Darlington RFC and Darlington FC groundshare designs revealed

Darlington RFC and Darlington FC groundshare designs revealed

SPORTING HUB: Artist's impression of the redeveloped Blackwell Meadows ground where Darlington RUFC and Darlington FC will share facilities.

SPORTING HUB: Artist's impression of the redeveloped Blackwell Meadows ground where Darlington RUFC and Darlington FC will share facilities.

SPORTING HUB: Artist's impression of the redeveloped Blackwell Meadows ground where Darlington RUFC and Darlington FC will share facilities.

SPORTING HUB: Artist's impression of the redeveloped Blackwell Meadows ground where Darlington RUFC and Darlington FC will share facilities.

SPORTING HUB: Artist's impression of the redeveloped Blackwell Meadows ground where Darlington RUFC and Darlington FC will share facilities.

SPORTING HUB: Artist's impression of the redeveloped Blackwell Meadows ground where Darlington RUFC and Darlington FC will share facilities.

SPORTING HUB: Artist's impression of the redeveloped Blackwell Meadows ground where Darlington RUFC and Darlington FC will share facilities.

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IMAGES of how the redeveloped Blackwell Meadows will look have been released as progress towards the groundshare between Darlington RFC and Darlington FC gathers pace.

The artist's impressions show new terracing behind one goal and a stand with seating along the side of the pitch furthest from the clubhouse.

The images also reveal a redesigned clubhouse with an entrance facing the car park and a glass front overlooking the pitch.

The two clubs said they have made considerable progress on the design and detail of the ground ahead of a planning application being submitted.

Surveys have been completed and discussions are continuing with Darlington Borough Council, club officials said.

The clubs said that they would not know when Darlington FC will be able to play first-team games at Blackwell Meadows until the planning application has been approved.

However, a statement added: "Discussions with the council have gathered pace in recent weeks, with all parties working towards ensuring that the football club will be playing its first-team matches at Blackwell Meadows at the earliest possible opportunity next season."

Although the time-frame for the full groundshare is uncertain, Darlington FC shop Quaker Retail is now based at the Blackwell Road site.

Manager Martin Gray is taking pre-season training sessions at the ground, while youth teams are using the facilities for training and officials are holding meetings and events in the clubhouse.

The clubs said the cost of the redevelopment had not been finalised, with quotes still being obtained from suppliers.

The costs will be split between both clubs with work to ensure the ground meets FA category C grading primarily met by the football club and improvements to the clubhouse mostly paid for by the rugby club.

Officials from both clubs are looking at options for grants, with up to 50 per cent of costs available for some work.

The football club said it hoped to be able to tell fans within the next eight to ten weeks how much extra they would need to raise towards the work.

The clubs said in the statement that they would like to thank everyone who had worked on the project so far.

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8:20pm Wed 9 Jul 14

g8crasher says...

Goodbye Darlington Rugby Club it's been nice knowing you
Goodbye Darlington Rugby Club it's been nice knowing you g8crasher
  • Score: -14

9:40pm Wed 9 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

did anybody read the big write up the other day in the mail re wharton darlingtons first black footballer, apparently family of the man had found old documents recently which gave a comprehensive story on his life which was commendable, but no mention of darlington at all.
did anybody read the big write up the other day in the mail re wharton darlingtons first black footballer, apparently family of the man had found old documents recently which gave a comprehensive story on his life which was commendable, but no mention of darlington at all. LUSTARD
  • Score: 3

9:42pm Wed 9 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

i recall a couple of blokes from darlington raising large amounts of tattie for a statue in his memory at darlington, was this a hoax and con
i recall a couple of blokes from darlington raising large amounts of tattie for a statue in his memory at darlington, was this a hoax and con LUSTARD
  • Score: -2

10:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

stiv says...

The new Feethams
The new Feethams stiv
  • Score: 8

12:01am Thu 10 Jul 14

Red rose lad says...

g8crasher wrote:
Goodbye Darlington Rugby Club it's been nice knowing you
I have to agree g8crasher. That's a big cuckoo in the nest. Like inviting Hannibal Lecter round for dinner.
[quote][p][bold]g8crasher[/bold] wrote: Goodbye Darlington Rugby Club it's been nice knowing you[/p][/quote]I have to agree g8crasher. That's a big cuckoo in the nest. Like inviting Hannibal Lecter round for dinner. Red rose lad
  • Score: -12

8:42am Thu 10 Jul 14

realistic ra says...

Wake up people..The rugby club are now playing at a poor level with only a handful of spectators..The bar and restaurant facilities are very quiet at the moment..The move can only benefit both clubs
Wake up people..The rugby club are now playing at a poor level with only a handful of spectators..The bar and restaurant facilities are very quiet at the moment..The move can only benefit both clubs realistic ra
  • Score: 22

8:55am Thu 10 Jul 14

RealLivin says...

Red rose lad wrote:
g8crasher wrote:
Goodbye Darlington Rugby Club it's been nice knowing you
I have to agree g8crasher. That's a big cuckoo in the nest. Like inviting Hannibal Lecter round for dinner.
I agree with you guys, I have no issues with the ground share but the football ground should be at the other end of the site. DRFC was in National 3 along with Mowden Park in the early 00's and had one the largest mini and junior sections in the north east, with many county champion teams, but as Mowden have now got in National 1 and DRFC have disappeared into Durham/Northumberlan
d 1 and it appears their mini junior section has all but disappeared as well. I understand that sports clubs even at the top level do not make profit out of the sport but DRFC is one of the oldest Rugby clubs in the world and its being turned into a football club. Looks like another part of Darlingtons heritage is getting buried.
[quote][p][bold]Red rose lad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]g8crasher[/bold] wrote: Goodbye Darlington Rugby Club it's been nice knowing you[/p][/quote]I have to agree g8crasher. That's a big cuckoo in the nest. Like inviting Hannibal Lecter round for dinner.[/p][/quote]I agree with you guys, I have no issues with the ground share but the football ground should be at the other end of the site. DRFC was in National 3 along with Mowden Park in the early 00's and had one the largest mini and junior sections in the north east, with many county champion teams, but as Mowden have now got in National 1 and DRFC have disappeared into Durham/Northumberlan d 1 and it appears their mini junior section has all but disappeared as well. I understand that sports clubs even at the top level do not make profit out of the sport but DRFC is one of the oldest Rugby clubs in the world and its being turned into a football club. Looks like another part of Darlingtons heritage is getting buried. RealLivin
  • Score: -9

10:19am Thu 10 Jul 14

snudge says...

Red rose lad wrote:
g8crasher wrote:
Goodbye Darlington Rugby Club it's been nice knowing you
I have to agree g8crasher. That's a big cuckoo in the nest. Like inviting Hannibal Lecter round for dinner.
Talk about cuuckoos watch out for fingers in the pie! Both sides need to raise substantial money. The football club will go round with their begging bowl and fools will put money in. The Rugby Club will have to mortgage their future Bye Bye DRFC
[quote][p][bold]Red rose lad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]g8crasher[/bold] wrote: Goodbye Darlington Rugby Club it's been nice knowing you[/p][/quote]I have to agree g8crasher. That's a big cuckoo in the nest. Like inviting Hannibal Lecter round for dinner.[/p][/quote]Talk about cuuckoos watch out for fingers in the pie! Both sides need to raise substantial money. The football club will go round with their begging bowl and fools will put money in. The Rugby Club will have to mortgage their future Bye Bye DRFC snudge
  • Score: -11

3:01pm Thu 10 Jul 14

superstretch says...

Seems like a good move for both parties to me. Mowden have lifted off and made the most of their windfall from Yiewsley Drive by getting the Arena for a snip. They're making a good job of it and lets be fair they will be the ones leading junior, ladies and men's Rugby going forwards due to resources and facilities they have.

DRFC need to respond to this somehow and can generate more community links, interest and fans from a collaboration with the football club. The site has always been supposed to be a multi sport hub in any case as far as I understood it. I can understand the members being concerned but realistically it's hard to see many alternatives.

The football club have few options to get back to the town and need to do so to survive if they aspire to get back to a good standard. It would take too long to finance a ground of their own and there is no appetite to help from either DMPRFC or the council. So it works for them.

The town gain as the jobs and supply chain that support the two ventures come back to the town instead of being all out at Bishop Auckland, and the investment in the infrastructure and facilities happens in the town and not out.
Seems like a good move for both parties to me. Mowden have lifted off and made the most of their windfall from Yiewsley Drive by getting the Arena for a snip. They're making a good job of it and lets be fair they will be the ones leading junior, ladies and men's Rugby going forwards due to resources and facilities they have. DRFC need to respond to this somehow and can generate more community links, interest and fans from a collaboration with the football club. The site has always been supposed to be a multi sport hub in any case as far as I understood it. I can understand the members being concerned but realistically it's hard to see many alternatives. The football club have few options to get back to the town and need to do so to survive if they aspire to get back to a good standard. It would take too long to finance a ground of their own and there is no appetite to help from either DMPRFC or the council. So it works for them. The town gain as the jobs and supply chain that support the two ventures come back to the town instead of being all out at Bishop Auckland, and the investment in the infrastructure and facilities happens in the town and not out. superstretch
  • Score: 15

3:48pm Thu 10 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

superstretch wrote:
Seems like a good move for both parties to me. Mowden have lifted off and made the most of their windfall from Yiewsley Drive by getting the Arena for a snip. They're making a good job of it and lets be fair they will be the ones leading junior, ladies and men's Rugby going forwards due to resources and facilities they have.

DRFC need to respond to this somehow and can generate more community links, interest and fans from a collaboration with the football club. The site has always been supposed to be a multi sport hub in any case as far as I understood it. I can understand the members being concerned but realistically it's hard to see many alternatives.

The football club have few options to get back to the town and need to do so to survive if they aspire to get back to a good standard. It would take too long to finance a ground of their own and there is no appetite to help from either DMPRFC or the council. So it works for them.

The town gain as the jobs and supply chain that support the two ventures come back to the town instead of being all out at Bishop Auckland, and the investment in the infrastructure and facilities happens in the town and not out.
very sensible
[quote][p][bold]superstretch[/bold] wrote: Seems like a good move for both parties to me. Mowden have lifted off and made the most of their windfall from Yiewsley Drive by getting the Arena for a snip. They're making a good job of it and lets be fair they will be the ones leading junior, ladies and men's Rugby going forwards due to resources and facilities they have. DRFC need to respond to this somehow and can generate more community links, interest and fans from a collaboration with the football club. The site has always been supposed to be a multi sport hub in any case as far as I understood it. I can understand the members being concerned but realistically it's hard to see many alternatives. The football club have few options to get back to the town and need to do so to survive if they aspire to get back to a good standard. It would take too long to finance a ground of their own and there is no appetite to help from either DMPRFC or the council. So it works for them. The town gain as the jobs and supply chain that support the two ventures come back to the town instead of being all out at Bishop Auckland, and the investment in the infrastructure and facilities happens in the town and not out.[/p][/quote]very sensible LUSTARD
  • Score: 3

4:05pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Mac001 says...

The merger is all very well and good as long as it is justified by the powers that be and works for both clubs. Good points well made by other comments.
However.
How has the initial design that was featured on the RFC website, http://www.pitchero.
com/clubs/darlington
rfc/news/members-app
rove-groundshare-pro
posal-1187166.html, gone from a modern enthusiastic looking building to a 1944 concentration camp?!!
Is this what is called Value Engineering....or Mind Numbing Architecture?
Come on committee...sort it out. Is it a new Architect or have the original designers been forced to provide this lame approach?
The merger is all very well and good as long as it is justified by the powers that be and works for both clubs. Good points well made by other comments. However. How has the initial design that was featured on the RFC website, http://www.pitchero. com/clubs/darlington rfc/news/members-app rove-groundshare-pro posal-1187166.html, gone from a modern enthusiastic looking building to a 1944 concentration camp?!! Is this what is called Value Engineering....or Mind Numbing Architecture? Come on committee...sort it out. Is it a new Architect or have the original designers been forced to provide this lame approach? Mac001
  • Score: 0

8:23pm Thu 10 Jul 14

D. Hop says...

Wouldnt it make sense for all to use the stadium?
Wouldnt it make sense for all to use the stadium? D. Hop
  • Score: 5

10:24am Fri 11 Jul 14

SCW-DFC says...

Come on DRFC fans surely you can see this has to be a benfit to your club! you are langushing at a low level with moderate income, this move/merger will bring in vital extra funds and interest, both which will help DRFC to move back up a level or 2.
All in all is a good move for both clubs.
Come on DRFC fans surely you can see this has to be a benfit to your club! you are langushing at a low level with moderate income, this move/merger will bring in vital extra funds and interest, both which will help DRFC to move back up a level or 2. All in all is a good move for both clubs. SCW-DFC
  • Score: 4

10:41am Fri 11 Jul 14

RealLivin says...

D. Hop wrote:
Wouldnt it make sense for all to use the stadium?
This was my first thought, but all I can assume is that Mowden Park could not come to some arrangement and it may have been a FA arrangement not the football clubs arrangement. As far as I can see this would be the first for a ground share where the Rugby club were the owners, which is a shame as the arena is now the largest Rugby Club ground in the UK. Its not the first time DRFC has been suggested as a sports hub, and thanks to previous councils selling of the school playing fields a community sports center is now required and DRFC are in the best place to fore fill this, the share with the football club will not doubt increase the productivity of the site (I noticed no parking plans were included but I assume this will be sorted out) but I feel that the Rugby will become 2nd to the football as shown by the design, the new front shows the balcony removed, this was a great spot to watch the game from and close to the bar, oops forgot your not allowed beer at football, thanks to a minority of morons, are fans allowed to be mix now? Rugby is a much more civilised game, we let the professionals play ruff on the pitch and we fans enjoy our beer and watch the game.
Hopefully both games will improve at Blackwell Meadows.
[quote][p][bold]D. Hop[/bold] wrote: Wouldnt it make sense for all to use the stadium?[/p][/quote]This was my first thought, but all I can assume is that Mowden Park could not come to some arrangement and it may have been a FA arrangement not the football clubs arrangement. As far as I can see this would be the first for a ground share where the Rugby club were the owners, which is a shame as the arena is now the largest Rugby Club ground in the UK. Its not the first time DRFC has been suggested as a sports hub, and thanks to previous councils selling of the school playing fields a community sports center is now required and DRFC are in the best place to fore fill this, the share with the football club will not doubt increase the productivity of the site (I noticed no parking plans were included but I assume this will be sorted out) but I feel that the Rugby will become 2nd to the football as shown by the design, the new front shows the balcony removed, this was a great spot to watch the game from and close to the bar, oops forgot your not allowed beer at football, thanks to a minority of morons, are fans allowed to be mix now? Rugby is a much more civilised game, we let the professionals play ruff on the pitch and we fans enjoy our beer and watch the game. Hopefully both games will improve at Blackwell Meadows. RealLivin
  • Score: -1

1:13pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Lionel1 says...

Looks tidy enough. Were details of the capacity released?
Looks tidy enough. Were details of the capacity released? Lionel1
  • Score: 3

10:32am Sun 13 Jul 14

Spy Boy says...

I hope that they'll be increasing the size of the car park considerably and providing toilets in the stand. Getting out onto Grange Road will be fun, so they need traffic control on Match Days. Otherwise, good idea.
I hope that they'll be increasing the size of the car park considerably and providing toilets in the stand. Getting out onto Grange Road will be fun, so they need traffic control on Match Days. Otherwise, good idea. Spy Boy
  • Score: 0

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