Category: First Team News

STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN

Chairman Jim Parmenter has released the following statement.

The Board have been busy assessing the clubs financial position and immediate future due to the very difficult circumstances of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The club is still unsure of its income in the coming season but the Board are clear income will greatly reduced.

The club has 14 players under contract for next season and at a meeting last week the clubs position was explained in detail to the players and staff.

At that meeting the players and staff were asked to accept a 20% short-term reduction in salary to assist the club in its efforts to stay solvent and keep the club alive bearing in mind the club will move from four to three days training.

The management have accepted the proposal, however, unfortunately the players have not agreed.

Therefore it is with great regret that I must announce that all of the squad are now available for free transfer as an initial immediate step.

I must further inform supporters that if a solution or further investment cannot  be found by the end of August it is likely that the Directors will consider the club insolvent and as a consequence will be forced to cease trading.

The directors are doing everything they can to keep the club afloat, but have reached an impasse and require the support of our playing squad.

Season ticket purchases are fully protected and a full refund will be issued if the worse happens, so supporters can continue to purchase in confidence.

TICKET UPDATE

Dover Athletic Chairman Jim Parmenter and the board have had to make some very difficult decisions after it was confirmed by the National League that the 2020/21 season is scheduled to start on Saturday, October 3.

Even before a football is kicked in anger, the club is fighting to ensure its survival.

At present, plans communicated to to the club could see capacity caps of 15% at Crabble – that percentage means a limit of 861 spectators with no away fans allowed in.

 As a consequence, we have had to review season ticket arrangement for this season and the following things are being put in place:

  • A season ticket will have priority on matchday.
  • If you do not have a season ticket you will need to buy your ticket online at least 24 hours before the game (details will be announced at a later date).

THERE WILL BE NO TICKET SALES OR PAY ON THE TURNSTILES ON THE DAY

While we await confirmation of the exact cap figure, there will be no under-18 season tickets on sale.

To ensure that the club is able to remain solvent, that means making very difficult decisions to make the  most of limited ticket sales.

Under 11s for free is also under review and plans in this area will be communicated closer to the start of the season.

However, if under 11s are included in the cap figure it is likely, and with deep regret, that the club would have to remove this ticket for the 2020/21 season, or until the cap is lifted.

The Chairman said: ”Everyone will appreciate the difficult times ahead and we ask our loyal supporters to understand and give us as much support as they can.

“The Board will do everything we can to keep the Club solvent and be as competitive as possible on the pitch working closely with Hess (Manager Andy Hessenthaler) and his management team.

“I would like to stress that the situation is dynamic and the Club is keeping everything under regular review and will react to bring things back inline with normal as soon as restrictions allow.”

TICKET PRICES FROZEN

Dover Athletic are delighted to announce that ALL entry and season ticket prices will be frozen for the 2020-2021 season.

Chairman Jim Parmenter said the decision was made, despite the club facing a very uncertain financial future as regards to what football will look like going forwards.

He said: ”Everyone is doing it tough in these unprecedented times and we recognise that many of our supporters and their families are struggling financially during the pandemic and we as a club are no different.

“We have had no income since March, but bills still need to be paid – it’s tough for clubs to survive.

“That said, we decided to maintain the current price structure rather than increase it, but we need the support of our fans and the wider community more than ever before to make it work.

“I would hope therefore, that our supporters are happy with this decision.”

Season tickets will go on sale next week and all the information about how to get yours will be released on this website in the near future.

In other news, the Chairman revealed one of the cost-cutting measures the club had taken will see the team training three mornings a week in the future.

He said: ”It’s simply not financially viable to train like we did last season, so you have make changes and we have.

”As for when I think the season will start, well, I cannot see it happening at our level until fans are allowed back into grounds.

“We just cannot afford to play behind closed doors.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD SET TO MEET

We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation where a global pandemic is affecting everyone’s lives.

This is no normal year. Not for football, not for the world as a whole – there is plenty of speculation and uncertainty.

That said, Dover Athletic Chairman Jim Parmenter and his board will meet on Saturday to discuss a range of big issues facing the club.

The meeting will be one of the first steps on the road to planning on how the club approaches and deals with life in our ‘new normal’ given these challenging times.

Normally, it is around this time of year when fans can expect the club to launch its latest season ticket campaign, and we should have an indication of those details, along with sponsorship prices, soon.

We are looking to provide a steady stream of information to fans in the next couple of weeks, so please bear with us.

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy everyone.

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!!.”