It looks likely that Dulwich Hamlet football club are to lose their historic Champion Hill ground to developers.It is a story that makes me very angry indeed and is a story that touches my heart. It affects me personally as the top London non league football team that I supported for many years Enfield lost their ground to housing developers in 1999.The owner of Enfield had no serious plans for a new ground.
The list of London non league football clubs who have lost their grounds to developers in the last thirty years is quite large. Walthamstow Avenue, Leytonstone, Hendon, Wealdstone, Fisher Athletic, Hillingdon Borough and my club Enfield.
What usually happens is that the clubs owners sell the grounds with a vague promise to build new stadiums when they can find a site for a new ground but in reality they have no plans to build new stadiums The owners of the grounds just take the money and run. They manage to get planning permission to sell the grounds for housing development with the connivance of both Tory and New Labour councils. When the owner of Enfield football club was planning to sell the Enfield ground with no serious plans for a new ground the New Labour sports minister Tony Banks was totally uninterested in the appeals from rank and file Enfield supporters against building homes on the Enfield ground.
Of course the reason that the owners can get away with stealing the fans ground for development is because the clubs have a small fan base often about five hundred although Enfield was about one thousand.
What this shows is basically what I have stated so many times before in my previous blogs is that the business corporate elite do not care about the human feelings and hopes of ordinary people. So to protect non league football grounds in the future we must build an alternative economic system.