DOVER ATHLETIC – SAT. 30 SEPTEMBER

 

It was a long way to travel to witness a 0-0 draw, but having said that it was a treat to be able to visit The Crabble. The draw was an important one for us but whilst the action may not have been top notch a useful distraction were the views from this quirky ground. Built into a hillside the one side of the ground nestles into a steep hill as such when the ball goes over the low stand the ball boys can retrieve the ball and stand and watch the game from above the roofline. On the other side of the ground is a drop of more than 200 feet down to the rugby pitch below, affording fine views. There is generally no segregation and away fans are allowed into the clubhouse which is inside the ground, though most Moors fans fortified themselves at The Cricketers Pub before climbing the steep hill up to the stadium.  The pub serves a good range of beers and was also a stop off after the game to discuss the lack of goalmouth action with the friendly home fans. The food inside the ground was of a good standard, with a special mention for the chips and curry sauce which was like eating a Vesta curry from years ago as it contained currants!