Dulwich Hamlet have accused Crystal Palace of costing them £15,000 they “could not afford to lose,” report The Croydon Advertiser.

Dulwich Hamlet are fighting for their very existence since being forced out of their Champion Hill ground in March by its owners who hope to redevelop the site.

According to director Liam Hickey, at the time a number of professional and amateur clubs pledged support or some financial contribution to help and he claims Palace were one of them.

In previous seasons, Dulwich Hamlet have played a pre-season friendly against Crystal Palace’s under-23 side.

But Mr Hickey alleges that the club was told last month by Palace that they had “forgotten” about a fixture for this summer and couldn’t now fit the fixture in.

Mr Hickey said: “They made a big public statement of support to us after we got evicted from Champion Hill as did a number of other clubs but we’ve only had support from non-league sides like Haringey.

“We’ve had a pre-season friendly fixture with them [Crystal Palace] for the last four years and were promised one again this season.

“But after not hearing anything from the club I got back in touch last month to be told they had forgotten and had no dates left.”

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