Category: First Team News


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).







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.




Andy Hessenthaler’s side travel to Norfolk on Saturday aiming to bounce back from Tuesday’s night disappointing defeat.

Whites were hit for five for the second time at home this season – their sixth league loss so far this campaign.

Meanwhile, our hosts on Saturday have picked up six points from their last three games.  The linnets have beaten Woking and Barnet in recent weeks, as well as knocking League Two Port Vale out of the FA Cup, with a second round trip to League One Portsmouth their reward.

The Linnets were promoted to the National League last season on points per game at the expense of York City when the season was curtailed due to the pandemic.

Dover are no strangers to the The Walks Stadium, having played there last season in the FA Trophy First Round Proper.  It was the hosts who advanced to the next round on that occasion, winning 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw.

Town have brought in nine players for this season, including Jamar Loza who has a Premier League appearance for Norwich to his name, coming on as a second half substitute in the Canaries 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in 2014.

Since leaving Norwich, he has played in the National League with Maidstone United and Woking, before moving back to Norfolk this summer when he signed for King’s Lynn.

Cameron King and Simon Power have both joined the club for the second time in their careers. King, who has joined from FC Halifax Town played for The Linnets in 2018 before moving to Halifax, whilst Power has started his second loan spell at the club.

Like Loza, King also started his career and Norwich, whilst Power is currently on loan at The Linnets from the Championship side.

Kyle Callan-McFadden, who joined the club on Friday morning and is also a graduate of the Norwich City youth academy, joined the club after spells in the USA and Ireland with Orlando City B and Sligo Rovers, respectively.

Kairo Mitchell, a product of the Leicester City academy, joined the club after spells in non-league with Nuneaton and Coalville Town. At the beginning of October he signed for fellow Kent side Dartford, however only 20 days later he signed for The Linnets. The Grenadan international has also scored three times for his country.

Finally, Tai Fleming joined the club after completing a two year scholarship at Yeovil, whilst Archie Mair, Danny Lupano and Kyle Barker have joined on loan from Norwich, Hull and Peterborough, respectively.

King’s Lynn’s Player to Watch

New signing Loza has scored four goals in his last three league games, including both goals in their 2-0 win against Barnet on Tuesday night.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £12 on King’s Lynn’s streaming service.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Saturday’s National League Fixtures 

Boreham Wood Vs Altrincham

Chesterfield Vs Notts County

FC Halifax Town Vs Torquay United

Maidenhead United Vs Bromley

Wealdstone Vs Sutton United (5:20pm)

Woking Vs Barnet

Wrexham Vs Aldershot Town

Yeovil Town Vs Hartlepool United



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 !!






Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s men are back in action on Tuesday after an extended break from National League football.

An early FA Cup exit and the postponement of the trip to Wealdstone last weekend due to COVID-19 issues mean Dover have not played since the 1-0 home defeat to Altrincham on the last day of October.

Tuesday’s match was given the green light after all Dover players and staff tested negative for COVID-19.

Woking have played two games in November, drawing 1-1 with Yeovil Town after bowing out of the FA Cup 3-2 to Gillingham despite being two goals ahead.

The Cards took all three points in a dramatic game in this fixture last season, coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1.  Ricky Modeste had slotted 10-man Dover ahead after Kurtis Cumberbatch received an early red card.  Jake Hyde leveled on the half-hour mark and Tony Edser curled in a late winner.

Both teams were only able to play each other once last campaign, with the match at the Laithwaite Stadium, postponed due to the pandemic.

Woking boss Alan Dowson has added a number of players this season, including loanees from the EFL.

Josh Davison and Ben Dempsey have joined on loan from Charlton Athletic, with Both players having featured in the Championship for the Addicks.

Meanwhile, Koran Lofthouse, Slavi Spasov, and Malachi Napa have all joined on loan from Oxford United, with the latter two also making appearances for their parent club. Napa also has played in League Two for now-defunct club Macclesfield Town.

Tyler Reid and Sam Cartwright have also joined from West Brom and Peterborough United respectively.

Dowson has also signed John Goddard on a free transfer from Ebbsfleet. The winger has previous experience of playing in the Football League with Swindon and Stevenage, but in more recent years he has played in the National League with Bromley, Aldershot, and the aforementioned Fleet.

Charlie Cooper also moved to Woking this summer from FC Halifax Town. Like Goddard he has spent the last few seasons in the National League with Boreham Wood and Halifax, but he also featured higher up the football pyramid with Newport and Forest Green Rovers.

Cooper was part of the Rovers’ promotion-winning squad to League Two in 2017.

Finally, former Arsenal and Manchester United youth player Tyler Reid joined the club after leaving Swindon Town in October.

The Cards also have ex-England international and former Premier League player Matt Jarvis on their books.  The 34-year-old, who has over 200 Premier League games to his name, scored on his debut for the Surrey side last season against Maidenhead United.

Woking’s Player to Watch

New signing Davison is in red-hot form at the moment, having scored four in his last five games in all competitions.


This game will be played behind closed doors, however, you can watch the game for £8 on DAFCtv.

Details on how to buy your match pass can be found here.

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – Follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Tuesday’s National League Fixtures 

Aldershot Town Vs Maidenhead United

Altrincham Vs Chesterfield

Barnet Vs King’s Lynn Town

Bromley Vs Boreham Wood

Eastleigh Vs Wealdstone

FC Halifax Town Vs Notts County

Hartlepool United Vs Wrexham

Sutton United Vs Dagenham & Redbridge


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.