Illustration by Peter Rhodes
Edgar Kail is a player who needs no introduction. After signing for Dulwich Hamlet in 1915 aged 15 years old, the legendary striker went on to score a staggering 427 goals for the Pink and Blues, and is considered to be their greatest ever player.
The last non-league footballer to represent England at full international level, he repeatedly turned down lucrative offers from bigger clubs and stayed loyal to the Hamlet until he hung up his boots in 1933. He passed away in 1976.
Not surprisingly Kail is held in the highest esteem at Champion Hill, where the road to the club is named after him. Southwark Council unveiled a blue plaque in his honour in 2003 following a campaign by supporters.
He’s also remembered on the pitch, with the fans’ famous chant: “Edgar Kail in my heart, keep me Dulwich, Edgar Kail in my heart, I pray; Edgar Kail in my heart, keep me Dulwich, keep me Dulwich till my dying day.”
Read more on the history of Dulwich Hamlet at thehamlethistorian.blogspot.co.uk