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VIP Hospitality almost SOLD OUT!

We have limited availability remaining for the VIP Platinum Suite for our National League game against Wrexham on Saturday at Crabble, so don’t delay, book today!

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.

‘TIS THE SEASON TO PARTY AT CRABBLE

Come and join us for a Christmas Party in the Centre Spot.

Eat, drink and get in the festive spirit with a choice of three-party nights, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th, for just £26.95 per person.

The party starts the minute you arrive and you will be welcomed with a glass of chilled bubbly before you sit down and enjoy a delicious three-course meal.

After the meal, the dance floor will be open and you can party the night away.

Doors open at 7pm on each night with dinner served from 7.30pm.

To book, call 01304 822 373 or email gavin.hughes@doverathletic.com

Don’t delay, book today!

RIP ANDY FISHER

All of us at Dover Athletic Football Club would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Andy Fisher.

Andy, a life-long fan of the club and long-serving committee member of the Dover Athletic Supporters Club, has sadly passed away after a brave battle with cancer.

The 58-year-old father of six organised the coaches for supporters for our away games and travelled on them up and down the country in support of his beloved club.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s wife Donna, his children, his extended family, and friends at this very sad and difficult time.

Rest in peace, Andy, and thank you for your incredible support over many, many years.

FA CUP VIP EXPERIENCE

Tickets are now on sale for our VIP Platinum Suite for our FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Yate Town 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.

CUP NIGHT FOR ACADEMY

Our Academy will look to continue their FA Youth Cup campaign when they host Woking in a third-round qualifying tie at Crabble tonight.

Manager Mike Sandmann’s side won 2-1 at Dartford last month thanks to a double from Jack Nelson to reach this stage of the competition.

Andy Hessenthaler’s first team squad members, defender Harrison Byford and forward Noah Carney (pictured), will be in action for the Academy.

Gates and snack bar open from 6pm with game kicking-off at 7pm.

Admission is £6 for adults while under-18s are £3.

 

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE

Chairman Jim Parmenter has issued a rallying call to the local community to get behind the club, on and off the field.

Mr Parmenter was left dismayed by a section of Whites support which turned on the management team during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Barnet at Crabble.

Speaking to Radio Kent’s and Kent Non-League Podcast host Matt Gerrard after the game, the Chairman admitted: “I thought it was pretty disgusting. I think the fans should be getting behind the team. What this town and community needs to do is get behind their football club. They know the trials and tribulations we’ve been through, for what I believe were the right reasons. I’ve made sure the club is here for the town. What we need is people to come to games and get behind the team. It’s only with people’s support that we’ll get ourselves out of this.

“Andy is working on a very limited budget, for reasons we all know, and with that budget, we have 24 players, quite a lot of them are young, and 11 were injured today. That’s the sort of thing he’s having to work with. It’s not a question of me backing Andy. If you know the facts, there’s nothing you can say about the manager – he’s doing the best he can with what he’s got available.”

Mr Parmenter renewed his appeal for investment in the club and also revealed the club was keen to attract new volunteers.

He said: “There’s a lot of work here done by a very few people. We need volunteers, we need investment and we need people to take an interest and get behind the club. What we don’t need is people criticizing the manager, the staff, the club, or players on social media or in the stands. It doesn’t do anybody any good. If you want the club here and for it to succeed then you need to get behind it and support it.”

“We’ve been looking for investment for years. Last week we went to Grimsby and they had a crowd of 6,000 and 100 people dining before the game. Our last home game we had 600 and 8 people dining. We’re competing with massive money in this league. There are 13 big, ex-league clubs backed by large crowds or very rich investors. Dover’s been up there competing with them for 16 years on very limited resources, but now we really do need more resources.

“I’m retired now, I’m getting older, the club does need an injection of money and a new modern approach maybe. It’s all well and good talking like that, but if nobody comes in to do it then I have to keep doing it, or the club folds.

“We’ve had no real serious interest at all. It surprised me a little bit but Dover is an unfashionable place, it’s not a London club that overseas investors go for. Dover is a backwater, the football club has been one of the success stories of Dover, for 16 years. Now we are struggling and what we need is the support of the town and the community.

“At the moment it falls on me to keep the club going. I’ve often thought about walking away but family and I have put a lot of time, money, and sweat in here. You’ve seen the developments we’ve made around the ground. We have a league standard ground and to see that fall and close would be a really sad event so we’re going to try to keep it going and see what transpires.”

Despite the appeal for investment, Mr Parmenter remains positive about the club’s on-field prospects, despite Whites finding themselves 17 points from safety after 11 games in Vanarama National League.

He said: “It’s not been a great year, everyone knows our position. We had a great groundswell of support for us throughout the country early on and we thought that might translate into gates but unfortunately, our gates have been quite low, which hasn’t helped.

“It’s only 11 games played, anything can happen, we’re not resigned to anything at all.

“We get a couple of wins together and anything could happen. It’s not over until the fat lady sings, as they say.

“I think we can survive in this division. Obviously, we’ve got to find some wins from somewhere. I’m hopeful we should have five or six players back for Saturday’s FA Cup game. Hopefully, that might be the turning point for us – if we get a win in that it could be the conduit for moving forward.”

PRESS RELEASE: BBC RADIO

HELP NEEDED!

Dover Athletic is looking for volunteers to join the media team and we currently have opportunities available in a number of key roles.

We are in need of people to provide help with our website and social media channels, including DAFC Live Text on Twitter on matchdays.

You would also be writing articles, updating statistics, conducting interviews with players and staff, and posting news on social media as and when required.

If you are keen to get involved and can commit to doing it on a regular basis, please drop us an email to: mediateam@doverathletic.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRY ON MENU AT CRABBLE

Bookings are now being taken for our curry night in the VIP Platinum Suite for next Tuesday’s (October 5th ) National League game against Aldershot Town 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