Category: Club News



We are delighted to say that we received an overwhelming response from supporters wanting to play against Manager Andy Hessenthaler and his Invitational XI in the fundraising match at Crabble on August 8th.

Two teams of supporters will play – one in the first half before the other plays the second and emails to all those playing were sent out yesterday (Thursday).

Those playing were the ones whose bids were the best we received before bidding closed on July 16th.

As part of their winning bid, players will get to keep their official match shirt – a replica, regular fit, blue Kappa one.

The two goalkeepers will also keep their match shirts, while we will also be providing shorts and socks for all players too.

Hessenthaler, who will be the player/manager of his side,  said he was it was great to see so many fans get behind the initiative.

“The response has been absolutely terrific to be fair – we’ve even got a referee who bid to take charge!!

“We’d like to thank everyone for what has been a tremendous show of support for this game and belief in what we are doing at the club.

“There is a really good rapport between the players, the staff, and the fans, showing we are all in this situation together and this game is a great way for us all to get together as a community on a fun day.

“I am really looking forward to the day.”

The match kicks off at 1pm and fans are very welcome to attend with admission by way of a donation.

The Centre Spot will also be open.

Hessenthaler’s squad includes:

Jon Wallis, Lee Browning, Tom Wynter, Adam Birchall, Frannie Collin, Matt Carruthers, Nathan Elder, James Strouts, Craig Stone, Lee Shearer, Sammy Moore, Connor Essam, Nicky Southall, and James Rogers.


Dover Athletic is delighted to announce the loan signing of Adam Parkes.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper arrives at the club on a season-long loan from Premier League side Watford and trained with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday evening.

Parkes, who will wear the number 20 shirt for manager Andy Hessenthaler’s side this season, has played in the National League previously, playing the final eight games of last season for Barnet.

He kept clean sheets against Sutton United, Maidenhead, and Weymouth in those eight games.

A former England under-17 representative, Parkes joined Watford from Southampton in January 2019.

He had spent 10 years with the Saints before joining the Hornets, where he has been a regular in the under-23s team as well as travelling with the first-team squad and appearing on the bench during Watford’s successful promotion-winning campaign last season.

Welcome to the club, Adam!

If you would like to sponsor Adam’s playing shirts for the 2021/22 season then please contact our Sponsor Relations Manager Richard Harvey at


We can confirm the admission prices of our three remaining pre-season games at Crabble are as follows:

Season ticket holders: Free

Adults: £10

Concessions: £5

Juniors (under 11) Free (must be accompanied by a paying adult)

Final Pre-Season Home Fixtures

  • 24th July – Dover Athletic v Folkestone Invicta (3pm)
  • 31st July – Dover Athletic v Stevenage (noon)
  • 6th August – Dover Athletic v Watford (7.30pm)




We caught up with Manager Andy Hessenthaler after the pre-season friendly win at Deal Town on Tuesday.


Photos from Saturday’s pre-season friendly win against Ashford United Football Club at Crabble are now online.
All the photos were taken by photographer Matt Bristow, who kindly donated his time and professionalism to us for free – thank you Matt, we really do appreciate your support of the club.
You can view the photos HERE


We are delighted to announce that we have completed the permanent signing of former Hull City midfielder and local resident, midfielder Ryan Hanson.

Our new Number 25 played seven times while on loan with us from the then League One side last season.

The 20-year-old, a former Dover Boys Grammar School student, joined the Tigers in the summer of 2019 after being released by Crystal Palace, where he had spent five years.

He joined Palace after impressing while playing for the Dover Athletic under-13’s in a Kent League tournament.

Hanson started playing football for Dover Rangers when he was six and has also represented Dover District and Kent.

Welcome home, Ryan !!

If you would like to sponsor Ryan’s playing shirts for the 2021/22 season then please contact our Sponsor Relations Manager Richard Harvey at


Dover Athletic Football Club is delighted to announce that we have secured a two-year sponsorship for Phizz to be our official hydration partner.

The London-based brand will supply us with their unique effervescent tablet, which is scientifically formulated to be the most comprehensive blend of hydration, vitamins, and minerals out there.

The tablets rapidly hydrate the body up to three times more than water, replaces the electrolytes lost through sweat, and delivers a wide range of vitamins and minerals essential to recovery and health.

One glass of Phizz contains as much vitamin C as three oranges, more potassium than a banana, and as much zinc as a 600g bag of spinach, along with 17 other vitamins and minerals.

Phizz currently supplies more than 50 football clubs throughout the world including Liverpool, Burnley, QPR, Leeds United, Norwich, Southampton, Barnsley, Fulham, and Stoke City.

We are proud to say that we are the only National League club to be welcomed into the Phizz family.

Dover Athletic Sponsor Relations Manager Richard Harvey said: “Hydration is such an important component in maintaining high levels of performance – staying hydrated is key to playing at your best.

“Phizz tablets will help ensure our players stay well hydrated during training and on match days.

“I have been a huge fan of Phizz products since they first came on the market, so I am thrilled they have now teamed up with us.”

Phizz Head of Sport Yasmin Badiani said: “We are proud to announce our new partnership with Dover Athletic Football Club and look forward to working together and supporting the team through the coming seasons.

“Our science-backed formula is designed to provide the most comprehensive blend of hydration, vitamins, and minerals to fuel athletes from amateur to pro.

“As a young, British brand Phizz supplies over 50 professional sport clubs across the U.K. and around the world, and this arrangement proudly marks our second in Kent.”

Phizz will also be sponsoring a brand-new Dover Athletic ‘Phizz Goal of the Month’ competition, where the club’s fans will have the opportunity to vote for their best effort from all the previous month’s on-field action.

The club will be widely promoting the competition across its social media channels every month.

For more information about Phizz, please visit their website HERE



Our pre-season campaign gets underway against Ashford United at Crabble on Saturday.

It is the first of eight warm-up games for Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s side, with the game against the Isthmian League South East Division side providing fans with a first chance to see newcomers Seth Twumasi, Reda Johnson, Jake Goodman, Ben Williamson, and AFC Wimbledon loanee Aaron Cosgrave in action.

The match could also mark the return to Crabble of striker Ricky Miller and midfielder James Caton after both re-joined the club last month.

Hessenthaler is also likely to use the game as an opportunity to cast his eye over a number of triallists as he continues to rebuild his squad ahead of our National League season opener against Solihull Moors at Crabble on August 21st.

Ashford United played their first friendly of the season on July 10th, winning 6-1 away at Rochester United.

Due to Covid-19 regulations, can we please ask you to adhere to the following:

  • Please DO NOT attend the game if you or someone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms
  • Please use the hand sanitiser points around the ground during your visit
  • Please maintain social distancing and wear a face-covering when you are moving around the ground at all times unless you are exempt
  • Seats that can be only used have been marked with a green tick
  • The Centre Spot will only be offering table service

Gates will open at 2pm before the game kicks-off at 3pm.

Admission is as follows:

Season ticket holders: Free

Adults: £5

Juniors (under 11) Free (must be accompanied by a paying adult)


It was heartbreaking at Wembley on Sunday, but Gareth Southgate’s England did us all proud, and so did you, our own Dover Athletic fans.

We just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for supporting England while supporting us at the same time by coming along to watch all the action live on the big screens in the Centre Spot during this rollercoaster of emotions in Euro 2020 over the past month.

Thank you again for your fantastic support – it really is appreciated by us all at the club.


Time is fast running out for your chance to secure yourself a place in our club history.

The deadline to purchase the exclusive, one-off 2021/22 season commemorative Supporters Shirt, which will proudly bear the names of all who purchase it sublimated into the fabric, is 5pm this Saturday, July 17.

Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s name and those of all his staff and players will also be on the shirt together with club officials alongside fans – we are all in this together!

The shirt is only available via pre-order for £50 from the CLUB SHOP and will not be available for general purchase.

We’ve had a fantastic response to the fundraising initiative, with almost 150 sold as of the time of writing.

Unfortunately, due to manufacturing timelines, we are unable to accept any orders received after this deadline.

The shirt is manufactured by local company, Ambition Sport, and is a regular fit with adult sizes from small to 4XL available.

The shirts will be available three to four weeks after the deadline.

Let’s do this Black and White Army !!