Friday, December 1, 2017

Raise the Roof fundraising - revised community shares target

blackwell-meadows-seats.jpg Attention Darlo Fans: Important fundraising news – we’re upping our community shares target by £2,000. Fill this amount with pledges and we will hit the £50,000 target to Raise the Roof and kick off the process to order materials and engage contractors.

Go to to pledge today.

You might remember back in the April fans forum, we kicked off this fundraising with what seemed like an impossible set of targets:

£40,000 to improve the playing surface
£40,000 for foundations and ground works
£38,000 for the new seating block
£50,000 to Raise the Roof.
£40,000 to Boost the Budget
Incredibly we’re are now just £2,000 away from hitting all those targets.

Raising the Roof and installing the new seating block will ensure that Blackwell Meadows is fully compliant with ground grading rules and it will give us an extra 294 fully covered seats to enhance the ground and improving the spectating experience.

Many thanks for the amazing financial backing over the last few months, let’s finish this last target off and complete another building block in our future development.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Building the Future Together

Darlington FC Supporters Group looks forward to the open meeting with members and fans that has been arranged at the Dolphin Centre on December 11th at 7pm.

The Supporters Group board has worked closely with and supported David Johnston and John Tempest over the past few months as they have made significant progress in ensuring Darlington FC is in a secure financial position. Now we can start to look towards the future together and the define the best way to continue to move our football club forward, both on and off the pitch.

Under supporter ownership over the past five years we have recorded some remarkable achievements; 3 promotions, the reclaiming of our rightful playing name, funding the redevelopment of Blackwell Meadows and the return to playing football in Darlington. The DFCSG board firmly believe that continued progress is possible, on and off the pitch, with the right planning and execution under supporter ownership and with strong professional leadership in the board room.

We look forward to updating our supporters and members, alongside the DFC board, on December 11th.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Member Discounts at The Designer Dog Company

designer-dog-company.pngBased on Northumberland Street, The Designer Dog Company are offering our members discounts on production of their current member cards. (T&Cs – please ask at the shop).

Who are they?

They stock a range of Premium Pet foods catering for even the smallest of mouths.  Even the fussiest of dogs are finding enjoyment in their foods because the quality of ingredients are much better than what you’ll find in the commercial brands on most supermarket shelves.

Being an independent retailer, they wanted their shop to be something special where people would enjoy shopping for their pets.

Many of their accessories are handmade like the range of pet beds, collars and leads and even quirky handmade wooden signs and mugs if you’re looking for a special gift.

Visit them in-store or go online:




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Chris Stockdale elected as the new Chair of Darlington FC Supporters Group

Chris Stockdale has been elected as the new Chair of Darlington FC Supporters Group. His
appointment came at the first meeting of the new Supporters Group Board held last night
(November 21).

Chris said: “First of all I want to pay tribute to the significant contribution made by my
predecessor Wayne Raper. Under his leadership the Supporters Group achieved strong
membership growth, increased its shareholding in Darlington FC and completed several
successful fundraising rounds to help finance the return of the club to its home town.”

“I also want to thank our Interim Chair Joanne Cameron who stepped down at the AGM. She
guided the group through the recent management change and contributed significantly to the
appointment of Tommy Wright, working alongside David Johnston and John Tempest.”

“I am extremely honoured to be appointed the new Chair and pledge to do all I can to best
represent our member’s and supporter’s interests, working together with other board
members and Darlington FC directors to continue to progress our club, both on and off the

“We can be rightly proud of our achievements since 2012 but the work never stops and I
believe by harnessing all the energy, skills and volunteering spirt amongst our membership
we can continue to help move Darlington FC forward.”

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:

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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 07488 564642 (only available during shop opening hours) or send an email to:

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