Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Brief Report of Annual General Meeting

On Thursday evening, 16 November, Darlington FC Supporters Group held their third Annual General Meeting since becoming a single entity.

The meeting was quorate with 87 members in attendance. An additional 52 members had appointed proxies.

Chair, Joanne Cameron opened the meeting and thanked everyone for attending and then introduced the fellow board members in attendance.

Secretary Neil Raper confirmed that 61 members had submitted their apologies for absence.

The Secretary read out the Committee Report, which accounted for the Supporters Group’s activities over the past 12 months (members had been emailed with a link in advance of the meeting to enable to members to download the Committee Report and draft accounts).

The order of the agenda for the meeting had changed slightly to the one included in the notification of the AGM and brought forward the item covering the election of Board Directors to provide more to time to collate the ballot results because of the large number of nominations.

The Chair introduced the nominees for the seven vacancies on the DFCSG board to the meeting and they were each given the opportunity to address the meeting with a personal statement. The meeting was then invited to complete their ballot forms.

Treasurer, Andrew Matthews presented the accounts of the Supporters Group to the meeting. The headline figures were that the Supporters Group turnover had increased from £48,158 to £84,175 over the previous year that generated an operating surplus of £29,593. The Supporters Group had increased their investments in Darlington Football Club by £87,134 [including £57,134 via the share exchange facility that formed part of the first Community Share offer] and now totalled £248,790.

Other notable figures were:

Membership subscriptions had increased from £11,170 to £16,445 over the previous year;Lottery income increased from £20,395 to £30,131, resulting in a donation of £16,915 to Darlington Football Club.

The meeting unanimously accepted the accounts.

The Board proposed to apply the surplus to allocating £4,000 to the Community Share repayment fund and the remainder to supporting any shortfalls in the fundraising streams for the new seated stand and this was accepted by the members.

The meeting unanimously accepted the Board’s recommendation to disapply the rule requiring the appointment of Auditors and to re-appoint Sochall Smith as the Supporters Group’s ‘Independent Examiners’ for the coming year.

The meeting unanimously provided the new board with a mandate to vote in favour of the resolutions to be presented to shareholders at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of Darlington Football Club (date pending) to re-appoint John Tempest and David Johnston as directors of Darlington 1883 Limited.

The result of the ballot confirmed that the following nominees were duly elected to the board of the Supporters Group:

    John Bell (re-elected)
    David Collinge
    Malcolm Cundick
    Lee Kilcran
    Andrew Matthews (re-elected)
    Chris Stockdale
    Tony Waters

Commiserations were conveyed to the unsuccessful nominees. However, Neil Raper made it clear that the board would welcome the support of the unsuccessful nominees going forward.

Following the close of the formal business, special guest David Johnston, Director and CEO of Darlington Football Club addressed the meeting and gave an insight to the current activities as Tommy Wright and Alan White refresh the team.

This was followed by an informal Q&A session. The meeting closed after giving thanks to Joanne Cameron for all her efforts during her time as Interim Chair.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Raise the Roof – We are over halfway there

We’ve just passed a big milestone, going over the halfway mark towards our £50,000 target. In just over 2 weeks since we launched the 3rd and final phase of fundraising, Raise the Roof, to cover the new block of seating (due to arrive in January) donations and investments have taken the total raised to £25,603 (as of Sunday November 5th).

There has been an excellent response to the Sponsor your Seat with nearly £7,000 raised so far. The deadline for seated ticket holders has been extended for another 9 days, ending Nov 14th, so there is still time to get involved and we then hope to open up this opportunity to all fans.

The Community Share Issue has been steadily growing, with well over £10,000 now pledged. You can choose to receive interest on your investment (minimum amount £100) & have the option to have your capital repaid as well (minimum 5 year investment period).

For smaller donation amounts and funds raised via buckets, etc on match days we are up to over £7,000. Every amount donated, big or small, counts towards our final goal.

A massive thank you to all who have contributed to this phase of fundraising so far, it really is very much appreciated. The sums invested and donated over the last few months have been outstanding.

To get involved and drive us towards our £50,000 goal please go to:

Save money on your Mortgage with Nurture Mortgages

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mortgage review.

Nurture Mortgages will see if they can help you save money in various
ways, they’ll review clients situation and if they can improve it ie
save them money or switch them to a fixed rate for peace of mind or
raise capital for Home Improvements or repay debts etc, upon completion
if they have been able to save you funds, will donate £100 back to the
SG fund.

For full details on Nurture Mortgages visit:

What you waiting for?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Do you have what it takes to be Quakers’ new Mr Q?

Darlington FC are looking for a charismatic, outgoing person to fill some big shoes (and hat!) at Blackwell Meadows.
Taking on the role of popular mascot Mr Q will require somebody who is comfortable with helping promote the club to thousands of people on a matchday by posing for photographs, leading the cheers and being a focal point for many families in the lead up to the game.
The club require someone who will be happy to interact with fans of all ages, as well as represent Darlington FC on a matchday and promote the club to future supporters. Availability to help with promotional work outside of matchdays would be a bonus.
No previous experience is required but this is a role that will require somebody with real enthusiasm and energy. It will give you the opportunity to closely interact with DFC players on a matchday and get involved with the popular DFC matchday community programme. You will need to be available for first team Saturday home games.
The successful candidate will also be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
To apply for this exciting and unique role, please send an email to: by Friday November 10th.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DFCSG Members Discount at Bob & Lilly’s Hair Salon

bob-and-lillys-logo.jpgBob & Lilly’s is a children’s hair salon, based on West Auckland Road, in Darlington. Catering for both girls and boys up to the age of 12 years old, as well as barbering for men.

They provide high quality haircuts in a stress free and relaxed environment for both children and parents. From the fun interior décor to the friendly and fully trained stylists, you’ll love Bob & Lilly’s Salon.

Their salon is funky, modern and waiting for children – and parents – to experience a positive memorable visit, whether it’s that first hair cut or a trim, they can accommodate your requirements.

They would like to offer a 10% discount for men’s cut when purchasing a child’s hair cut.

No appointment needed and members must have a valid membership card for the offer.

For more info check them out on Facebook or Twitter.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Important AGM Update

By now, every DFCSG member should have received notification of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting either by email or by post. If you haven’t received details, contact our membership secretary, Dave O’Neill, at and he will send you the details.

There has been a change of circumstances since the notifications were sent out. In view of the quality of the nominations received for the vacancies for the DFCSG board, current board member Sue Connor, after reading the manifestos of the candidates, has taken a very noble decision to resign from her position on the board because she feels that she wouldn’t want to take the place of someone that could contribute more than she feels able to do. Sue would therefore prefer to allow someone suitable to take her place and help move the club forward.

The remaining DFCSG board members would like to thank Sue for the contribution that she has made during her time on the board. It has been a pleasure working with her. The excellent news is that Sue is happy to continue running the fans lottery (which makes a very important contribution to club funds) and will also help out with other duties as and when she can.

Appointment of Directors

A consequence of Sue’s resignation is that members will now be asked to vote for up to seven candidates for the DFCSG board at the AGM on 16th November.

As indicated in the notification of the AGM, we received eleven nominations and in alphabetical order they are:

  • John Bell (seeking re-election)
  • David Collinge
  • Paul Colman
  • Malcolm Cundick
  • Stuart Ford
  • Geoffrey Gale
  • Lee Kilcran
  • Andrew Matthews (seeking re-election)
  • Michael Price
  • Chris Stockdale
  • Tony Waters

If you wish to remind yourself of the nominees’ personal statements, you can download them here.

If you are unable to attend the AGM then you may nominate a proxy in your stead. You can either nominate a friend who is attending or alternatively you can request the Chair to act on your behalf. You may direct your proxy to vote a particular way for each occasion, or alternatively you may put your trust in the judgment of your proxy. If you wish to nominate a proxy please notify with the details by Tuesday 14th November at the latest.

If you wish to appoint the Chair as your proxy and you wish the Chair to vote in a specific way on your behalf in the board elections, you may wish to download a form and submit it with your notification (a pdf alternative is available by clicking here ).

Middlesbrough XI

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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
County Durham

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.

quaker-retail-160x200.jpgQuaker Retail is the club shop and is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm in the foyer at the Dolphin Centre, in Darlington Marketplace.

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

You can also shop online at

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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.