Quakers play-off loss "disappointing but not disastrous"

The Northern Echo: PUNCHES THROWN: Fighting breaks out following Darlington's defeat to Ramsbottom United PUNCHES THROWN: Fighting breaks out following Darlington's defeat to Ramsbottom United

DARLINGTON FC’s failure to win promotion is disappointing for fans but will not hamper efforts to return the club to its home town, says chief executive Martin Jesper.

The Quakers lost 2-0 to Ramsbottom United on Wednesday night - a game which was marred by a small number of home fans exchanging punches with visiting players on the pitch after the final whistle.

No arrests were made however the Football Association is investigating the incident.

Mr Jesper said the club would be discussing the disorder with the police and officials from the Evo-Stik League.

Commenting on the result, he said: “It’s disappointing for the aspirations of the fans but in the long-term it’s the club’s survival which is paramount.

“There’s quite a risk that on performances alone we might lose some more of the fans if we stay at Heritage Park and this result highlights the need to get back to the town as soon as possible.

“If it takes another season to consolidate the position we are in while getting back in Darlington that’s no bad thing.”

Mr Jesper added: “This is the time we need to stick together.”

Durham Police confirmed there had been minor crowd trouble at the game with a pitch invasion after the final whistle.

No arrests were made and the crowd was dispersed without further incidents, a spokeswoman said.

A spokesman for the Evo-Stik League said the crowd trouble was an issue for the Football Association to deal with initially.

The FA said they were aware of the incident and were investigating.

The FA will also look at manager Martin Gray’s behaviour after he was sent to the stands by the referee for the third time this season.

The football club has agreed a ground-sharing agreement with Darlington RFC, with officials at both clubs hoping the arrangement can be in place ahead of next season.

A planning application for work to prepare the Blackwell Meadows ground for the changes is due to be submitted shortly.

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7:53pm Thu 1 May 14

dave3mrr says...

That bit of trouble at the end had been brewing for a while. The Ramsbottom no. 2 had been winding up a few fans. They, of course being idiots, were reacting and hurling insults and threats back at him. Trouble is he didn't shut up either. Even worse a policeman stood and watched it and didn't do a thing. He should have got in the faces of the idiots and told them to bugger off. It was obvious something was going to kick off & it did. Mind you Ramsbottom have form for this sort of thing, see Lancaster City for instance. But the police could have nipped it in the bud and didn't. What's the point of paying for them to be in the ground if they are just going to ignore potential trouble. Doesn't seem to be possible to issue banning orders at our level so how we prevent the mindless ones turning up I don't know.
That bit of trouble at the end had been brewing for a while. The Ramsbottom no. 2 had been winding up a few fans. They, of course being idiots, were reacting and hurling insults and threats back at him. Trouble is he didn't shut up either. Even worse a policeman stood and watched it and didn't do a thing. He should have got in the faces of the idiots and told them to bugger off. It was obvious something was going to kick off & it did. Mind you Ramsbottom have form for this sort of thing, see Lancaster City for instance. But the police could have nipped it in the bud and didn't. What's the point of paying for them to be in the ground if they are just going to ignore potential trouble. Doesn't seem to be possible to issue banning orders at our level so how we prevent the mindless ones turning up I don't know. dave3mrr
  • Score: 5

8:17pm Thu 1 May 14

pensioner2 says...

Perhaps the police officer should have had a word with teh Ramsbottom number 2 as well then?? If he was inciting them he was just as guilty as was the atrocious referreeing. I think if the police had had a word with the player too the referee might have taken more notice of what Ramsbottom players were upto and taken a harder line with them and their fouls as he did against the quakers each and every time.
Perhaps the police officer should have had a word with teh Ramsbottom number 2 as well then?? If he was inciting them he was just as guilty as was the atrocious referreeing. I think if the police had had a word with the player too the referee might have taken more notice of what Ramsbottom players were upto and taken a harder line with them and their fouls as he did against the quakers each and every time. pensioner2
  • Score: 2

10:48pm Thu 1 May 14

LUSTARD says...

stop in that league and the goons wont bother coming
stop in that league and the goons wont bother coming LUSTARD
  • Score: -2

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