The sun was out, the bumper crowd was in place, but sadly for the fans, it seems that the home team were somewhere else entirely, as they were beaten 1-2 by struggling VCD Athletic.
How Hamlet conspired to lose to this solid but deeply uninspiring bunch from VCD-land is something that would most likely pose a three pipe problem for Sherlock Holmes. But lose we did.
The Rabble warm up at the Tuscany end in a match dedicated to International Women’s Day.
A lingering cuddle.
Kick off. It’s mainly downhill from here.
Hamlet looked sharp at the start, but then, like a pencil without a sharpener to hand, got progressively blunter. Yes, this is the standard of hungover writing you’re in for today. Blame Hamlet. They drove me to drink and now you’ll have to suffer my hangover.
You know when you’ve created something of a monster when no less than three sets of people rush across to you to point out a strong candidate for Divot Of The Day as soon as it appears.
But, to be fair, that is a pretty splendid divot there.
A large inflatable giraffe. And why not.
The Hamlet whippet gives me the eye.
Hamlet go 1-0 up in the 29th minute, thanks to a Kevin James strike.
A not very good free kick…
…is gently welcomed into the arms of the VCD keeper.
At the other end, VCD equalised with a belter of a goal with just two minutes of the first half remaining.
Behold! The new wooden teabar!
Cheering on the Pink and Blues for the second half.
And so the second half came and went. VCD made it 1-2 in the 62th minute.
Hamlet continued to run around a lot but rarely looked like making the usually straightforward scientific conversion of energy into goals.
The result may have been disappointing, but Hamlet’s much talked-about growing fanbase continued to enjoy themselves regardless. There was beer. There was football. There was sun. Indeed, all the essential elements were at Champion Hill yesterday, save a win.
To see just how far the club has come, check out this photo below, taken less than two years ago:
[Hamlet vs Chipstead. April 2013]
An almighty goalmouth scramble in the 64th minute looked destined to see the ball rolling into the VCD net but, alas, t’was not to be.
You get a mixed bunch at Hamlet.
Poster from Hamlet’s groundbreaking anti-homophobia match against Stonewall FC last month.
Now, that, is a hat.
Anyone thinking that the Divot Of The Day competition was all sewn up in the first half was in for a surprise, with the appearance of this almighty mound of goalmouth earth taking away the title.
Get behind the Hamlet!
- Chat about the Hamlet vs VCD Athletic game on the Hamlet forum
- Official match report
- Dulwich Hamlet FC forum
- Dulwich Hamlet FC songbook – the great chants from Champion Hill
- All the photos and match reports at dulwichhamlet.org
Sat 14th March 3pm: AFC Hornchurch (away)
Sat 21st March: 3pm East Thurrock (home)
Sat 28th March: 1pm Wingate & Finchley (away)