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NEW MAJOR SPONSOR ANNOUNCED

Dover Athletic Football Club is delighted to announce it has agreed a new three-year sponsorship deal with Dover-based Megger Group, effective immediately.

Megger, Dover’s third biggest private sector employer, has agreed to support the 39-year old club for three years on a rolling contract for an undisclosed amount.

The agreement is welcomed by the football club, which has battled with results this season and was relegated to National League South in March.

Megger has been looking for the right opportunity to support the town in a substantial way for several months and when the company, that manufactures electrical testing equipment and digital solutions, met club chairman Jim Parmenter, it was an immediate match.

“This is a great investment in a talented and proud football club that is going through change but has a big future,” said Mr Parmenter.

“We are very grateful to Megger for giving us their support and seeing the enormous potential in our wonderful club, that has faced several challenges this season. Our players, coaching and support staff and loyal supporters will be delighted.”

While struggling this season, the club has depth and talent in its playing group, covering the first team, Academy and DAFC’s thriving youth teams. At youth level, the club fields teams in every group from under-13s to under-18s, and this is a successful feeder to the senior team.

The youth teams have notched up notable successes this season, and coaching and mentoring young people is a pillar of the club’s ethos, says Parmenter.

“Megger’s sponsorship also provides funding for community activities that keep many young people in the town focused on sport and nutures a love of football, which of course helps the club and builds our fan base,” he added..

Chief executive of Megger, Jim Fairbairn, said: “We wanted to help the local community and had been searching for the right fit, especially that reflects our own values of people, passion and place. Helping Dover Athletic FC is a perfect match, and ticks all the boxes we wanted. We are committed to a three-year partnership and we expect the deal to be of great mutual benefit to both DAFC and Megger as we promote our brand.”

Fairbairn hopes that more people in Dover and Kent will learn more about what Megger does, and about wider engineering, from the association.

As part of the arrangement, Megger employees will have discounted season and Megger can run corporate hospitality events at the club.

Megger is an international company, with eight production sites and 42 service and sales offices globally, and has manufactured high tech testing products in Dover for 50-years.

The original company was founded in Acton, London in 1889. It has sites in the US, Germany, Sweden and Israel and is acquiring complimentary businesses as part of a five-year growth strategy.

DAFC will play in the National League South in the 2022/23 season.

Manager Andy Hessenthaler said he was delighted that the club’s immediate future was assured and that the National League South is a level the club will be able to compete at.

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS WEYMOUTH

Whites face fellow relegated side Weymouth in our final National League game of the season at Crabble today.

The Terras, who will finish the season one place above Andy Hessenthaler’s side, arrive in Kent on the back of a 2-1 defeat against visiting Barnet last Saturday.

LAST TIME WE MET 

The last time the two sides met ended in a 1-1 draw in front of the BT Sport cameras at The Bob Lucas Stadium last September.

Koby Arthur’s stunning long-range effort gave Andy Hessenthaler’s side the lead in the 23rd minute.

The Terras equalised thee minutes before half-time when Josh McQuoid slid the ball past goalkeeper Adam Parkes.

Match Stats

Weymouth: Fitzsimons, Cordner, Goodship, Robinson, McQuoid (Bearwish 77′), Mussa, Ash, Brooks (Morgan 90′), Murray, Harfield, Olomowewe

Subs not used: Thomson, Neild, Bruton

Dover: Parkes, Bramble, Williamson, Gregory (Da Costa 86′), Twumasi, Cosgrave (Miller 77′), Ransom, Woods, Tiensia, Arthur (Wood 81′), Collinge

Subs not used: Bexon, Goodman

Attendance: 1,028

LEADING SCORER

Captain Josh McQuoid is leading the way with seven goals in the National League this season while Bradley Ash and Brandon Goodship are both three behind him.

McQuoid will miss the game due to a shoulder injury.

NATIONAL LEAGUE FORM GUIDE 

07/05 Weymouth 1-2 Barnet

02/05 Southend United 1-1 Weymouth

26/04 Weymouth 2-4 Solihull Moors

TEAM NEWS 

Defender Myles Judd will miss the game due to the knee injury he sustained in the 2-2 draw at Bromley last Saturday.

Young forward George Nikaj has recovered from illness and is back in the matchday squad as is Marshall Wratten who missed the trip to Bromley due to a family bereavement.

Otherwise it is the same squad that made the trip to Hayes Lane last Saturday.

COVERAGE 

The game kicks off at 3pm but if you are unable to make it, BBC Radio Kent will be providing commentary HERE

We will also have live updates on Twitter – @DAFCLiveText – follow us and get all the news as it happens.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this game can be purchased at the turnstile only.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

Under 11s free with paying adult

P&O Ferries employees who were recently made redundant, together with their partners and children, can get in for FREE.

All the details can be found HERE

PROGRAMME

You can download your digital matchday magazine for the game HERE

LAP OF APPRECIATION

The manager, his staff, and his players will do a lap of appreciation after the game before heading to the Centre Spot

SUNDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Aldershot Town v Wealdstone
Altrincham v Yeovil Town
Barnet v Bromley
Boreham Wood v Solihull Moors
Chesterfield v Woking
Dagenham & Redbridge v Wrexham
Eastleigh v Grimsby Town
Maidenhead United v Notts County
Southend United v Torquay United
Stockport County v FC Halifax Town

LAP OF APPRECIATION ON SUNDAY

Manager Andy Hessenthaler, his first-team coaching/backroom staff, and the playing squad will complete a lap of appreciation following our final National League game of the season against Weymouth at Crabble on Sunday.

All would like to thank you, our loyal fans, and show their gratitude for the tremendous support the team has received both home and away during this campaign.

After the players change, they will all head to the Centre Spot where Jake Goodman will be presented with The Supporters’ Club Player of the Year award before Chairman Jim Parmenter makes a major announcement.

Please join us.

 

HOSPITALITY ON SALE FOR SUNDAY

Tickets are now on sale for the VIP Platinum Suite for our final National League game of the season against Weymouth this Sunday (3pm).

They will only be on sale until noon on Friday, May 13th

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 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.

Sunday’s menu is:

Pate and Melba Toast

Steak pie, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas and gravy

Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake and cream

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.

EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL

HAPPY FEET OFF

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the regular Happy Feet junior coaching sessions have been called off this Saturday.

We apologise for this but look forward to welcoming all the youngsters and their families back at Crabble on Saturday, May 14th.

Sessions are split by age group as follows:

5-10 years old from 9am until 10am

11-16 years old from 10.15am until 11.15am

The cost for all age groups is £4 per child, per session.

We would ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to class for registration.

VIDEO: MANAGER REACTION

Andy Hessenthaler spoke to BBC Radio Kent’s Ben Watts after the 1-0 National League defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane on Bank Holiday Monday.

Ruben Rodrigues’ 18th-minute goal secured all three points for the hosts to keep them fifth with two games to go.

GOODMAN COMES OUT ON TOP

Jake Goodman has been voted the 2021/22 Supporters’ Player of the Season.

The big central defender finished ahead of midfielder Koby Arthur to win the award which is funded by the Dover Athletic Supporters Club.

Captain Ryan Hanson and teenage midfielder George Wilkinson finished in joint third place following the counting of voting slips handed in at the home games against Woking and Notts County.

The 28-year-old Goodman has made 37 appearances in all competitions for Andy Hessenthaler’s side since arriving last summer.

He has also scored four goals in the National League during this campaign and captained the side on eight occasions while Hanson was recovering from surgery.

Goodman will be presented with his trophy together with a cheque for £250 for the chosen charity of his choice, in the Centre Spot after our final home game, against Weymouth on May 15th.

 

 

MATCH PREVIEW: DOVER VS ALTRINCHAM

We welcome Altrincham to Crabble on Saturday for our penultimate home game of the season and our last Saturday match.

The Robins are currently 15th and head to Kent on the back of a 4-2 win against visiting Wealdstone at The J. Davidson Stadium last Saturday.

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT US?

You can read the Altrincham preview HERE

LAST TIME WE MET 

Despite going in front twice, Dover suffered a third successive National League defeat, losing 3-2, when the two sides met on an eventful afternoon at The J.Davidson Stadium last September.

Koby Arthur opened the scoring with his first goal for the club in the eighth minute, but the hosts equalised through Dan Mooney 12 minutes later.

AFC Wimbledon loanee Aaron Cosgrave put Dover back in front midway through the second half, but the hosts hit back with a goal from substitute A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Ryan Colclough won it for Alty from the penalty spot four minutes from time.

Altrincham: Thompson, Hannigan, Moult (Pringle 67′), Mooney, Dinanga (Peers 69′), Colclough, Kirby, Kosylo (A-Jay Leitch Smith 65′), Jackson, Senior, Mullarkey

Subs not used: Furman, Bunney

Dover: Bexon, Wood, Bramble, Miller (Da Costa 81′), Williamson, Cosgrave (Caton 62′), Twumasi, Gregory, Woods, Arthur, Collinge

Subs not used: Parkes, Green, Byford

LEADING SCORER

Ryan Colclough leads the way for the Robins with 11 goals in the National League this season while Dan Mooney has 10.

NATIONAL LEAGUE FORM GUIDE 

23/4/22 – Altrincham 4 – 2 Wealdstone

18/4/22 – Wrexham 4 – 0 Altrincham

15/4/22 – Altrincham 1 – 1 FC Halifax Town

TEAM NEWS 

Defender Myles Judd will be serving the first of his two-game suspension following his sending off in the 3-0 defeat against Notts County at Crabble on Tuesday.

Koby Arthur (knee), James Caton (hamstring), Alex Green (ankle), Noah Carney (foot), and Travis Gregory (knee) all remain on the injured list.

TJ Bramble (back) and Seth Twumasi (knee) are both back training but are not ready to return to action yet.

COVERAGE 

The game kicks off at 3pm but if you are unable to make it, BBC Radio Kent will be providing commentary HERE

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for this game can be purchased at the turnstile only.

Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

Under 11s free with paying adult

P&O Ferries employees who were recently made redundant, together with their partners and children, can get in for FREE.

All the details can be found HERE

PROGRAMME

You can download your digital matchday magazine for the game HERE

SATURDAY’S OTHER NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

Aldershot vs Notts County

Barnet vs Grimsby Town

Bromley vs Chesterfield

FC Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town

King’s Lynn Town vs Eastleigh

Stockport County vs Boreham Wood (5.20pm)

Torquay United vs Maidenhead United

Wealdstone vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Weymouth vs Solihull Moors

Wrexham vs Southend United

2022/23 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

We are delighted to release our season ticket prices for our 2022/23 National League South campaign … and they are on sale NOW!

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.

Chairman Jim Parmenter said: “The board has given very careful consideration to the pricing of the season tickets for next season as well taking into account tough financial times the country faces.

“We have tried to reward the loyalty of season ticket holders whilst still maintaining a viable and competitive football club.

“The price structure means that season ticket holders, who take advantage of the Early Bird offers, will be able to watch us at Crabble next season for £10.86 (Adult) and £9.30 (Over 60).

“Season ticket holders will also continue to save the charge for entering the seated stands.

“I would like to have done more, but mindful of the struggle to keep the club solvent and debt-free over the last two years it is important we maintain that position, whilst fielding a competitive team for the exciting season ahead.”

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

Tickets are on sale now so support your club and renew your season or buy one today!

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTERS’ PLAYER OF THE SEASON

Who gets your vote for the Player of the Season?

Well, voting will open at Bank Holiday Monday’s game against Woking at Crabble.

Voting forms for the award, which is funded by the Dover Athletic Supporters Club, will be handed out by the turnstile operators.

They will also be given out at the Notts County game at Crabble on April 26th before the winner is announced at the home game against Altrincham on April 30th.

The winner will be presented with his trophy together with a cheque for £250 for the chosen charity of their choice, on the pitch prior to kick-off of our final home game, against Weymouth on May 15th.

Completed voting forms can be handed to a waiting DASC committee member on the way out of the ground or in the voting box in the Centre Spot.