Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Community Shares - New Seating Phase I Target Reduced

Over the past few weeks our new CEO David Johnston has been working with our chosen builder for the Blackwell Meadows development project – J&R Richardson to discuss the next stage of the development in detail and we are now in a position to share the outcome of the discussions and what that means for future fundraising and deadlines as well as the exact nature of the work that will be carried out.

The first phase which will be to complete the groundworks in readiness for the stand and will cost just under £40,000 which means we can now reduce the target amount for the first phase by £10,000. Thanks to two very generous investments from a couple of fantastic fans over the weekend combined with the reduction in cost for the first phase of the stand works means that we’re now only £3,800 short of the target needed to collect the pledges and move ahead. Due to the nature of the work required and the fantastic fundraising progress to date it has been agreed with our landlords DRFC that work will commence imminently to keep disruption to a minimum. With this in mind we appeal to all fans who are considering investing in the development to do so as soon as possible so that we can collect pledges.

The groundworks will mainly comprise of laying foundations for the future installation of the seating deck and re-location of floodlighting with some smaller sundry items. It will also include some rectification work to the existing stand which will include raising of the existing seating deck to allow improved sight lines and the installation of a new step. In addition the fencing at the front of the stand will be re-configured in such a way that it can be adjusted in height to provide an optimum solution for both football and rugby.

Once the first phase fundraising is complete phase 2 will be opened, the target of which will remain at £50,000 in order to pay for the structural steel, cladding and other sundry items. The third and final phase will be to purchase the seating deck and will be amended to £37,000. Thanks again to all those who have pledged through the various fundraisers so far and for those thinking of pledging please do so as we look to build the infrastructure that will allow us to become eligible for promotion should the FA ground grading once again stipulate 500 covered seating for eligibility when it is published in the next few weeks.

Wayne Raper

Spennymoor Town

Sat 19th Jan - 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
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:

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

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