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Dover Athletic: 10 Things

Posted by Jack Green
Posted on Fri 16 Nov 2018
Posted in First Team

This weekend sees FC Halifax Town return to the MBi Shay Stadium to take on bottom placed Dover Athletic. The tie on Saturday will see the West Yorkshire side resume their progress in the Vanarama National League after an impressive display in the first round of the FA Cup against Morecambe.

Here are 10 facts to get yourselves acquainted with the southern side before Saturday’s game.

  • One of the youngest sides in the division the club where formed in 1983 making them 35 years old, their formation came about when the towns previous club Dover F.C. dissolved and so the newly formed club took the place of the previous in the Southern League
  • In the season of 1989/90 the club won the Southern League Championship but failed to be promoted to the conference as their ground did not meet the required standards to play in the league
  • The side’s nickname ‘The Whites’ is taken from the predominant colour of their home kit which they frequently wear
  • The club have played at the Crabble Athletic Ground since their formation and has played home to other Kent side Margate F.C.
  • The side has had a few positive runs in the FA Cup throughout their history, reaching the 3rd round in the 2010/11 and 2014/15 seasons
  • Their main rivalry is with local side Folkestone Invicta who play in the Isthmian League Premier Division
  • The sides longest serving manager is Chris Kinnear who had a 10 year stint in charge of the club from 1985 to 1995
  • The side have had international players in the team and current squad member Kadell Daniel turns out for Guyana having played twice and scored once
  • The sides record appearance make is Jason Bartlett who made 539 outings for the whites between 1984 and 1995
  • The clubs highest ever record finish in professional football is when they finished 5th in the Conference during the 2015/16 season under the guidance of Chris Kinnear in his second spell in charge.

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