Category: Club News


Dover Athletic Academy Manager Mike Sandmann spoke to media team volunteer Bradley Kesby after the 1-0 win against Hungerford Town in our first National League South game at Crabble this season on Saturday.

Alfie Pavey’s second-half header from Luke Wanadio’s cross secured our first win of the campaign.

Andy Hessenthaler was serving the second game of a two-match touchline ban so Sandmann was again in the dugout.

Dover: Sandford, Judd, Paxman, Krasniqi (Baptiste 66mins), Brundle, Higgs, Pavey, Wanadio, Martin, Sterling, Kandi (Agbebi 85mins). Subs not used: Goodman, Carney, Nikaj.



We start our National League South home campaign this afternoon when Hungerford Town visits Crabble for the first time (3pm).

The Berkshire-based Crusaders arrive in Kent on the back of a 1-0 defeat against visiting Concord Rangers last Saturday with former White Ricky Modeste scoring the goal in the season opener.

Captain Lee Martin (pictured) scored our goal to earn a share of the points after a 1-1 draw at Worthing a week ago.

Andy Hessenthaler won’t be in the dugout for Whites again with Academy manager Mike Sandmannonce again deputising as the manager serves the second of a two-game ban following his red card against Weymouth in the final game of last season.


Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, defender Will Moses, midfielder George Wilkinson, and forward Reece Grant will all miss the game through injury.


The game kicks off at 3pm but if you are unable to make it, BBC Radio Kent will be providing commentary HERE

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.


Tickets for this game can be purchased at the turnstile only.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £16

Over 60 – £14

Under 18 – £8

Under 11s continue to be free with paying adult


You can download your COYW digital matchday magazine for the game HERE


Braintree Town v Havant & Waterlooville
Chippenham Town v Chelmsford City
Concord Rangers v Taunton Town
Dartford v Cheshunt
Eastbourne Borough v Bath City
Farnborough v Dulwich Hamlet
Hampton & Richmond v Hemel Hempstead Town
Slough Town v Tonbridge Angels
St Albans City v Oxford City
Welling United v Worthing
Weymouth v Ebbsfleet United


Why not watch our opening home National League South game against Hungerford Town at Crabble on Saturday in style?

Tickets are now on sale for the VIP Platinum Suite for the game and they will only be on sale until noon on Friday, August 12th.

To watch all the action from the best seats in the house and to enjoy a very special experience costs £28 per person.

Please note that this price does NOT include entry for non-season ticket holders who do attend, and they will still need to pay on the turnstile on the day.

The experience includes:

  • Butler hosted lounge with large TVs and a projector showing the game

  • A three-course meal served at your table

  • Reserved undercover premium padded seating

  • Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water, plus a dedicated paid bar before and after the match

  • Complimentary matchday team sheet

Arrival at the ground should be at 1pm and food will be served at 1.30pm.

There are only 64 spaces available, so all tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

The dress code is smart casual.

To buy your passes please email or call the office on 01304 822373

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the suite soon.


Defender Tyrone Sterling spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Gerrard after the 1-1 draw at Worthing in our National League South opener on Saturday.


Prior to the start of the new season in a new division, the club would like to remind everyone of our ground regulations in place at Crabble ahead of our first home game next Saturday.

The full document is available on the club website or from the club office, but we would like to emphasize the following points:

  • The instructions of a steward or club official must be followed at all times.
  • Any chanting or abuse referring to a person’s colour, religion, gender, sexuality, or race will be treated as aggravated and receive the strongest sanction available to the club.
  • Physical aggression or violence will also not be tolerated in any form and will receive the strongest sanctions available to the club.
  • Any individual presenting at the turnstile who appears to be intoxicated will be denied entry to the ground and persistent offenders will receive a ban.
  • Whilst technically, it is allowed to drink alcohol on the terraces and in the stands, at level 2 (National League South), the club does not believe this is in the best interests of the majority of supporters or the game as a whole, therefore the consumption of alcohol outside of the designated bar areas will continue to be banned.
  • Drunkenness or intoxication in any form will not be tolerated.

We would also like to add that any person who is identified as behaving inappropriately at an away ground will receive an immediate ban from the club.

It is essential that our stadium is a safe and friendly environment for all, therefore we thank you, our loyal supporters, for your help and support in these matters and we wish you a very enjoyable season.

Jim Parmenter



Andy Hessenthaler spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Gerrard after the 1-1 draw at Worthing in our National League South opener on Saturday.

Jake Robinson gave the hosts a fifth-minute lead before captain Lee Martin equalised eight minutes before half-time.

Ollie Pearce fired wide from the penalty spot for Worthing four minutes into the second half and it needed an excellent save from Harrison Male to deny Tyrone Sterling from scoring a late winner for Dover two minutes from time.


Dover begins life in the National League South with a trip to fellow league newcomers Worthing on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Our hosts won promotion last season as Champions of the Isthmian Premier Division, finishing 10 points ahead of their nearest challengers, Bishop Stortford.

Andy Hessenthaler won’t be in the dugout for Whites as the manager will be serving the first of his two-game ban following his red card against Weymouth in the final game of last season.

He will be replaced by Academy manager Mike Sandmann (pictured), who has been at training with the team this week.


Worthing has been busy over the summer, bringing in eight players.

The most notable signings are Adam El Abd and Jake Robinson from Whitehawk and Dartford, respectively. Both players were regulars at Brighton & Hove Albion for a number of years, with El Abd hitting 300 games during his 11-year spell at the club.

Dan Bowry has also joined the club from King’s Lynn Town. He brings a lot of National League experience having played 20 times for The Linnets last season.

Also joining the club includes the likes of Kane Willis and Callum Kealy from Dorking Wanderers, Charlie Towning from Eastbourne Borough, Lewis White from Carshalton Athletic, and Nodirbek Bobomurodov from Hungerford Town.


Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson and defender Will Moses will miss the game through injury while midfielder George Wilkinson is suspended following his red card against Weymouth in the final game of last season.

Millwall loanee Ryan Sandford will replace Nelson in the starting line-up.


For fans heading to the game wanting to wear the same shirts as the players, we will be wearing our new home kit.


The game kicks off at 3pm but if you are unable to make the trip, BBC Radio Kent will be providing commentary HERE

Please note that there will be no coverage of the game on Twitter @DAFCLiveText 


Tickets are available to buy in advance HERE


Bath City vs Dartford

Chelmsford City vs St Albans City

Cheshunt vs Hampton & Richmond Borough

Dulwich Hamlet vs Braintree Town

Ebbsfleet United vs Chippenham Town

Havant & Waterlooville vs Farnborough

Hungerford Town vs Concord Rangers

Oxford City vs Eastbourne Borough

Taunton Town vs Welling United

Weymouth vs Tonbridge Angels


We can now confirm our official squad numbers for the 2022/23 season.

The players will also have their names on the playing shirts.

The returning Tyrone Sterling will be wearing the number 16 shirt – the same number he wore during his previous time with us, while fellow returnee Mitch Brundle will have the number seven on his back.

Stuart Nelson has the number one jersey while the other goalkeeper in the squad, Millwall loanee Ryan Sandford, has been issued with number 23.

Squad numbers in full:

1. Stuart NELSON

2. Myles JUDD

3. Alfie PAXMAN

4. Arjanit KRASNIQI

5. Will MOSES


7. Mitch BRUNDLE

8. Jordan HIGGS

9. Alfie PAVEY

10. Luke WANADIO

11. Lee MARTIN

12. Alex GREEN 

14. George WILKINSON

16. Tyrone STERLING

17. Chike KANDI

19. Noah CARNEY

21. George NIKAJ



24. Harrison BYFORD 

25. Reece GRANT


We are delighted to confirm that goalkeeper Ryan Sandford has today joined the club on an initial one-month loan from Sky Bet Championship side Millwall.

The 23-year-old arrives at Crabble after summer signing Stuart Nelson injured his hamstring early in the game at Folkestone Invicta last Saturday and has been ruled out of the start of our National League South campaign, starting at Worthing on Saturday.

He’s a regular in the club’s under-23 side and has made the bench for the first team.

Sandford, who joined The Lions in July 2017 and has been capped at England U16, U17, and U18 levels, has previously had loan spells with Dorking, Welling, and Maidstone United.

Welcome to the club, Ryan!



Dover Athletic is delighted to have completed the signing of forward Chike Kandi.

The 26-year-old former Dagenham & Redbridge, Aldershot Town, and Dulwich Hamlet frontman, who can also play on the wing, played as a trialist in our final pre-season game at Folkestone Invicta last Saturday.

He made over 100 appearances in all competitions in three seasons with the Daggers, including 78 in the National League, before joining Aldershot ahead of the 20/21 season.

Kandi, who came up through the youth ranks at Chelsea and Brighton, made 35 National League appearances during his time with the Shots before he made the move to Dulwich Hamlet last season, where he made 32 appearances for the National League team.

Welcome to the club, Chike!

If you would like to sponsor Chike’s home or away playing shirts for the 2022/23 season then please email for details.