Category: Club News

SUPPORTERS’ CLUB RAISE FUNDS FOR WHITES

Whites’ were given a financial boost on Thursday courtesy of the Dover Athletic Supporters’ Club.

Supporters’ club chairman Vicky Chambers (Pictured with Dover Athletic Club Secretary Frank Clarke), handed over a cheque for £2,000, taking their total donations raised for Athletic to £5,850 during the course of the 2018/19 National League campaign.

The fund-raising is far from over and the Supporters’ Club are on the lookout for new members!

Visit www.dasc.co.uk for details on how to join, or follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/doverathleticsc) or Twitter (@DAFCClub).

DONE DEAL FOR MUNNS

Dover Athletic are delighted to announce the signature of midfielder Jack Munns on a two-year deal from July 1st.

The 25-year-old Londoner joins having spent last season with fellow National League side Dagenham & Redbridge.

The attacking midfielder spent his early years with Leyton Orient, Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic, before moving to Cheltenham Town in 2015, winning the National League title in his first campaign with the Robins.

Munns netted nine times in 60 appearances during two seasons with Cheltenham, including a hattrick against FC Halifax Town in October 2015.

He then moved to Hartlepool United following the County Durham side’s relegation from the Football League in 2017, before moving back south to join the Daggers in September 2018.

Welcome to Crabble Jack!

PITCH RECEIVES MAKEOVER

The new football season might be two months away but preparations have already started on Crabble’s turf ahead of Whites’ 2019/20 National League campaign.

Following the installation of the fibre sand pitch last year, Dover Head Groundsman Sid Fletcher is now performing the necessary maintenance work to ensure the ground is in top condition ahead of Whites’ first pre-season match at Crabble, against Maidstone United on Tuesday 16th July.

“It was a big job last year,” said Sid, “however, it’s a smaller in-house renovation this summer and we have a lot more time to get the pitch how we want it.

“There were a few bald spots towards the end of last season, so we have overseeded and implemented the fertilising regime to allow the grass to grow all over the pitch.

“The plastic fibres in the sand will give the turf the necessary strength needed to withstand the rigours of a football season and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

“My aim is for it to look the same at the end of the season as it will at the start!”

LIONS TO VISIT CRABBLE

Athletic have added a further friendly to their pre-season schedule with a Millwall XI to visit Crabble on Monday 29th July.

The match against the Championship side will kick off at 7:30 pm.

Whites’ updated pre-season fixture list is as follows:

Wednesday 3rd July 7:30 pm – Bearsted FC (A)
Saturday 6th July 3 pm – Folkestone Invicta (A)
Tuesday 9th July 7:45pm – Beckenham Town (A)
Saturday 13th July 1 pm – K Sports FC (A)
Tuesday 16th July 7:45 pm – Maidstone United (H)
Saturday 20th July 3 pm – Hemel Hempstead Town (A)
Tuesday 23rd July 7:45 pm – Gillingham (H)
Saturday 27th July 3 pm – Colchester United (H)
Monday 29th July 7:30 pm – Millwall XI (H)

 

MERSIN SIGNS ON

Dover Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin on a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old Londoner, who stands at impressive six feet and five inches tall, featured 19 times for Crawley Town during a three-year spell with the League Two club before being released earlier this month.

Mersin played for Turkish Premier League for Kasimpassa FC before returning to the UK to sign for Crawley in 2016.

The giant stopper, who has represented Turkey at both under-17 and under-18 levels, commanded a seven-figure transfer fee when he moved from Millwall to Liverpool as a youngster.

Welcome to Crabble Yusuf!

ACADEMY THROUGH TO FINAL

Dover Athletic’s academy will play in the National Youth Alliance Champion of Champions final after defeating AFC Stamford academy 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Ryan Kingsford’s 25th minute goal set up a final against Eastleigh academy, to be played on Wednesday 22nd May at Oxford City, kick off 2 pm.

Academy boss Mike Sandmann said of the victory afterwards.  “It’s a fantastic achievement to be in the final out of all the academies in the country and shows where our group of players are and how hard they are willing to work to develop.

“The group have been excellent throughout and I couldn’t be more proud them.  We will be hoping to be crowned the best academy in the country next week and I know the lads will do everything possible to make that happen.

“The final will be the last game for some of our players and it’s been an absolute pleasure to enjoy their progress and development.”

EFFIONG WINS GOAL OF THE SEASON

The votes are in and Inih Effiong’s winning goal against Fylde has been chosen as Dover’s goal of the season for the 2018/19 campaign.

With Whites down to ten men in the National League match back in December, Athletic’s forward scored a dramatic injury-time winner at Crabble, having equalised ten minutes earlier.

Effiong’s finish received 28% of the votes and you can see his winning goal below.

Congratulations Inih!

HESSENTHALER WINS LEAGUE AWARD

Huge congratulations to Andy Hessenthaler who has today been named as the Vanarama National League Manager of the Month for April.

The reward is a fitting one for the Gaffer after he completed what at one stage looked like mission impossible by keeping the club in the league and doing it in style.

Mission was accomplished last month with Hessenthaler’s men winning four of the last five games, including a stunning 3-2 win at Barrow after being 2-0 down, a result which ensured survival.

The stunning season-ending performance saw Dover win 13 points from a possible 15 available and finish 14th overall.

Job done – well done Hess!!

 

PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to confirm a number of pre-season fixtures in preparation for the club’s 2019/20 Motorama National League campaign.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men will first be in action at Southern Counties East League club Bearsted on July 3rd.

That will be followed by trips to Folkestone (July 6th) and K Sports (July 13th).

Three games will then be played at Crabble with Maidstone United visiting on July 16th, Gillingham on July 23rd and Colchester United on July 27th.

Ticket details for our home games will be announced on this website in the coming weeks while further friendlies will also be confirmed here first.

Schedule:

Bearsted (away) July 3rd at 7.30pm

Folkestone (away) July 6th at 3pm

K Sports (away) July 13th at 1pm

Maidstone United (home) July 16th at 7.45pm

Gillingham (home) July 23rd at 7.45pm

Colchester United (home) July 27th at 3pm

 

GOAL OF THE SEASON

We have selected 12 cracking finishes from the 2018/19 season and we need you Whites’ fans to choose the best goal!

Instructions on how to vote are at the end of this video, or you can add a comment with your favourite goal below.

 

Want to see more great goals?  Well now is your chance to jump aboard the Hess Express!

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 seven free matches 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.

Click HERE for full details and prices.