Saturday, August 27, 2016

Chairman’s Notes – Alfreton Town

Good afternoon and a warm welcome to Heritage Park for today’s Vanarama National League North game versus Alfreton Town.

Those who attended the first home game of the season against Boston United will have witnessed the DFCSG present the Football Club with a cheque for £100,000 which marked the culmination of the Community Share fundraising effort – an effort fantastically supported, as always, by the fans of Darlington Football Club. The cash will support the development of the Blackwell Meadows site which is already well underway.

Fundraising does not stop here though….as a fan owned club we have no wealthy individual benefactor; the advantage of which means we’re no longer at the behest of one man; the disadvantage being that all fundraising is up to us….

A great example of fan fundraising was the recent Darlington FC 95/96 Wembley team game at Northallerton FC. Lifelong Quakers’ fans Paul Hodgson and Ian Carter fielded an enquiry from ex-Darlo player Robbie Painter to get the 95/96 team together 20 years on. Proceeds from the event were split equally between the Percy Hedley Foundation and ‘Back to Darlo’. This club has benefitted to the tune of £715. Thanks go to all those involved in the day.

The aspiration is to ensure the Club is run within its means and returning to Darlington will help in that regard meaning any future fundraising should where possible be a case of supplementing revenue rather than a crisis call.

As we power through the divisions our crowd figures which were once 10 times that of our rivals now become to fall in line, or fall behind. It is at this point where we need to look to additional revenue streams to drive the Club forwards.

One of the best ways you can do this on an ongoing basis is to join the DFCSG. For just £2 per month you not only get to have a say in the direction of the Club by standing for, or electing the DFCSG board at the AGM, but also qualify for a growing number of discounts with our key partners. Each year DFCSG invest membership fees into the Football Club.

Speaking of discounts, following hot on the heels of the Virgin 25% offer we’ve agreed a deal with local pub & restaurant company Ginger Village to offer a 20 per cent discount on food at the company’s four pubs on production of their membership card. The Mowden in Darlington (where the supporters group hold their regular meetings), The Devonport at Middleton One Row, the Sir Thomas Brown at Eaglescliffe and the Village Inn at Northallerton (Quakers general manager Dave Watson is a regular),  are the places to head for keen Quakers to enjoy quality fare at a special price.

John Price of Ginger Village pubs, who has clocked up just over a quarter of a century as a Darlington fan, travels home and away whenever his business commitments allow.
But while as a supporter he is one of the many who have stayed loyal to the club, as a businessman he is one of the few – but not, he hopes, for long.

“It would be great if other businesses supported the fans and the club,” he said. “The idea of being a community run club is that everybody puts a little bit in. That’s the only way it can work.
There are all sorts of ways in which businesses in the town and surrounding area can chip in and feel part of the Quakers’ revival. Advertising, sponsorship, and the sort of discount scheme that Ginger Village offer are all welcome.

John feels that in future more clubs will operate in the community-based model rather than rely on individual wealthy backers. “We are not the first club to have this model, and we have learned from others and I feel we have got it right, with a great bond between the fans and the players.

“More clubs will do what we have done, and maybe we will be ahead of the game. But we have to make sure that as many people as possible contribute.”

The link up with Ginger Village is mutually beneficial for both parties concerned and the discount is another great reason to sign-up as a member of the Supporters Group.

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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.

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