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 ).

15% off at Durham Blinds for DFCSG Members

Andrew-S-Logo2Durham Blinds are now offering members of Darlington FC Supporters Group a 15% discount on their blinds

While net curtains were once the mainstay of privacy and light control
within the home, today blinds are the more popular option.

As such Durham Blinds can offer plenty of choice regarding superb
quality blinds for the home or business.

No matter what room in the home needs the blinds or what budget one may
have, there are top quality blinds on their website that cover all price
ranges. Their collection includes Venetian blinds, roller blinds, vertical
blinds and wood blinds, all in a choice of styles and colours.

And even better Durham Blinds are offering our members 15% discount.

All you have to do is quote at the time of booking an appointment.

Book today for a no obligation quote.

Phone: 07768 599 534

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Help Us Raise the Roof!

Darlington FC Fans & Supporter Group Members have over the last 6 months raised an incredible £140,000+ towards improving Blackwell Meadows infrastructure and boosting the playing budget. We have one last hurdle to overcome to get the ground ready to be eligible for promotion to the National League – a roof to cover the new seated stand.

We need £50,000 by December 31st. This will enable the purchase and installation of steelwork & cladding to put a roof over the new seated stand. Completing the fundraising by December 31st will allow enough lead time to order materials and erect the roof to beat the FA’s March 31st deadline for ground grading standards.

Recent events off the pitch haven’t changed the focus of our players. The first question to DFC directors, from Leon Scott, after the departure of our previous manager was to ask if the fans and the board would still have the ground ready for the playoffs. With the new management team in place we’re now ready to kick-on towards the target of reaching the play-offs.

Since 2012 Darlington FC fans have raised over £750,000 in capital to rescue the club, pay down legacy debts, provide a financial platform for 3 promotions in 5 years and fund the return to playing in our home town once again. We should never doubt what we can achieve together, on or off the pitch, let’s raise the roof and do our part to give the players the opportunity they were denied last season.

The good news is we are already off to an excellent start with over £6,000 in the Ground Development Fund which was left over from the last round of fundraising. That means we are over 12% of the way to the overall target already!  

How can you help? 

In order to give an option to suit every supporter that would like to help us ‘Raise The Roof’ we have three choices with various benefits and amounts. We’ve set individual targets on each however these are flexible and the important number is £50,000 across all 3 options:

    Community Shares (from £100) (£30K target). Our popular community share scheme, where you can choose to receive interest on your investment & have the option to have your capital repaid as well (minimum 5 year investment period)

    Ground Development Fund (£10K target) is perfect for smaller amounts (£10-£99) and is on a donation basis with no return. This fund also includes offline donations raised via buckets on matchdays and from people donating their 50/50 or Lottery winnings

    Sponsor Your Seat (£50) (£10K target). This option is initially for seated ticket holders only. For a set donation you will get your name on your seat & some associated benefits. We hope to open this up to all supporters in November

Further details of these options can be found in the associated pitches at https://fundraising. …

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Welcome back Tommy and Alan

Darlington FC Supporters Group welcomes the appointment of Tommy Wright as our new manager, with Alan White as his assistant. They have both served the club in the past with distinction and as such need no real introduction to our supporters. Tommy impressed the interview panel with his vision and passion for Darlington Football Club, alongside his knowledge and respect of our ownership structure. We look forward to developing a constructive working relationship with both Tommy & Alan.

We’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to David Johnston, John Tempest and DFCSG’s interim chair Joanne Cameron for the way they have conducted a thorough and extensive interview process to appoint our new management team.

We look forward to giving Tommy & Alan a warm welcome to Blackwell Meadows later today and the start of a new era at Darlington Football Club.

For a full report of the appointments go to http://darlingtonfoo …


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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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