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Dulwich Hamlet to return to Champion Hill after winning fight to return to historic home

Dulwich Hamlet is returning to Champion Hill after winning a fight to return to its historic home.

The club was evicted after a dispute with owners early this year. Today the club confirmed a new agreement had been reached after talks between Dulwich Hamlet, Southwark Council and Meadow Partners.

The club and the trust have been working as one on this and are both delighted that Dulwich Hamlet will be coming home to where, over many years, it has grown to become such an important part of our local community.

– Duncan Chapman, Supporters’ Trust Co-Chair

For more than 80 years, Dulwich Hamlet has been playing football at Champion Hill.

It is one of the best supported teams in non league football. But its very existence was under threat after a row with developers who own their ground.

The club was initially told it couldn't play there any more or even use the Dulwich Hamlet name.

However, a new agreement was reached following a meeting chaired by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.

Dulwich Hamlet has agreed to meet the Council’s aspiration for investment into the improved sporting facilities on that site for the benefit of both the club and the wider community.

Meadow has agreed to support the club’s return to Champion Hill on this basis.

In recognition of this, the Council has agreed not to progress activity on a compulsory purchase order in relation to the Champion Hill site for the duration of DHFC’s lease at Champion Hill, so long as it is on fair and reasonable terms, including allowing the club to retain match day income, bar-takings and catering proceeds.

– Joint statement from Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, Southwark Council and Meadow Partners