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Music fans will have a unique opportunity to see one of the legends of British rock music up close and personal when the Strawbs take to the stage in the Centre Spot at Crabble next month.

The special one-off gig at the home of Dover Athletic on Sunday, October 15th, is part of the European leg of their ‘Hero & Heroine’ tour.

The album of the same name has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘one of the 50 greatest progressive rock albums of all time’ and it is the band’s biggest seller worldwide.

They have sold three million albums worldwide, including Bursting At The Seams,’ ‘Grave New World,’ and the beloved ‘Hero and Heroine,’ since their formation in 1967.

Founder member Dave Cousins, who has been described by All Music Guide as ‘the most talented Dylan-influenced songwriter to come out of England’, is also a personal friend of Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter.

The band, who are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands such as Yes, King Crimson, and The Moody Blues, actually started out 50 years ago as a bluegrass-based trio called the Strawberry Hill Boys.

That same year, the group — now rechristened the Strawbs, and doing repertory well beyond the bounds of bluegrass music.

In 1969, the Strawbs were signed to A&M Records and cut their first album, the acoustic-textured ‘Strawbs,’ that same year.

Since then, the band went on to have seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200 in the United States.

The current Strawbs line-up comprises of Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who recorded and toured together in the 1970s.

They will be joined by keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, a band whose mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music has endeared them to audiences across Europe and North America for the last 25 years.

This performance promises to be a remarkable evening spanning Progressive Rock and English Folk across the decades – do NOT miss out!

There will a limited release of tickets for this intimate night.

Tickets are £16 and are available from the reception at Crabble Stadium (open Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm) AND online from the DAFC Direct


Dover Athletic Football Club are now recruiting for a very special position – the chance to become our new club mascot!

You will be the first point of contact with many of our supporters and will have a natural ability to entertain, whilst building relationships and rapport – primarily with children – during both matchdays and at other community events.

Interaction with the crowd at all times is paramount, and you will need to be reliable, punctual and organised.

A positive attitude to dealing with children and adults is imperative, and you must be capable of working independently whilst meeting a range of responsibilities relating to matchday events such as our new pre-match penalty shoot-out and general fan engagement.

This opportunity is open to adults of all ages and genders, however you must be physically fit and able to work on your feet for several hours at a time in a busy environment whilst maintaining the professional standards we are looking for.

The successful applicant must be between 5”7 and 5”10 tall, and will initially work on a trial period of three months – attending all home fixtures – with a view to paid employment with our community scheme being offered at the end of this term.

You will need to undergo a full CRB check prior to taking on the role.

So, if you are interested in becoming the new ‘face’ of Dover Athletic Football Club then apply now!

Contact the office on 01304 822373 or email



Thinking of ideas to keep your children active in the summer holidays?

Why not book them on a Happy Feet Soccer School coaching camp at Crabble.

Three camps have been organised with 50 places available on each of them, so get in quick!

The camps, which will cater for ages from five to 16, will be run from 10am – 3pm on the following dates:

  • Week 1 (7,8,9 August)
  • Week 2 (15,16,17 August) 
  • Week 3 (23,24,25 August) 

The cost is £12 per child, per day and bookings are subject to availability and places are only guaranteed upon receipt of full payment.

Application forms are available in the club office at Crabble or HERE.

Completed forms should be sent back via one of the following methods:

  • Email to
  • Post to Vikki Pawley, Dover Athletic Football Club, Crabble Athletic Ground, Lewisham Road, River, Dover, Kent CT17 0JB
  • In person to the club office at Crabble

You will be notified by email or text message once your booking is successful.

Payments by debit or credit card will have a charge of 50p.




You cannot get much for £1 these days, but you could win £1,000 if you become a member of the club’s Striker Lottery.

For just a £1 a week you will yourself a chance to win cash prizes of up to £1,000 every week and help support your club at the same time.

Not only do you stand a chance of striking it lucky each week but profits from the lottery go towards the club’s income, helping to produce a winning first-team and an extensive youth system.

And if you don’t scoop the top prize, there are also multiple of cash consolation prizes.

How does The Striker work?

If you want more information about becoming a member of The Striker Lottery, call the club office on 01304 822373.

At only £1 a ticket, why not have a go?




With a new season rapidly approaching, the club are looking for volunteers to assist with a ‘spring clean’ of Crabble.

The clean-up takes place this weekend between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are able to give a helping hand, please contact the club office on 01304 822373.

All assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers throughout both days.


The husband and wife team of Paul and Debbie Harrison have won the Dover Athletic Club Person of the Year award.

They were presented with their award at Crabble by club director Matthew Jaenicke.

Jaenicke.said: “Paul and Debbie’s dedication season after season has been unwavering and they thoroughly deserve this accolade.

“They put in a tremendous amount of work helping with all community projects, community days and of course looking after the mascots and helping with all visitors to Crabble at every home game.

“We thank them for all they do.”

As for Paul, he said he and his wife are just happy to play their roles at the club.

He said: “We just do whatever we can to help.

“We just love to see the progress the club is making, we enjoy being involved and part of the club.

“It’s great to see the kids enjoying themselves at Happy Feet on a Saturday morning with around 50 there each week now.

“We love making sure the mascots have a great day and we really enjoy the interaction with everybody from the board to the players and the supporters.”



Happy Feet Soccer School have organised two football courses to take place at Crabble during the Easter Holidays on the following dates;

  • Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April 2017 – ages 5-9 years                      
  • Thursday 6th and Friday 7th April 2017 – ages 10-16 years

The cost of the course is £12 per child, per day.   

All courses run from 10am – 3pm .  Children should arrive no earlier than 9.50am for registration.

Children will need to bring a packed lunch and drinks.

Shin pads must be worn at all times.

Spare/warm clothing is advised should we have bad weather as well as sun cream and a hat should it be sunny.

To book a place for your child, you need to sign a confirmation and consent form and return it to Dover Athletic Football Club.

Download Booking form

Download Photo consent form

Once your form and payment have been received, you will have the place confirmed by email.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The office will be open Monday-Friday 9am-3pm for applications to be bought in.
Payment can be in cash or by card.


We host Folkestone Invicta in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup semi-final at Crabble tonight and there will be an added incentive for female fans attending the game.

As part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day on March 8th, the club has donated a Dover shirt and all ladies attending the game will get a ticket entering them into the half-time draw to win it.

Whites reached this stage of the competition after beating visiting Ryman League North side VCD Athletic 4-0 earlier this month.

James Caton, Moses Emmanuel, Connor Essam and Ira Jackson jnr scored the goals.

The club have reduced the admission price for the game down to just £5 for all, while under-11s get into Crabble for free, to allow as many fans and members of the community as possible to come along.

The game kicks-off at 7.45pm.


Long time Dover fan Nick Cunningham has continued to show his support for the club – and his generosity could save a life.

The local businessman – who owns Nick Cunningham Plumbing and Heating Engineers, based in Sandwich – has brought a defibrillator for use in the community ventures running.

The club already has one defibrillator in the medical facilities at Crabble for use on players or fans on match days, but there was a need for another as Dover Athletic Community Manager Vikki Pawley explains.

“Due to the rise in community projects we have running at the ground now, Saturday and school holiday soccer schools and the walking football, we felt we needed a second defibrillator at the ground,” she said.

“After discussing this need in the sponsors lounge last week, Nick Cunningham has stepped forward and generously bought us one for the community projects.”

As for Nick, he was simply happy to help his beloved club.

He said: “Hopefully, the club will never have to use it, but at least we now have a second one in place should the need arise.”

The new machine will be presented by Nick to the club at Saturday’s National League game against Solihull Moors.

We thank Nick for his kind gesture and generosity as well as his continued support.


PLENTY of men took their first steps in a new Dover Athletic venture at Crabble on Sunday morning – walking football.

Over 20 men aged over 50 had a shot at playing the game.

The opening session of the project, which is run in conjunction with Dover District Council, attracted plenty of interest from those who thought their playing days were over.

The aim of the programme is to engage with the community to provide an opportunity for men aged 50+ to become more socially and physically active.

Each Sunday session starts at 10am and finishes at 11.30am.

The first five weeks will also be FREE of charge , so come along and have a go at playing!

The rules of the game are much the same as what we know – however, there are some differences.

Anything so much as a jog is prohibited for a start!!

Other rules include free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there are no offsides and the ball must be kept below head height.