It’s a va-va-voom-free afternoon as Dulwich Hamlet are vanquished by lowly VCD Athletic

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

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.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

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.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

The Rabble warm up at the Tuscany end in a match dedicated to International Women’s Day.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

A lingering cuddle.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Kick off. It’s mainly downhill from here.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

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.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

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.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

A large inflatable giraffe. And why not.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

The Hamlet whippet gives me the eye.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

 

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Hamlet go 1-0 up in the 29th minute, thanks to a Kevin James strike.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

A not very good free kick…

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

…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.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Behold! The new wooden teabar!

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Cheering on the Pink and Blues for the second half.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

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.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

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:

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[Hamlet vs Chipstead. April 2013]

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

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.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

You get a mixed bunch at Hamlet.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Poster from Hamlet’s groundbreaking anti-homophobia match against Stonewall FC last month.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Now, that, is a hat.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

Dulwich Hamlet 1 VCD Athlletic 1, Saturday 7th March 2015, Champion Hill, south London

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!

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:
Sat 14th March 3pm: AFC Hornchurch (away)
Sat 21st March: 3pm East Thurrock (home)
Sat 28th March: 1pm Wingate & Finchley (away)