Dover Athletic manager Andy Hessenthaler will come up against one of his former clubs when Premier League side Watford sends a team to play a pre-season friendly at Crabble on August 6th (7.30pm).

Hessenthaler made 217 appearances in five seasons with the Hertfordshire side and also captained the side.

He said: “I have a lot of great memories from my time with Watford and I was delighted to see them get promoted.

“I think it’s great for us as a club that they are going to send a team down to play us and I am really looking forward to it.”

The Hornets secured automatic promotion back to the top flight for the 2021/22 season after a one-year absence after finishing second behind champions Norwich City in April.

Information about ticketing for this game and all other pre-season home friendlies will be confirmed in due course.


July 17th Ashford United (home) at 3pm

July 20th Deal Town (away) at 7.30pm

July 24th Folkestone (home) at 3pm

July 31st Stevenage (home) at noon

August 3rd Whitstable Town (away) at 7.30pm

August 6th Watford (home) at 7.30pm

August 7th Tonbridge Angels (away) at 3pm