DOVER ATHLETIC tonight are delighted to announce that Criccieth Homes Ltd are the club’s new first-team sponsor.

The Dover-based building company – who developed the old flour mill into flats and other quality building works in the area – have signed a one-year deal with Whites, with an option to extend that to two or three years.

Criccieth Homes managing director John Mahon has been a supporter of the club for a number of years and has a keen interest in helping Dover Athletic develop a youth academy.

Chairman Jim Parmenter said: “We’re delighted to have new sponsors and thank Criccieth for their support. We’re confident that this will be a very successful partnership.”

Tonight Clive Walker’s team played for the first time in the new kit with the sponsor’s name across the front.

The home kit, although smarter, remains a traditional white shirt with black shorts – but the away kit has been changed completely.

Dover will now take to the field for away games in red and blue striped shirts.

Director Roger Knight said: “The club has gone through a lot of changes with a new board of directors, sponsors and Clive coming back – as well as we hope a change in fortunes on the pitch. We’ve decided that a change of away shirt would be good too – it reflects that we’re starting afresh and looking to change things at the club for the better.

“I’m delighted that John and his company have agreed to be main sponsor. It is great news both for the club and the supporters, a successful Dover-based business as main sponsors.

“We’ll be working on developing a youth acadamy with John as he is very keen to put something back into the community.”

Tonight the club officially switched on the new state-of-the-art floodlights, which are among the best in non-league football.

Fortunes for the club are certainly looking much brighter.