Category: Club News

FIXTURE UPDATE

The National League has today released the following statement, confirming our fixture against Dartford at Crabble on Tuesday will go ahead as scheduled.

“Further to the announcement that the funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held on Monday September 19, the League can confirm fixtures scheduled for week commencing Monday September 12 will go ahead as scheduled.

“Clubs are asked, for all fixtures up until the funeral, to observe a one-minute silence prior to the game and to wear black armbands as a mark of respect.”

It means we will return to National League South action on Tuesday, September 13, against Dartford at 7.45pm.

SLOUGH GAME POSTPONED

Our National League South game against Slough Town at Crabble tomorrow, like all other fixtures this weekend, has been postponed.

The National League and FA released the following statements:

“Firstly, the National League sends sincere condolences of all Member Clubs on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to His Majesty King Charles III and the further Royal Family.

“Further to this morning’s statement by Debbie Hewitt, chair of The Football Association, all National League System, FA Trophy, and grassroots fixtures scheduled for this weekend will not take place as a mark of respect. The Queen was the FA’s patron, and Prince William is its President.

“At this moment National League fixtures will go ahead as planned from Monday 12 September onwards although we understand no sporting event of any kind will be permitted on the day of The Queen’s funeral.

“The decision to postpone this weekend’s fixtures is taken in line with guidance from the FA in consultation with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The League fully supports this stance.”

The statement from the Football Association read: “Her Majesty the Queen was a long-standing Patron of The Football Association and has left a lasting and indelible legacy on our national game.

“As a mark of respect, following the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, English football has united to postpone all football fixtures between 9-11 September. This follows Government guidance, which encourages sporting organisations to show respect in an appropriate way.

“The FA can confirm that all football fixtures across the Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and the Isuzu FA Trophy, will be postponed this weekend. We can also confirm that all football fixtures across the National League System [NLS], Steps 1-6, including the Vanarama National Leagues, the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP], Tiers 3-7, and matches across grassroots football in England will be postponed.

“The Premier League and the EFL have all confirmed that their fixtures this weekend will be rescheduled for a later date.

“All flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will continue to fly at half-mast over the weekend.

“Our thoughts remain with our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and the whole of the Royal Family during this time.”

 

 

 

SLOUGH VIP TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets are now on sale for the VIP Platinum Suite for our National League South game against Slough Town at Crabble on Saturday.

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

Saturday’s menu is:

  • Prawn cocktail
  • Cumberland sausage ring with mashed potatoes, red onion gravy, and peas
  • Salted caramel blondie cheesecake and cream

Arrival at the ground should be at 11am and food will be served at 11.30am

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 gavin.hughes@doverathletic.com or call the office on 01304 822373

We are also taking bookings for our curry night in the suite for Tuesday’s game against Dartford, so contact Gavin for details.

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

FA CUP DRAW

We will head to Ebbsfleet United in the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The tie will be played at The Kuflink Stadium on September 17th.

POST-MATCH REACTION | LEE MARTIN | EASTBOURNE BOROUGH 3-1 DOVER

Captain Lee Martin spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Gerrard after the National League South defeat Eastbourne Borough on Saturday.

Chris Whelpdale headed the hosts ahead in only the second minute before Luke Wanadio equalised 22 minutes later.

Jake Hutchinson put Eastbourne back in within a matter of minutes before the Colchester United loanee added a second a minute into the second half to condemn Andy Hessenthaler’s side to a second consecutive defeat,

MATCH PREVIEW: EASTBOURNE BOROUGH V DOVER

Andy Hessenthaler’s squad is off on its travels for a second consecutive National League South fixture with Whites in action in East Sussex at 3pm today.

The hosts will start the game one place above Whites on goal difference and they drew 1-1 at Worthing last Monday.

LAST TIME WE MET AT PRIORY LANE –  OCTOBER 24th 2015

Dover reached the first round of the FA Cup for the third consecutive season after Sean Raggett headed home a 92nd-minute winner in a hard-fought 2-1 win at Eastbourne Borough.

The game looked set to go to a replay when defender Raggett powered home Nicky Deverdics’ corner.

Stefan Payne gave Whites the lead in the third minute before the hosts through substitute Gavin McCallum in the 77th minute.

Dover: Walker, Magri, Orlu, Grimes, Raggett, Thomas, Parkinson, Deverdics, Ajala (Modeste 68mins), Miller (Murphy 81mins), Payne. Subs not used: Diallo, Ofori-Acheampong, Rafferty, Sterling, Kinnear Jnr.

Attendance: 821

DOVER TEAM NEWS 

Midfielder Jordan Higgs (pictured) is unavailable after limping off with a foot injury in the second half of the 3-0 defeat at Ebbsfleet United on Monday.

Defender Alex Green (elbow) will again be missing while his former Academy team-mate George Nikaj joined Ashford United on loan on Friday.

DOVER COLOURS

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

COVERAGE 

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

Please note that there will be NO live updates on Twitter @DAFCLiveText

TICKET INFORMATION

You can get all the information HERE 

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH FIXTURES

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

FORWARD GOES ON LOAN

Teenage winger George Nikaj has today joined Isthmian League Ashford United on loan for a month.

The Academy graduate has made one substitute appearance for Andy Hessenthaler’s team this season, coming on late in the 2-1 National League South defeat against Tonbridge Angels at Crabble last month.

We wish George and Ashford United all the very best in his time at Homelands.

FIXTURE UPDATE: SLOUGH TOWN

Our National League South home fixture with Slough Town next week has a new kick-off time

The game on Saturday 10th September will now kick-off at 1pm and not the originally scheduled 3pm.

The decision was by mutual agreement between the two clubs.

 

POST-MATCH REACTION | ANDY HESSENTHALER | EBBSFLEET UNITED 3-0 DOVER

Andy Hessenthaler spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Gerrard after the National League South defeat against the top-of-the-table Fleet at the Kuflink Stadium.

Former Dover striker Dominic Poleon scored twice against his former club, one in each half, while Rakish Bingham was also on target in the second half.

Dover: Nelson, Judd, Brundle (Carney 70mins), Goodman, Paxman, Higgs (Krasniqi 51mins), Martin, Baptiste (Sterling 46mins), Wanadio, Pavey, Kandi. Subs not used: Sandford, Grant.

Attendance: 1,765.

 

VIDEO: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Head to DAFCtv on YouTube to watch the highlights from Saturday’s 4-0 National League South win against Hemel Hempstead Town at Crabble.