Category: Club News


Fans will have the opportunity to meet Andy Hessenthaler when Dover Athletic host a ‘Meet the Manager’ evening in The Centre Spot on Thursday 27th June.

Whites’ manager, along with chairman Jim Parmenter and some of Athletic’s backroom staff, will answer questions from supporters during a formal Q & A session, with the chance to mingle afterwards.

Food and drink will be available to purchase on the evening with doors opening at 6:30 pm for a 7 pm start.

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.


Fans have the chance to experience our VIP service during the friendly against Millwall at Crabble on Monday 29th July, kick off 7:30 pm.

For just £12.50 per person, plus the normal admission price to the match, fans can enjoy the following:

  • Butler hosted lounge with large TVs and projector showing the game

  • One course meal, served at your table

  • Reserved undercover premium padded seating

  • Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water, plus dedicated paid bar before and after match

  • Complimentary team sheet

The offer is not just limited to Dover fans – Millwall supporters can experience our VIP service as well!

Arrival at the ground should be for 6:15pm and food will be served at 6:45pm.

Spaces are limited, so tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

The dress code is smart casual.

To buy your passes please contact the club on 01304 822373, email, or call into the office.


We are looking for volunteers to help get Crabble ready for the big kick-off this season.

The club needs people to come up on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th to help paint and with general tidying etc between 10am and 4pm.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

If you are able to give us a helping hand, please call the club office on 01304 822373 to put your name down.

All assistance will be greatly appreciated.


Dover Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of Steven Rigg on a two-year deal.

The striker, Athletic’s eight new summer signing, is no stranger to the National League having spent last season with recently demoted Gateshead, scoring nine times in 44 matches.

The 26-year-old started his senior career with Penrith, where over 60 goals during his two seasons with the Northern League side saw him move into the Football League with League Two side Carlisle United.

Rigg featured 36 times for the Cumbrians and scored on his debut, before moving to Barrow on loan 16 months later.

Following his release by United, the forward moved across the border and signed for Scottish Championship side Queen of the South for one season, before returning to Carlise on a short-term deal with spells at Chorley, Workington and American side Erie Commodores FC of the National Premier Soccer League during the 2017/18 campaign.

Welcome to Crabble Steven!


Dover Athletic are pleased to announce that season ticket prices will be frozen for the 2019-2020 season.

In addition, early-bird season ticket purchases, which include all National League home matches, pre-season games as well as giving the holder priority for cup tickets, will be again discounted.

Taking advantage of our early bird offer will offer a saving of just over £4 per league match, which equates to five free matches at the pay on the gate price over the course of the 2019/20 campaign!

Under 11s will continue to be free on the gate.

We are also delighted to announce for the first time season ticket prices for both the VIP Hospitality and Premier Lounge, details of which can also be found below.

Prices are:

Pay on the gate

Adult £18
Over 60 £15
Under 18 £9
Under 11s Remain free with an accompanied paying adult.

Season ticket prices (Early Bird)

Adult:  £315
Over 60:  £255

Season ticket prices (after 30th June)

Adult:  £340
Over 60:  £280
Under 18s:  £50

VIP Hospitality prices:

Season Ticket:  £860
Individual Matchday:  £25 (Plus relevant admission fee)

Premier Lounge:

Season Ticket:  £550
Individual Matchday:  £20 (Plus relevant admission fee)

All tickets can be purchased by post (paying by cheque) AND at the club reception or by telephone using a Debit or Credit card.

You can apply for a season ticket HERE

Tickets are on sale now, with the early bird offer being available until 30th June.

Jump aboard the Hess Express and renew your season ticket now!

Existing season ticket holders will receive renewal letters during the week commencing 29th April and all season tickets for the 2019/20 campaign will be dispatched during the first week of July.


We are delighted to announce our seventh summer signing with versatile defender Paul Rooney joining on a two-year contract from July 1st.

The 22-year old Dubliner arrives at Crabble after spending last season with League Two side Colchester United.

Rooney joined Championship side Millwall in July 2016 having spent his early senior career with League of Ireland clubs St Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians, making his Lions’ debut away to Luton Town in the Football League Trophy four months later.

A two-month loan spell followed at National League side Torquay United where he made seven appearances in all competitions, scoring once.

Rooney, who can also operate in midfield, moved to Colchester in January 2018 and had loan spells with National League side Bromley and National South team Billericay Town last season.

Welcome to Crabble Paul!


With the new season rapidly approaching, the club are looking for volunteers to assist to help Crabble look its best when the time comes.

We need volunteers to help paint and with general tidying etc.

So if you are able to give us a helping hand, please call the club office on 01304 822373 for details.

All assistance will be greatly appreciated.


Midfielder Joe Bedford has put pen to paper ahead of Whites’ 2019/20 National League campaign.

The 21-year-old made four appearances in all competitions for Whites last season and has signed for a further two years.

Having been with Southend United since the age of eight, Bedford progressed through the Shrimpers’ academy and was a regular member of their under-23 side before signing for Dover in December.

Welcome back to Crabble Joe!



Dover Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Kurtis Cumberbatch on a two-year deal from 1st July.

The 23-year-old joins after spending last season with Southern Premier Division South side Farnborough FC where he scored 11 league goals for the Yellows.

Having spent his youth career with Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Charlton Athletic, Cumberbatch moved to Hadley Town of the Spartan South Midlands Football League in the summer of 2015, before moving to then-National League side Welling United three months later.

Kurtis next signed for Bostik Premier club Harrow Borough in December 2016 and netted 14 times, before moving to Farnborough in July 2018.

Welcome to Crabble Kurtis!





Dover Athletic have completed the signing of former Huddersfield Town, Southampton and Yeovil Town midfielder Oscar Gobern

The 28-year-old joins on a two-year deal from July 1st.

Gobern spent last season at fellow National League club Eastleigh, making 45 appearances for the Spitfires.

He was signed by current Whites boss Andy Hessenthaler when he was in charge of the Hampshire side at the start of last season.

Gobern, a former England under-19 international, made 56 appearances in the Championship during his time with Southampton and Huddersfield.

The central midfielder has also made 47 appearances in League One and 20 in League Two before joining Eastleigh last summer.

Welcome to Crabble Oscar!!