Category: Club News

MIDFIELDER SIGNS ON

We are delighted to reveal that midfielder Jordan Higgs has become manager Andy Hessenthaler’s second summer signing.

The 25-year-old made 31 appearances in National League South for Dulwich Hamlet last season after joining them from Bromley.

Higgs, a Bromley Academy graduate, made over 150 first-team appearances for The Ravens, including starting in the 2018 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.

Welcome to Crabble, Jordan!

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

 

GOODMAN IS BACK!

Dover Athletic Football Club is delighted to announce that defender Jake Goodman has re-joined the club.

The 28-year-old centre-back is manager Andy Hessenthaler’s first signing of the summer.

Goodman, who will once again wear the number six shirt, made 40 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring four goals in the National League after arriving last summer from Ebbsfleet United.

He also captained the side on eight occasions and finished the season by being voted the 2021/22 Supporters’ Player of the Season.

Welcome back to the club, Jake!

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY BIRD OFFER

A 2022/23 Season Ticket will mean you’re always there and gives you the best access to your club at the best price!

So don’t delay – get yours today while the Early Bird Offer is still valid.

Prices are:

Season ticket prices 

Early Bird Offer (must be purchased before June 30th)

Adults £250

Over 60s £214

After June 30th

Adult £331

Over 60s £290

Pay on the gate

Adult £16
Over 60 £14
Under 18 £8

We are also able to confirm that under-18 season tickets are also now on sale for £50

Under-11s will continue to get in for free with a paying adult for all league games at Crabble.

All season tickets can be purchased by the following options:

  • You can buy online HERE
  • Call the club office on 01304 822373 (option 2) to pay by card
  • Head up to the club office at Crabble between 9am-5pm (Monday-Friday) or on matchdays

 

RETAINED LIST 2022/23

We can now confirm our retained and released lists following the conclusion of the 2021/22 campaign.

The following players remain under contract:

Ryan Hanson, Luke Baptiste, Will Moses, George Wilkinson.

The following players are out of contract and have left the club:

Reda Johnson, Koby Arthur, TJ Bramble, Marshall Wratten, Josh Bexon, James Caton, Travis Gregory, Seth Twumasi.

The club would like to thank all departing players for their efforts during their time with us and we wish them every success in the future.

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

Jake Goodman, Danny Collinge.

The following loan players have returned to their parent clubs, with our sincere thanks for their services to the club during their stay:

Henry Woods (Gillingham)

Harry Ransom (Crawley Town)

Adam Parkes (Watford)

Michael Gyasi (King’s Lynn Town)

Manager Andy Hessenthaler has also offered TJ Bramble and Myles Judd the opportunity to attend pre-season to prove their fitness.

PRE-SEASON FIXTURE UPDATE

We are now in a position to confirm four more pre-season fixtures in preparation for the  2022/23 National League South season.

Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion will be sending a team to Crabble in July, while Andy Hessenthaler’s squad will also travel to Deal Town, Margate, and Folkestone.

Our home game against League 2 Gillingham was announced last week.

Ticket details for our home games and further friendlies will be confirmed in due course.

SCHEDULE TO DATE:

July 9th Gillingham  (Crabble) at 1pm

July 12th Deal Town (away) at 7.45pm

July 16th Margate (away) at 1pm

July 20th Brighton & Hove Albion  (Crabble) at 7pm

July 30th Folkestone (away) at 3pm

ACADEMY DUO SIGN

Dover Athletic are delighted to announce that Academy teenagers George Nikaj and Harrison Byford have signed their first professional contracts with the club.

The pair both got their first taste of senior football with manager Andy Hessenthaler’s side last season.

Right-back Byford, 18, made his debut after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 National League defeat at FC Halifax Town on March 12.

He went on to make a further five appearances.

Forward Nikaj, 19, made his senior debut as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 National League draw with Kings Lynn Town at Crabble on April 2.

He scored his first goal for the club in the 4-1 defeat against Woking at Crabble and made six appearances all up.

Byford and Nikaj join fellow Academy players Noah Carney, Luke Baptiste, and George Wilkinson in the senior squad.

Congratulations Harrison and George!!

 

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VACANCIES: MEDIA VOLUNTEERS

Dover Athletic Football Club is looking for talented and passionate individuals to form our media team ahead of the 2022/23 season on a voluntary basis.

We have opportunities in a number of key roles, including matchday programme editor and club photographer.

Whatever your passion, whether it be writing, editing, social media, or photography we’d love to hear from you as soon as possible.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan, produce and deliver content for all platforms including the club’s matchday programme, the club website, and all social media channels including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook etc.
  • Update statistics on the club website
  • Availability and willingness to volunteer regularly at unsociable hours, be able to commit to working weekends and evening matches, as well as travelling to away matches.
  • Conduct pre-match and post-match video or audio interviews with the club’s management and playing staff.
  • Create engaging content in the build-up to matchdays and on matchdays.
  • Doing the live text on match days
  • Writing match reports, match previews, and features for the club website/programme
  • Creating engaging video content for the club’s YouTube page.
  • Creating and editing graphics for club social media accounts.
  • Taking photos on matchdays

Skills & Experience

Desirable:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Excellent copywriting and proofing skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Premiere.
  • Knowledge of working with WordPress

Other Information

  • Applicants must be over 18.

If you are interested, please email your CV and cover letter to  enquiries@doverathletic.com

 

VACANCY: PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Following George Ashby’s decision to leave the club at the end of the season, there is now a fantastic opportunity for a first-team physiotherapist at Dover Athletic

The club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to George (pictured) for his service while at the club and we wish him all the very best for his future.

The successful applicant will be required to attend all training sessions and all match days.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Provide medical care for all first-team players
  • Maintain an accurate and comprehensive database of treatment and work with all first-team players, including current medical status, medical notes, and recordings of rehabilitation or gym sessions
  • To provide the appropriate examination, assessment, and treatment of first-team players when required, including the referral to internal and external medical professionals
  • Developing and overseeing the development and implementation of prehab and rehab programmes for all first-team players
  • Work and communicate with other support staff within the club, including doctors/interns to provide an integrated approach to injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement

Required Education/Qualifications/Training:

  • BSc or MSc in Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, or Sports Rehabilitation
  • FA Level 4 Intermediate Medical Management in Football (ITMMiF) (desirable or training towards)
  • A valid full UK Drivers License

Specific Experience & Person Specification:

  • A minimum of two years of previous experience working in the medical department of a professional football club is desirable
  • Experience working pitchside on a matchday at a professional football club
  • The ability to work effectively and safely, whilst working both independently and as part of a team
  • To be discreet and trustworthy, able to always adhere to confidentiality and data protection procedures
  • Hardworking and enthusiastic with a passion for football

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to Chairman Jim Parmenter at jim.parmenter@doverathletic.com

WHITES TO HOST GILLS

Dover will welcome Neil Harris’ Gillingham to Crabble for a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 9th at 1pm.

The former Millwall and Cardiff City manager was appointed boss in January but despite a valiant effort was unable to save the Gills from relegation to League Two.

More pre-season fixtures will be announced as and when they are confirmed.

 

 

VIDEO: MANAGEMENT REACTION

Manager Andy Hessenthaler and his assistant Nicky Southall spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Gerrard after the 2-1 National League defeat against Weymouth at Crabble on Sunday.