Category: First Team News

SEASON PREVIEW: CLUB BY CLUB

NATIONAL LEAGUE CONCLUSION DECIDED

Following a vote by all member Clubs, and subject to FA Council approval, a decision has been made on the conclusion of the Vanarama National League, Vanarama National League South and Vanarama National League North for the 2019/20 campaign.

Read the National League’s statement HERE

 

RETAINED AND RELEASED LIST ANNOUNCED

Dover Athletic can today announce details of our retained and released list at the end of the 2019/20 National League campaign.

The following players remain contracted to the club for season 2020-2021:

Yusif Mersin

Lee Worgan

Josh Passley

Bobby-Joe Taylor

Will De Havilland

Michael Woods

Nassim L’Ghoul

Jack Munns

Kurtis Cumberbatch

Paul Rooney

Joe Bedford

Oscar Gobern

Steven Rigg

Bilel Hinchiri

Marshall Wratten

The following players have returned to their parent clubs on conclusion of their respective loan deals: 

Ashley Maynard-Brewer (Charlton)

Dominic Poleon (Newport County)

Shadrach Ogie (Leyton Orient)

We thank them all for their contributions this season and wish them well for the future.

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

Kevin Lokko

Inih Effiong

Anthony Jeffrey

Ricky Modeste

Aaron Simpson

Jai Reason

Ade Yusuff

We would like to thank each and every one of our departing players for their efforts on behalf of the club and extend our sincere best wishes for the future.

 

 

 

 

END OF SEASON AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Captain Kevin Lokko has been voted the Supporters’ Player of the Season.

The defender, who scored four goals in 29 appearances in all competitions, finished six votes clear of Ricky Modeste to win the award, which was funded by the Supporters’ Club.

The DASC will also give a £250 cheque to the chosen charity of Lokko.

Winners of the other awards are:

Goalkeeper LEE WORGAN won the DAFC Away Supporters’ Player of the Season award, which was voted for throughout the season.

Defender JOSH PASSLEY is the Players’ Player of the Season after receiving the most nominations from his teammates.

Striker INIH EFFIONG won the Golden Boot award after scoring 16 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions.

BOBBY-JOE TAYLOR received most votes to win the Goal of the Season award (Goal C) for his stunning free-kick against Notts County at Crabble.

Congratulations to all the winners on their awards!

GOAL OF THE SEASON

We have the eight best finishes from the 2019/20 season and we need you Whites’ fans to choose your favourite goal!
Instructions on how to vote are at the end of this video, or you can add a comment with your favourite goal below.

 

END OF SEASON AWARDS

The current situation may have stopped us playing football, but it cannot stop you, our valued supporters, from voting for your Player of the Season.

Funded by the Supporters’ Club, all Dover fans are encouraged to vote for their choice of the Supporters’ Player of the Season.

The DASC will also give a £250 cheque to the chosen charity of the winner.

Supporters will be able to cast their vote by emailing the DASC on sc.dafc@gmail.com 

Voting closes at 6pm on Sunday.

The winner will be announced on this website next week.

Stay safe one and all.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT

A huge thank you to all those supporters who have donated money to the GoFundMe page that was set-up to help support the club during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Organiser Jamie Parsons transferred an impressive £5078.28 to the club account last Friday and he’s hoping to add at least another £2000 to that figure in the future.

The page is still open to make a donation and you can find it here

The gesture is greatly appreciated by all of us at the club.

Jamie, who follows the club both home and away, said he was impressed with how his fellow fans got behind the idea to raise money for the club.

He said: “To be honest, I think it’s an amazing effort by each and everyone who has donated so far.

“These are difficult times for everyone and many people have their own concerns about finances, but they have still donated whatever then can – I think that shows just how much the club means to us all.

“Every little bit counts no matter how much you donate – keep it coming in and lets get through this together.

“COYW!!.”

 

 

SAVE OF THE SEASON GOES TO MAYNARD-BREWER

Ashley Maynard-Brewer’s save at Barrow earlier this year is the winner of the Dover Athletic Save of the Season.

The Australian stopper’s impressive block away to the current National League leaders in February received just over 20% of the votes from Dover fans.

You can watch the Charlton loanee’s fine save once again below.

SAVE OF THE SEASON

We have selected 10 of the finest saves from our goalkeepers from the 2019/20 National League season so far and we need you Whites’ fans to choose the best one!

Instructions on how to vote are at the end of this video, or you can add a comment with your favourite save below.

We will announce the winner on Friday 3rd April.

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE ON CLUB SITUATION

Chairman Jim Parmenter has released the following statement.

I write this statement in troubling and worrying times for everyone, not only in the UK, but throughout the whole world.

I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.

I ask everyone please to follow the government instructions and guidelines, if all of us do this together this crisis will be over all the sooner.

At the same time, we must all recognise the fantastic work being done by all of those called upon to put themselves on the front-line, all of the tremendous NHS staff and volunteers in particular.

But also everyone we rely on to keep us with, operational utilities, our rubbish cleared, law enforcement, those like myself involved daily in the supply of food to our nation and all of the unsung people who go quietly about their work for the benefit of all of us.

It is at times like this we must put “self” at the end of the queue and think of others, something which has not always been the way in modern society. I think we can all learn valuable lessons about society and the way we conduct our lives as a result of this crisis.

Obviously football becomes almost irrelevant at times like this, but like all other enterprises many people find their livelihoods from the game and will need to try and do so when things return to normal.

Many of you will know I am involved in the governance of the National League so my thoughts on how League matters should be brought to conclusion must remain my own for the time being, but I do intend to speak out when the time is right.

All I can say is that I find the staggering self interest being displayed by those who can afford to continue to pursue gain from the season by threatening legal action if they don’t get their own way against good people trying to do their best in unprecedented circumstances disgusting beyond further words.

Some have said the Football Association have failed to show true leadership and gone scuttling behind their antiquated rule books to hide from reality, but I couldn’t possibly comment on that.

I have been asked to clarify Dover Athletic’s position by those concerned about the future of the Club.

Put simply the Club has run out of money, with no income at all and none likely for the foreseeable future.

I know some funding is being gathered by some of our loyal supporters (gofundme) for which we are extremely thankful and this will become very important in the months to come.

My task is to try and navigate us through this difficult time and ensure a footballing future for the Town’s Club, this will require the cooperation and support of all of our employees footballing and non footballing, as well as much help from the Town and community.

To this end our non football staff have agreed to be redeployed in the vital task of food distribution and will be able to return when the crisis is over.

With no funding being offered from the world of football we will need to take advantage of all the fantastic help being offered by the Government and by doing this coupled with some financial support from myself and Sally I believe we can get through this to play football again.

I yesterday met by video conference with our football management and player representatives to explain the situation to them.

I have offered all footballing staff participation in the Governments “furlough” scheme, the details of this are not complete, but I have been informed that it will be applicable in our case.

I have not yet received agreement from the staff, but I very much hope I will do so early next week, because I can see no alternative.

We face the same uncertain future as most businesses in the world and this Government assistance is unprecedented and should be roundly applauded.

Please keep yourself and others safe.

All my best wishes.

Jim​

STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Chairman Jim Parmenter has released the following statement.

Following the suspension of the National League and corresponding advice from the FA and the government, I have today instructed that all footballing and social activity within the Club will be suspended until further notice.

Crabble is ‘locked down’ and will not be open for visitors unless it is a vital matter and a prior appointment is made.

I have already made it public that I am very concerned about the dire financial position this places our Club and football at our level in.  We are already seeing the effect this is having on employment within the industry.

It is clear there will be some difficult conversations to be had in the next couple of weeks and nobody should be in any doubt of the hardship this will bring to many people.

I am in constant contact with the League and I am hopeful, although not confident, that financial support may be forthcoming from the Authorities or the Government.

My focus must be to somehow try to ensure that the club emerges from this able to play football in the future.