Dulwich Hamlet v Billericay Town
Isthmian League, Premier Division. Saturday 19 August 2017, 3:00pm.
Town’s third match of the season sees them visit one of the bookmaker’s favourites for promotion this season, Dulwich Hamlet.
Dulwich Hamlet started their season with a home draw against Staines Town and then won 3-2 at Harlow Town in midweek.
Dulwich Hamlet was formed in 1893 and has been members of the Isthmian League since 1907.
They won the F.A. Amateur Cup four times, the first being in 1920. The Isthmian League title has been won five times by the club, the most recent being in 1978.
The Blues visited Champions Hill in March 2017 lat season. A huge crowd of 2,805 witnessed goals from Adam Cunnington, Joe Ellul and Jake Robinson give the visitors a 3-0 victory. This was Billericay’s first victory at Dulwich since 2001.
Three days later Dulwich visited Essex on a Tuesday night and returned the favour, leaving with a 2-0 victory in front of an attendance of 1,305.
It appears that the Dulwich and Billericay first met on 4 October 1980 for an F.A. Cup Second Round Qualifying match at Champions Hill. Clair Darmudas scored for Town as a crowd of 1,011 saw Isthmian Premier Dulwich beat Isthmian One Billericay 2-1.
The first league meeting between the two took place the following season on 22 February 1982 at New Lodge. The match ended goalless.
A month later the return leg was played in Dulwich with the hosts winning 5-0.
Dulwich ended the season in 14th with Town three places, and three points below them.
Dulwich Hamlet has played at a stadium on their current site since the 1930’s. The previous stadium hosted a match between Mexico and South Korea during the 1948 Olympics as well as amateur international matches.
The stadium is next door to Sainsbury’s and fans walk through a car wash area to get to the turnstiles.
Champion Hill Stadium
Edgar Kail Way
· £11 for Adults
· £5 for Concessions
Concessions cover Seniors – 60+, Teenagers (13-19), Unemployed (JSA), NHS Staff, Blue Light Services, Serving Members of the Armed Forces and Full Time Students. (Please bring a form of valid ID for your concession as you may not admitted without that)
· Under 13s FREE accompanied by a paying adult
For those driving to the match there is plenty of parking within a short walk of the stadium.
Blues fans travelling by train will be getting the 09:57 train from Billericay (09:51 from Wickford, 10:05 Shenfield) which should arrive at Stratford around 10:19.
From there they’ll get the Jubilee Line to London Bridge which should take around 15 minutes, then from there another 15 minutes to East Dulwich Station on Southern Rail.
From here the stadium is around a 5 minute walk.