Darlington FC manager Martin Gray invests money in club

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DARLINGTON FC's fundraising drive has been boosted by an investment from the team's manager.

Martin Gray has become the latest person to buy shares in the Quakers as the club looks to fund a return to its home town.

Mr Gray has managed the club since May 2012, steering the team to become Northern League champions at the first attempt last season.

The team is currently in fourth in the EvoStik Division One North and pushing for promotion, following a run of 11 games without defeat including ten wins.

Mr Gray said: “My heart has always been in Darlington FC and I’m proud to offer some financial support to sustain the club and help it to get back home to Darlington.”

The manager said he had an ambitious five-year plan to get the club back up the leagues, adding: “With a home ground in the town, the club can really push on and make the most of the commercial opportunities that being back in Darlington will bring.”

The club hopes to raise a minimum of £50,000 with the eventual target being set at £150,000.

Three fundraising initiatives have been launched to appeal to all fans depending on their personal circumstances and offering associated rewards for investing.

Mr Gray praised the effort made by fans and businesses, who have so far pledged to invest more than £35,000 during the latest fundraising drive.

The manager added: “Darlington fans and local businesses know all too well how hard recent times have been with the football club.

“Many have lived through three administrations and are determined that the club, now fan-owned and based in the heart of the community, will hopefully never be in that situation again.”

Thanking the manager for the investment, the club's chief executive, Martin Jesper, said: “Martin has always shown great loyalty and commitment to the football club, both on and off the field.

“His generosity has given a clear message of support to sustaining the club financially.”

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1:31pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ian923 says...

Best of luck to Darlington FC and hope they make it back into the Football League.
Best of luck to Darlington FC and hope they make it back into the Football League. ian923

1:42pm Mon 3 Feb 14

swagger says...

Martin Grey has invested plus this business featured below has also shown its support, so come on join those firms and individuals who have already invested in our club.

Local Business Invests in Quakers

The club’s fundraising initiative aims to draw on the support of all supporters of the football club and of the local business community. It is with great delight that we are proud to announce that a County Durham based Industrial Roofing contractor has joined the ranks of the growing business contingent prepared to back the Quakers.
aldersclad logo

Alderclad Ltd. based in Seaham, through one of their owners Anthony Nevison, has pledged a sum of money to the football club to help ensure its financial stability and to invest in the return to its home town. When Mr Nevison saw the monumental efforts being made by the current board of directors and fund raisers to get the club back to where it belongs in terms of geographical and league status, he said that he was only too willing to do what he could.

Anthony said, “Anyone involved in running a business knows that for continued success you need a good end product otherwise all your hard work and enthusiasm will be wasted. The next vital ingredient is people that you know and can trust, for example staff, clients and suppliers. Once you have these in place you have a fighting chance. The enthusiasm of everyone involved in the club is plain to see and with the current community based projects, as well as the on field footballing success, the end product seems to be getting there. Without question every single person involved with the club has a desire to move forward. We in the business community have many pressures put on us and occasionally we get the pleasure of being able to give a little back. Let’s hope for the future success of the club both on and off the field we are able to call on more businesses such as Alderclad to back the Quakers.”

Darlington Football Club is grateful to the investment made by Alderclad Ltd and we welcome all businesses to take up the challenge with us and invest in our future. If you would like more information about investing visit the page on our website at or you can invest directly by visiting Square Knot at www.squareknot.co.uk
/pitches. If you would like to contact the club regarding the benefit packages please email to commercial@dfc1883.c
o.uk.
Martin Grey has invested plus this business featured below has also shown its support, so come on join those firms and individuals who have already invested in our club. Local Business Invests in Quakers The club’s fundraising initiative aims to draw on the support of all supporters of the football club and of the local business community. It is with great delight that we are proud to announce that a County Durham based Industrial Roofing contractor has joined the ranks of the growing business contingent prepared to back the Quakers. aldersclad logo Alderclad Ltd. based in Seaham, through one of their owners Anthony Nevison, has pledged a sum of money to the football club to help ensure its financial stability and to invest in the return to its home town. When Mr Nevison saw the monumental efforts being made by the current board of directors and fund raisers to get the club back to where it belongs in terms of geographical and league status, he said that he was only too willing to do what he could. Anthony said, “Anyone involved in running a business knows that for continued success you need a good end product otherwise all your hard work and enthusiasm will be wasted. The next vital ingredient is people that you know and can trust, for example staff, clients and suppliers. Once you have these in place you have a fighting chance. The enthusiasm of everyone involved in the club is plain to see and with the current community based projects, as well as the on field footballing success, the end product seems to be getting there. Without question every single person involved with the club has a desire to move forward. We in the business community have many pressures put on us and occasionally we get the pleasure of being able to give a little back. Let’s hope for the future success of the club both on and off the field we are able to call on more businesses such as Alderclad to back the Quakers.” Darlington Football Club is grateful to the investment made by Alderclad Ltd and we welcome all businesses to take up the challenge with us and invest in our future. If you would like more information about investing visit the page on our website at or you can invest directly by visiting Square Knot at www.squareknot.co.uk /pitches. If you would like to contact the club regarding the benefit packages please email to commercial@dfc1883.c o.uk. swagger

12:52pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Lionel1 says...

swagger wrote:
Martin Grey has invested plus this business featured below has also shown its support, so come on join those firms and individuals who have already invested in our club. Local Business Invests in Quakers The club’s fundraising initiative aims to draw on the support of all supporters of the football club and of the local business community. It is with great delight that we are proud to announce that a County Durham based Industrial Roofing contractor has joined the ranks of the growing business contingent prepared to back the Quakers. aldersclad logo Alderclad Ltd. based in Seaham, through one of their owners Anthony Nevison, has pledged a sum of money to the football club to help ensure its financial stability and to invest in the return to its home town. When Mr Nevison saw the monumental efforts being made by the current board of directors and fund raisers to get the club back to where it belongs in terms of geographical and league status, he said that he was only too willing to do what he could. Anthony said, “Anyone involved in running a business knows that for continued success you need a good end product otherwise all your hard work and enthusiasm will be wasted. The next vital ingredient is people that you know and can trust, for example staff, clients and suppliers. Once you have these in place you have a fighting chance. The enthusiasm of everyone involved in the club is plain to see and with the current community based projects, as well as the on field footballing success, the end product seems to be getting there. Without question every single person involved with the club has a desire to move forward. We in the business community have many pressures put on us and occasionally we get the pleasure of being able to give a little back. Let’s hope for the future success of the club both on and off the field we are able to call on more businesses such as Alderclad to back the Quakers.” Darlington Football Club is grateful to the investment made by Alderclad Ltd and we welcome all businesses to take up the challenge with us and invest in our future. If you would like more information about investing visit the page on our website at or you can invest directly by visiting Square Knot at www.squareknot.co.uk /pitches. If you would like to contact the club regarding the benefit packages please email to commercial@dfc1883.c o.uk.
or another perspective -'if you feel like reducing the value of your company then please invest here as you will never see an ounce of return'....
[quote][p][bold]swagger[/bold] wrote: Martin Grey has invested plus this business featured below has also shown its support, so come on join those firms and individuals who have already invested in our club. Local Business Invests in Quakers The club’s fundraising initiative aims to draw on the support of all supporters of the football club and of the local business community. It is with great delight that we are proud to announce that a County Durham based Industrial Roofing contractor has joined the ranks of the growing business contingent prepared to back the Quakers. aldersclad logo Alderclad Ltd. based in Seaham, through one of their owners Anthony Nevison, has pledged a sum of money to the football club to help ensure its financial stability and to invest in the return to its home town. When Mr Nevison saw the monumental efforts being made by the current board of directors and fund raisers to get the club back to where it belongs in terms of geographical and league status, he said that he was only too willing to do what he could. Anthony said, “Anyone involved in running a business knows that for continued success you need a good end product otherwise all your hard work and enthusiasm will be wasted. The next vital ingredient is people that you know and can trust, for example staff, clients and suppliers. Once you have these in place you have a fighting chance. The enthusiasm of everyone involved in the club is plain to see and with the current community based projects, as well as the on field footballing success, the end product seems to be getting there. Without question every single person involved with the club has a desire to move forward. We in the business community have many pressures put on us and occasionally we get the pleasure of being able to give a little back. Let’s hope for the future success of the club both on and off the field we are able to call on more businesses such as Alderclad to back the Quakers.” Darlington Football Club is grateful to the investment made by Alderclad Ltd and we welcome all businesses to take up the challenge with us and invest in our future. If you would like more information about investing visit the page on our website at or you can invest directly by visiting Square Knot at www.squareknot.co.uk /pitches. If you would like to contact the club regarding the benefit packages please email to commercial@dfc1883.c o.uk.[/p][/quote]or another perspective -'if you feel like reducing the value of your company then please invest here as you will never see an ounce of return'.... Lionel1

7:13pm Tue 4 Feb 14

nigel d says...

Whats happened to the £ 75,000 from the dan burn deal?
Whats happened to the £ 75,000 from the dan burn deal? nigel d

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