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VIP EXPERIENCE FOR BROMLEY GAME

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our VIP Platinum Suite for our National League game against Bromley at Crabble this Saturday (3pm).

To see the match 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 entry on the turnstile on the day.

The experience includes:

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

  • A three-course meal, served at your table

  • Reserved undercover premium padded seating

  • Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water, plus 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 gavin.hughes@doverathletic.com or call the office on 01304 822373

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

CURRY NIGHT AT CRABBLE

Bookings are now being taken for our curry night in the VIP Platinum Suite for next Tuesday’s (September 21st) National League game against Solihull Moors at Crabble.

This package costs £15 (plus the price of a matchday ticket for any non-season ticket holders) and on the menu will be chicken curry with rice and naan bread.

A vegetarian curry will also be available.

The experience includes:

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

  • A one-course meal served at your table

  • Reserved undercover premium padded seating

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

  • Complimentary matchday team sheet

Arrival at the ground should be at 6.15 pm and food will be served at  6.45pm.

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 book and watch the match from the best seats in the house, call the office on 01304 822373, email gavin.hughes@doverathletic.com or pop into our main reception during office hours.

Payment is required at the time of booking.

SUPPORTERS SHIRTS ARE HERE!

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 !!

NEW SLEEVE SPONSOR ANNOUNCED

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

EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL

HAPPY FEET UPDATE

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.

 

 

SOLIHULL GAME POSTPONED

We can now confirm that our opening National League game of the season against Solihull Moors at Crabble on August 21 has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation within the club

Our players and management are self-isolating for a period of 10 days in accordance with National League protocols and Public Health England guidelines following two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the group.

We wish those affected a swift and safe recovery.

The fixture will be re-arranged in accordance with National League rules.

CLUB STATEMENT

We can confirm that due to two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in manager Andy Hessenthaler’s squad, the entire group of players and management are now self-isolating for a period of 10 days in accordance with National League protocols and Public Health England guidelines.

We now await confirmation regarding next Saturday’s opening National League game of the season against Solihull Moors at Crabble.

Chairman Jim Parmenter said: “Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our players and staff. We will keep everyone informed.”

 

BIRCHALL SHOWS HIS CLASS

Adam Birchall marked his return to Crabble with a stunning five-goal haul as Andy Hessenthaler’s Invitational XI showed they still had the wow factor in the fundraising match at Crabble on Sunday.

Hessenthaler’s squad of former Dover stars won the game against Warren ‘Pep’ Dyer’s supporters’ team 19-2, but the day was not about the final scoreline.

It was about the club and the community coming together as one and having some fun while raising some much-needed funds.

More than 300 people braved the torrential rain to watch the game and they were treated to some stunning strikes from Hess and company.

Birchall proved he still had an eye for goal, scoring a hat-trick inside the opening 20 minutes and completing it either side of sublime long-range goals from Hessenthaler and Nicky Southall.

It could have been a lot more than 12-0 at half-time had it not been for the heroics of goalkeeper Dan Fletcher, who produced a number of stunning saves which were deservedly applauded by the 309-strong crowd and the Invitational players.

Dyer’s team reduced the arrears in the second half thanks to goals from Charlie Brown and Muj Aspendos before Birchall and James Strouts completed the scoring.

Frannie Collin, Nathan Elder, and Strouts all scored twice for the Invitational side while Hessenthaler, Southall, Jon Wallis, Matt Carruthers, Craig Stone, Sammy Moore, and Connor Essam were also on target.

The unfortunate Andy Rolfe also got his name on the scoresheet for Hessenthaler’s side, with an own goal.

We would like to thank the ‘legends’ for giving their time, the fans who paid to play, and those who came through the turnstiles to watch.

We really do appreciate the support from one and all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicky Southall

MATCH REACTION

Coach Nicky Southall gives us his take on Saturday’s win at Tonbridge Angels, the mood in the camp, and the challenge that awaits us.

MATCH OF THE DAY

It’s time for Warren ‘Pep’ Dyer to put down the book he’s been studying ‘An Ode to Four Four Two’ Football’s Simplest and Finest Formation because the day of the big kick-off has arrived.

Dyer is the manager of the two supporters team that will go head-to-head against Andy Hessenthaler and his Invitational XI in the fundraising match at Crabble this afternoon.

One of Dyer’s teams will play in the first half before the other plays in the second against some of the greatest names to have played for the club.

But is the book Dyer has been reading, which examines how coaches settled on the 4-4-2 formation to build iconic teams which would dominate both domestically and in Europe, the key to his tactics?

Well, if Dyer struggles to remember what’s his read in the pressure cooker environment of sitting in the visitors’ dugout, he could ask one of his players to give him a hint.

John McNicoll is the author of the book and the Lydden resident and Dover fan is playing.

Hessenthaler, who will be the player/manager of his side, played down the threat of Dyer, (pictured above) and his inside knowledge.

“He (Dyer) could have read the book from cover to cover for years, but a book is not going to be out there where it matters – on the pitch,” our manager said with an icy cold stare.

“Let’s be honest, we mean business as our reputations are on the line today.

“It’s time for that so-called Pep and his players to let their football do the talking.

“All jokes aside, we are looking forward to it and we hope we get a great crowd in the ground for the occasion.

“It’s a fantastic initiative and one we hope gets really well supported.

“We are looking forward to seeing you all there.”

As for Dyer, well, he wasn’t available for media duties – he was studying his book!!

The match kicks off at 1pm and admission by way of a donation.

The Centre Spot will also be open from 11am and a playing shirt signed by the Hess XI will be raffled on the day.

Hessenthaler’s squad includes:

Jon Wallis, Lee Browning, Tom Wynter, Adam Birchall, Frannie Collin, Matt Carruthers, Nathan Elder, James Strouts, Craig Stone, Lee Shearer, Sammy Moore, Connor Essam, Nicky Southall, and James Rogers.

Dyer’s squads are:

First half: Dan Fletcher (GK), Andy Rolfe, Jack Arrowsmith, Bradley Bough, Nathan Charlton, Michael Pott, Jamie Parsons, John Matthews, Frazer Duncan, Jason Scoble, Nich Aspendos, Nick Aspendos, Muj Aspendos.

Second half: Andrew Belson (GK), John McNicoll, Tom Mears, Ian Sullivan, Brad Shrewsbury, Charlie Brown, Nick Elms, Jamie Parsons, Brendan Ulyatt, Jay Parks, Nich Aspendos, Nick Aspendos, Muj Aspendos.