Fans make a cheeky dig at Dover’s special ticket offer to sacked P&O Ferries workers ahead of their final five home games for the season.
Last month, P&O Ferries, which employs around 3,000 people and runs 20 ships, made mass lay-offs for UK workers in order for the firm to survive and be a ‘viable business’.
800 employees were sacked over video call and plans were immediately implemented to replace them with cheap agency staff after racking up losses of £100million a year.
The move caused huge amounts of backlash, with some members of staff refusing to leave one of the ferries in protest and faced being hauled off by security staff wearing balaclavas.
Dover Athletic said via their website: “The club, like so many other residents of Dover, were shocked and saddened by the news that P&O Ferries had sacked 800 workers, including 600 from our port, last month.
“As a small goodwill gesture to show our support for the town and its people, the football club would like to offer FREE tickets those former P&O Ferries employees affected to our five remaining home games at Crabble this season.
“Partners and dependant children are also included for free in this offer, which starts with the visit of Maidenhead United this Saturday (3pm).”
Chairman Jim Parmenter said: “When you hear of events that have such horrible impact on the lives of individuals, their families, and our town collectively, it can leave you with a sense of helplessness.
“We wanted to do something which we hope will bring some enjoyment to the families affected at this difficult time and to demonstrate our support to the community.”
The club article continued: “Proof of redundancy from P&O Ferries, whether it be email, letter or P60, together with photo ID is required to secure the free tickets.
“There will also be a designated turnstile for those wanting to take this offer up.”
Dover Athletic have already been relegated from the National League, but still sit on -3 points, had 12 deducted, and only won 1 of their 35 league games played this season.
In their run-in, they face some playoff chasing clubs with some decent crowds hoped to come through the turnstiles.
DOVER’S REMAINING FIXTURES
Sat 9 Apr (H) Maidenhead United – 3pm
Fri 15 Apr (A) Boreham Wood – 3pm
Mon 18 Apr (H) Woking – 3pm
Sat 23 Apr (A) Chesterfield – 3pm
Tue 26 Apr (H) Notts County – 7.45pm
Sat 30 Apr (H) Altrincham – 3pm
Mon 2 May (A) Notts County – 3pm
Sat 7 May (A) Bromley – 3pm
Sun 15 May (H) Weymouth – 3pm
But fans make a cheeky dig at Dover’s special ticket offer to sacked P&O Ferries workers ahead of the final five home games, though there were others who applauded the club’s gesture…
@JackA171293: Haven’t they been through enough?
@awlshw: Poor bastards
@clare_jeffs: A fantastic gesture, especially given the reported financial state of the club! 👏🏻👏🏻
@StuartVahid: I’m sure they are suffering enough, than to be put through this. A better offer would be free entry for all to see dovers last 5 games in non leagues top flight.
@SMMPCServices: Isn’t that a punishment rather than a reward?
@zzzoooman: That’s a bit “Overboard” they’ve suffered enough!
@liam64235: Dont punish them
@Ellison_Reed: Christ, first losing their jobs then Dover offering them free tickets. Whatever next 🤣🤣 poor fuckers
@Mark_Carroll3: Those Poor People have suffered enough…
@nedbh: Christ as if they haven’t had a bad enough few weeks
@jamesdodd1993: I mean, great gesture but haven’t the poor beggers suffered enough!?
@KentNLPodcast: Look, loads of other people have said it and we’re all thinking it, but still a lovely gesture from Dover.
@DanWestwell: As if they haven’t been through enough….
@coneyyayo: Class from the club 🖤 #Solidarity #COYW
@ChuckyShed: Let’s be positive here – the club didn’t have to make any offer whatsoever. I think it’s a great idea and a welcome distraction to many who take up the offer. Well done. A positive PR move 👏
@5113dover: Pleased to see the club supporting the town. Well done.
@maphyo79: Why make their lives more miserable? Only joking, great gesture
@AshPalmersBrick: Haven’t they suffered enough 🤣🤣🤣
@boyleblue: Kick those people while they are down why don’t you?