Thursday, 3 March 2016

Wonderful Wonderful Kjobenhavns


During the Easter break of 1927 the Dulwich Hamlet first team squad enjoyed a short tour to Copenhagen (Kjobenhavns) the capital of Denmark, where they partook in three matches. First up was Kjobenhavns Boldklub (KB), one of the oldest, if not the oldest, clubs on the continent.

Since the inception of the Danish League in 1913, KB had won the championships six times. Dulwich, however, were the stronger team and won the match 1-0. The visitors from South London then faced Danish League champions Boldklubben 1903, which produced a 3-3 draw.

For the final match the two local teams joined forces, but the combined eleven could only
draw the match 2-2.

Over fifty years later in the early 1990s the two clubs eventually merged altogether to form FC Copenhagen of the Danish Superliga.

A dinner was held in the players’ honour on Easter Monday 18 April 1927. An actual menu from the evening was sent to me in 2007 by Bryan Lewis, whose father George Lewis played in the games. George Lewis finished the season as leading marksman with 35 goals, one more than the legendary Edgar Kail.

A nice touch to the players’ dinner is the Danes naming the dessert ‘Fersken Hamlet’. Peaches and cream, presumably.

The reverse of the menu is signed by all those who participated in the matches. Most  of the Dulwich Hamlet signatures are in the top left corner. See how many you can decipher.
The Dulwich Hamlet Club Badge in 1927

Original article from HH19 Winter 2007
Copyright © Jack McInroy

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