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.

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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
Darlington
County Durham
DL1 5NR

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.

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To contact the shop either telephone 07488 564642 (only available during shop opening hours) or send an email to:

You can also shop online at https://shop.darlingtonfc.co.uk

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