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Dover F.C. - The Southern League Years

1973-74














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After the previous two seasons, 1973-74 was very much of a disappointment. Our inconsistent form meant that we languished in mid-table, and attendances dropped alarmingly.

Dover F.C. Statistics 1973-74   SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION 1973-74 Dover's results  
Date Opponents Competition Venue Result Gate Scorers     P W D L F A Pts H A  
28-Jul-73 Ashford Town Friendly H 1-0   Hall   1 Dartford 42 22 13 7 67 37 57 0-2 0-0  
01-Aug-73 Tonbridge Friendly H 0-0   -   2 Grantham 42 18 13 11 70 49 49 0-0 1-2  
03-Aug-73 Ramsgate Friendly A 3-0   Hughes 2,Hall   3 Chelmsford City 42 19 10 13 62 49 48 0-3 0-2  
04-Aug-73 Gravesend & N. Friendly A 3-0   Moy 2,Down   4 Kettering Town 42 16 16 10 62 51 48 0-0 2-2  
06-Aug-73 Tonbridge Friendly A 1-0   Moy    5 Maidstone United 42 16 14 12 54 43 46 1-1 0-2  
08-Aug-73 Herne Bay Friendly A 1-1   Hubbard   6 Yeovil Town 42 13 20 9 45 39 46 2-1 1-3  
11-Aug-73 Cambridge City SL PD H 1-1 753 Robinson   7 Weymouth 42 19 7 16 60 41 45 2-0 0-0  
14-Aug-73 Wimbledon SL PD A 0-1 1,035 -   8 Barnet 42 18 9 15 55 46 45 2-2 1-1  
18-Aug-73 Guildford City SL PD A 2-0 1,045 Wright 2   9 Nuneaton Borough 42 13 19 10 54 47 45 1-2 2-3  
21-Aug-73 Folkestone SLC 1 A 1-1 973 Moy   10 Cambridge City 42 15 12 15 45 54 42 1-1 1-0  
25-Aug-73 Bedford Town SL PD A 0-1 1,014 -   11 Atherstone Town 42 16 9 17 61 59 41 2-1 2-1  
29-Aug-73 Folkestone SLC 1 H 1-1 826 Moy   12 Wimbledon 42 15 11 16 50 56 41 1-1 0-1  
1-Sep-73 Grantham SL PD H 0-0 656 -   13 Telford United 42 12 16 14 51 57 40 2-2 0-1  
4-Sep-73 Barnet SL PD A 1-1 1,164 Moy   14 DOVER 42 11 17 14 41 46 39 XXXXX XXXXX  
8-Sep-73 Hillingdon Borough SL PD A 4-1 489 Thornley,Robinson,Moy,Bennett   15 Tonbridge 42 12 15 15 38 45 39 1-1 0-0  
12-Sep-73 Folkestone SLC 1 A 1-1 1,248 (AET)  Bennett   16 Romford 42 11 17 14 39 52 39 2-1 0-1  
15-Sep-73 Tunbridge Wells FAC 1Q H 5-0 696 Thornley 2,Down,Robinson,Reynolds   17 Margate 42 15 8 19 56 63 38 1-0 0-1  
19-Sep-73 Barnet SL PD H 2-2 621 Down,Moy   18 Guildford City 42 13 11 18 48 67 37 0-1 2-0  
22-Sep-73 Weymouth SL PD A 0-0 1,312 -   19 Worcester City 42 11 14 17 53 67 36 1-0 1-1  
25-Sep-73 Margate KMT H 1-1 308 Moy   20 Bedford Town 42 11 14 17 38 51 36 1-1 0-1  
27-Sep-73 Folkestone SLC 1 H 3-0 733 Down 3   21 Folkestone 42 11 12 19 56 65 34 2-1 1-1  
29-Sep-73 Bedford Town SL PD H 1-1 713 Robinson   22 Hillingdon Borough 42 9 15 18 44 65 33 1-1 4-1  
02-Oct-73 Folkestone KMT A 1-1 609 Hughes                         
06-Oct-73 Lewes FAC 2Q A 1-1   Moy                        
10-Oct-73 Lewes FAC 2Q H 1-2 725 (AET)  Robinson   KENT MESSENGER TROPHY  - Eastern Section  1973-74 Dover's results  
13-Oct-73 Romford SL PD H 2-1 552 Moy,Down   Home Away  
16-Oct-73 Ashford Town KMT H 3-1 130 Moy,King,Robinson   1 Dover 5 3 2 0 11 5 8 XXXXX XXXXX  
20-Oct-73 Chelmsford City SL PD A 0-2 2,011 -   2 Ashford Town 5 2 2 1 9 8 6 3-1 Not Played  
27-Oct-73 Atherstone Town SL PD H 2-1 620 Stevenson.Moy   3 Margate 5 2 2 1 7 7 6 1-1 Not Played  
30-Oct-73 Canterbury City KMT A 3-0 178 Hamshare,Moy,Donohue   4 Canterbury City 5 2 1 2 6 7 5 Not Played 3-0  
07-Nov-73 Dartford SLC 2 H 1-2 552 Tranter   5 Folkestone 5 1 2 2 7 8 4 Not Played 1-1  
10-Nov-73 Yeovil Town SL PD A 1-3 2,294 P.Brooks   6 Ramsgate 5 0 1 4 3 8 1 Not Played 3-2  
13-Nov-73 Ramsgate KMT A 3-2   Robinson,Down,P.Brooks   Competition abandonded due to Government ban on use of floodlights. Dover went through to play the Western Section winners.  
17-Nov-73 Dartford SL PD H 0-2 727 -                        
24-Nov-73 Tonbridge SL PD A 0-0 856 -                        
01-Dec-73 Yeovil Town SL PD H 2-1 521 Simpson.Thornley                        
08-Dec-73 Guildford City SL PD H 0-1 363 -                        
15-Dec-73 Worcester City SL PD H 1-0 283 Moy                        
22-Dec-73 Kettering Town SL PD A 2-2 2,171 Moy,Hall                        
26-Dec-73 Folkestone SL PD H 2-1 1,091 Hamshare,Thornley                        
29-Dec-73 Weymouth SL PD H 2-0 689 Hamshare,P.Brooks                        
01-Jan-74 Maidstone United SL PD A 0-2 1,347 -                        
06-Jan-74 Nuneaton Borough SL PD H 1-2 650 P.Brooks                        
12-Jan-74 Margate FAT 1 A 0-2 626 -                        
19-Jan-74 Bromley KSC 2 A 2-0   Arnold,Hamshare                        
26-Jan-74 Bournemouth Res. Friendly H 0-0   -                        
03-Feb-74 Tonbridge SL PD H 1-1 490 Thornley                        
16-Feb-74 Grantham SL PD A 1-2 1,582 Hamshare                        
17-Feb-74 Maidstone United KSC 3 H 3-4 699 Moy,Hamshare,P.Brooks                        
23-Feb-74 Nuneaton Borough SL PD A 2-3 1,314 Wood,Moy                        
02-Mar-74 Cambridge City SL PD A 1-0 763 Hamshare                        
03-Mar-74 Abbeville Friendly A 1-2 1,100 Thornley                        
09-Mar-74 Atherstone Town SL PD A 2-1 440 Moy,Arnold                        
16-Mar-74 Chelmsford City SL PD H 0-3 563 -                        
23-Mar-74 Romford SL PD A 0-1 660 -                        
30-Mar-74 Margate SL PD H 1-0 409 P.Brooks                        
01-Apr-74 Worcester City SL PD A 1-1 897 Simpson                        
03-Apr-74 Hillingdon Borough SL PD H 1-1 179 Hamshare                        
06-Apr-74 Telford United SL PD H 2-2 343 Hamshare,Thornley(pen)                        
08-Apr-74 Wimbledon SL PD H 1-1 253 P.Brooks                        
12-Apr-74 Maidstone United SL PD H 1-1 707 Moy                        
13-Apr-74 Dartford SL PD A 0-0 2,054 -                        
15-Apr-74 Folkestone SL PD A 1-1 1,320 Moy(pen)                        
27-Apr-74 Telford United SL PD A 0-1 839 -                        
29-Apr-74 Margate SL PD A 0-1 642 -                        
03-May-74 Kettering Town SL PD H 0-0 340 -                        
05-May-74 Abbeville Friendly H 3-0   Thornley,P.Brooks,Johnson(pen)                        
08-May-74 Maidstone United KMT F A 0-1 1,801 -                        
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                                       

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The season's programme was also disappointing, to say the least. The cover did not change, and there were only two pages of reading inside, and they seemed to be run off hastily on the Friday afternoon, when the manager (Terry Adlington) arrived back in the office from the pub.