Category: First Team News

MERSIN SIGNS ON

Dover Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin on a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old Londoner, who stands at impressive six feet and five inches tall, featured 19 times for Crawley Town during a three-year spell with the League Two club before being released earlier this month.

Mersin played for Turkish Premier League for Kasimpassa FC before returning to the UK to sign for Crawley in 2016.

The giant stopper, who has represented Turkey at both under-17 and under-18 levels, commanded a seven-figure transfer fee when he moved from Millwall to Liverpool as a youngster.

Welcome to Crabble Yusuf!

MORE FRIENDLIES CONFIRMED

Whites have added two more matches to their pre-season schedule.

Andy Hessenthaler’s side will travel to Eden Park Avenue to play Southern Counties East Football League side Beckenham Town on Tuesday 9th July (Kick off 7:45 pm) and Vauxhall Road to face National League South team Hemel Hempstead Town, managed by former Dover player Sammy Moore, on Saturday 20th July (Kick off 3 pm).

Athletic’s updated pre-season fixture list is as follows:

Wednesday 3rd July 7:30 pm – Bearsted FC (A)
Saturday 6th July 3 pm – Folkestone Invicta (A)
Tuesday 9th July 7:45pm – Beckenham Town (A)
Saturday 13th July 1 pm – K Sports FC (A)
Tuesday 16th July 7:45 pm – Maidstone United (H)
Saturday 20th July 3 pm – Hemel Hempstead Town (A)
Tuesday 23rd July 7:45 pm – Gillingham (H)
Saturday 27th July 3 pm – Colchester United (H)

 

EFFIONG WINS GOAL OF THE SEASON

The votes are in and Inih Effiong’s winning goal against Fylde has been chosen as Dover’s goal of the season for the 2018/19 campaign.

With Whites down to ten men in the National League match back in December, Athletic’s forward scored a dramatic injury-time winner at Crabble, having equalised ten minutes earlier.

Effiong’s finish received 28% of the votes and you can see his winning goal below.

Congratulations Inih!

HESSENTHALER WINS LEAGUE AWARD

Huge congratulations to Andy Hessenthaler who has today been named as the Vanarama National League Manager of the Month for April.

The reward is a fitting one for the Gaffer after he completed what at one stage looked like mission impossible by keeping the club in the league and doing it in style.

Mission was accomplished last month with Hessenthaler’s men winning four of the last five games, including a stunning 3-2 win at Barrow after being 2-0 down, a result which ensured survival.

The stunning season-ending performance saw Dover win 13 points from a possible 15 available and finish 14th overall.

Job done – well done Hess!!

 

PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to confirm a number of pre-season fixtures in preparation for the club’s 2019/20 Motorama National League campaign.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men will first be in action at Southern Counties East League club Bearsted on July 3rd.

That will be followed by trips to Folkestone (July 6th) and K Sports (July 13th).

Three games will then be played at Crabble with Maidstone United visiting on July 16th, Gillingham on July 23rd and Colchester United on July 27th.

Ticket details for our home games will be announced on this website in the coming weeks while further friendlies will also be confirmed here first.

Schedule:

Bearsted (away) July 3rd at 7.30pm

Folkestone (away) July 6th at 3pm

K Sports (away) July 13th at 1pm

Maidstone United (home) July 16th at 7.45pm

Gillingham (home) July 23rd at 7.45pm

Colchester United (home) July 27th at 3pm

 

GOAL OF THE SEASON

We have selected 12 cracking finishes from the 2018/19 season and we need you Whites’ fans to choose the best goal!

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

 

Want to see more great goals?  Well now is your chance to jump aboard the Hess Express!

Dover Athletic are pleased to announce that season ticket prices will be frozen for the 2019-2020 season.

In addition, early-bird season ticket purchases, which include all National League home matches, pre-season games as well as giving the holder priority for cup tickets, will be again discounted.

Taking advantage of our early bird offer will offer a saving of just over £4 per league match, which equates to seven free matches over the course of the 2019/20 campaign!

Under 11s will continue to be free on the gate.

We are also delighted to announce for the first time season ticket prices for both the VIP Hospitality and Premier Lounge.

Click HERE for full details and prices.

TAYLOR AGREES TO STAY

We are delighted to announce that Bobby-Joe Taylor has signed two-year deal to stay at Crabble.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who will wear the number three shirt, made 27 appearances for us last season after making his debut in the National League clash at Braintree Town last October.

Taylor initially joined us on loan from Bromley before signing a deal to stay with us until the end of the season following his release from the Ravens in November.

The former Chelsea and Gillingham youngster joined Bromley from Aldershot Town in May 2018.

Taylor has also represented England C twice and played 25 games for Aldershot after arriving from Maidstone United in June 2017.

He spent two years at the Gallagher Stadium after joining from Cambridge United in July 2015 and made 42 appearances.

Make sure you keep checking the club’s official website and social media channels for all the latest news!

VIDEO: CHAIRMAN REACTION

Jim Parmenter gives his verdict on Athletic’s season and also looks ahead to the 2019/20 National League campaign.

JUMP ABOARD THE HESS EXPRESS FOR 2019/20

Dover Athletic are pleased to announce that season ticket prices will be frozen for the 2019-2020 season.

In addition, early-bird season ticket purchases, which include all National League home matches, pre-season games as well as giving the holder priority for cup tickets, will be again discounted.

Taking advantage of our early bird offer will offer a saving of just over £4 per league match, which equates to seven free matches over the course of the 2019/20 campaign!

Under 11s will continue to be free on the gate.

We are also delighted to announce for the first time season ticket prices for both the VIP Hospitality and Premier Lounge.

Click HERE for full details and prices.

WHITES ANNOUNCE RETAINED LIST

Dover Athletic Football Club can confirm its retained list following the conclusion of the 2018/19 season.

The following players are under contract for next season and have therefore been retained:

Josh Passley

Kevin Lokko

Inih Effiong

Alfie Pavey

Ricky Modeste

Scott Doe

Jai Reason

Lee Worgan

Option taken up by the club:

Jamie Allen

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

Mitch Brundle

Bobby-Joe Taylor

Anthony Jeffrey

Joe Bedford

Bedsente Gomis

The following players have been released by the club:

Kadell Daniel

David Smith

Mitch Walker

Stuart Lewis

Connor Essam

Jack Connors

Tobi Sho-Silva

Nortei Nortey

Tim Schmoll

Moussa Diarra

Emmanuel Adebowale

Dover Athletic Football Club would like to thank each and every one of them for their services during their time at Crabble, and we wish them all every success in their future careers.

The following loan player has returned to his parent club, with our sincere thanks for their services to the club during their stay:

Joshua Debayo (Cheltenham Town)

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

Mitch Walker spoke to the camera following his final appearance for Dover after their 3-0 home win against Sutton United.

It was announced on Saturday the long-serving goalkeeper, who has been with the club since 2012, would not be staying with Athletic beyond the 2018/19 campaign.

Hear what Mitch had to say, plus watch some of his most memorable saves from the past seven seasons, below.