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The ‘Friends of Dover Athletic’ are starting an auction on Monday with some excellent items on offer.

To bid for one or more of the below goods, simply e-mail, including your name and a contact phone number.

You can also bid for your preferred item on home matchdays by seeing either Paul or Debbie Harrison at Crabble.

The auction will run from Monday 29th July until 5 pm on Saturday 14th September.


Two people can visit King’s Hill to watch a first-team training session on a date to be agreed.


For a home match with admission to Crabble to be paid.



Presented to commemorate our first-ever competitive match at Prenton Park



From our FA Trophy match at Crabble in 2018





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 for details on how to join, or follow them on Facebook ( or Twitter (@DAFCClub).


There is eggs-tra incentive to visit Crabble this Friday afternoon!

Dover Athletic and the Dover Athletic Community Trust volunteers have donated eight Easter hampers (Pictured) to be raffled away during half-time of our home match against Aldershot Town.

Home fans will each receive one free raffle ticket entering them into the draw upon arrival at the ground.



Looking for ideas to keep your children active over Easter?

Then why not book them on to one of the two Happy Feet Soccer School coaching camps we are hosting at Crabble.

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

  • Monday 8th April
  • Tuesday 9th April
  • Monday 15th April
  • Tuesday 16th April

The cost is £15 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 can be downloaded HERE

Completed forms should be returned in person to the club office at Crabble – the office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card.

You also email your form to or give it, along with payment, to one of our community staff at the Happy Feet sessions on Saturday.

Application forms can also be posted to Vikki Pawley, Dover Athletic Football Club, Crabble Athletic Ground, Lewisham Road, River, Dover, Kent CT17 0JB, but please do not include cash – you will be contacted to process the payment over the telephone.


Children should arrive no earlier than 9.50am for registration.

They will need to bring a packed lunch and drinks – there will be a ‘tuck shop’ available at lunch time.

Shin pads must be worn at all times while spare/warm clothing is advised should we have bad weather as well as sun cream and a hat should the weather be sunny.


Dover Athletic Community Trust is a charity affiliated to Dover Athletic Football Club (reg. charity no. 1179651).

The trust has now launched its own website where you’ll be able to enjoy the progress of our clubs affiliated charity.

All future community events, news articles and programmes will now be published on the trust website and can be found here:


We are very pleased to welcome Pat Sutcliffe to our team as our first employee of the Dover Athletic Community Trust.

Pat has a genuine passion to make our trust a massive success in our local communities and has a breadth of experience and a variety of contacts that enables him to fulfil the role.

The success of this role and how we develop our trust will very much be down to the relationships we nurture within our community and beyond and enable us to build a variety of opportunities to invest in and improve the Dover district and its community needs.

I’m sure all involved with Dover Athletic will join us in wishing Pat every success in his new role and support him on this journey.

Pat will very much take the lead on delivery of our community intentions.

This is the start of something potentially very powerful and impactful in our community where we can make a real difference!


Come and join us for a Christmas Party in the Centre Spot.

Eat, drink and get in the festive spirit with a choice of three party nights, December 7th, 14th and 15th, for just £26.95 per person.

The party starts the minute you arrive and you will be welcomed with a glass of chilled bubbly before you sit down and enjoy a delicious three course meal.

After the meal, the dance floor will be open and you can party the night away.

Doors open at 7pm on each night with dinner served from 7.30pm.

To book, call 01304 822 373 or email

Don’t delay, book today!


We are delighted to announce that our successful VIP Platinum experience for all supporters has been extended until the end of the season.

For every remaining home National League game, we will be offering passes to the new VIP Platinum Suite for only £25 per person.

Please note that this price does NOT include entry for non-season ticket holders who do attend, and they will still need to pay entry on the turnstile on the day.

The experience includes:

  • Butler hosted lounge with large TVs and projector showing the game

  • One course meal, served at your table

  • Reserved undercover premium padded seating

  • Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water, plus dedicated paid bar before and after match

  • Complimentary matchday team sheet

  • Man of the Match competition and presentation

Arrival at the ground should be for 1pm and food will be served at 1.30pm.

There are only 64 spaces available, so all tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

The dress code is smart casual.

To buy your passes please contact the club on 01304 822373, email, or call into the office.

We very much look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to experience the new facilities at the club.


Dover Athletic Community Trust is seeking to appoint a Community Development Officer to develop and deliver an innovative and compressive community programme aimed at establishing permanent and sustainable links with all members of the local community.

The successful candidate will also coordinate and grow established projects,while actively establishing new projects.

The role is for 24 hours per week and includes some weekend working.

There is a competitive rate of pay dependant on experience and a full job description can be found HERE

To join the team and make a real difference to the local community, please apply in writing enclosing a full CV and details of your salary expectations to

Deadline for applications is November 8th 2018.

Dover Athletic Community Trust is the official charity of Dover Athletic Football Club and will deliver creative, innovative and diverse engagement initiatives using the power of Dover Athletic to motivate, educate and inspire people in communities to improve life chances.

The vision – for children, young people and adults within our community to be confident, active, healthy and able to determine and achieve their own personal goals and aspirations.

The mission – to enhance people’s lives by using the unique strength of Dover Athletic Football Club to engage, enable and empower people.




#MANarama National League campaign comes to an end

The ground-breaking #MANarama campaign, which saw the fifth and sixth tiers of English Football make football history through a mid-season re-brand, came to an end on Non-League Day and raised a total of £150,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Vanarama, the UK’s leading commercial vehicle leasing company, powered the fundraising drive by sacrificing its naming rights for the National League, together with a vehicle leasing initiative, ‘lease a van save a man’, which ran throughout September and October.

A cheque for £150,000 was presented at the flagship BT Sport televised game for Non-League day between FC Halifax and Chesterfield. The presentation took place ahead of the game when ultra-marathon hero Kevin Webber, who had just completed seven walking marathons in seven days, was given a guard of honour by both sets of teams.

The £150,000 was raised by Vanarama in just 43 days by donating £50 for every vehicle it leased from the start of September until Non-League day on October 13th.

Within that time a staggering 688 men would have died from prostate cancer, highlighting just how important it is that more men are made aware of the most common cancer in men. Prostate Cancer UK became the National League’s first official charity partner for the 2018/19 season and this year’s Non-League Day was given added significance by the presence of Webber.

Diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in November 2014 and told he could have as little as two years left to live, the remarkable Webber has raised thousands for the charity in a series of epic endurance events and in the build-up to Non-League Day he walked more than 180 miles from Blyth Spartans to FC Halifax Town.

In total, he visited 10 National League clubs, hand-delivering unique captains’ armbands to be worn by all MANarama teams on Non-League Day. The bright orange band, which includes the iconic Prostate Cancer UK logo, illustrated the clubs’ united stand against the most common cancer in men.

Also joining the fight was Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Jeff Stelling, who posed with one of the armbands alongside Hartlepool United skipper Andrew Davies ahead of their clash at Leyton Orient.

National League Chief Executive Michael Tattersall, who walked alongside Webber in the final day of his challenge, said: “We’re delighted at the response of our temporary – and historic – rebranding to the MANarama National League over the past six weeks and it’s wonderful to see so much money and awareness raised to aid the fight against prostate cancer.

“We are proud to have Prostate Cancer UK as our first ever charity partner and look forward to working with them more going forward.

“This deadly disease has no boundaries, so it’s been incredibly inspiring to see Kevin Webber raise so much awareness within many of our membership. He’s a remarkable man doing remarkable things and we will continue to stand alongside him and everyone affected by prostate cancer.”

 Andy Alderson, Vanarama CEO and Founder said: “At Vanarama we’re thrilled with the amount of money we’ve been able to raise for Prostate Cancer UK. The MANarama campaign brought together three great organisations with one main goal – to raise awareness and funds in the fight against the most common cancer in men.

“We’ve managed to get to this total because of our wonderful Vanarama customers, and if you’ve leased a van from us in the last 45 days, you have helped save a man. Hopefully the money donated to Prostate Cancer UK can play a small part in one day beating this truly terrible disease.”

 Angela Culhane, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re thrilled with the continued success of Non-League Day, and to pick up a cheque from Vanarama for £150,000 is a wonderful end to this campaign.

“In many ways, there was no better person to collect it on our behalf than the extraordinary Kevin Webber. He’s no stranger to extreme activities, and by embarking on an epic 10-club excursion in the north of the country he’s selflessly spread a powerful and personal message about this deadly disease, utilising the power of football and the communities that bring those clubs to life.

“Kevin is an inspiration and we also thank the National League for making us their first ever charity partners and everyone who has embraced the brilliant MANarama campaign that has caught the imagination so much.

“There is real momentum building now in the fight against this disease, and the vital next step is to work towards a screening programme to catch more prostate cancers early and save more lives. Thanks to this exciting campaign we can move a step closer to making this a reality.”