Bostik Premier title hopefuls Dulwich Hamlet face immediate eviction from their Champion Hill home just days after being lumbered with a £121,000 back rent bill.
Landlords Meadow Residential LLP dumped the huge sum on Hamlet which dates back nearly three years – and now they’ve delivered another big blow.
A Dulwich statement read: “Yesterday evening, the club were served notice that our license to play at Champion Hill would be terminated immediately.
“We are consulting with solicitors on the matter, as we feel they do not have legal grounds to serve such a notice.
“Meadow have not been in touch with the Club directly, and have only communicated through their solicitors. This seems to be their preferred method. We urge Andrew McDaniel and Peter Bennison to try and act with some level of courtesy moving forward, as this tact will get them nowhere.
“We will release another statement ASAP, and Urge all fans to back the team at the next three away games. Tonight at Billericay Town, Saturday at Brightlingsea Regent; as well as at Brentwood Town on Thursday in the Velocity Trophy.”
Meadow, who own and operate the ground, will issue a winding up order on Dulwich if they don’t pay the back rent total before March 23.
A statement from Meadow said: “It is with regret that Meadow has invoked a clause in the licence that withdraws permission for Dulwich Hamlet Football Club (DHFC) to continue to play on the Champion Hill site.
“This follows repeated breaches of the licence by the club, together with unwarranted personal attacks on the company, which has funded the club for a number of years and without which the club would not have survived as long as it has.
“Despite the best efforts of Meadow to initiate a dialogue with Southwark Council, it has become clear that neither the Council leadership nor DHFC are able to work collaboratively to bring forward much need new housing and a new stadium on the site.”
Homegrown hero Rio Ferdinand saw his bid to save the club rejected in December.
The former England captain made an offer close to £10m through his affordable housing company Legacy Foundation to buy Champion Hill.
On the hefty bill issued to Dulwich, a Meadow spokesperson said: “The bill issued, is in line with the licence obligations, which the club have not paid over the course of the last three plus years.
“Meadow own the ground and not the football club. It is entirely up to the Directors of DHFC whether they choose to pay their outstanding arrears.
“Meadow have repeatedly stated that the site is not on the market.”