Category: First Team News

FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Dover Athletic Chairman Jim Parmenter speaks after we lost our appeal against a £40,000 fine and 12-point deduction on Tuesday.

 

 

SEASON TICKETS

TICKET PRICES FROZEN

We can confirm that season ticket prices and entry prices will be frozen for the 2021/2021 season.

Prices are:

Season ticket prices 

Early Bird Offer (must be purchased before July 4)

Adults £315

Over 60s £255

After July 4

Adult £340

Over 60s £280

Pay on the gate

Adult £18
Over 60 £15
Under 18 £9

We are also able to confirm that under-18 season tickets are also now on sale for £50

Under-11s will continue to get in for free with a paying adult for all league games at Crabble.

All season tickets can be purchased online from the club shop HERE

You can also contact the club office on 01304 822373 (option 2) for more details.

Tickets are on sale now so support your club and renew your season or buy one today!

WATFORD GAME CONFIRMED

Dover Athletic manager Andy Hessenthaler will come up against one of his former clubs when Premier League side Watford sends a team to play a pre-season friendly at Crabble on August 6th (7.30pm).

Hessenthaler made 217 appearances in five seasons with the Hertfordshire side and also captained the side.

He said: “I have a lot of great memories from my time with Watford and I was delighted to see them get promoted.

“I think it’s great for us as a club that they are going to send a team down to play us and I am really looking forward to it.”

The Hornets secured automatic promotion back to the top flight for the 2021/22 season after a one-year absence after finishing second behind champions Norwich City in April.

Information about ticketing for this game and all other pre-season home friendlies will be confirmed in due course.

PRE SEASON SCHEDULE:

July 17th Ashford United (home) at 3pm

July 20th Deal Town (away) at 7.30pm

July 24th Folkestone (home) at 3pm

July 31st Stevenage (home) at noon

August 3rd Whitstable Town (away) at 7.30pm

August 6th Watford (home) at 7.30pm

August 7th Tonbridge Angels (away) at 3pm

BORO HEADING TO CRABBLE

Dover Athletic will welcome League Two side Stevenage to Crabble for a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 31st (noon).

Alex Revell’s Boro finished 14th last season and the match against Whites will be their final game before their 2021/22 league campaign starts the following Saturday.

Information about ticketing for this game and all other pre-season home friendlies will be confirmed in due course.

PRE SEASON SCHEDULE:

July 17th Ashford United (home) at 3pm

July 20th Deal Town (away) at 7.30pm

July 24th Folkestone (home) at 3pm

July 31st Stevenage (home) at noon

August 3rd Whitstable Town (away) at 7.30pm

August 7th Tonbridge Angels (away) at 3pm

 

ACADEMY STARLET SIGNS PRO CONTRACT

Dover Athletic Football Club is delighted to announce that Academy defender Will Moses has signed his first professional deal with the club.

The 18-year-old made two National League appearances for Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s side last season, making his debut away at Stockport County last October.

Hessenthaler said he was delighted for the Whitstable teenager to get this opportunity.

He said: “I’m a firm believer in giving young players a chance and Will has impressed on and off the field since I first met him.

“Will is an exciting prospect and has lots of good attributes – he’s big, strong, and mobile.

“I am looking forward to working with him and seeing how he progresses as I think he has a bright future in the game.”

Hessenthaler also took time to praise the work of the Academy Manager Mike Sandmann (pictured right) after Moses put pen-to-paper.

“All credit to Mike and his staff – they do a fantastic job producing players like Will.

“The work they are doing at the Academy is first class and we need to ensure that we can continue to work with them and show the youngsters who are a part of it that there is a pathway to senior football with us.

“Will has worked hard to get here so I hope his signing is a real example for others to follow.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HESS OFFERS SECOND CHANCE

When a player gets released from an EFL club, it often feels as though their professional footballing dream is done and dusted – manager Andy Hessenthaler fully understands the hurt that can bring.

However, the Dover Athletic boss wants to prove that is not always the case and show that there is still a life in the game for someone whose been shown the door further up the footballing pyramid by hosting an invitational-only trial match on June 2nd.

Hessenthaler said: “It’s never easy letting players got but unfortunately that’s part of the job and part of making decisions for the club you are employed as a manager.

“Football is a tough, tough business and it can be very cruel at times – that’s why I want to see if we can give anyone a second chance now.

“A lot of players call Kent home, so this is an ideal time for them, or anyone else keen to make the move to the south-east, to come along and show me what they’ve got and what they are about before the summer break.

“I can’t make any promises, but they will all get the chance to impress, and who knows, if they have the desire, hunger and ability to bounce back from getting released, well, this could be a perfect opportunity for them.

“I know that this is different to how its been done in the past, but we need to explore new ways of bringing players into the club and this is one such initiative – it is about being proactive.

“I look forward to hearing from those keen to get this chance.”

If you want to take part in the game, please send your playing CV to richard.harvey@doverathletic.com

It needs to include information such as; date of birth, contact number, email address, playing position, and clubs previously played for.

If invited to trial, we will make contact with you and send you all the details.

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

We are now in a position to confirm a number of pre-season fixtures in preparation for the  2021/22 season.

Manager Andy Hessenthaler and his players will open the new season against Ashford United at Crabble on July 17 at 3pm.

Ticket details for our home games and further friendlies will be confirmed in due course.

SCHEDULE:

July 17th Ashford United (home) at 3pm

July 20th Deal Town (away) at 7.30pm

July 24th Folkestone (home) at 3pm

July 31st Ebbsfleet United (home) at 3pm

August 3rd Whitstable Town (away) at 7.30pm

August 7th Tonbridge Angels (away) at 3pm

 

OFF-FIELD APPOINTMENT MADE

Dover Athletic is delighted to confirm the appointment of Richard Harvey as the club’s new Sponsor Relations Manager.

Richard is already well known to many at the club through his roles as Kit Manager and Managing Editor of the Media Team, roles he has played over the past four years, and ones he will continue to do.

In his new role, Richard will be taking the lead on the club’s duties, forging links with the club’s loyal sponsors and supporters whilst utilising his experience to build new relationships within the town and surrounding areas.

Chairman Jim Parmenter said: “During his time with us, Richard has proved to be a highly motivated individual who is always doing his best for the club in whatever role he plays.

“He has a wealth of experience working in professional sport throughout the world and he has a willingness to succeed.

“He already has plenty of great plans on the drawing board, including a Sporting Legends Golf Day and a Charity Football match at Crabble in which fans will get the opportunity to play against Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s Dover Athletic Invitational team.

“We all know that the club is facing a difficult time off the field and we need all the support we can get, but we want to be positive and forward-thinking as we strive to do things a little better, each day.

“We are delighted to have Richard working with us in this role now and if you want to be a part of this building process, one that unites us as a community, we want to hear from you.

“We have a wide range of packages to suit all budgets, ensuring there is an option to suit any business or supporter regardless of size.

“We look forward to working with you.”

You can contact Richard to discuss all the opportunities we have available at richard.harvey@doverathletic.com or call him on 07476 212120.

FUNDRAISING UPDATE

Dover Athletic would like to acknowledge the tremendous continued support for a fundraising appeal initiated by one of our fans, James Pearce.

James started a JustGiving page after the club was given a 12-point deduction for next season and fined £40,000 for not fulfilling fixtures by an independent panel commissioned by the National League.

The amount raised stands at just shy of £6,000 today and we would like to thank each and every supporter for their donation.

The JustGiving page link is here

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RETAINED AND RELEASED LIST

Dover Athletic manager Andy Hessenthaler has today announced his retained and released list.

The following first-team players are out of contract and have left the club:

Yusif Mersin, Josh Passley, Will De Havilland, Jack Munns, Kurtis Cumberbatch, Paul Rooney, Joe Bedford, Oscar Gobern, Steven Rigg, Bilel Hinchiri, Ahkeem Rose, Omar Mussa, Marvel Expiteta, Louis Collins, Ade Azeez.

The following out-of-contract players have been offered new deals: 

Sam Wood, Travis Gregory

The club has exercised an option to extend the following players contracts:

Josh Bexon, TJ Bramble, Marshall Wratten

Hessenthaler admitted making the decisions he had was always a difficult part of the job

“First and foremost I would like to thank each and every one of the players leaving the club for their efforts in what was an unprecedented season.

“I cannot speak highly enough of their attitudes and their commitment during what was an extremely difficult time for us a club.

“It is never an easy time for any manager, informing players they are being let go – it’s tough, but my job is to make these decisions however hard they might be.”

The club would like to place on record its thanks to those players who will not be with us going forward for their efforts and we wish each and every one of them every success in the future.