London Mayor Sadiq Khan has thrown his weight behind Dulwich Hamlet as the club’s plight reaches the very top.
Football fan Khan says he has “deep concerns” about the future of the Bostik League club, and is saddened that their history is now under threat.
Meadow Residential, who own Dulwich’s Champion Hill hoem, have pulled the plug on funding the club this month.
It came after they lost a legal battle with Southwark Council over redevelopment plans.
Dulwich supporters have been funding the playing budget but their donations now mean the club are operating on a huge loss.
As a peripatetic football fan, there's a few clubs I feel part of. But Dulwich Hamlet has a special place. They're fighting to survive. If you can help, please support the supporter's trust https://t.co/IZm2ZriNqg
— Andrew Travers (@atrvrs) November 8, 2017
With Meadow refusing to sell Champion Hill to interested investors, the club are short of solutions but they have found help from City Hall.
“It’s deeply concerning to me that Dulwich Hamlet’s future remains uncertain at a time when it is doing so much good in the community,” he told The Independent.
“I urge the current owners to do the right thing and revisit their application to protect Dulwich Hamlet and deliver more affordable homes, or find an alternative that ensures the future of a football club that means so much to its supporters and local community.”
Khan added: “Dulwich Hamlet epitomises everything that’s great about Non-League football.
“It brings together communities of all backgrounds, strengthens social ties and networks, and is part of the very fabric of this area of south London”