FC Halifax Town will play their third game in eight days this Saturday as they visit Dover Athletic in the Vanarama National League. Town will be looking to perform well once again and get back to winning ways after they were narrowly beaten by Macclesfield Town on Boxing day.
- Dover Athletic FC were formed in 1983 after the original side, Dover FC ceased to exist.
- The southern side carry the simple nickname of “The Whites” and play at the Crabble Athletic ground which has a capacity of 5,745.
- The club’s manager, Chris Kinnear has been involved with the club for many years. He is currently in his second spell as Dover boss having managed the side for ten years between 1985-1995. Kinnear was re-appointed in 2013 and has been in charge ever since.
- Adam Birchall was the most expensive player to leave the South coast side having been purchased by Gillingham FC for £225,000 back in the 2011-12 season.
- Dover currently sit in 5th position in the National League standings but have been top of the table earlier in the campaign.
- Dover is home to the famous white chalk cliffs. It is believed that the cliffs have existed for approximately 136 million years.
- There are a series of tunnels which were dug into the cliffs by prisoners who were held in Dover Castle during the Napoleonic Wars. These tunnels were then put to effective use by Winston Churchill during World War 2 when he used them as part of his headquarters.
- Dame Vera Lynn’s hit song “(There’ll be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover” was one of the most widely listened to songs during World War 2. The song was known to improve moral of the British people despite there not actually being any bluebirds in the UK.
- The town’s name is derived from the river that passes through it, the River Dour.
- The port of Dover is just 21 miles from the port of Calais making it the UK’s closest port to Continental Port. This means that Halifax is more than ten times further away from Dover, than Dover is to France! (Halifax to Dover is 224 miles as the crow flies).
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