Season Preview 2016-17 - Dover Athletic

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 16 Jun 2017

A look ahead to our Kent based opponents

HistoryDover Athletic were formed in 1983 after their predecessors in the town, Dover FC, folded after a long battle with financial difficulties. The club, nicknamed ‘The Whites’, were quickly accepted into the Southern League (now known as the Evo-Stik Southern League) following their formation.After sustaining their league position in the first season, Dover would go on to win two promotions in three seasons under the guidance of Chris Kinnear. That uplift was, however, halted when they were denied entry into the football conference in 1990. They were eventually promoted to that level three years later.The club can boast two notable FA cup runs in recent seasons, having reached both the second round in 2013/14 and round three in 2014/15.Dover have played at this current level since 2014 and qualified for the play-offs at the end of the 2015/16 season.Last SeasonDover ended the 2016/17 season in 6th place and fell three points short of Aldershot who occupied the 5th and final play-off spot in the division.They finished with 79 points on the board in total, having won 24, drawn 7 and lost 15 of their 46 league games.The prolific Ricky Miller was the clubs top-scorer, netting 42 times at an average of a goal every 82 seconds. He has since departed to League One side, Peterborough United.Dover lost 2-1 when they visited Moss Rose last season, with the corresponding fixture ending in a 2-2 draw between the two sides.How To Get ThereTrain: Macclesfield – London Euston – Euston (London Underground) – Victoria Station – Dover Priory.Car: Head down the M6 and M1 on to the M25 and then take the M2.  Take exit 7 from M2 – Follow A2 to Crabble Rd in Dover.

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