Category: Club News

FESTIVE TRIPLE HEADER PREVIEW

It’s a busy Christmas for The Whites as coming up Dover face Weymouth away from home, and then games against Aveley home and away follow in quick succession.

Weymouth, Dover’s hosts for this Saturday, sit just above the relegation zone in 20th spot, having failed to win in their last 3 games. The two sides faced off in the FA trophy earlier in the season in an absolute cracker, with the game ending 4-4 and Weymouth taking the victory via a penalty shootout.

Weymouth then lost in their third round fixture away to Hendon. Their last league victory came against Truro City on the 21st November, which means this game is here for the taking.

Dover are, however, 11 points behind their next opponents and need this win in order to kick start their survival chances once again. Jake Leberl’s side put out an impressive display in their last match at Crabble, getting a respectable draw against a good Bath side, so hopes are high.

Aveley will prove to be a much tougher fixture for Dover, as they sit in a playoff place in their first season in the National League South. The Whites will have to be on top of their game if they’re to get all 3 points in a tough fixture.

Aveley will be visiting Dover first, and the hosts will be encouraged by the poor away form of the Boxing Day visitors, as the away side for that fixture have won just once in their last 5 away games.

Aveley have seen slightly more success at home, but are currently winless in 3 at their home ground, and have failed to take all 3 points in their last 5 league games.

Match preview by Fred Deveson

Weymouth vs Dover Athletic – Saturday 23 December

Adult £16
Concession
(Over 65, Armed Forces, Dorset Carers Card, Students – in full time education PROOF required) £12
Youth ( 13 – 17 ) £6
Junior ( 7 – 12 ) £4
Under 7* 0
Tickets can be pre purchased online here – https://sales.weymouthfootballclub.co.uk/index.php

Dover Athletic vs Aveley – Tuesday 26 December

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)

Aveley vs Dover Athletic – Saturday 30 December

Adults – £15
Concessions – £10
11 to 16- £5
U8 – Free

Staff Update

John McNicoll has recently departed from his role with the club.

We’d like to thank John for all his hard work as both Media Officer and Kitman as he leaves Crabble. John, who joined us at the start of 2023 has supported the club from near and far including a stint coaching the youth teams during the last decade. We wish John all the best in the future!

In John’s departure, we would like to welcome George Cory as our new Media Officer.

George, who has supported The Whites for as long as he can remember, has taken the step up from Media Volunteer to one of our core members of staff. George will take care of the social media side of things as well as keeping the website updated with all the relevant information as well as helping to create our matchday programme.

‘I’m really pleased to have progressed from a volunteer to a member of the DAFC team and looking forward to continuing my work on the clubs media – I’m really grateful to be involved with the club that means so much to me. COYW!’

For any media enquiries contact George directly on George.Cory@DoverAthletic.com

Welcome to Crabble, George.

Two leave the Whites

The club can confirm the departure of midfielder Josh Anifowose who has joined Hampton & Richmond Borough. We’re disappointed that Josh is leaving us but thank him for all his efforts so far this season and wish him the best in his career.

We can also announce that Sinn’Kaye Christie has left the club and is no longer on dual-registration with Ramsgate. We’d like to thank Sinn’Kaye for his efforts during his short time with us

Holding Loaned To Dover

Watford Academy defender Scott Holding has completed a short-term loan move to Dover Athletic.

The 20-year-old – who signed for the Hornets’ Under-21s in May 2022 – will remain with the National League South side until January 9, 2024.

Having been on Manchester United’s books in his youth, Holding continued his development in Stockport County’s academy and made his first-team debut for the Hatters in January 2022.

He has previously experienced loan spells with Northern Premier League Premier Division outfits Ashton United and Stalybridge Celtic.

Welcome, Scott!

STRIKER – DID YOU HIT THE NET?

Latest Striker Results for Wednesday 13th December.

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 harry.reid@doverathletic.com to register your interest and good luck

ACADEMY OPEN DAY

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.

WALKING IN A HATCHER WONDERLAND – CHRISTMAS PARTY BOOKINGS

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.

UP NEXT – HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN & CHELMSFORD CITY

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. 

Form Guide:

Pictures courtesy of Flashscore.com

 

Head to Head: 

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)

 

 

Form Guide:

Head to Head: 

Ticket Information:

 

Travel Information:

How to find us:

Melbourne Community Stadium
Salerno Way
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 2EH
(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.

Taxi

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.

 

 

 

TURMOIL IN THE CENTRE SPOT – LIVE MUSIC

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

 

 

COMMUNITY DAY NUMBER 2

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 vikki.pawley@doverathletic.com