Category: Club News

TAUNTON TOWN – VIP STYLE

Fancy watching the Whites take on Taunton 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 :

  • Tomato Soup & a Ciabatta roll
  • Roast Chicken breast, Roast Potatoes, Stuffing, Carrots & Peas with Gravy
  • Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake with cream

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 gavin.hughes@doverathletic.com or call the office on 01304 822373

SENSORY ROOM INSTALLED AT THE MEGGER COMMUNITY STADIUM

As part of the clubs ongoing commitment to equality and inclusivity, our Community Trust have worked in partnership with the Dover, Deal and Shepway branch of the National Autistic Society to create our very own Sensory Room.

We are now incredibly proud to offer a specially designed space for supporters with additional needs a quiet, safe space to unwind in a calm environment at Crabble.

This dedicated sensory space, which we believe to be the first of its kind in non-league football, will be in use throughout the season. It will include equipment that will be beneficial if the match day experience becomes too much.

We hope that this room will be a welcoming space for families and carers of children and adults that may not have been able to attend a live match at a football stadium before.

Patrick Verrill, Chairperson of the local branch of the National Autistic Society and Crabble regular, has worked closely with Community Engagement & Inclusion Officer, Vikki Pawley to create this space.

Patrick, who has a 7 year old son who is Autistic says:

“Sensory rooms are a great way for people on the Autistic spectrum or those with other additional needs to have their needs met in unfamiliar environments.”

“The club have been fantastic since I first pitched the idea, inviting me to look around the club at possible areas we could use. I’m very grateful for the understanding and effort that Dover Athletic have put in to this. Vikki in particular has helped to make this all happen”

The club will officially open the room prior to our home game against Hampton and Richmond on the 4th of November. We are also pleased to welcome Patrick and 50 members of the local National Autistic Society to the VIP lounge for the game.

Chairman, Jim Parmenter said “I am delighted that we are able to provide facilities for part of the community that perhaps would not have enjoyed games at The Megger Community Stadium before and we look forward to their visit which will hopefully be the first of many”

You can find more information about the Dover, Deal and Shepway branch of the National Autistic Society here: Dover, Deal and Shepway (autism.org.uk)

National Autistic Society Dover, Deal and Shepway Branch (facebook.com)

DOVER ATHLETIC 2 HARINGEY BOROUGH 1

Brundle’s Babes march on in the cup. 

After coming from a goal down to win the tie, the Whites made sure that they were in the hat for the next round, courtesy of a brace from substitute and Man of the Match Zidan Sutherland.

Iffy Allen pulled up in the warm-up so Luke Baptiste stepping into the starting eleven in a team that boasted the average age of just 20, with captain for the day John Oyenuga one of the more senior players on the pitch. Baptiste and Nikaj were academy graduates, while Henry Young and Archie Hatcher are still present in the academy, showing that the talent coming through is worthy of first team football.

It was a slow first half showing from the hosts with only a Archie Hatcher free-kick to note. Hatcher unleashed a knuckleball that looked to be heading into the top corner but Collins in the Haringey goal was equal too it with a fantastic stop to tip it over the crossbar. The visitors were picking up far too many second balls and their quick play from back to front was causing Dover all sorts of bother. In the 24th minute, Borough took the lead from a corner when Jebbie fired home after having the freedom of Dover’s penalty area. It was a goal that had been coming for the visitors with the Whites huffing and puffing and quite frankly getting nowhere.

The Gaffer made a change at the break, bringing on Nick Dembele to replace George Nikaj and it paid dividends immediately. Dembele’s running in behind began to stretch the away defence and he nearly opened the scoring himself when his shot was palmed into the side netting by Collins. Zidan Sutherland was thrown into the mix, coming off the left flank and it was a move that would yield immediate results when a cross from the impressive Paris Lock was fired home by Zidan at the back post.

Zidan fires home to send the River End wild – Photo Steve Johnson

 

It was the duo that linked up again with just six minutes remaining as a cool finish from Sutherland ensured that we were in the draw for the Fourth Qualifying Round to be played on Saturday 14 October. Manager Mitch Brundle praised his ‘Babes’ for their second half performance. Speaking to Kent Online Sport Brundle said ‘With an average age around 20, I’m so proud of them. I said before the game that I didn’t care how we won. I couldn’t care less about the performance. We’re in the hat for Monday – and that’s all we wanted.’

We will keep you updated with the draw as soon as we have it.

– The Partnership we didn’t think we needed.

Dover Athletic: Terrell, Oyenuga, Charles-Cook, Naylor, Mensah, Baptiste, Lock, Young, Powell, Hatcher, Nikaj

Subs: Sutherland, Dembele, Anifowose, Stewart, Dunne, Allen, Sesay

Haringey Borough: Collins, Addo, O’Donoghue, Sambu, Peter (C), Jabbie, Aidoo, Iontton, Figueira, Young, Kennedy

Subs: Philippou, Hoti, Aresti, Mitchell, Bawling, Babalola, Dema

 

UP NEXT – HARINGEY BOROUGH (FA CUP EDITION)

The Whites look to advance in the FA Cup.

Mitch Brundle and his charges will be looking to progress to the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup when Haringey Borough head to town. It will be the second home tie of the competition following the match last time out with Hastings United, which the Whites won 3-2, courtesy of goals from Iffy Allen, George Nikaj and Luke Baptiste. Despite a late flurry from the visitors who were down to ten men, the Whites had dominated the game and should have been out of sight, but eventually held on to secure a place in the Third Qualifying Round.

Skipper James Dunne clears the danger last time out against Hastings United – Photo Steve Johnson

The winner of this tie will be one step closer to the First Round proper where the likes of Reading, Derby County, Bolton Wanderers and many more await. The following round, should Dover get there, will include the National League teams for the first time. There are still some big clubs kicking about, even without Notts County and Wrexham, who were both promoted to League Two. Chesterfield, Oldham Athletic, Hartlepool United and even Southend United, with all their struggles, still boast football league alumni.

Haringey have not hit top form of yet in their domestic league, currently sitting in 21st position, one league below the Whites, in the Ryman Premier League. While this looks like it could be perceived as an easy fixture, Borough despatched of Tonbridge Angels 4-2 in the last round, showing that the magic of the cup is most definitely alive and kicking.

Our aim is to be in the hat for the next round and try and stay in the competition as long as possible – Mitch Brundle

Peter Ojemen will miss the clash having been dismissed for two yellow cards last time out at Bath City but Johl Powell will be back at Crabble following his suspension in the cup last time out.

Form Guide:

Picture courtesy of Flashscore.com

Head to Head:

Unable to provide any information from Dover Athletic as it is now, maybe someone of an older generation might remember a fixture dating further back?

Ticket Information – All Must Pay:

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

 

 

GETTING SHIRTY – PLAYER SPONSORSHIP

Don’t miss your chance to sponsor one of the Whites this season.

As we now enter our 41st season under the Dover Athletic guise, what better way to celebrate than to sponsor a player and receive a match worn 40th edition shirt at the end of the campaign.

Picture Courtesy of Steve Johnson

So what’s the deal?

•  Match worn shirt sent after the last game of the season – We offer both Home & Away packages as well as sponsoring both

•  Recognition as player sponsor in the matchday programme and on the player profile on the club website

•  Player meet & greet available upon request

•  All Sponsors entered into a draw to win 2x Premier Club day passes for the last game of the season

Home Shirt Sponsorship is £100.00 – Away Shirt Sponsorship is £95.00 – Home & Away Shirt Sponsorship is £180.00 (must be the same player)

To purchase from the list below, please contact the office by phone on 01304822373, or alternatively pop into reception on a matchday.
Squad No. Name. Home Sponsor. Away Sponsor.
1 Billy Terrell George Cory George Cory
3 Roman Charles-Cook Mark Sawyer Mark Sawyer
4 Peter Ojemen Matthew, Harry, Megan and Georgia Available
6 James Dunne Massive Deals,Dover Massive Deals, Dover
7 Johl Powell Available Available
8 Joshua Anifowose DOCC Available
9 Zidan Sutherland Neil Moors Available
10 George Nikaj DOCC Available
11 Ifeanyi Allen Available Available
14 George Wilkinson Derick Kaizilege Available
15 Charlie Naylor Kent Catering Equipment Kent Catering Equipment
16 Jacob Mensah Available Available
17 Archie Hatcher Exclusive Household Staff Available
18 Henry Young Acorn Homes Acorn Homes
19 Matthew Holness DOCC Available
20 Nick Dembele Available Available
21 Oreofe Bello Available Available
22 Luke Baptiste Derick Kaizilege Available
23 Dontai Stewart Available Available
24 Fuad Sesay Exclusive Butler School Available
25 John Oyenuga Available Available
26 Paris Lock Available Available

PLAY SAFE WEEKEND 2023 – SAT 3OTH/SUN1ST

Play Safe Weekend 2023

PLEDGING OUR SUPPORT FOR THE PLAY SAFE WEEKEND 2023

Saturday 30th Sept/Sunday 1st October

At the end of this month, English football at every level will unite to promote Play Safe – a national campaign to focus attention of the vital importance of safeguarding in our national game.

Led by The Football Association, the Play Safe campaign is endorsed by the NSPCC and supported by every level of the game, including the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship, and right across the grassroots game.

We are proud to be supporting Play Safe on our website and social media channels – and also by making an online Play Safe Pledge. Our pledge will see us wearing Play Safe Pin Badges on Match Day, as well as raising awareness on Social Media.

 Of course, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, so if you haven’t already, why not make your own Play Safe Pledge? We encourage you to do so.

The FA’s Head of Safeguarding, Sue Ravenlaw, said: “The Play Safe campaign has been instrumental in helping us raise awareness for safeguarding across English football. It was very well supported last year, with over one million people reached through some truly innovative activations by many leagues and clubs. Together, with all the football family and the NSPCC, we want to build on that success, and we are encouraging anyone in football to take our Play Safe Pledge to support the campaign.

Another of our key targets is for 100,000 people to take part in our free online Safeguarding Awareness Course for Parents and Carers by the end of 2024. The feedback that we’ve received from parents and carers is that the course is excellent, so we hope everyone will take the short time it takes to complete it.”

 

This year’s Play Safe weekend has two main messages:

  • ‘Everyone, everywhere, every time’ should have an understanding of safeguarding in football;
  • Everyone should ‘watch, listen, talk and act’ if they have any safeguarding concerns.

Together, let’s create an ever-safer culture across the game we all love.

 

 

STRIKER – DID YOU HIT THE NET?

Latest Striker results for Wednesday 27th September

 

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

HATCH OF THE DAY – HATCHER SIGNS

Hatcher puts pen to paper on his first deal.

Academy student Archie Hatcher this weeks puts pen to paper to sign his first contract with the club, following in the footsteps of teammate Henry Young. The young forward had made a couple of appearances as a substitute earlier in the campaign before being handed his first start in the last round of the FA Cup at home to Hastings United. His performance earned him the Man of the Match on Twitter and prompted his manager to select him again for the away trip to top of the table Bath City, where Hatcher repaid the faith shown in him by his manager by scoring an absolute worldie of a goal. It was a fantastic strike.

Hatcher applauds the crowd following his first start in the FA Cup – Picture George Cory

Mike Sandmann was delighted with the news, having brought through another player from the academy. ‘Once again I’m extremely pleased for Archie as I know how hard he works behind the scenes day in day out to develop. ‘It makes it more special Archie being a local lad from Dover and developing our home grown talent. He’s on cloud 9 at the moment after his first league goal away to Bath City and what a way to score your first goal. It was great to see Youngy in the build up to the goal and have that Academy connection filtering in to the first team.’

Congratulations, Hatch.

BATH CITY 2 DOVER ATHLETIC 2

A Spirited performance as Whites hold top of the league. 

Mitch Brundle’s team headed to the West Country for the first time this season and were unlucky not to come back with more than just a point. If you had offered the Gaffer a point before kick-off against high flying Bath City then I’m sure he would have snapped your hand off but he would have been disappointed, having given away a two goal lead.

It was a bright start from the visitors who were kicking up the big bath hill and had an early chance when Iffy Allen blasted over the crossbar. The hosts began to have a spell of pressure with some neat link up play and dangerous balls into the Dover penalty area, but fortunately for the Whites (Navy Blues), there was no one there from Bath to capitalise. Brundle’s side had pace on either flank with Allen and Lock probing down their respective wings.

Jacob Mensah battles for a high ball – Picture @Bathcityfc

It was the dangerous Lock who bamboozled his marker before cutting back inside onto his left foot and digging out a cross which was headed away by the home defence. The ball bounced safely outside the penalty area and was picked up by the unmarked Hatcher who sent it back with interest via the top left hand corner to put the visitors into the lead. It was a fantastic strike from the academy student who was starting to find his feet in the number 10 role.

Bath nearly equalised before the break when first they were denied by Billy Terrell and then by a wonderful goal line clearance from John Oyenuga ensued that Dover would head into changing rooms with a slender lead. It was a lead that was doubled just before the hour when Paris Lock weaved into the penalty area and was judged to have been bundled over by the home defence. It seemed a little harsh but did we care? Iffy Allen for the second week running placed his spot kick, cool as you like, past the home keeper.

Mitch Brundle’s squad is young, with many not having experience at this level but they will soon know what its all about following the last 30 minutes at Twerton Park, where the home side threw everything at us, including the kitchen sink. Bath City are top for a reason at the moment, with a never say die attitude and they got their rewards in both the 66th and 77th minute as they clawed their way back into the game via Thomas and Wilson.

With Bath now looking for a win, it was vital for the Whites to cling on to a point. Wave after wave of home attack swept over the Dover backline but the defence, despite being breached twice, stood firm in the dying moments. Peter Ojemen was dismissed for two yellow cards and will now miss the FA Cup Clash with Haringey Borough as he was shown his marching orders with just minutes left on the clock.

When the referee signalled the end of the match it was both frustration and relief that swept over the squad. A good point on the road against a Bath City side who are sitting pretty on the top of the pile. It was a shame to throw away a two goal lead but again it comes down to experience. It will come.

I think its two points dropped rather than one gained. I’m disappointed for the players who were excellent. They didn’t deserve to finish the game with just the one point. It feels like a loss. They gave me everything and deserved the three points. – Mitch Brundle

 

Dover Athletic: Terrell, Oyenuga, Naylor, Mensah, Ojemen, Lock, Allen, Young, Powell, Hatcher, Nikaj

Subs: Stewart, Wilkinson, Baptiste, Charles-Cook, Sutherland

Bath City: Wright, Raynes, Greenslade, Dyer, Batten, Cooke, Smith, Clark, Thomas, Wilson, Russe

Subs: Forster, Frear, Hayfield, Lines, Fletcher