Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, nicknamed “The Hamlet,” is a non-league football club based in East Dulwich, Surrey.
Established in 1970, they currently compete in the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division, which is part of the seventh tier of English football. The team calls Champion Hill their home ground.
At the time of writing, Hakan Hayrettin is the current manager with experience at Maidstone United and Grays Athletic among his past roles.
Dulwich Hamlet FC, with a 130-year legacy, recently faced relegation from the National League South, ending a five-year stint at their highest ever playing level. This marked a return to the Isthmian League, a competition they’ve been part of for most of their history. The club, known for its pink and navy blue kit, has a storied past, especially as an amateur football giant between the World Wars.
Founded in 1893, Dulwich Hamlet rose to prominence by winning numerous titles, including multiple Isthmian League championships and the Surrey Senior Cup. Legendary players like Edgar Kail and Bert Coleman were central to this success. Post-World War II, the club continued to compete strongly, though later decades saw varying fortunes.
In recent years, Dulwich Hamlet has experienced both highs and lows, including notable cup runs and promotion battles. Their journey also features the development of a women’s team, adding to the club’s community engagement.
Current management and coaching staff
Former players and managers elsewhere in the non-league pyramid