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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. … csupportersgroup.org

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Fans Photos - FC Halifax Town 26th Dec 2016

We did it! Here are all the photos from our inaugural match at our new home of Blackwell Meadows in Darlington

We did it! Here are all the photos from our inaugural match in front of a sell out crowd of 3000 fans at our new home of Blackwell Meadows in Darlington where we took all three points in a 3-2 win courtesy of two goals by MOTM Mark Beck and one from Josh Gillies. Photos by Nick Burton & Theresa Clear.

Match Report

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Transport to Blackwell Meadows on Boxing Day

Darlington FC’s much anticipated return to the town will take place at the match against FC Halifax Town on Boxing Day. After 4½ years of travelling through to Heritage Park fans will now be turning their attention to planning their trips to Blackwell Meadows. The big challenge on Boxing Day is that there will be no public transport at all. So what are the available options?

Private Car

In view of the lack of public transport, the majority of fans will be relying on the private car to get to the match. Whilst there is a 250 space car park at Blackwell Meadows, 150 spaces have been pre-sold, leaving only 100 spaces available on a first come first served basis for £5. Away from Blackwell Meadows, there is free on street parking available within a 20 minute stroll. However, the availability is not unlimited and it would help the situation tremendously if fans could make a special effort to share lifts.

Darlington Borough Council have informed us that on Boxing Day all off-street car parks operated by them will be free of charge, as will be the on-street ‘Pay & Display’ spaces. The restrictions on the 2 hour waiting bays will also be relaxed. This includes the new 650 space multi-storey car park on Beaumont Street, which is a 20 minute stroll from Blackwell Meadows. Please be aware that some off-street car parks are privately operated and their charges will still apply on Boxing Day. For details of car parks operated by Darlington Borough Council go to http://www.darlington.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/car-parking/car-parks-and-charges/

If you do choose to park in a residential area, please park responsibly and definitely not across someone’s drive!

The 100 ‘first come first served’ parking spaces are going to fill-up very early, so if you’re going to travel by private car, please plan to arrive by 2pm at the latest to build in time to find somewhere to park and for that 20+ minute stroll to Blackwell Meadows.

Taxi

Private hire taxis are available from anywhere in the town for only £4 each way. So for four sharing that is only £2 each to the match and back.

Some companies can provide mini-buses. Typical fares for an 8-seater across town is £8 and £12 for a 16-seater. This is ideal for groups of fans that choose to meet at their local pub in advance of the game. You should allow an additional £2 for each additional pre-arranged pick-up point along the way.

Please be aware that the above prices are for ‘normal’ operating days and it is likely that premium rates will apply on Boxing Day. Demand is expected to be high and it is therefore recommended that you book your taxi early and agree the fare at that time.

Also please be aware that all drop-offs and collections will be on Grange Road. Only vehicles destined for the car parks will be allowed into the access to Blackwell Meadows.

Walking

Blackwell Meadows is within a 30 minute stroll for a significant proportion of Darlington residents. Ok, it might be more time than some people might normally want to spend walking, but it is Boxing Day, there will be no buses and car parking will be at a premium. It will be an ideal opportunity to leave the car at home and to walk off the excesses from the previous day, as well as the cost being zero.

A 1½ mile walking cordon from Blackwell Meadows extends as far west as Salutation Road, as far north as the junction between Carmel Road North and Abbey Road, part of Milbank Road, Woodland Road and across to Gladstone Street. The eastern boundary includes the whole of Park Lane, Neasham Road/Geneva Crescent area and the whole of Skerne Park.

If you’re planning to stop-off in town on the way for drink, you need to be seeing those pints off by 2pm to ensure that you arrive at Blackwell Meadows in good time to avoid the queues at the turnstiles.

Cycling

Blackwell Meadows is easily accessible by bike from southern and western parts of the town.

We will announce public transport details in advance of the scheduled match against Nuneaton on 7 January.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Blackwell Meadows Update - 27th November 2016

Nick Burton visited Blackwell Meadows at the weekend and returned with another set of progress photos for us all to see.

In the interests of safety we must request that fans and any other members of the public refrain from visiting Blackwell Meadows to see what’s going on.

Thank you.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Blackwell Meadows Update - 25th November 2016

DFCSG Chair Wayne Raper has provided us with a taste of what it’s going to be like cheering the Quakers on under floodlights.

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and Wayne was up with the crows early the next morning for this shot…

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Blackwell Meadows Update - 20th November 2016

Here are the latest photos from Blackwell Meadows, courtesy of Neil Raper.

As you can see the lighting columns in the car park have been erected. The access still needs to be tarmaced and a final roll of the planings made.

In the interests of safety we must request that fans and any other members of the public refrain from visiting Blackwell Meadows to see what’s going on.

Thank you.

SALFORD CITY

Sun 17th Dec - KO 1:00PM

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