Former boss Hodgson backs Darlington Football Club's fund-raising drive

The Northern Echo: SUPPORT: David Hodgson has called on supporters and businesses to back Darlington's ongoing fund-raising drive SUPPORT: David Hodgson has called on supporters and businesses to back Darlington's ongoing fund-raising drive

FORMER Darlington manager David Hodgson has become the latest figure to throw his weight behind the club’s ongoing fundraising initiative.

Supporters and local businesses have until February 24 to invest in a fund that will help the Quakers to return to Darlington next season.

Plans to ground-share with Darlington Rugby Club at their Blackwell Meadows base are at an advanced stage, and with the £75,000 received from Fulham as part of Dan Burn’s transfer to the London club having provided a welcome financial boost, any revenue raised ahead of this weekend’s deadline will go straight towards next season’s planned return to the town.

Hodgson, who has had three separate spells as Quakers boss, has been watching the club’s progress under manager Martin Gray with interest, and is urging fans and businesses alike to support the next stage of the regeneration plan.

“I’m behind the club like everyone else in and around Darlington, supporting what has been achieved so far by Martin Gray and the current football club board,” said Hodgson. “The roots have been planted, it needs to go forward with the help of the whole community, local businesses and every Darlington fan.

“We’re going forward and, with further investment and the financial help from everybody, we can go even further.

“The amount that the club has raised so far is incredible and I would urge anyone still thinking about making an investment to do so now and play your part in helping the football club move back to its home town and continue to climb the leagues”.

By investing in the equity or gift/reward schemes, investors can become fully-fledged shareholders by donating any sum from £100 to £7,500, and also receive official Darlington Football Club benefits.

If that is unaffordable, fans can set up standing orders or make one off donations through either the DFC Development Fund or the Back to Darlo fund. Full details are on the club’s website at www.darlington1883.co.uk and pledges made by cheque can be made at Quaker Retail in the indoor market.

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10:09am Tue 18 Feb 14

oneguyh says...

This guy deserves a statue on High Row, seriously though i will always respect Hodgy for all the good he has done for Darlington Football Club.

I'd have him back as a manager any day.
This guy deserves a statue on High Row, seriously though i will always respect Hodgy for all the good he has done for Darlington Football Club. I'd have him back as a manager any day. oneguyh
  • Score: 19

1:14pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Lionel1 says...

A 'statue' may be pushing it oneguyh but I'd agree that having him back as manager would certainly boost crowds and most probably increase commercial investment. Hodgson is a great front man with the ability to get people interested in DFC which is exactly what they need right now. Very unlikely to happen though...
A 'statue' may be pushing it oneguyh but I'd agree that having him back as manager would certainly boost crowds and most probably increase commercial investment. Hodgson is a great front man with the ability to get people interested in DFC which is exactly what they need right now. Very unlikely to happen though... Lionel1
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9:55pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Bigredstu says...

Just sat reading this, and as much as I loved it when hodgson was the manager, I can't help but wonder how Martin gray would feel seeing these comments made. He's done a great job at the club and if anyone deserves a statue, if there ever was one is Martin gray stood by this club and always will
Just sat reading this, and as much as I loved it when hodgson was the manager, I can't help but wonder how Martin gray would feel seeing these comments made. He's done a great job at the club and if anyone deserves a statue, if there ever was one is Martin gray stood by this club and always will Bigredstu
  • Score: 2

5:01am Wed 19 Feb 14

oneguyh says...

oneguyh wrote:
This guy deserves a statue on High Row, seriously though i will always respect Hodgy for all the good he has done for Darlington Football Club.

I'd have him back as a manager any day.
"Seriously" lads forget the statue comment, jesus it was a joke.

I agree Martin Gray deserves tremendous credit also, no one has said he doesn't but the article was about Hodgson.
[quote][p][bold]oneguyh[/bold] wrote: This guy deserves a statue on High Row, seriously though i will always respect Hodgy for all the good he has done for Darlington Football Club. I'd have him back as a manager any day.[/p][/quote]"Seriously" lads forget the statue comment, jesus it was a joke. I agree Martin Gray deserves tremendous credit also, no one has said he doesn't but the article was about Hodgson. oneguyh
  • Score: 0

5:21am Wed 19 Feb 14

Lionel1 says...

oneguyh wrote:
oneguyh wrote:
This guy deserves a statue on High Row, seriously though i will always respect Hodgy for all the good he has done for Darlington Football Club.

I'd have him back as a manager any day.
"Seriously" lads forget the statue comment, jesus it was a joke.

I agree Martin Gray deserves tremendous credit also, no one has said he doesn't but the article was about Hodgson.
I know you we're oneguyh and I agree MG has done well in his time in charge by getting promotion but it should also be noted that he had a shed load of cash (player recruitment, at that level) to do it with.

No matter how much gloss Martin Jesper puts on things the club needs cash and lots of it. The point I was trying to make was Hodgson's the type of bloke who can stoke things up and get people talking about the club.

Bigredstu - would you rather be successful or make friends ?
[quote][p][bold]oneguyh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oneguyh[/bold] wrote: This guy deserves a statue on High Row, seriously though i will always respect Hodgy for all the good he has done for Darlington Football Club. I'd have him back as a manager any day.[/p][/quote]"Seriously" lads forget the statue comment, jesus it was a joke. I agree Martin Gray deserves tremendous credit also, no one has said he doesn't but the article was about Hodgson.[/p][/quote]I know you we're oneguyh and I agree MG has done well in his time in charge by getting promotion but it should also be noted that he had a shed load of cash (player recruitment, at that level) to do it with. No matter how much gloss Martin Jesper puts on things the club needs cash and lots of it. The point I was trying to make was Hodgson's the type of bloke who can stoke things up and get people talking about the club. Bigredstu - would you rather be successful or make friends ? Lionel1
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7:26am Wed 19 Feb 14

oneguyh says...

I think the main thing here is that someone like David Hodgson's profile may make people take notice, i'm all for anyone doing that if it means saving our club.

I think we all may agree on that.
I think the main thing here is that someone like David Hodgson's profile may make people take notice, i'm all for anyone doing that if it means saving our club. I think we all may agree on that. oneguyh
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Joe, Brinkburn says...

David Hodgson is Darlo through and through, the amount of money, work, passion, love and whatever else you want to call it he put into trying to save our club is unbelievable. Martin Gray is also doing a tremendous job and should be congratulated. I don't think oneguyh was belittling anything MG has done for Darlo but what "Hodgy" did was above and beyond and every Darlo fan I know appreciated it, and loves him for it. It is just a shame we couldn't get anyone with the necessary capital to have the same love for the club he has.
David Hodgson is Darlo through and through, the amount of money, work, passion, love and whatever else you want to call it he put into trying to save our club is unbelievable. Martin Gray is also doing a tremendous job and should be congratulated. I don't think oneguyh was belittling anything MG has done for Darlo but what "Hodgy" did was above and beyond and every Darlo fan I know appreciated it, and loves him for it. It is just a shame we couldn't get anyone with the necessary capital to have the same love for the club he has. Joe, Brinkburn
  • Score: 0

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