game abandoned.
With the game duly called off, Hamlet were then forced to replay the game, prompting Hamlet fans to attend the replay wearing the appropriate health and safety gear (above).
Hamlet lost that game 0-1 and ever since then meetings between the teams have enjoyed an extra bit of friendly spice, so a victory over Leatherhead would make for a particularly excellent start to the New Year
Come on down!
There’s always a fantastic atmosphere at Dulwich Hamlet, so we intend to be at the game on New Year’s Day no matter what state we get in the night before (we’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party at the Prince Albert in Brixton till 4am so we will, no doubt, still be a tad refreshed at the game).
The game kicks off at 3pm. Admission is £10/£4 concessions, pay on the turnstile.
There is food and plenty of lovely real ale available at the bar. Find out more and chat about the game on the Dulwich Hamlet forum.