Hamlet on prime time TV months after brush with closure

Dulwich Hamlet’s fans and staff were thrilled to learn BBC Two will air their first-round FA Cup game against Carlisle United on November 8.

It will be the club’s first FA Cup first-round appearance since they lost to Southport in 1998.

Fans have tweeted after hearing the news. “A great reward for the community and club and those who fought tooth and nail to keep it alive.” tweeted Richard.

A year ago, the National League South team were facing extinction as a result of a property dispute over Champion Hill, its home since 1931.

Gavin Rose’s side were evicted from Champion Hill in March 2018 by American developers Meadow who had bought the site in 2014.

The 126-year-old club was also told it would no longer be able to use its name or trademarks – though Meadow then made a U-turn. After a nine month ground share with rivals Tooting, they returned to Champion Hill.

Kick-off for the clash against Carlisle is at 7.55pm with pre-game coverage airing from 7.30 pm. BBC will also air the game on BBC Sport online and iPlayer.

Tickets are available through the club on a priority basis.

Hamlet secured a point at Chelmsford thanks to a strike from Christian Smith on Saturday.

Tooting bagged a surprise 1-0 FA Trophy win at Sittingbourne. Fisher are looking to get through October unbeaten after skipper Chris Lockwood slammed home late on to earn a 1-1 draw with Greenwich Borough.

Leaders Bromley vastly improved their goal difference advantage over closest rivals Halifax in second place by thumping their Yorkshire visitors 5-0 on Saturday in the Vanarama National League.

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