Monday, April 24, 2017

Message from the DFCSG Chair

Fans Forum

If you were present at the Fans Forum on Friday, or are an avid consumer of social media, or a reader of the Northern Echo, you will be aware that Martin Gray expressed his opinion that Darlington Football Club has reached a pinnacle as a fan-owned entity and for the Club to progress it would need private investment. He went to say that he has been speaking to a couple of wealthy people that are interested in investing large sums of money in the Football Club to drive the club towards the Football League with Martin Gray at the helm in return for 51% of the share capital. This announcement came totally out of the blue to the DFCSG board, which is why it has taken a little time to draft a communication to our members.

At the time of the meeting, the board of DFCSG had not been approached by anyone wishing to invest in the Football Club. Subsequent to that meeting we have been approached by such an individual.We are duty bound to listen to what they have got to say before presenting the facts and potential implications to our members. As DFCSG possesses 77% of the share capital of Darlington Football Club, there could not be any changes of ownership without the say so of the members of DFCSG. We will be liaising with Supporters Direct to ensure that we correctly interpret our own DFCSG rules with regard to this issue.

Fundraising Launch

Also at Friday’s forum we launched a very important fundraising drive but unfortunately it seems to have been completely overshadowed by Martin Gray’s opinions about a change of ownership.

We launched two fundraising schemes to help Martin Gray and his team compete on the pitch whilst ensuring that the Club remains on a sound financial footing and to bring the Blackwell Meadows infrastructure up to a grade where we can progress to the next level.

For all of the details, please follow this link:

https://fundraising.darlingtonfcsupportersgroup.org/

Some fans have raised questions about whether they should participate in the fundraising whilst there is uncertainty about the future ownership of the Football Club. Our answer is definitely ‘Yes’ because it could be several months before these uncertainties are resolved and by then the windows of opportunity to secure the upgrading of the pitch and also to provide additional support to Martin Gray’s playing budget so that he can take decisions about shaping his squad for next season could have passed by then.

At this moment in time, the DFCSG board has absolutely no idea what might transpire in terms of external investment. However, in the event that the ownership model changes after the first stage target of the Community Share issue has been reached and the pitch upgrade is secured, any investments in the Community Shares at that point will be safe because there will be a binding agreement with repayment plan in place between the Football Club and the DFCSG for the loan of the funds for the pitch upgrade. This in turn will allow DFCSG to repay Community Share investors in line with the terms of the Community Share issue.

We will endeavour to keep members updated of any changes in circumstances as soon as we are able to. Meanwhile, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Wayne Raper
Chair DFCSG

York City

Wed 26th Dec - KO 15:00

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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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