We caught up with manager Andy Hessenthaler after the National League defeat at Altrincham on Saturday.
Planning to visit Altrincham on Saturday?
Well, the hosts have provided us with a comprehensive guide for all of you making the trip to Cheshire.
Welcome to Altrincham
We had the pleasure of visiting Dover early last season, but we never got the chance to welcome you up north to Alty in the 2020/21 season. It’s been over five years since your last visit to The J.Davidson Stadium … it’s been too long!
How to get your ticket?
First thing is first, you need a match ticket! We strongly recommend buying your tickets online in advance here to make your experience run smoothly and save a little time getting into the ground. You can find details on purchasing your tickets online on that link and please note that all matches are segregated this season and away fans enter via gates 5/6.
We do offer card and cash payment options to purchase your tickets on the gate and at just £17 for adults, we are one of the cheapest clubs in the National League. We do however strongly advise away fans to purchase their ticket in advance to save queuing and just make life that little be easier for you and us.
Fancy treating yourself to Alty hospitality?
We’re going to tell you all about how great the town centre is but if we’re being honest, we’re pretty good at hosting people ourselves in the Manchester Glass Sponsor’s Lounge! ‘Treat others like you’d like to be treated yourself’ is the rule of thumb at Alty and we take pride in being damn good hosts. There is a pre-match complimentary bar and meal, half-time refreshments, you’ll hear from our first team manager Phil Parkinson along with reserved seats in the family stand. Come on, let us look after you for the day, grab your hospitality ticket here!
Of course you’ll want to pick up a copy of our incredible matchday programme costing just £3….you know, the change from the £20 note you had when you bought your ticket?! Featuring updates from the Board, Director of Football, captain Jake Moult as well as the lowdown on your own team, you’ll find plenty to entertain yourself with until kick off. You can purchase it in the stadium but you can also purchase online with the programme being sent out to you the day before the game.
Food and drink in The J. Davidson Stadium
We know that many of you will want to get into the ground early and we’d encourage you to have a bite to eat with us. From pies to pasties, burgers, hot dogs, sausage rolls and chips, we’ve got plenty of options to keep you fed and watered. Given the fact you’re up north, it’s only right that there is gravy, curry sauce and mushy peas to accompany your meal.
There’s plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you going too, and yes, the emphasis is once again on keeping you warm. We haven’t yet gone to the lengths of providing you with a warm blanket, but our Hot Choc, Soups and Hot Vimto does the job!
How to get to The J .Davidson Stadium?
It is pretty simple to be honest whether on foot, on the roads or via public transport.
Metrolink Trams and Trains
We are pretty fortunate to be right at the end of the tram line so you’ll find yourself within a short walk of the ground if you get on any tram from in and around Manchester that has ALTRINCHAM as the destination.
Altrincham resides in Zone 4 of the Manchester Metrolink network. If you’re travelling from the city centre, you will need a day travelcard that covers zones 1, 2, 3 and 4.
No need to walk far to find a Metrolink stop, as the Altrincham line departs from Piccadilly train station itself.
If your train is arriving at Manchester’s Oxford Road or Deansgate stations, then you can use the St. Peter’s Square and Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stops, respectively.
There are a whole host of trains that come through Altrincham also and you can find live departure boards along with a journey planner here. Coming from Manchester, allow yourself 45 minutes to get to Altrincham and then a short walk to the ground.
You can also plan your journey with Transport for Greater Manchester here which also provides bus timetables too.
The address and post code to put in your sat nav is The J. Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane, Altrincham WA15 8AP. We are close to the M6, M56 and M62 so whether you are coming from the north, south, east or west, we are not far from any of those major motorways.
A shout out to our friends at Passenger Cars who offer a 24 Hour Private Hire Taxi Service that covers all of Trafford, South Manchester & East Cheshire.
From the heart of the town centre, the ground is between 10 and 15 minutes depending on your location. You ultimately need to find Moss Lane and which leads off one of the main streets in town. Follow Moss Lane past Stamford Park which you’ll find on the right…..when you’ll see the floodlights a bit further on and you will know you have just about made it!
Where to drink?
The Station hotel is popular among away fans as an ideal drop in right over the road from the train and tram station and is located just a 12-minute walk from the ground.
If that is still too far between rest breaks, then The King George is virtually next to the J. Davidson Stadium and is usually packed full of Robins fans. Don’t worry though, we are a friendly bunch and welcome the friendly banter.
Where to stay?
Coming to Alty for the day is absolutely fine, but it would be remiss of you not to come for the weekend or an extended stay if you can. If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep to break up the travel, then we know the perfect places for you.
We’ve got a Travelodge located in the centre of town with easy access to Manchester Airport for any international guests while the Marriott Hotel is situated just off the motorway complete with spa facilities and Tuscan-inspired dining.
Finally, the Best Western Cresta Court hotel with three superb banqueting suites and an extensive range of massage therapies if you really are going to treat yourself.
Best place to live 2020!
Described as where “suburbia meets utopia”, Altrincham was voted the best place to live in 2020 by The Times…..because it’s quite simply an awesome place to live!
Now, we’re not expecting you to up sticks and move to the area just because your beloved team is playing here but it is just as good a place to visit for the weekend!
With the renowned Alty market at the heart of the town, there is an abundance of community spirit on weekends with some of the country’s best eateries to grab your pre-match lunch including Honest Crust’s wood fired pizzas and the multi-award winning Great North Pie Co.
Opposite the market, is Blanchflower Bakery and Kitchen, the perfect place to grab a sensational brunch before the game or the morning after the night before!
Well, that pretty much wraps up our guide of Alty!
Whatever you decide to do, we look forward to welcoming you and seeing you at The J. Davidson Stadium this Saturday….may the best team win!
Our brand new digital matchday programme covering Boreham Wood’s visit to Crabble for Monday’s National League clash is now available to purchase.
Priced at £1.99 the 32-page edition is packed with stats, facts and features.
This issue contains Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s notes, a look at our opposition, an interview with summer signing Ryan Hanson, Mike Sandmann’s Academy update, a Q&A with captain Sam Wood, BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Gerrard’s thought’s from the press box, and more.
Click HERE to buy the Dover Athletic vs Boreham Wood Digital Matchday Programme.
We have a variety of advertising packages available in the matchday programme, which is the perfect platform for any business, big or small, to advertise to our fanbase and will put your company and brand at the forefront of our fans’ minds.
Benefit from being able to change your advert throughout the season making programme advertising a very cost-effective route to market your company.
Please contact our Sponsor Relations Manager firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and pricing.
The Dover Athletic Football Club 2021/22 season commemorative Supporters Shirt arrived today and are now ready for collection.
You can pick your shirt up from the club office at Crabble between 1.30pm and 5pm today.
You can also collect between 9am and 5pm tomorrow and between 9am and noon on Saturday.
The postal orders will also start to go out today.
The one-off, limited edition shirt, which was manufactured by local company, Ambition Sport, proudly bears the names of 230 people who backed the fundraising initiative, so thank you for your fantastic support.
Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s name and those of all his staff and players are also on the shirt together with club officials alongside fans – we are all in this together!
Let’s go Black and White Army !!
Dover Athletic Football Club is pleased to announce Cakeshop Media as our new social media partner for the 2021/22 campaign.
The Whitfield-based company was founded by Thom Cakebread, who some of you will know as one of our loyal fans.
Thom and his team will be helping the club with regular content across all of our social media channels.
He said: “It was an easy and exciting decision to take on the opportunity to work alongside my hometown club this season.
“The club needs all the help it can get and I was really happy to offer my services and to get involved.
“I am really looking forward to it.”
Richard Harvey, the club’s Sponsor Relations Manager and Managing Editor of the Media Team, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Thom and the Cakeshop Media team.
“They are a new brand who will certainly help our cause and help keep everyone updated with everything that’s going on at the club.
“We look forward to working with them across the season.”
To find out more about Cakeshop Media visit their website HERE.
Dover Athletic is delighted to announce Be Wise Gas & Plumbing Services as our official sleeve sponsor for the 2021/22 season.
Their logo will be seen on the left sleeve of our home and away shirts and those of the goalkeepers.
Be Wise Gas & Plumbing Services Director and huge Dover Athletic fan, Jamie Parsons, said he was delighted to get the opportunity to continue his support of the club in a new way.
“I am thrilled, to be honest – I’ve had a perimeter board at Crabble for three seasons now and that has given the business great exposure.
“I was looking for a new opportunity to continue supporting the club and Richard (Sponsor Relations Manager Richard Harvey) suggested becoming the sleeve sponsor.
“To see our logo on the shirts is unbelievable and I am delighted with how it looks.
“I would certainly recommend other local businesses have a look at what’s on offer at the club because we at Be Wise are thrilled to be partnering with Dover Athletic and we will be supporting the club every step of the way.”
To find out more about the fantastic range of services provided by Jamie and his company, please visit Be Wise Gas & Plumbing Services
Dover Athletic Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of former Birmingham City midfielder Koby Arthur.
The 25-year-old Ghanaian featured in our pre-season games against Watford and Tonbridge Angels, where he scored our first goal after just 17 seconds in the 4-0 win.
Arthur made 16 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham, including 12 in the Championship after making his debut against Wolves in April 2013.
During his time with the Blues, Arthur, who will wear the number 22 shirt for Andy Hessenthaler’s side, also spent time on loan with League 2 Cheltenham Town and Lincoln City in the National League.
After being released by Birmingham, Arthur joined Macclesfield Town and was a member of their National League winning team in the 2017/2018 season.
He featured in 20 League 2 games for the Silkmen the following season, making 25 appearances in all competitions, before leaving the club at the end of the campaign.
He joined National League North side Kidderminster Harriers ahead of the 2020/21 season making 12 appearances in all competitions before the season was cancelled.
Welcome to the club, Koby!
If you would like to sponsor Koby’s playing shirts for the 2021/22 season then please contact our Sponsor Relations Manager Richard Harvey at email@example.com
The National League are pleased to announce 32Red and Unibet as the Official Betting Partners of the Vanarama National League.
A two-year partnership has been agreed with parent company Kindred Group, covering both the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons.
32Red and Unibet operate across Europe, including a wide variety of sponsorships within the domestic and international game. The brands will feature across the Competition’s digital channels, stadium advertising and in match day programmes.
Mark Ives, General Manager for the National League said, “The National League is thrilled to welcome the Kindred Group’s Unibet and 32Red brands as our official Betting Partner.
“We are excited to be working with an organisation who want to prioritise fan and community projects and gambling awareness, which is absolutely perfect timing, as we welcome back supporters in greater numbers than we have been able to over the last 18-or-so months.
“That period has been extremely challenging for us all and so we are very welcoming of this partnership for at least the next 2-years.”
Neil Banbury, UK General Manager, Kindred Group, added: “This is a hugely important day for everyone connected with the Kindred Group – we are excited and proud to be The National League’s official Betting Partner.
“Simply, non-league football is the lifeblood of our national sport. The elite level can only exist if the base of the pyramid thrives – and we hope that our investment will help to support that. At the heart of this are the supporters, of course, with their unwavering loyalty.
“The last year-and-a-half has shown us how vital they are to the clubs and to their communities. That is why we’ll be making sure that supporters see and feel a benefit from our sponsorship of their league. More broadly, Kindred remains committed to reinventing the sports sponsorship model – because we want a model that benefits the wider community.”
This community-first approach is in line with the Kindred’s sponsorship of Derby County, Rangers, and Middlesbrough, for example. These clubs benefit from six-figure funding to run the Team Talk initiative – a platform that uses the club and its staff, including players and manager, as a mechanism to engage with men about their mental well-being.
More broadly, the Kindred Group broke new ground earlier in 2021 by becoming the first gambling operator to disclose the share of revenue derived from harmful gambling. Kindred has set an ambition to reach zero per cent of revenue from harmful gambling by the end of 2023 and report this on a quarterly basis.
The purpose is to be transparent with data and raise awareness on what needs to be done to prevent high-risk gambling in society. For the second quarter of 2021, the share of revenue from harmful gambling was 4.3%
To celebrate the announcement, Kindred will be giving away tickets for National League matches on Saturday 4th September – which is an International Fixtures weekend – with fan competitions and giveaways set to be a feature throughout the partnership.
Details will be confirmed shortly.
We can now confirm that our postponed National League game against Solihull Moors at Crabble has now been re-arranged for Tuesday, September 21st at 7.45pm.
The game was originally scheduled to take place this Saturday but was postponed last week due to positive COVID-19 results being returned in our squad.
Please continue to stay safe one and all.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, unfortunately, the Happy Feet sessions for children on Saturday mornings at Crabble remain suspended until further notice.
If there are any changes to the situation we will update you as soon as possible.