Dulwich Hamlet wore specially-commissioned shirts in honour of charity partners Redthread, as they battled back to a 3-3 draw with Hemel Hempstead Town at Champion Hill on Saturday.
The National League South side teamed-up with our friends at SK Kits and swapped the navy from their usual colours for red, to produce a one-off custom-made kit to highlight the work of youth charity Redthread.
Founded in Dulwich in 1995, Redthread seeks to enable young people to lead healthy, safe and happy lives.
Often those young people have been the victims of violent crime and the charity works with hospital Accident & Emergency departments to turn crisis into an opportunity for change.
Having won the fight to save their spiritual home from redevelopment, Dulwich Hamlet returned to Champion Hill in the run-up to Christmas after a spell ground-sharing with South London rivals Tooting & Mitcham.
Saturday’s six-goal thriller was played out in front of 2,489 fans and The Hamlet’s famed match-day atmosphere and support for a range of social causes, has seen the club attract increasing numbers of devotees to the section of support known affectionately as The Rabble.
Dereece Thompson gave the home side an early lead before the visiting Tudors raced 3-1 ahead. Thompson was again on hand to reduce the deficit on 36 minutes, before a late, late penalty from Decarrey Sheriff settled the scores at 3-3.
Of course the football shirt design itself pales into insignificance when compared to the work of Redthread, but with their red sash on pink background, these one of a kind shirts are a stylish update on a classic piece of football kit culture from the English non-league game.
The pink and blue colours of The Hamlet are famous beyond the sixth tier of English football, and we heartily recommend visiting the Hamlet Historian’s wonderful website for a full account of the history behind the unique design.
We love a special edition kit at Sartorial.Soccer and especially one that promotes a good cause.
If you want to own a unique part of the club’s football kit history, Dulwich Hamlet will be auctioning the match-worn shirts with proceeds going to Redthread.