Kit of the Week #17: Big-Hearted Hamlet Support Redthread 

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.

Dulwich Hamlet players, Redthread kit
Hamlet players celebrate a goal in their special edition kits. Picture credit to Colin Ridgway aka @Daisy_Cat on Twitter.

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.

Dulwich Hamlet supported local charity Redthread on Saturday

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.

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