DOVER ATHLETIC’S Live Match Update service is to be provided at all games – home and away – thanks to sponsors and fans.
Long-term supporter Kevin King, of Heritage International Transport, along with the county’s premier football website www.kentishfootball.co.uk and photography site www.takingthepics.com have joined forces with individual fans to secure the service.
A laptop will be purchased within the next week and donated to the club, which will enable the service to run from every match – keeping all Whites fans up-to-date with the latest happenings from Clive Walker’s side.
In the two weeks that the service has run on www.doverathletic.com many fans have already benefited. Our thanks to fans Stephen Polly and Andrew Stucken, who have provided the updates from the grounds.
Official website editor Justin Allen said: “We feel this service is of great benefit to our fans, especially at away games. Many people sometimes can’t get to games because of work or can’t travel to the away matches. This service enables our supporters to keep up-to-date with all the action.
“We’ve also been approached by some volunteers who would like to develop audio commentary and this is something we will look into at a later date. But, in the meantime, we now have a facility, which is unique below Conference level.
“There are a couple of clubs, Kingstonian and AFC Wimbledon, who provide a latest score service. We believe we’re going one better than that by having running text throughout the game – and hope that this will encourage other clubs to do likewise and raise the profile of non-league football.
“We’d like to thank Kevin King, a great supporter of the club, and Stephen McCartney, editor of www.kentishfootball.co.uk, for their generosity – and to those fans who donated money to secure the service. It’s much appreciated and I’m sure supporters will enjoy regular updates from matches they can’t get to.
“Despite the club’s difficulties in recent seasons, which has seen us drop a couple of divisions, we still have a big loyal fanbase and the interest in the Whites remains strong.
“I’d like to think that radio stations will continue to bare this in mind when they decide on their coverage on Saturday afternoons. We may not be a Conference club at the moment, but there’s still a huge interest in Kent and beyond in Dover Athletic.”