Category: Club News


Think you have what it takes to be the next Archie Hatcher?

The Academy are hosting an open day for anyone in Year 11 who is looking to move into not only further education, but to play football at the same time. The academy play and train at the Abbey School in Faversham and want to know if you have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of other Alumni such as Luke Baptiste, George Nikaj, George Wilkinson, Henry Young and Archie Hatcher. We hope to see you there.


Book your Christmas Party with us now.

As we kiss goodbye to summer, it’s now full speed ahead to the festive season as we look to host four Christmas Dinner events at the Centre Spot. Eat, drink and be merry as well as dancing the night away to your favourite yuletide classics. We are taking bookings now so dont hesitate. Details are on the flyer below, but hurry before we sell out. We look forward to welcoming you and your party.


The Tudors head to Crabble followed by a trip to Essex. 

The Whites face a quick turnaround this weekend with first Hemel Hempstead Town heading to the Megger Community Stadium and then just 48 hours later, Mitch Brundle’s side travel to Essex to face Chelmsford City. It’s now time to focus on league duty with a run of games coming up in the next few weeks, having finished our FA Cup exploits last weekend. We hope to see as many of you as possible for both games to continue giving the boys the fantastic backing that you have so far this campaign.

Dont forget that this Saturday sees our second community day of the season. You can find out more HERE. 

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We still have players available to sponsor, an updated list will be in Saturdays match day programme. If you are interested click HERE

Ticket Information:

Admission for this match is by turnstile only. We accept both card and cash on the gate.

Adults – £17

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

Under 11s continue to be free with paying adult

We are also offering a five game ticket. These can only be used by one individual per match and not in groups.

Adult – £75 (£10 saving)
Concession – £65 (£10 saving)



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How to find us:

Melbourne Community Stadium
Salerno Way
(01245) 290959

Visiting the Melbourne Community Stadium

By Car

There are a small number of parking spaces on matchday located at the centre, and limited parking is available on street, so we would ask where possible for visiting fans to make use of their own coach services. If travelling independently we would ask you to consider the public transport options listed below. If you do have to drive to the venue, we would ask all supporters to consider our neighbours when attending games. Please do not block access to driveways or garages when parking

Public transport

Chelmsford Railway Station is served by the London Liverpool Street to Ipswich main line. In order to make a 15:00pm Saturday kick-off the latest train you should catch from London Liverpool Street by no later than is 12:45pm to comfortably make kick-off and the same applies from Ipswich. To make a midweek 19:45pm kick-off, leave London Liverpool Street by no later than 18:15pm and Ipswich by 18:00pm.

Travelling by bus

The C2, C3 and C11 buses run a regular service every ten to fifteen minutes, departing from the Bus Station, which is situated on the left hand side of Duke Street just after the viaduct. Your journey should take around fifteen minutes from this point.


There is a Taxi Rank at the rear of the station.

The Melbourne Community Stadium is a no smoking stadium, however there is a designated smoking area on the hard-standing outside of the main clubhouse. The clubhouse is open before, during and after the game for refreshments.





Come and enjoy band night with us in the Centre Spot. 

Turmoil will be playing live at the Centre Spot on Friday 27 October and we want you there to come along and enjoy a night of classic hits. From Oasis to Blur, Snow Patrol to Nirvana, Turmoil will have you tapping your toes and possibly even getting your dance on. Its a repeat performance from the band who played at the clubs last Community Day in July.

Ticket Information:

£5 per ticket paid on the door.

Doors open at 7pm with the band playing from around 8.30pm-10.30pm




Come and join our second community day of the season. 

On Saturday 21st October, Dover Athletic Football Club will be holding their second community day of the season, in conjunction with the Dover Athletic Community Trust. 1000 adult and child tickets have gone out to local schools over the last few weeks, as part of the community day drive to ensure we have as many people as possible seeing all the great things we have lined up.

Captain Crab was making himself busy the last time out.


On the day, gates open at 11:45am.  There will be a children’s disco in the Centre Spot from 12pm-2pm.  Free face painting will be available on the day along with goodie bags. Captain Crab will be around the ground for photos. All of our activities will be inside/undercover
The Vista Twisters Cheerleading Club will be performing on the pitch just after 2pm and again prior to kick off. The Whites host Hemel Hempstead as they look to get back into Vanarama National South action so dont miss out. Check out the socials for updates as we approach the day.
If anyone wishes to volunteer on the day (we would love for you to give us a hand), please contact Vikki Pawley on


Whites find out 2nd round opponents

Dover Athletic will travel to Beckenham Town in the 2nd Round of the Kent Senior Cup and the match will be played on Tuesday 31 October, 7.45pm Kick-off


Latest Striker results for Wednesday 18th October

Congratulations to all the winners and better luck next time if your name wasn’t drawn out. It could well be your time next week.

For anyone who doesn’t know how the Striker Lottery works well let me explain if for you. Each week, so long as you have paid your £1 weekly subscription, your number will be entered into a draw. If your number is drawn, congratulations – you’re a winner! It’s as simple as that. The draw is held every Wednesday. Keep an eye on the website and social media pages for full details. Who knows, your number could scoop the £1,000 top prize.

Please note that only paid-for tickets are entered in the draw. For your convenience, your membership fee can be collected from you, or you can pay at the Club Office or, to save time, you can pay monthly or quarterly by standing order.

Contact to register your interest and good luck


Earlier this week we were saddened to hear the news of the passing of former Midfielder Neil Le Bihan.

Neil was part of, arguably, our best ever midfield in 1999/2000. Neil made 171 (+12) competitive appearances and scored 18 Goals across 5 seasons (1997-2002) with us. His goals included netting the winner in a 1-0 win away at Doncaster (April 2000) and a goal in a rare 3-1 win away at Stevenage (April 2002).

The one that he’ll be remembered most for scoring is that stunning equaliser at home to Cheltenham Town in the FA Trophy Semi-Final Second Leg at Crabble in April 1998.

Sadly, Neil took his own life after a challenging period of mental health, something that he had bravely fought against for a considerable time.

If you are struggling yourself please reach out to someone.

Samaritans are always here to listen, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you’re going through a tough time, we encourage you to visit their website below or call their helpline.

Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen

Former teammate Jake Leberl: Such sad news, a wonderful guy a great teammate where we shared many happy memories, stood out from the rest of us with his intelligence on & off the field. RIP Neil & condolences to his young family.


Fancy watching the Whites take on Hemel Hempstead Town in style? Of course you do.

Mitch Brundle and the boys will be looking to put on a show and where else would you rather watch it than here with us.

Watch the game from the best seats in the house and let our match day hospitality provide the ultimate way to spend your time with us.

The package 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 match day team sheet

The very special experience costs £28 per person and is available for individual and group bookings, or as a gift voucher.

Please note that this price does NOT include entry for non-season ticket holders who do attend, and they will still need to pay at the turnstile on the day.

On the menu for the game will be :

  • Pate & Melba toast
  • Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast potatoes, Peas, Carrots & Gravy
  • Raspberry & Elderflower Cones

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 VIP ticket please email or call the office on 01304 822373


Whites exit the FA Cup.

Dover’s FA Cup fire was extinguished in the Fourth Qualifying Round when a 1-0 defeat away to Eastleigh curtailed our chances of reaching the First Round Proper for another season. It was a bright start for the hosts who were confidently popping the ball around, trying to open up the Whites defence and they so nearly did when Rutherford burst through the away defence, only to blaze over the crossbar.

Henry Young battling for the ball before his late dismissal – Photo Eastleigh FC Website

Dover looked to play on the break with the explosive Lock and Zidan on either flank, looking to cause trouble with every attack, but it was the home side who could have opened the scoring with flurry of chances midway through the first half including a neat save from Terrell to keep the scores level going into the break. John Oyenuga had the best chance for the visitors with a rasping drive low to the goalkeepers right but McDonnell was equal to it.

The hosts continued with the pressure and on the hour mark it paid off as Taylor threaded the ball through the Dover defence to Carter, who finished from close range. Terrell and his defenders remonstrated with the linesman for an offside decision that never came. It was going to be an uphill task for the Whites now. The home side kept bearing down on Terrell’s goal, forcing him into another smart stop to keep the lead down to one.

Then came all the drama. With just ten minutes remaining, Eastleigh struck both uprights in the space of three minutes and you were starting to feel like there could be something in this for us. In the 84th minute, a loose ball was contested by Taylor and Young, with the Dover player getting there a little later, and the referee flashed a red card to send the Whites down to ten men.

The mountain to climb was now Everest. With just minutes remaining, Dover had a flurry of corners to try and find the equaliser and we thought we had when a loose ball fell to Nick Dembele just three yards out and as the bench jumped up to celebrate a certain goal, somehow McDonnell in the Eastleigh goal, stuck out a left arm to palm the shot away. It was a fantastic last ditch save.

With the game seemingly slipping away from the visitors, a corner at the death meant a forward run from goalkeeper Billy Terrell. The ball was swung in and it was Terrell who got his head to the ball, only for it to fall to safety. Moments later and Eastleigh were celebrating their win and a chance to play Boreham Wood in the First Round.

Dover Athletic: Terrell, Ojemen, Dunne, Sutherland, Naylor, Mensah, Hatcher, Young, Dembele, Oyenuga, Lock

Subs: Powell, Anifowose, Nikaj, Allen, Holness, Baptiste, Stewart

Eastleigh: McDonnell, Francillette, Carter, Taylor, McCallum, Boldewijn, Langston, Mauguire, Panter, Quigley, Rutherford

Subs: Scott, Barlow, Tshaka, Stock, Yang, Bagan