Category: First Team News

PREVIEW: CONCORD RANGERS v WHITES

Whites take a break from the National League on Saturday when they enter the Emirates FA Cup at the fourth qualifying stage.

Athletic have a good record in the competition, having qualified for at least the first round proper in four out of the last five campaigns.

Though Andy Hessenthaler’s men face a tough task against a Concord side with a strong home record this season.

Rangers have won six out of nine matches at The Aspect Arena, including victories over Margate and Beaconsfield in the previous two rounds to set up this weekend’s meeting in Essex.

Visiting fans will also recognise a couple of familiar faces.

Player/manager Sammy Moore played 88 times for Dover, while defender Tyrone Sterling featured in 128 matches for Athletic – both during two seperate spells at Crabble.

CONCORD’S KEY MAN

Striker Alex Wall is Rangers’ source for goals.  The former Maidenhead and Bromley attacker has netted eight times already this term.

CONCORD’S LAST FIVE RESULTS

Oxford City 2-0 Concord
Concord 2-1 Beaconsfield (FA Cup)
Concord 3-0 Truro
Concord 2-0 Margate (FA Cup)
St Albans 2-0 Concord

TEAM COLOURS

For fans wanting to show the same shirts as the players, captain Mitch Brundle and his teammates will be wearing their blue ones.

MATCHDAY TICKET PRICES

The match kicks-off at 3pm and the prices are as follows:

Adults: £12
Concessions:  £7
12-16 year olds:  £3

COVERAGE

If you are unable to make the game, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Coverage starts from 2:15pm

THIS WEEKEND’SOTHER FA CUP MATCHES

CLEETHORPES TOWN v STOURBRIDGE
WARRINGTON TOWN v FC HALIFAX TOWN
CHORLEY v BARROW
HARTLEPOOL UNITED v KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC
AFC FYLDE v CHESTERFIELD
SOUTHPORT V ASHTON UNITED
BLYTH SPARTANS v YORK CITY
HARROGATE TOWN v WREXHAM
DUNSTON UTS v GATESHEAD
STOCKPORT COUNTY v ALTRINCHAM
MARINE v SALFORD CITY
WITTON ALBION v SOLIHULL MOORS
ALFRETON TOWN v ST NEOTS TOWN
WOKING v WELLING UNITED
HITCHIN TOWN v LEATHERHEAD
CHIPPENHAM TOWN v MAIDENHEAD UNITED
EASTBOURNE BOROUGH v SLOUGH TOWN
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN v OXFORD CITY
WESTON SUPER MARE v BATH CITY
BOREHAM WOOD v DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
METROPOLITAN POLICE v HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE
GLOUCESTER CITY v BROMLEY
ALDERSHOT TOWN v KETTERING TOWN
TORQUAY UNITED v WINCHESTER CITY
BILLERICAY TOWN v TAUNTON TOWN
EASTLEIGH v HAMPTON & RICHMOND BOROUGH
WEALDSTONE v SUTTON UNITED
EBBSFLEET UNITED v WORTHING
MAIDSTONE UNITED v LEYTON ORIENT
HARINGEY BOROUGH v POOLE TOWN
BARNET v BRAINTREE TOWN

AWAY TRAVEL

There is a coach going to Braintree on Saturday 27th October and it is not to late to book your seat on it.

It leaves Crabble at 11am and the costs are as follows:

Adult member £18, adult non-member £33, youth member (Under 18) £7, youth non-member £10 and accompanied child (Under 16) £7.

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat.

Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or by cheque or via bank transfer.

Visit http://www.dasc.co.uk/ for all the details.

#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.”

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Scorer of two goals in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Harrogate Town, Inih Effiong speaks to the camera after the match.

PREVIEW: HARROGATE V WHITES

Andy Hessenthaler’s first task as Athletic manager will be to secure a first win on the road this campaign when his side travel to North Yorkshire on Saturday.

Athletic have drawn three and lost four matches from seven outings this season and face a Harrogate side searching for a home win at the third attempt.

A 3-0 defeat by Leyton Orient, followed by a goalless draw with Wrexham ended a run of four consecutive victories at the CNG Stadium for Simon Weaver’s men.

And Dover’s two new signings are in contention to feature.

Stewart Lewis and Joshua Debayo joined Whites’ on Thursday, with Lewis joining permanently from fellow National League side Maidstone United and Debayo on loan from League One Cheltenham Town.

HARROGATE’S KEY MAN

Callum Howe has been finding the back of the net on a regular basis.  The former Lincoln defender has netted five goals already this term.

HARROGATE’S LAST FIVE RESULTS

Ebbsfleet 0-2 Harrogate
Boreham Wood 2-4 Harrogate
Harrogate 0-0 Wrexham
Harrogate 0-3 Leyton Orient
Maidstone 0-2 Harrogate

TOP SCORERS

Mitch Brundle leads the way for Athletic with four goals.  For Harrogate, Jack Muldoon heads the scoring chart with six goals this season.

TEAM COLOURS

For fans wanting to show the same shirts as the players, captain Mitch Brundle and his teammates will be wearing their blue ones.

MATCHDAY TICKET PRICES

The match kicks off at 3pm and the prices are as follows:

Adults: £16 (Standing) £17 (Seating)
Concessions:  £12 (Standing) £13 (Seating)
17-21 year olds:  £12 (Standing) £13 (Seating)
Under 16s:  £6 (Standing) £7 (Seating)

COVERAGE

If you are unable to make the game, we will have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

Coverage starts from 2:15pm

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES (Kick off 3pm unless stated).

AFC FYLDE V MAIDSTONE UNITED
BOREHAM WOOD V MAIDENHEAD UNITED
BROMLEY V BARROW
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V WREXHAM
EASTLEIGH V ALDERSHOT TOWN
HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE V GATESHEAD
LEYTON ORIENT V HARTLEPOOL UNITED
SALFORD CITY V BRAINTREE TOWN
SOLIHULL MOORS V EBBSFLEET UNITED
FC HALIFAX TOWN V CHESTERFIELD (5:15pm)

AWAY TRAVEL

There is a coach travelling to Concord on 20th October for Athletic’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round qualifier and it is not too late to book your space on it.

The coach leaves Crabble at 11am and the costs are as follows:

Adult member £18, adult non-member £33, youth member (Under 18) £7, youth non-member £10 and accompanied child (Under 16) £7.

There is also a coach leaving Crabble at 11am for the league match at Braintree on Saturday 27th October and the costs are:

Adult member £18, adult non-member £33, youth member (Under 18) £7, youth non-member £10 and accompanied child (Under 16) £7.

Please call or text Andy on 0793 4300335 to book your seat.

Please note you are now required to pay for your seat in advance by cash or by cheque or via bank transfer.

Visit http://www.dasc.co.uk/ for all the details.

VIDEO: WHITES GO FULL TIME

It’s the start of a new era at Crabble as Dover have moved to full time training for the first time in the club’s history.

Coinciding with the appointment of Andy Hessenthaler as manager this week, Athletic’s player’s will now train during the daytime.

Watch as Andy, chairman Jim Parmenter and joint first team coaches Darren Hare and Nicky Southall discuss why the training schedule has changed and how it will impact the club.

DEBAYO JOINS ON LOAN

The Club is delighted to announce the arrival of left-back Joshua Debayo on loan from League Two Cheltenham Town.

The 21-year-old joined the Robins on a two-year contract after leaving Leicester City at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

The Nigerian has made five League Two appearances and two in the EFL Cup this season.

Debayo started his career with Fulham and Chelsea before moving to Southampton in 2013.

Our new number 28 then joined Leicester City and spent two seasons playing for the Foxes Under-23s before making the move to Gloucestershire.

Welcome to Crabble Joshua!!

 

LEWIS MAKES MOVE TO CRABBLE

Andy Hessenthaler has made his first signing as Dover manager.

Midfielder Stuart Lewis joins on a two-year deal from Maidstone United and is set to make his debut at Harrogate Town on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Lewis was captain at the Stones and made 74 appearances for our National League rivals after making the move to the Gallagher Stadium on loan from Ebbsfleet United in January 2017.

He won the Maidstone Supporters’ Player-of-the-Year award three months later before making the move a permanent one last summer.

Before joining Maidstone, Lewis made 83 appearances, scoring seven goals for Ebbsfleet after arriving from Wycombe Wanderers two years earlier – he Lewis was Fleet’s  Player-of-the-Year for the 2015–16 campaign.

He was one of Wanderers’ longer-serving players, having joined the club from Dagenham & Redbridge in January 2011 after a successful loan spell, and made a total of 168 appearances, scoring eight times.

Lewis, who will wear the number 27 shirt for Dover, has also played in the Football League  with Barnet, Stevenage, Gillingham and Dagenham.

Welcome to Crabble Stuart!!