Fifty shades of pink joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

With a pitch heavier than Ten Ton Tessie’s deep sea divers’ boots, this wasn’t the prettiest game of football I’ve seen at Champion Hill, but Hamlet battled hard to take three valuable points from a tenacious Grays Athletic.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Hamlet’s incredible surge in attendances continues, with over a thousand people turning up on a cold January afternoon.

With the queues stretching down the street., the days of hoping to turn up at the turnstiles with just 5 minutes to go are long gone.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

In an admirable show of community support, Dulwich Hamlet had invited supporters to bring along food for the Southwark Foodbank, and a large pile of goods was already stacked up before kick off.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Dubbed the ‘hipster ref’ on account of his on-trend facial accoutrements, the ref put in something of an unpredictable performance, angering, baffling, pleasing and amusing in equal measure.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Grays started brightly, and were soon calling Hamlet goalie Phil Wilson into action.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

This, if I may so, is rather a splendid example of the divot artform, and a worthy winner of the coveted Divot Of The Day award.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

With the recent poor weather, the ground staff had their work cut out ensuring that the pitch would be in playable condition .

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

The official attendance was registered at 1,047 – which is a remarkable number by any measure, although some were convinced that crowd must have been even bigger than that.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Hamlet had what appeared to be a clear cut penalty appeal turned down in the 30th minute, but continued to apply pressure.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

A sextet of Hamlet fans wearing Mexican wrestling masks. And why not.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

The Rabble cheers on Hamlet in the first half.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Half time ended at 0-0. Banners were put up at the other end. Beer swilling onlookers offer advice and encouragement.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Oldham fans pay a visit.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

The Hamlet terraces were packed for the second half.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Nyren Clunis delivers a cross that blazed across the front of goal.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Serge Makofo lunged out but couldn’t connect with the ball, with his momentum taking him halfway across the goal line.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Albert Jarrett picked up the ball by the far post and slammed the ball home with his right foot. 1-0 to Hamlet!

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

A mob of Grays’ players hotfooted it over to the linesman, demanding that the goal be overturned, arguing that Makofo was either impeding their goalie or in a offside position. Or both.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

The ref ruled that the goal should stand, prompting lengthy celebrations from The Rabble.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

The Grays player have another moan.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Hamlet come close to doubling their lead, while at the other end, Grays were looking dangerous on the break.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

In the first minute of injury time, Hamlet sealed the victory with Xavier Vidal picking up a deflected ball and firing the ball into the net from close range.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

The spinning yellow orb o’Hamlet joy connects with the back of the net.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

The Rabble up the volume.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Scarves aloft.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

An impromptu conga breaks out.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Beer shower!

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

A sea of pink and blue cheer on the final whistle.

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Fifty shades of joy as Dulwich Hamlet see off Grays Athletic 2-0, Saturday 31st January, 2015

Get behind the Hamlet!

Dulwich Hamlet info:
Dulwich Hamlet Football Club
Champion Hill Stadium
Edgar Kail Way
East Dulwich
LONDON
SE22 8BD
Tel: 020 7274 8707
[Map location]

Next games:
Saturday 7th Feb 3pm: vs Canvey Island (home)