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Club faces most important game in its 125-year history
DARLINGTON Football Club goes into the final weekend of its 125th anniversary season facing arguably the most important game of its history.
A host of footballing legends, headed by former England, Newcastle and Middlesbrough midfielder Paul Gascoigne, hope to attract thousands of fans for the allstars friendly tomorrow.
The game was organised by the club’s then management duo of Dave Penney and Martin Gray, following the club going into administration.
With no buyer yet found, funds raised from the match will ensure the club can survive through the summer.
Gray, who joined the Quakers in 1999, said: “The game will keep Darlington FC alive.
The long-term future of the club is so important.
“I have been here ten years and it is vital this football club survives.”
More than 2,000 tickets have been sold so far. The club has plans in place to open any stands necessary, but tickets will be sold first for the main stand.
Some of the stars who were lined up are no longer available to play, including Peter Beardsley and Gareth Southgate.
Tickets are available from the club, The Northern Echo offices or from Darlo Dog in the town centre, today. People can also pay at the gates.
Entry is £10 for adults and £5 for children.