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Looking back: Dover Athletic links

11 November 2014

Paul Godfrey looks back at past meetings with our FA Cup second round opponents Dover Athletic:


Cheltenham Town have played two teams from Dover, both of them played home games at the Crabble Athletic Ground. Dover FC folded in 1963 and were immediately replaced by Dover Athletic. We finished runners-up to them in the Southern League in season 1992-93 and, of course, played them in the FA Trophy semi-finals in 1998. 

 

Dover FC 

25/8/62 A Southern League Division One 1-3 2011 Calland 

22/12/62 H Southern League Division One 2-2 1336 Nisbet 50, McCool 85

14/9/63 H Southern League Division One 3-3 2005 Nisbet 21, Crichton 43, James 78 

1/5/64 A Southern League Division One 2-1 1100 Ferns, Nisbet 

21/10/67 A Southern League Premier Division 1-2 1806 Radford 82 

16/3/68 H Southern League Premier Division 2-1 1412 Hudd 20, Horlick 74 

10/8/68 H Southern League Premier Division 1-0 2008 Radford 75 pen 

3/5/69 A Southern League Premier Division 1-3 777 Houghton 

2/12/72 H FA Trophy first round 1-2 649 Bailey 26 

10/9/77 A Southern League Premier Division 1-1 508 Lewis 71 

5/11/77 H Southern League Premier Division 2-1 721 Dean 5, Lewis 84 

 

Dover Athletic 

16/3/93 H Southern League Premier Division 1-1 1159 Bloomer 52 

17/4/93 A Southern League Premier Division 1-0 2093 J.Smith 17 

20/1/96 A FA Trophy first round 2-2 908 Wright 47, 90 

23/1/96 H FA Trophy first round replay 1-1 640 Banks 59 

31/1/96 A FA Trophy first round second replay 0-1 598 

16/8/97 A Football Conference 0-3 982 

28/3/98 H FA Trophy semi-final first leg 2-1 3011 Eaton 75, 81 

4/4/98 A FA Trophy semi-final second leg 2-2 3240 Watkins 6, Eaton 33 

7/4/98 H Football Conference 3-1 1606 Grayson 11, 54, Smith 67 pen 

3/10/98 H Football Conference 1-1 2575 Grayson 66 

5/12/98 A Football Conference 0-0 972 

 

Teams for most recent meeting at Whaddon Road 

Cheltenham Town: Steve Book, Michael Duff, Jamie Victory, Chris Banks, Mark Freeman, John Brough, Lee Howells, Clive Walker, Jason Eaton (Keith Knight 84), Neil Grayson, David Norton (Bob Bloomer 80). Other sub: Jimmy Smith. Scorer: Grayson 66. Booked: Freeman 

Dover Athletic: Charlie Mitten, Jason Moore, Lee Palmer, James Virgo, Jake Leberl, Neil Le Bihan, Dave Clarke, Jimmy Strouts, Dominic Iorfa (Darren Adams 74), Ricky Reina, Matt Brady. Other subs: Simon Elliott, Kieron Adams. Scorer: Reina 64. Booked: Clarke, Iorfa, Reina 

 

Teams for FA Trophy semi-final first leg 

Cheltenham Town: Steve Book, Michael Duff, Jamie Victory, Chris Banks, Mark Freeman, Russell Milton, Lee Howells, Clive Walker, Jimmy Smith (Jason Eaton 58), Dale Watkins, Bob Bloomer. Other subs: Keith Knight, Darren Wright. Scorer: Eaton 75, 81 

Dover Athletic: Charlie Mitten, Stuart Munday, Lee Palmer, John Budden, Lee Shearer, Gary Stebbing, Gerald Dobbs, Jimmy Strouts, Sam Ayorinde, Neil Le Bihan, Liburd Henry (Jake Leberl 65). Other subs: Scott Daniels, Paul Wilson. Scorer: Dobbs 2. Booked: Dobbs, Budden, Munday 

 

Teams for FA Trophy semi-final second leg 

Dover Athletic: Charlie Mitten (Martin Davies 46), Stuart Munday, Lee Palmer, John Budden, Lee Shearer, Gary Stebbing, Gerald Dobbs (Steve Jones 68), Jimmy Strouts, Sam Ayorinde, Neil Le Bihan, Liburd Henry. Other sub: Paul Wilson. Scorers: Le Bihan 70, Budden 78. Booked: Budden, Munday 

Cheltenham Town: Steve Book, Michael Duff, Jamie Victory, Chris Banks, Mark Freeman, Russell Milton (Darren Wright 74), Lee Howells, Clive Walker, Jason Eaton, Dale Watkins, Bob Bloomer. Other subs: Keith Knight, Jimmy Smith. Scorers: Watkins 6, Eaton 33. Booked: Banks, Milton 

 

 

Played for both sides 

 

Barry Gould - Former Peterborough striker who had four successful seasons at Worcester City then won a Kent Senior Cup with Dover. Joined Cheltenham in 1972 and spent six months at Whaddon Road 

 

George Simpson - Midfielder who played in the League for Mansfield Town and had two spells at Hereford United either side of a short time at Cheltenham Town in season 1954-55. Later Gillingham and Dover 

 

Jeff Goulding - Striker who played in the 2012 play-off final for Cheltenham Town. Joined Dover Athletic last January from Chelmsford City but has been unable to commit to the club this season and is on the transfer list 

 

Russell Milton - Midfielder who is currently head of youth at Cheltenham Town, having been an important player for both clubs during his playing days.



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