There was a large demonstration in East Dulwich on Saturday 17th March when 1200 people marched from Goose Green to the locked football club’s gates. Meadow Residential, the developer which owns the club’s Champion Hill ground, has locked the club out. Meadow also registered the name “Dulwich Hamlet” as a trademark – though its spokesman said this would be handed over to the club for free.
The developer has rejected a £10million offer to buy the ground from Legacy Foundation, a firm set up by former England captain Rio Ferdinand, which wants to redevelop a part of the site to build social housing. Southwark Council has agreed to try and acquire the site from Meadow at a fair market rate. A compulsory purchase order for the land being one possible outcome.