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Three of our postponed National League games have now been re-arranged.

We will host Chesterfield on December 22nd and Solihull Moors on February 2nd with both games kicking off at 7.45pm.

On January 19th, we will make the trip to Wealdstone (7.45pm).

All three games had been postponed due to our first team staff and players self-isolating for 14 days after a player tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of last Tuesday’s game at Maidenhead United.

We will update this story as and when the dates for the other postponed games away against Maidenhead and Wrexham are confirmed.

Please continue to stay safe one and all.




Dover Athletic can confirm that our first team staff and players have now entered self-isolation for a period of 14 days in accordance with National League protocols and Public Health England guidelines after a player tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Tuesday’s game at Maidenhead United.

This means our next four scheduled National League fixtures, against Chesterfield at Crabble this Saturday, and against Solihull Moors at the same venue on December 8th, will be postponed until a later date.

The same also applies to our games at Wrexham (December 12th) and Wealdstone (December 15th).







Tuesday night’s National League game away to Maidenhead United FC has been postponed due to one of our playing staff testing positive for COVID-19.

A further update will follow.


Dover Athletic can confirm that coach Darren Hare has resigned for personal reasons and left the club with immediate effect.

Hare arrived at Crabble in October 2018 as part of manager Andy Hessenthaler’s staff following the departure of Chris Kinnear.

We would like to thank Darren for his hard work and dedication during his time with us and wish him all the best for the future.


Andy Hessenthaler shares his view following our 2-0 loss away to King’s Lynn on Saturday.




We are delighted to announce that we have completed the loan signing of Hull City midfielder Ryan Hanson.

Our new Number 25, who joins us for a month, will go straight into the squad for our National League game at Kings Lynn Town on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Hanson, a former Dover Boys Grammar School student, joined the League One side 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 !!






We have today received the first batch of Kappa senior and junior replica shirts and the first pre-orders have been posted out immediately.

Please note that because of delays in France due to Covid-19, not all sizes have yet been delivered, but we will keep you all posted as and when we get notified of an arrival date at Crabble.

We apologise for the delay and really appreciate your patience.





The following is an open letter from The National League to David Emery, editor in chief of the Non-League Paper, with our Chairman, Jim Parmenter, being one of the League directors to have signed it.

Dear David,

We are writing to you jointly as the overwhelming number of elected directors of The National League.

We were, to say the least, disappointed by the one-sided coverage extended by you to the issue raised by a small minority of clubs in relation to the distribution of the funding from The National Lottery.

We, as the Board of The Competition, together with our Chairman, Brian Barwick, our Vice-Chairman, Jack Pearce, and our Chief Executive Officer, Michael Tattersall, are exclusively charged with the management of the Competition.

To date, we have seen all of our clubs through the early termination of last season, the commencement and completion of Play-Offs, the retention of all our sponsorships and broadcasting contracts, and the commencement of the current season.

We have also negotiated with the assistance of The Football Association and DCMS ( The Department for Digital Culture Media and Sports) a rescue package for all of our clubs amounting to some £10m over a three-month period.

We had to work quickly to ensure that money was in place and ensure the survival of many of our member clubs.

We had to work equally quickly to work out a methodology of distribution to ensure that clubs in need received the monies without delay.  The great majority of our clubs have expressed their gratitude for what is, to date, a unique funding package in football.

Over the past few weeks, some nine or ten clubs have expressed their dissatisfaction with what they actually received without seeming to recognise or acknowledge that the great majority of clubs were perfectly satisfied with their distribution.

You quote that premise is considered an “absurd defence“.  What would be absurd would be to ignore the views of the great majority of our clubs in favour of those of a small minority.

We, as a Board are always open to fair comment and criticism, not to mention positive suggestions.  In fact, what we have received is a regular diatribe of criticism from this small section of clubs which has, at times, been positively defamatory and has never been less than ungrateful and self-serving.

This has now culminated in those clubs currently publicly demanding the resignation of our long-serving Chairman, Brian Barwick and previously in statements, emails, and blogs that of our even longer serving Vice Chairman, Jack Pearce.

Both are well-respected figures in the world of football with unblemished reputations of the highest level. These clubs who are now “ demanding “ this action simply, as we continue to maintain, do not represent the views of the majority of the clubs and certainly do not represent the views of the Board which continues to have the utmost faith, confidence, and respect for those two officers.

These clubs have not only brought our Competition into disrepute but have severely hurt two individuals who have worked tirelessly and ceaselessly throughout the pandemic for the greater good with amazing results.

As these clubs well know there are proper ways to air complaints and issues within our Rules and yet they have sought to circumvent those rules by their unreasonable demands and personal attacks.

Their main complaint seems to be aimed at the methodology of distribution.  The Chairman offered their representatives the opportunity of meeting him face to face on a zoom call at which no club from the National Division attended.  In any event, the meeting lasted a couple of hours and was felt to be constructive.  They have been told on several occasions that the distribution is under constant review.

We did not need to be told by them, or by a group of MP’s or indeed, your newspaper, that the issue should be looked at by an independent group.  We had already reached that conclusion at a Board Meeting held on 5th November and had implemented the establishment of a Review sub-committee, again within our rules.

You quote from a Commons answer given by the Sports Minister and then fail to reach the correct conclusion from it.  He stated (as long ago as 30th September, well before an agreement was reached with Camelot, not the DCMS, by the way) that gate receipts will “drive the criteria. “ He did not say then and clubs have never been told that they would be the only criteria.  Attendances and gate receipts were an element of the methodology of distribution and continue to be, but they are not the only criteria to be taken into account.

The “spokesperson “of the allegedly “aggrieved clubs “ claims, without any evidence whatsoever, that the Board has made “serious errors of judgment“ in making unilateral, subjective decisions regarding distribution which ignore government guidelines and ignore the board’s conflict of interest.  That is simply incorrect.

Even as it stands the first distribution fully complied with the terms of the agreement with Camelot which was, in turn, agreed and approved by The FA and the DCMS.  Similarly, all the “aggrieved “clubs have had explained to them that there is absolutely no question of conflict.  The directors are elected by all clubs and do not represent their own clubs on the Board.

Tempting though it has been for us as a Board, who have been libelled as a group and in some cases individually, to resort to legal action, we have for the moment kept our counsel, taken all the criticism on the chin, and simply battled on to seek to ensure that this funding is renewed after the initial period. Not one of our critics has offered to assist us, merely to criticise us, sometimes in the vilest of terms. This is despite the fact that it has been made clear to all clubs, not just the vociferous few, that any club with serious financial problems should come to the Board and all efforts will be made to find a way to assist them.

We will not be swayed from our efforts by a noisy minority, nor by bullying that gives no credit to its perpetrators. We will not be running to the media to create unfair and misleading headlines. We will get on with the job in hand and give our Chairman, Vice-Chairman, CEO, and the Review Committee every assistance in ensuring that the damage these clubs have caused is not irreparable.

Yours sincerely,
Anthony Kleanthous
Jim Parmenter
Mike Coulson
Richard Parsons
Shahid Azeem
Stephen Thompson
MBE Timothy Murphy

Vanarama National League


Dover Athletic can confirm that all the management, backroom staff, and players have tested negative for Covid-19 after the club received the results on Saturday evening.

Training was cancelled on Friday and all were tested privately at Crabble before being sent home as a precaution after the club was made aware of the situation on Thursday evening.

It means manager Andy Hessenthaler’s squad will return to training on Monday and Tuesday’s National League game against Woking at Crabble will go ahead as scheduled.




Saturday’s National League game away at Wealdstone FC has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues.

Our staff and players were tested at Crabble this morning and with the results not being known until tomorrow at the earliest, under COVID Protocols we will not be allowed to travel until these results are known.

We were made aware of the situation on Thursday evening and we acted immediately, arranging for all the squad and staff to be tested privately on Friday morning.

The protocol requires tests based on symptoms – as soon as reported, tests were booked.

Regular testing is not a requirement at our level.

A new date for the match will be arranged as soon as possible.