Dover Athletic were formed in 1983 after the towns previous club, Dover, folded due to financial struggles. The newly formed Dover Athletic took Dover’s place in the Southern League Southern Division and mainly consisted of reserve players of the original team.
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In the Club’s 17 permanent manager history, three of them were former Orient players. Peter Taylor, Gary Bellamy and Ian Hendon have all taken charge of the Kent Club. Nigel Donn was caretaker boss in 1995 and former O Andy Hessenthaler had a spell in charge at the Crabble.
The time Orient met Dover was on March 3, when a Mitchell Pinnock strike seven minutes from time meant the home side ran out winners at the Crabble.
Chris Kinnear was appointed manager at Dover in January 2013, to start his second spell in charge at the Crabble. Kinnear guided Dover to the National League from the Conference South via the play-offs defeating fellow Kent side Ebbsfleet to return to the top flight of non-league football for the first time since 2002.
Kinnear had previously been in charge of the Club from 1985 in a ten-year spell before making the switch to Margate for a further decade. He then re-joined Margate in 2011 before being appointed at the Crabble.
Crabble Athletic Ground is the home of Dover Athletic, it’s a hill top stadium with a capacity of 5,745 (1,010 seats). Located in the Kent village of River, the Crabble was previously shared between Dover and Margate up until 2004.