Category: Club News

STATEMENT FOLLOWING BARROW POSTPONEMENT

The Club are sad to report that today’s game at Barrow has been postponed following the tragic death of an individual on the West Coast Main Line.  The Dover team, staff and officials were caught up on board the 9.30 am train from London.

The club would like to extend it’s deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the person who died today.  While the club and it’s supporters have been caught up in the disruption caused by this terrible event, our inconvenience pales into insignificance when compared to this heart-breaking loss of life.

We understand the inconvenience and frustration caused by match postponements. When arranging away travel we are very carefully to select our route and mode to ensure the minimum possibility of disruption, which would prevent us getting to games.

In the past 20 years travelling by road, air and rail, this is the first time that we have had a postponement due to a disruption on the railways.  While it is disappointing, the railways have provided a much more reliable journey than both the roads and air.

Whilst recognising the gravity and sadness of today’s events and the frustration that calling off games can cause; we cannot let the behavior by representatives of Barrow AFC and their supporters go unchallenged.

Postponements are never great and there are financial implications for everyone involved, not least this club and its fantastic travelling support.

However, we are shocked and disappointed with the response from Barrow AFC and some of their supporters.

Given the nature of today’s delay, we are disgusted to receive messages wishing death to our players and staff from Barrow supporters on Twitter.

We were further shocked to hear about abuse directed by Barrow officials towards both our Kit Manager and our Supporters Club driver – the latter had travelled to Barrow this morning and was subjected to foul and abusive language as a Barrow Club official attempted to board the supporters coach.

We would like to again send our deepest sympathies to those effected by today’s tragic loss and also thank our travelling fans who, despite the inconvenience caused, we are sure will understand that whilst the postponement is unfortunate, it was something we had no control over.

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Scott Doe shared his thoughts following Dover’s 4-0 defeat at Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Captain Kevin Lokko spoke to the camera following Tuesday evening’s 4-0 defeat at Aldershot Town.

VIDEO: MANAGER REACTION

Andy Hessenthaler shared his thoughts on Dover’s 4-0 loss at Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.

CIAO ROBERTO

Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler has added to his attacking options with the signing of forward Roberto.

The 20-year-old Italian is available for Saturday’s National League game at Barrow, subject to international clearance.

Forward Roberto was previously with Swiss side Lugano FC and will wear the No.23 shirt.

 

 

FA CUP TICKETS

WHITES TO TRAVEL TO TERRAS IN CUP

Dover have been drawn away to Weymouth FC in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round.

The Terras, currently fourth in the National League South, were promoted last season after winning the Southern Football League Premier South.

The tie will take place during the weekend of 19th October.

You can see the full draw below:

NORTHERN SECTION

Hednesford Town v Boston United
Gateshead v Colne
Barrow AFC v Solihull Moors
Whitby Town v Stourbridge
Hartlepool United v Brackley Town
Nantwich Town v King’s Lynn Town
Chorley v Spennymoor Town
Southport v Altrincham
Tamworth v Darlington
York City v Stockport County
Notts County v Belper Town
Chesterfield v Wrexham
FC Halifax Town v Harrogate Town
AFC Fylde v Peterborough Sports

SOUTHERN SECTION

Whyteleafe v Chippenham Town
Haringey Borough v Yeovil Town
Havant & Waterlooville v Dulwich Hamlet
Ebbsfleet United v Woking
Welling United v Eastleigh
Bromley v Aldershot Town
Maidstone United v Kings Langley
Maidenhead United v Wealdstone
Oxford City v Margate
Canvey Island or Bowers & Pitsea
Hayes & Yeading v Poole Town
Royston Town v Maldon & Tiptree
Potters Bar Town v Barnet
Torquay United v Boreham Wood
Sutton United v Billericay Town
Weymouth v Dover Athletic
Dartford v Kingstonian
Carshalton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Saturday’s goalscorer Kevin Lokko gives his reaction following our 2-2 home draw with Notts County on Saturday.

VIDEO: MANAGER REACTION

Andy Hessenthaler gives his opinion on his side’s 2-2 home draw against Notts County on Saturday.

STEFAN WINS LEAGUE AWARD

Stefan Milton says he doesn’t volunteer at Dover Athletic to win accolades – he does it because he loves it.

But the media team member couldn’t hide his pride when he was told he’d been named the National League Volunteer of the Month for September.

Stefan has been with the club since October 2016 and he plays a vital role in video editing match highlights and sending them to BT Sport, Scout 7 etc while at the ground every match day.

What makes his dedication even more special is that the 29-year-old has Metatropic dysplasia and is wheelchair-bound.

Stefan, who has missed just one game in his time with us, says he was thrilled to have won the award.

‘’It’s not why you volunteer, but it’s certainly a nice feeling to have won it,’’ the Manchester United and Kevin Lokko fan said.

‘’I think there are lots of other people at the club who deserve to win this award.

‘’We’re all one big team, contributing to the bigger picture, and I am so proud to be part of that.’’

The directors, management, players, staff, volunteers and supporters of Dover Athletic would like to congratulate Stefan on winning the award.

We are extreamly proud of Stefan and the work he does for the football club.

He always has smile on his face and we love having him as part of our important volunteer team.

There is so much work done behind the scenes that people don’t ever see, all on a voluntary basis, which all contribute to the successful running of this club.