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Dover Athletic

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The Kent coastal town of Dover has had a varied selection of town football clubs since 1891 but sadly they collected a reputation for inconsistent adminstration. Dover F.C., an amateur football club was re-formed in 1934 and progressed to semi-professional football in 1947 establishing themselves as the senior local club until more financial problems brought their closure in 1983. Dover Athletic rose from ‘the ashes’ and, as you can see from their record below, ‘The Whites’ are never a boring club to support and are challenging once again in senior football.


Club Factfile

Crabble Athletic Ground, Lewisham, Dover, Kent CT17 0JB
01304 822 373
From outside of Kent, find your way to the M25, then take the M2/A2 (following the signs to Canterbury, then from Canterbury follow signs to Dover) as far as the Whitfield roundabout (there is a McDonald's Drive-Thru on the left). Take the fourth exit at this roundabout, down Whitfield Hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the roundabout and follow this road until the first set of traffic lights. At the lights turn right (180 degrees down the hill) and follow the road under the railway bridge, the ground is a little further up the road on the left. There is no parking for supporters within the ground, although parking is available in the rugby ground, which is just inside the main entrance - stewards will direct you. If you have to take the M20/A20 leave the A20 in Folkestone (the exit immediately after the tunnel through the hill) and travel through the Alkham Valley (turn left at the roundabout at the end of the slip-road and then left again, following the signs for Alkham) which will eventually take you near Kearsney train station (turn right into Lower Road just before the railway bridge, before you get to the station).

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Club History

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 1978-1979Southern League Division One South1stAlf Bentley
1979-1980Southern League Southern Division3rdAlf Bentley
1980-1981Southern League Southern Division7thPeter Brooks
1981-1982Southern League Southern Division13thPeter Brooks
1982-1983Southern League Division One South13thAlan Jones
1983-1984Southern League Division One South13thAlan Jones
1984-1985Southern League Division One South19thAlan Jones
1985-1986Southern League Division One South4thS. McRaye
1986-1987Southern League Division One South5thChris Kinnear
 1987-1988Southern League Division One South1stChris Kinnear
1988-1989Southern League Premier Division6th Chris Kinnear
 1989-1990Southern League Premier Division1stChris Kinnear
1990-1991Southern League Premier Division4thChris Kinnear
1991-1992Southern League Premier Division2ndChris Kinnear
 1992-1993Southern League Premier Division1stChris Kinnear
1993-1994Football Conference8thChris Kinnear
1994-1995Football Conference16thChris Kinnear/John Ryan
1995-1996Football Conference20thJohn Ryan/Peter Taylor
1996-1997Football Conference17th
1997-1998Football Conference13thBill Wiliams
1998-1999Football Conference11thBill Williams
1999-2000Football Conference6thBill Williams
2000-2001Football Conference15thGary Bellamy
2001-2002Football Conference22ndGary Bellamy
2002-2003Southern League Premier Division3rdGary Bellamy
2003-2004Southern League Premier Division19thClive Walker
2004-2005Isthmian League Premier Division21stRichard Langley
2005-2006Isthmian League Division One5thClive Walker
2006-2007Isthmian League Division One South3rdClive Walker
 2007-2008Isthmian League Division One South1stAndy Hessenthaler
 2008-2009Isthmian League Premier Division1stAndy Hessenthaler
2009-2010Conference South2ndAndy Hessenthaler
2010-2011Conference South7thMartin Hayes
2011-2012Conference South7thMartin Hayes
2012-2013Conference South3rdNicky Forster
2013-2014Conference South5thChris Kinnear
2014-2015Conference PremierChris Kinnear

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