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MATCHDAY HOSPITALITY ON SALE NOW

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

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

VIDEO: PLAYER REACTION

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.

GROUND REGULATIONS AND FAN BEHAVIOUR

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

Chairman

ALEX GETS THE GREEN-LIGHT

Dover Athletic is delighted to announce that Academy graduate Alex Green has put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract with the club.

The 19-year-old defender made his National League debut as a second-half substitute against Boreham Wood at Crabble last August before a foot injury ruled him out for the season.

Green, the former Academy captain, proved his fitness during pre-season and has now earned his opportunity.

He joins fellow Academy graduates Will Moses, Noah Carney, Harrison Byford, George Nikaj, Luke Baptiste, and George Wilkinson in Andy Hessenthaler’s squad

Congratulations Alex and all the very best for the season.

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

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Dover Athletic Football Club has one more unique kit sponsorship opportunity available ahead of the 2022/23 season kick-off.

Whilst we already have sponsors for the front, sleeve and back of our home and away shirts, we can now offer the opportunity to have your company logo on the back of the match shorts.

The benefits of getting your company involved are:

  • Brand presence on the shirts which will be visible online, in the media, and to people in the local community
  • Potential TV coverage across the BBC and BT Sport
  • Brand presence on YouTube via video highlights and social media coverage
  • Logo in our matchday programme

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please email Chairman Jim Parmenter at jim.parmenter@doverathletic.com

Many thanks go to our existing sponsors for their continued support:

Megger Group Limited – Front of shirt

Be Wise Gas & Plumbing – Sleeve

GSL Group – Back of shirt

Pulse – Back of shirt

 

MATCH PREVIEW: MARGATE VS DOVER

Whites continue their pre-season campaign on Saturday afternoon as they make the trip to Hartsdown Park to take on Margate.

Andy Hessenthaler’s men started pre-season with an outstanding 2-0 win against Gillingham at Crabble last Saturday. Debutant Jordan Higgs opened the scoring on the stroke of half time, with Arjanit Krasniqi’s free kick doubling Whites lead in the second half.

However, Whites were defeated in their second pre-season on Tuesday night as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Deal Town.

Saturday’s game will be another chance for Hessenthaler to explore the options he has in his squad as we continue to head towards the first game of the league season.

Our hosts are also two games into their pre-season campaign and are currently unbeaten after wins against Glebe and Faversham Town.

Dover last travelled to Hartsdown Park during pre-season before the 2020-21 season. On that day Whites were victorious in a thrilling game. Steve Rigg opened the scoring, but the home side turned the game around to go 2-1 up with 15 minutes to go. However a late double from one of Whites’ trialists at the time won it for the away side.

The game kicks off at 1pm and admission details can be found here.

Tickets can be purchased before the game, however cash and card is accepted at the turnstiles before the game. Tickets bought for this game will also cover Margate U18’s vs Dover U18’s which is due to be played tomorrow afternoon, after the senior sides have met. This game will kick off at 4pm. 

Whites’ Upcoming Pre-Season Friendlies

  • 16th July: Margate vs Dover Athletic 
  • 20th July: Dover Athletic vs Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 23rd July: Larkfield & New Hythe FC vs Dover Athletic
  • 27th July: Ramsgate vs Dover Athletic 
  • 30th July: Folkestone Invicta vs Dover Athletic

HURRY TO BOOK A CURRY

Bookings are now being taken for our curry night in the VIP Platinum Suite for next Wednesday’s (July 20th) pre-season game against Brighton & Hove Albion 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:

  • A one-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 6pm and food will be served at  6.15pm.

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.

MATCH PREVIEW: DEAL TOWN VS DOVER

Andy Hessenthaler’s squad is on the road for the first time in their pre-season campaign when they make the short trip to the Charles Ground to play hosts Deal Town at 7.45pm on Tuesday.

Whites started the season with a 2-0 win against Gillingham at Crabble on Saturday thanks to goals from debutant Jordan Higgs and Arjanit Krasniqi.

The Hoops have played three games in their pre-season schedule, losing against visiting Charlton Athletic (2-6), before back-to-back wins against a young Gills XI (3-0) and away at Lydd Town (4-3) last Saturday

Admission Details

Adults – £5

Concessions – £3

Under 18s – Free

Gates, as well as the bar, will be open from 6.30pm.

Last Meeting 

20th July 2021 – Deal Town 0 – 3 Dover Athletic

Whites’ Upcoming Pre-Season Fixtures

  • 12th July: Deal Town vs Dover Athletic 
  • 16th July: Margate vs Dover Athletic 
  • 20th July: Dover Athletic vs Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 23rd July: Larkfield & New Hythe FC vs Dover Athletic
  • 27th July: Ramsgate vs Dover Athletic 
  • 30th July: Folkestone Invicta vs Dover Athletic

VIDEO: MANAGER REACTION

Andy Hessenthaler spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Gerrard after the 2-0 win against Gillingham in the pre-season opener at Crabble on Saturday.

Debutant Jordan Higgs put Whites ahead two minutes before half-time.

Gills replacement keeper Jake Turner saved Higgs’ first effort before the midfielder headed the rebound home.

Turner had earlier come on to replace our former Charlton Athletic loanee, Ashley Maynard-Brewer, after the Australian dislocated his shoulder.

A superb free-kick from Arjanit Krasniqi in the 50th minute completed the impressive win.

Dover first half: Nelson, Moses, Sterling, Paxman, Higgs, Wilkinson, Baptiste, Byford, Pavey, Carney, Wanadio.

Dover second half: Nelson, Judd, Moses (Agbebi 70mins), Paxman (Skirwayi 66mins), Green, Brundle, Martin, Trialist, Nikaj, Grant, Krasniqi.

Gillingham: Maynard-Brewer (Turner 20mins), Alexander (Wright 60mins), Tutonda (Akehurst 60mins), Baggott (Greenidge 46mins), Mensah (Carter 60mins), Williams (Jefferies 46mins), O’Keefe (Wise 60mins), Reeves (Kashket 46mins), Green (McDonald 60mins), Lee (MacArthur 60mins), Walker (Gbode 60mins). Sub not used: Moore.

Attendance: 917

 

 

 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

We play host to League 2 opposition this Saturday when manager Andy Hessenthaler’s new-look squad starts its pre-season campaign against Gillingham at Crabble.

The game will give fans their first opportunity to see summer signings Jordan Higgs, Alfie Paxman, Luke Wanadio, Reece Grant, Alfie Pavey, Stuart Nelson, Tyrone Sterling,  Arjanit Krasniqi, Mitch Brundle, and Lee Martin, in action.

The squad started pre-season training last week.

Gills, managed by Hessenthaler’s good friend Neil Harris, have played two games already.

They won 2-0 at Folkestone Invicta last Saturday before a very young Gills side lost 3-0 at Deal Town on Tuesday night.

The game kicks off at 1pm and admission is as follows:

Adults:  £10

Concessions:  £5

Under 11s: Free with a paying adult

Season ticket holders:  Free