History of Dover Football

Apr 17, 15 History of Dover Football

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A lot of quality footballer’s found a home at Dover, in the Whites. Jason Bartlett, as strong a left back as you can find on the Island, was no stranger to mixing it up with opponents at the Crabble. Although mild-mannered and a complete pro, in every regard, including accompaniments and friends who may have even worked their way past him in terms of raw ability; Bartlett oversaw epic matches at the Crabble. Crowds swelling to over 4,000 looked to him with admiration as he leads the defensive unit. Mark Harrop calls the Dover grounds his best man, and often reminisces about his time in the Dover family. A solid player, Mark was a right place at the right time goal scorer with a frozen rope shot. He could also distribute the ball through the mid and advanced field. Although not quite as the living legend, Mark was as solid a player as ever wore the Whites. \Tim Dixon was a local boy who crafted an international career based on a workman’s perspective of football. Keen around the goal and a flair for the spectacular, playing at home his whole life seemed a bit haunted for Tim, as he explored options at larger clubs. Eventually, the native son returned home to please the Crabble crowds in which he sat, and goaled, as a lad. He was a true craftsman around the goal, but never shy to reign down on opponents. Russell Milton proved to be the opposite of a home town boy… a tried and trained Arsenal youth player who turned in international performance and success for the UK across the world, Russell defined a team that absolutely dominated opponents in 1990 – only to be held back by the state of the Crabble and a personal problems in the organization. Milton looks back on the tough decision to leave the club, but perhaps looks back on what Dover could have been in the Football league and up. Finally, Iain O’Connell, as tough a...

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‘The Crabble’

Mar 07, 15 ‘The Crabble’

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From 1931, onward, Crabble Upper grounds has been the greatest place in Southeastern UK to relax and take in a match of the home Whites, or any football you might play. Set amidst the rolling hills, historic Crabble has defined a football generation in the region, playing host to countless matches. For those who understand the local mentality, set in as beautiful a setting as can be found in the all of England, Crabble defines a life of hard work and excellence in the football pitch. Carved out of a hillside, and laying just a stones throw to the white clfiff’s themselves, the Crabble holds over 1,000 seats and space for thousands more in the standing room only area. With a slightly settled spot among coastal winds, the winds can bluster a bit, but generally play as a home field advantage for those who understand the way the ball conducts itself in the hills. Players have chased the round conductor across the hills assigning more strength and ethic than could comply with any line of Wembley dreams. Crushing defeats and soaring victories, water and alcohol served within a meter of each-other, to players and fans; cigarettes once so stained the grounds, that players would smoke just off the bench, at some time. Neither here nor there, if you don’t know the history of the Crabble, you would even still begin to understand by observing it amongst the rolling the hills. While diminutive in stature, the natural stadium build-up impresses all who...

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Dover and Crabble Stadium

Feb 14, 15 Dover and Crabble Stadium

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The home Whites are a decider for the Dover Athletic Football Club, as they hold a decided advantage at the Crabble stadium, located just outside Dover. It isn’t intimidation that stuns the opponents, but more-so the history of the club and pride in representing the area that so defines the home dominance. Historically, Dover has been well bunkered atop the White Cliffside.  Pictures by Football Stato Amazing Goal in the Whites!! The home-field is no different with the local crowds reigning down with eyes pinned on their opponents. Though opponents need not fear the battle of canons, the barrage of shots on goal is a primary directive of the local squad, dividing the sentiment of attacking from the defensive mid. While the home club enjoyed play-off success in the last year; they are missing the fold a bit this year, despite a number of solid outings which representing the history of the club well. Hard work and fair play defined the mix throughout the year and that served to put the Whites on the cusp this year, but finally settling around the 8thposition. With Crabble grounds mystique swaying the lads on the pitch, the club looked itself throughout and matched grit with the larger signings, which may be more a sign of inflation that results, in the first year. Perhaps they should insider adding a parking spot with the nameplate of the boys, or maybe that’s a bit harsh. But, at times, it seemed the club was attempting to climb it’s own cliff’s when playing abroad. The White cliff’s remain, as the Whites will take to the field where history has long been sought. Dover Athletic F.C. The Dover Athletic F.C., as it stands today, is well beyond the historic tradition of its current formation. Dating back to 1888, the Whites have represented the Cliffside town with grit and determination, defining the community with it’s hard work and sense of community pride. A fair amount of quality players and people have come up in...

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CPL – Conference Premiere League, Level 5-6

Jan 03, 15 CPL – Conference Premiere League, Level 5-6

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The conference premier league is a regionally defined league consisting of the 67 all-conference teams divided a premiere league and two sub-conferences, Northern and Southern. The league’s, respectively, are the level 5 and 6 or the UK football association pyramid. The Bristol Rovers sport the largest stadium, hosting up to12,500, while all teams meet a stadium standard for league participation. Clubs with well over 100 years of tradition define the aspiring football clubs, placing value on the quality of play and the development of football players at a club level. Known for its determination and opportunity at reaching the “football league” as many of the players call the premiere league, teams battle for promotion against relegation within regional conferences. The Stadiums of the Conference Premiere League The playoffs structure of the league brings the top 5 finishers in each conference and sets them against each-other in a seeded conference tourney. At the level 5, the playoff culminates at Wembley stadium, this year, where the conference champions are crowned, and promoted to the fourth level. While not home to the absolute best football on the Island, the Conference provides no shortage of quality football and leadership. The development standards for players offer chances to ascend semi and full time pro leagues and gain national recognition with tv coverage, all while collecting a paycheck for the game they love to play. Stadiums such as that which plays home to the Bristol Rovers can hold upwards of 13,000 fans, all seeking a good shout, a good time, and catching eye on the true pitch. So, you can be sure that supporting your local team will be well rewarded in this league, steeped in tradition. You can Get Detailed stats and Previews on the clubs...

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