Southwark Council’s cabinet has voted unanimously to release funds to attempt to acquire Champion Hill to provide social housing for the borough, and safeguard the future of Dulwich Hamlet FC.
The club have been continuously in the news of late as the turmoil surrounding their dispute with landlords Meadow Residential hits new lows. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is one of the leading voices urging Meadow to ‘come to an arrangement in the best interests of the club and local community as soon as possible.’
Meadow had terminated Dulwich Hamlet’s licence to play their home games at Champion Hill, in addition to serving the club with a £121,000 ‘back rent’ bill and even issuing a ‘trademark embargo’ supposedly banning their use of ‘Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, The Hamlet or DHFC.’
Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand had also made a multi-million-pound bid to buy the club in December but was thwarted by Meadow.