Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Foodbank Collection on “Non-League Day”

Foodbank Collection

We will be holding our annual collection for the King’s Church Foodbank at the Stockport County match on Saturday, which is part of a network of foodbanks across the town.

Foodbanks are an emergency food resource for people who are unable to feed themselves or their families due to financial difficulties or crisis.

So please bring with you on Saturday an item food, especially non-perishables such as – baked beans, soup, UHT milk, tinned meats/fruit, noodles and pasta or rice, which helps the foodbank to make up a well-balanced bag of food.

The collection bins will be situated on the approach to the home turnstiles.

Quakers fans have always given generously in the past and no doubt this year will be no different. If every fan was to bring just one item of food, it would make a huge difference.

If you are unable to attend the Stockport County match and you wish to contribute to the foodbanks, there are designated donation boxes around town, including Sainsburys and Co-op stores, or you can take donations directly to collection points listed above. Supplies often run low, so donations of food are always gratefully received.

National ‘Non-League Day’

There are no Premiership or Championship matches scheduled for this Saturday due to the international break and this has been designated ‘Non-League Day’ throughout the country, and Darlington FC has a great offer for fans of Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough!

Quakers will admit season ticket holders from Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough – or any other Premiership or Championship club for that matter – for £10 adults and £5 children, on production of their relevant season ticket at the turnstiles.

Non-League Day’s charity partner is Prostate Cancer UK and there will be representatives from the charity within Blackwell Meadows to raise awareness of prostate cancer as well as to receive donations from fans.

So please encourage those friends, family and work colleagues you know that have a season ticket at a Premiership or Championship club. If we can tice them to Blackwell Meadows on Saturday and they like what they see, they might come back next time they have a free Saturday!

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day. However, because the way the fixtures have fallen, this is the first opportunity that Darlington FC has had to host a Non-League Day.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fundraising Update – Seating Phase 2 of 3

Many thanks indeed for all your pledges towards the procurement of the additional seats. The offer has now closed and the fantastic news is that we’ve managed to hit the target of £38,300 just ahead of deadline with a few 11th hour pledges! This continues the amazing achievement of the fans hitting every single fundraising target which has been put before them.

Hitting the target means that we can soon trigger the collection of the pledges and this will take place in approximately in 7 days. Those that have made pledges have been contacted individually.

Once we have collected in all of the funds, we will notify the Football Club so that the order for the seats can be placed; so the sooner we have the funds the sooner we can get them ordered and in situ to improve the matchday experience at Blackwell Meadows.

If everything goes to plan, the seats should be installed in time for use at the match against York City on Saturday 6 January 2018.

By hitting the Community Share target it also means that the £5,551 collected via the Ground Development fund can be rolled forwards to the next phase of development which will be for the roof - which once finalised will mean that Blackwell Meadows will satisfy the ground grading criteria for promotion to the National League - a great starting point!

Thanks again for your tremendous support.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Changes in the DFCSG Board

The DFCSG board last week regretfully accepted Wayne Raper’s notice to step down as both Chair and board member of the Darlington Football Club Supporters Group with immediate effect due to work commitments. We want to place on record our thanks to Wayne and acknowledge all that he achieved in his time leading DFCSG.

Wayne joined the DFCSG board in November 2015 and shortly afterwards stepped up to be the new Chair. Over his time as Chair the DFCSG has seen:

  • Membership numbers more than double to over 1,000;
  • £280,000+ raised through the online fundraising platform and community shares;
  • Additional membership benefits secured with both local & national companies;
  • Introduction of GoCardless, which has revolutionised the way members can renew/join DFCSG, join the lottery, community shares, etc;
  • Online season ticket & match day ticket sales introduced;
  • The club successfully complete its move back to Darlo - in no small part due to the efforts & leadership of Wayne.

Wayne leaves the DFCSG in a much better position than when he joined the board 2 years ago and as a dedicated, professional and innovative leader he will be greatly missed.

We plan to appoint a new Chair at the AGM in November and in the interim Vice-Chair Joanne Cameron will lead the board.

10% discount at Cockerton Green Garage

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Monday, September 25, 2017

New Seats Funded!

Well done and thank you to everyone who contributed to our success in raising the amount needed to procure and install the new seating block. This was yet another fantastic achievement!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Update on the Programme Kiosk

We had more downpours during the Leamington and South Shields matches, further emphasising the need for the kiosk outside the home turnstiles from which our volunteers will be able to sell programmes, 50:50 tickets and occasional match ticket collections. We have placed the order for the kiosk and we expect that it will be in place by the end of this month.

One of the many responders to our appeal for help to pave the grassed area on which the kiosk will stand was Dean Blackbourn, a Darlo fan that works for Northumbrian Water. Dean came forward with a fantastic offer of a team of four from Northumbrian Water that included a time served paver.

Northumbrian Water encourages their employees to support community and charitable organisations through their employee volunteering scheme ‘Just an hour’. This scheme allows employees to give a minimum of 15 hours every year to support causes close to their hearts.

Since the launch of Just an hour in 2002, Northumbrian Water employees have given over 100,000 hours in support of the communities we serve, something Northumbrian Water are very proud of.

Last year 52% of Northumbrian Water employees participated in Just an hour taking using their wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise to benefit their local communities. Their employees often find opportunities that Just an hour allow them to learn new skills and can increase their confidence.

Northumbrian Water are always looking for new projects to support, so if you know of a project within their service area that could benefit from Just an hour, you can visit their website where you will be asked to complete a short application form:

https://www.nwl.co.uk/your-home/community/just-an-hour.aspx

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The DFCSG - strengthening the roots of our club

The DFCSG created and manage the B2D fund, which is funding available to help establish the Club back in Darlington. The fund acts as the primary collection pot for monies raised from direct donations and events organised by the DFCSG Fundraising Group.

Of course, there are many ways in which you can help the club directly but, if you’re specifically looking for a quick and easy way to support the establishment of a solid foundation for the Club in its new home, then it only takes a few minutes to set up a one-off or regular donation to the B2D Fund either by your online or high street banking service.

For monthly standing orders or a one off donation please send monies to the following account:

“Darlington FC Supporters Group”
Lloyds Bank
Sort code: 30-84-43
Account No: 30283268

To pay by cheque please make cheque payable to
“Darlington FC Supporters Group” and send to

Darlington FC Supporters Group
c/o Blackwell Meadows
Grange Road
Darlington
County Durham
DL1 5NR

Please quote your name in the reference area when using internet banking and, on the back of your cheque, include your name and address.

Remember there are many ways to help the Club… can you think of any more? Please tell us about it either by email or in person at the Fans Table in the bar at all home games.

  • Buying a Season Ticket helps to provide the Manager with additional funding needed to strengthen the team at the start of each new season
  • Attending matches provides the club with a constant stream of money throughout the season, from additional match-day ticket sales and revenues from catering and other sales (e.g. programme sales, match-day raffle tickets, 50:50 match-day draw, Club merchandise).
  • The Come On Darlo Prediction League is a fun way to add a little bit of an edge to your season - use your skill and judgement to predict how we and the other local clubs will do in the coming season, and who will be the big winners and losers nationally, come the end of the season.
  • The Sponsor a Goal scheme is a fan-run initiative which has raised over £8000 for the Club since it began in season 2012-13.
  • For as little as £5/month the DFC Fans Lottery Draw provides you with the chance to win either £50 in each weekly draw, or even more in the monthly Super Draw. The Lottery has raised more than £10,000 for the Club over the past 12 months.
  • The Fundraising Group runs a series of entertainment fundraising events over the year, the proceeds of which go into the B2D fund.
The Darlington FC Supporters Group (DFCSG) was established on April 10th 2015 with the merger of the CIC, Supporters Club and Supporters Trust. Darlington FC Supporters Group holds approximately 62% of the equity of Darlington Football Club and is therefore the major shareholder as well as being the Corporate Director of Darlington Football Club 1883 Ltd.

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To contact the shop either telephone 07717345004 (only available during shop opening hours) or send an email to:

You can also shop online at http://darlingtonfootballclub.co.uk/shop/

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If you have any questions for the DFCSG Board, or would like to get more involved by contributing your thoughts or ideas on how to make our Club even more successful, or if you have any other matter that you’d like to raise or perhaps even stand for election to the DFCSG Board then you can contact us here.