Days left to stop Quakers closure

Chairman Raj Singh

Chairman Raj Singh

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter (Darlington)

IT has a history stretching back 128 years, but in a matter of days, Darlington FC could be just that – history.

Only a few months after the Quakers lifted the FA Trophy at Wembley in front of 10,000 fans, the club faces an uncertain future after being put in administration for the third time in nine years.

Fans, players and staff are now praying for a miracle in the form of a new owner after those handling its affairs warned that unless a buyer was found soon, it would cease trading.

Chairman Raj Singh said he had been working for the past two years to try to reduce costs. However, money is still owed to staff and former manager Mark Cooper, while the club’s running costs need subsidising. It is believed any potential owner would need to find between £300,000 and £500,000 to keep the club operating.

Mr Singh said he tried everything possible and thanked those fans who had supported him.

He said: “I would like to think the majority of our supporters are level-headed and understand my position, and know how hard I have worked to try to bring success to the club.

“To those who think I have let them down somehow or have been cheated by me, I hope one day they will see it from my point of view, and try to remember that wonderful day we had at Wembley last May.

“Some of the unfair flak and criticism I have had over the last four weeks just made me more determined to call it a day sooner rather than later.”

In a statement yesterday, administrator Harvey Madden, of Rowlands accountants, based in Yarm, near Stockton, said: “I am currently exploring all options to try and find a way to enable the football club to remain in existence, but the position of the club is such that without any financial support from outside the club or anyone willing to acquire the club I will, unfortunately, have little alternative but to cease to trade in a very short time.

“Every day is critical if the club is to survive.”

Earlier this month, Mr Singh met local businessmen who were exploring ways to take over the club and run it for the benefit of the community.

However, the Darlington Football Club Rescue Group (DFCRG) said it was not in a position to take over immediately.

Last night, group spokesman Mark Meynell said: “We are not going to let it go without exploring every avenue, but we are not in a position to come in and clear the debt. That was never our strategy.”

Because it has gone into administration, the club – 13th in the Blue Square Bet Premier League – will receive a ten-point deduction, dropping it to just above the relegation zone. A transfer embargo will continue until it is out of administration.

Caretaker manager Craig Liddle described the announcement as tremendously disappointing.

He said: “I would like to think we can keep the club going. It has been a big part of my life and I would like to think we can continue that, but it is out of my hands.”

The Northern Echo Arena is owned by businessmen Philip Scott and Graham Sizer.

The stadium’s owners said they were still keen to see a successful football club, and said: “As owners of the arena, we will talk with any new party about a lease that can offer some continuity.

“A new arrangement will need to be made with any new owner.

We will want to talk about an interim lease which still offers a rent level appropriate for the size and scale of the operation.”

A council spokeswoman said the authority wanted “a successful, thriving football club” and had “always worked hard, wherever possible, to support the club”.

She said: “We will work with the administrators to continue to support the business in whatever way we can.”

Andy Smith, from Darlington Supporters Club, said he was not ready to give up hope, adding: “This is a devastating blow to Darlington fans. We are used to not having a great deal of success, but after winning the FA Trophy, we thought that was a turning point.”

Mr Madden can be contacted on 01642-790790.

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1:38pm Tue 3 Jan 12

BishopQuaker says...

Gutted.
While I'd love to think we can get out of this mess again, I think it would be a miracle of biblical proportions.
Gutted. While I'd love to think we can get out of this mess again, I think it would be a miracle of biblical proportions. BishopQuaker
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1:44pm Tue 3 Jan 12

dave3mrr says...

" I for one certainly didn't envisage this when I took over the club back in August 2009."
No, but you did envisage making a lot of money out of the land. Now you can't you're off. Debt free & put in administration, you couldn't make it up.
" I for one certainly didn't envisage this when I took over the club back in August 2009." No, but you did envisage making a lot of money out of the land. Now you can't you're off. Debt free & put in administration, you couldn't make it up. dave3mrr
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1:59pm Tue 3 Jan 12

turbobox says...

darlo-0 administration-3.
another defeat then.
darlo-0 administration-3. another defeat then. turbobox
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2:00pm Tue 3 Jan 12

Billy Zinc says...

The league position is much the same? The crowd numbers are about the same? There's no change in other incomes? As when the chair took over so I wonder what's changed or what he'd expected. As a Poolie who's team historically has gone from crisis to crisis, and there but for IOR go we, it gives me no pleasure seeing our rivals sinking under the weight of the Renolds albetross. There's no show without punch! We miss the Derbies.
The league position is much the same? The crowd numbers are about the same? There's no change in other incomes? As when the chair took over so I wonder what's changed or what he'd expected. As a Poolie who's team historically has gone from crisis to crisis, and there but for IOR go we, it gives me no pleasure seeing our rivals sinking under the weight of the Renolds albetross. There's no show without punch! We miss the Derbies. Billy Zinc
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2:35pm Tue 3 Jan 12

FirTreeFC says...

After Saturdays performance on and off the pitch I realise there is still a great will to keep this team going. Ok only a couple of thousand but thats enough. Yes, I'm down, sad, annoyed, angry, pi####. The result did that on Sunday , but I loved the players for what they did against Gateshead as much as winning at Wembley.I've just watched the "you tube" clip of the Wembley goal with Ray Simpson commentating and I feel better ,tomorrow is another day, as a Darlo fan you have to be thicked skinned, but let us keep the players and staff involved in any recovery first and foremost. No secret mtgs or deals, let them know what is happening good and bad and I'm sure (as best I can) that we can recover(maybe sharing a ground ) and live to fight on.
After Saturdays performance on and off the pitch I realise there is still a great will to keep this team going. Ok only a couple of thousand but thats enough. Yes, I'm down, sad, annoyed, angry, pi####. The result did that on Sunday , but I loved the players for what they did against Gateshead as much as winning at Wembley.I've just watched the "you tube" clip of the Wembley goal with Ray Simpson commentating and I feel better ,tomorrow is another day, as a Darlo fan you have to be thicked skinned, but let us keep the players and staff involved in any recovery first and foremost. No secret mtgs or deals, let them know what is happening good and bad and I'm sure (as best I can) that we can recover(maybe sharing a ground ) and live to fight on. FirTreeFC
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2:44pm Tue 3 Jan 12

swissball says...

It was only a question of time, no supporters/not enough of them what did you all expect!
It was only a question of time, no supporters/not enough of them what did you all expect! swissball
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2:54pm Tue 3 Jan 12

always right says...

Anyone who does not,or can not understand why raj has let the club go must be very selfish,put yourself in his position. Football is a business!,you can not keep ploughing millions of pounds a year into a lost cause.
Anyone who does not,or can not understand why raj has let the club go must be very selfish,put yourself in his position. Football is a business!,you can not keep ploughing millions of pounds a year into a lost cause. always right
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3:01pm Tue 3 Jan 12

dave3mrr says...

reply to always right: He has let the club go because he can't make any money from developing the land. That was his lost cause. His interest in the club was at best minimal. His return from develpoment would have far outstripped any financial input into the football club.
reply to always right: He has let the club go because he can't make any money from developing the land. That was his lost cause. His interest in the club was at best minimal. His return from develpoment would have far outstripped any financial input into the football club. dave3mrr
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3:03pm Tue 3 Jan 12

AndyParksGiro says...

Get that rubbish sponsor off the front of the shirts for a start ...shoestring Singhs companys is not appropriate as a main sponsor anymore ( if we ever play another game )
Haway Ted Forster get your chip selling millions out n save us all
Get that rubbish sponsor off the front of the shirts for a start ...shoestring Singhs companys is not appropriate as a main sponsor anymore ( if we ever play another game ) Haway Ted Forster get your chip selling millions out n save us all AndyParksGiro
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3:04pm Tue 3 Jan 12

kentait says...

I think we should ignore some of the idiotic,childish comments posted on this site,I am surprised the N Echo allow them,these people have never attended a match and have no intention of doing so.The chairman has done his best, the crowds have not lived up to what he expected and the previous manager wasted thousands of pounds on his loan signings and other mediocre deals,he is as much to blame for the current situation.Raj couldn't keep shelling out thousands but at least he left the club not owing money and the staff and players paid,Well done for that and thanks for what you have done.
I think we should ignore some of the idiotic,childish comments posted on this site,I am surprised the N Echo allow them,these people have never attended a match and have no intention of doing so.The chairman has done his best, the crowds have not lived up to what he expected and the previous manager wasted thousands of pounds on his loan signings and other mediocre deals,he is as much to blame for the current situation.Raj couldn't keep shelling out thousands but at least he left the club not owing money and the staff and players paid,Well done for that and thanks for what you have done. kentait
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3:06pm Tue 3 Jan 12

AndyParksGiro says...

kentait wrote:
I think we should ignore some of the idiotic,childish comments posted on this site,I am surprised the N Echo allow them,these people have never attended a match and have no intention of doing so.The chairman has done his best, the crowds have not lived up to what he expected and the previous manager wasted thousands of pounds on his loan signings and other mediocre deals,he is as much to blame for the current situation.Raj couldn't keep shelling out thousands but at least he left the club not owing money and the staff and players paid,Well done for that and thanks for what you have done.
Hello Raj .....
[quote][p][bold]kentait[/bold] wrote: I think we should ignore some of the idiotic,childish comments posted on this site,I am surprised the N Echo allow them,these people have never attended a match and have no intention of doing so.The chairman has done his best, the crowds have not lived up to what he expected and the previous manager wasted thousands of pounds on his loan signings and other mediocre deals,he is as much to blame for the current situation.Raj couldn't keep shelling out thousands but at least he left the club not owing money and the staff and players paid,Well done for that and thanks for what you have done.[/p][/quote]Hello Raj ..... AndyParksGiro
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3:16pm Tue 3 Jan 12

dave3mrr says...

kentait: If he is that bothered about the club why is he off when it has no debt. Mind you the comment about the players being paid has not been officially confirmed. His main interest from day one was the land NOT DFC. Yes we can thank him for Wembley etc but I've always been bothered by the failure to cash in on that. I've also been bothered by stories from people contacting the club with ideas for raising revenue only to not get a reply or being rebuffed. It seems that, despite what you might think, Singh has in fact being very slowly running the club down to where it has become unsustainable, so giving him an excuse to walk away. This because he could not make a lot of cash from development.
kentait: If he is that bothered about the club why is he off when it has no debt. Mind you the comment about the players being paid has not been officially confirmed. His main interest from day one was the land NOT DFC. Yes we can thank him for Wembley etc but I've always been bothered by the failure to cash in on that. I've also been bothered by stories from people contacting the club with ideas for raising revenue only to not get a reply or being rebuffed. It seems that, despite what you might think, Singh has in fact being very slowly running the club down to where it has become unsustainable, so giving him an excuse to walk away. This because he could not make a lot of cash from development. dave3mrr
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3:18pm Tue 3 Jan 12

ex-exile says...

Well Mr singh could not make money out your venture into our club so you maybe be remembered for finally destroying it. What a big mistake to have to admit to.
Well Mr singh could not make money out your venture into our club so you maybe be remembered for finally destroying it. What a big mistake to have to admit to. ex-exile
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3:19pm Tue 3 Jan 12

always right says...

dave3mrr wrote:
reply to always right: He has let the club go because he can't make any money from developing the land. That was his lost cause. His interest in the club was at best minimal. His return from develpoment would have far outstripped any financial input into the football club.
There again,lets be fair here. If i or yourself was running a business at a very substantial loss,i know for certain i would be looking at other ways to support the business,eg;(the ground),as in other uses. However,i am led to believe the council is responsible for building hurdles to prevent this happening. All i know is if it was i in this situation i would most probably do the same as raj,as i see no other way.
[quote][p][bold]dave3mrr[/bold] wrote: reply to always right: He has let the club go because he can't make any money from developing the land. That was his lost cause. His interest in the club was at best minimal. His return from develpoment would have far outstripped any financial input into the football club.[/p][/quote]There again,lets be fair here. If i or yourself was running a business at a very substantial loss,i know for certain i would be looking at other ways to support the business,eg;(the ground),as in other uses. However,i am led to believe the council is responsible for building hurdles to prevent this happening. All i know is if it was i in this situation i would most probably do the same as raj,as i see no other way. always right
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3:27pm Tue 3 Jan 12

omgdurham says...

terrible shame
terrible shame omgdurham
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3:28pm Tue 3 Jan 12

always right says...

Also,what i fail to understand is this saying regarding the land !. Surely if land was the main concern here,then why did raj singh not buy other land nearby,i would imagine there is lots of it for sale at press.
Also,what i fail to understand is this saying regarding the land !. Surely if land was the main concern here,then why did raj singh not buy other land nearby,i would imagine there is lots of it for sale at press. always right
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3:40pm Tue 3 Jan 12

david curries lipwig says...

What I do not understand is all these people who side with Raj Singh the guy bleats on about Cooper spending his money on poor signings and wasteful loan players, well as the chairman why was he not taking advice on the players Cooper proposed to sign with his money. Secondly how can Cooper go over his budget without Singh knowing about it or having a say in it. Surely if you are about to go over budget then as the Chairman you have the right to say know. I am afraid the blame sits at your feet Raj Singh you blew budgets just like Reynolds and Houghton before you. Its the likes of us fans, players like Chandler and Darlo diehards like Tommo who are left in to fight for the club
What I do not understand is all these people who side with Raj Singh the guy bleats on about Cooper spending his money on poor signings and wasteful loan players, well as the chairman why was he not taking advice on the players Cooper proposed to sign with his money. Secondly how can Cooper go over his budget without Singh knowing about it or having a say in it. Surely if you are about to go over budget then as the Chairman you have the right to say know. I am afraid the blame sits at your feet Raj Singh you blew budgets just like Reynolds and Houghton before you. Its the likes of us fans, players like Chandler and Darlo diehards like Tommo who are left in to fight for the club david curries lipwig
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3:42pm Tue 3 Jan 12

Pierremontquaker03 says...

What about the season ticket holders Raj?
You promised you would keep the club going until the end of the season then walk away.
No one asked you to spend big, and have a ridiculous budget. The normal supporter was just happy we had a club, to be ran within its means, to get away from the financial mis-management if the past. Turns out you were no different Mr Singh than previous chairman.
What about the season ticket holders Raj? You promised you would keep the club going until the end of the season then walk away. No one asked you to spend big, and have a ridiculous budget. The normal supporter was just happy we had a club, to be ran within its means, to get away from the financial mis-management if the past. Turns out you were no different Mr Singh than previous chairman. Pierremontquaker03
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3:44pm Tue 3 Jan 12

AndyParksGiro says...

I see Ted Forster has resurfaced on uncovered with yet another fake account.....
http://www.darlofc.c
o.uk/forum/viewtopic
.php?f=2&t=15650
I see Ted Forster has resurfaced on uncovered with yet another fake account..... http://www.darlofc.c o.uk/forum/viewtopic .php?f=2&t=15650 AndyParksGiro
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3:44pm Tue 3 Jan 12

mensamoo says...

lets get back to basics. A football team is a squad of players and only that. The support will come from quick and easy access to see the team. No parking fees, no ticket queues, no road blocks. Darlington FC has been run by and for businessmen when the customers should be the main priority. When we stop treating the team as a charity we will make progress. I really wish the players and manager well. They have performed amazingly in adversity.
lets get back to basics. A football team is a squad of players and only that. The support will come from quick and easy access to see the team. No parking fees, no ticket queues, no road blocks. Darlington FC has been run by and for businessmen when the customers should be the main priority. When we stop treating the team as a charity we will make progress. I really wish the players and manager well. They have performed amazingly in adversity. mensamoo
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3:45pm Tue 3 Jan 12

limboland says...

RIP Darlo FC

Its not nice to see

The people who caused it

We be hiding in the closit

and counting the cost of there jamboree
RIP Darlo FC Its not nice to see The people who caused it We be hiding in the closit and counting the cost of there jamboree limboland
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3:47pm Tue 3 Jan 12

limboland says...

well its been a farce since george got his mits on it!!!
well its been a farce since george got his mits on it!!! limboland
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4:01pm Tue 3 Jan 12

kendizx9r says...

seems the only people who can keep this club playing is people who have more money than sense, but it gives the fans someone to moan at when things don't go to plan
seems the only people who can keep this club playing is people who have more money than sense, but it gives the fans someone to moan at when things don't go to plan kendizx9r
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4:17pm Tue 3 Jan 12

Old Bogeyes says...

"just passing through",,,,,,but,,,
i told you so !!!. ;-)
"just passing through",,,,,,but,,, i told you so !!!. ;-) Old Bogeyes
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4:52pm Tue 3 Jan 12

gramps427 says...

If the club is debt free why is the administrator talking about a very short period of time before he closes the club down?
If the club is debt free why is the administrator talking about a very short period of time before he closes the club down? gramps427
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4:52pm Tue 3 Jan 12

gramps427 says...

If the club is debt free why is the administrator talking about a very short period of time before he closes the club down?
If the club is debt free why is the administrator talking about a very short period of time before he closes the club down? gramps427
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5:03pm Tue 3 Jan 12

holmesc1 says...

I feel for darlington as i live in a large town (luton) which like darlington is a big town with a blue square premier team. But the difference with luton is that they are in a good position to bet promoted and only have a small 10,000 seater stadium near the town centre and often get 5000-6000 a game and would fill the ground if promoted. Darlo's stadiums been there down fall if only reynolds had built a small 6-10,000 stadium they would have probs never have gone out of the football leage. Been shildon born and bred i went to a few games between 1999 and 2001 when marco gabudini was there banging in goals n hodgie was manager and times were good until reynolds built a stadium thata darlington would never fill even if they went to the premier league. Darlington is too close to middlesborough, newcastle and sunderland to get summat like 20,000 a game. As goes for reynolds idea of music concerts the council never were against it and more recently stadium of light has been attracting the big acts. Fare play to raj singh. Hes loosing big money cos of stadium and without him they would have gone under in 2009
I feel for darlington as i live in a large town (luton) which like darlington is a big town with a blue square premier team. But the difference with luton is that they are in a good position to bet promoted and only have a small 10,000 seater stadium near the town centre and often get 5000-6000 a game and would fill the ground if promoted. Darlo's stadiums been there down fall if only reynolds had built a small 6-10,000 stadium they would have probs never have gone out of the football leage. Been shildon born and bred i went to a few games between 1999 and 2001 when marco gabudini was there banging in goals n hodgie was manager and times were good until reynolds built a stadium thata darlington would never fill even if they went to the premier league. Darlington is too close to middlesborough, newcastle and sunderland to get summat like 20,000 a game. As goes for reynolds idea of music concerts the council never were against it and more recently stadium of light has been attracting the big acts. Fare play to raj singh. Hes loosing big money cos of stadium and without him they would have gone under in 2009 holmesc1
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5:43pm Tue 3 Jan 12

MSG says...

i hope the potential consortium metioned yesterday gets in touch with the administrator ASAP. If they need fans to invest a sum of money, say £100, i will contribute in return for shares. Just let us know how we can help it save the club.
i hope the potential consortium metioned yesterday gets in touch with the administrator ASAP. If they need fans to invest a sum of money, say £100, i will contribute in return for shares. Just let us know how we can help it save the club. MSG
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6:15pm Tue 3 Jan 12

shoelessden says...

I was one of those who joined the fan buyout-along with Christiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry-of Stirling Albion.It can be done as we showed,but it requires not only substantial financial input to settle debts but also an ongoing commitment from those who pledge support to the club.Stirling's efforts gained worldwide interest and support-2,000 people in Darlington are nowhere near enough to replicate their achievement.Saving the club is only the start.When people are barely hanging onto their homes and jobs financial commitment to a football club for an indefinite period is well down the list of priorites-especially when none of that money will be recouped.Stirling have advised Dundee who were in a similar situation and could no doubt do the same for Darlington,but the situation vis a vis the ground makes their position seem increasingly hopeless.A move to a groundshare-with Hartlepool,or to a realistically proportioned ground until a permanent location was found-would be a major breakthrough.But I fear that the wounds are already fatal.Owning and running a not very good football club-in the conference or scottish2-is either a rich man's hobby or somewhere for the mortgage free to have a gamble.Darlo need as many of both as possible.Very sad.
I was one of those who joined the fan buyout-along with Christiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry-of Stirling Albion.It can be done as we showed,but it requires not only substantial financial input to settle debts but also an ongoing commitment from those who pledge support to the club.Stirling's efforts gained worldwide interest and support-2,000 people in Darlington are nowhere near enough to replicate their achievement.Saving the club is only the start.When people are barely hanging onto their homes and jobs financial commitment to a football club for an indefinite period is well down the list of priorites-especially when none of that money will be recouped.Stirling have advised Dundee who were in a similar situation and could no doubt do the same for Darlington,but the situation vis a vis the ground makes their position seem increasingly hopeless.A move to a groundshare-with Hartlepool,or to a realistically proportioned ground until a permanent location was found-would be a major breakthrough.But I fear that the wounds are already fatal.Owning and running a not very good football club-in the conference or scottish2-is either a rich man's hobby or somewhere for the mortgage free to have a gamble.Darlo need as many of both as possible.Very sad. shoelessden
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6:40pm Tue 3 Jan 12

Sean G says...

We should look long term and see this as a possible opportunity to build a solvent, successful club.
With the millstone of the stadium the club will NEVER be financially sound.
An alternative is for the club to be dissolved and a new club be formed, working it's way through the leagues as Wimbledon and Aldershot, reaching League 2 in 5 years.
Astute businessmen would be aware that a successful League 2 club would bring in crowds of over 3,000 and if they invest in a new, manageable, well located 6 to 10,000 ground, a good youth policy and a sensible player budget, the club would be paying for itself within a few years and they would be making a profit.
At the minute we are a dying club shackled to a corpse of a stadium, with land grabbing vultures circling.
Let us take 3 steps back to move 5 steps forward.
We should look long term and see this as a possible opportunity to build a solvent, successful club. With the millstone of the stadium the club will NEVER be financially sound. An alternative is for the club to be dissolved and a new club be formed, working it's way through the leagues as Wimbledon and Aldershot, reaching League 2 in 5 years. Astute businessmen would be aware that a successful League 2 club would bring in crowds of over 3,000 and if they invest in a new, manageable, well located 6 to 10,000 ground, a good youth policy and a sensible player budget, the club would be paying for itself within a few years and they would be making a profit. At the minute we are a dying club shackled to a corpse of a stadium, with land grabbing vultures circling. Let us take 3 steps back to move 5 steps forward. Sean G
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7:00pm Tue 3 Jan 12

spragger says...

What a town, a tool of an MP, dunderhead Council and now no footie team. You could not make it up
What a town, a tool of an MP, dunderhead Council and now no footie team. You could not make it up spragger
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7:22pm Tue 3 Jan 12

Darlo James 1 says...

Sad!!raj singh tried his best!!let's hope someone buy darlo!!
Sad!!raj singh tried his best!!let's hope someone buy darlo!! Darlo James 1
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9:07pm Tue 3 Jan 12

number (ONE) fan says...

A CRITICS LIFE IS A LIFE WITHOUT RISK.
The club does not have a problem in finding a buyer,.The Supporters Trust, Mark Meynell and Steve Weeks should show some honest commitment and financial input by raising real money by putting their homes as security.The Northern Echo can help also by giving some cash,and cash only..
In 2004 this same group were going to buy the club but when put on the spot they came up with nothing.
It appears they want to buy the club with other peoples money never their own.These people live in a world of fantasy and can't be trusted..
A CRITICS LIFE IS A LIFE WITHOUT RISK. The club does not have a problem in finding a buyer,.The Supporters Trust, Mark Meynell and Steve Weeks should show some honest commitment and financial input by raising real money by putting their homes as security.The Northern Echo can help also by giving some cash,and cash only.. In 2004 this same group were going to buy the club but when put on the spot they came up with nothing. It appears they want to buy the club with other peoples money never their own.These people live in a world of fantasy and can't be trusted.. number (ONE) fan
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9:08pm Tue 3 Jan 12

number (ONE) fan says...

A CRITICS LIFE IS A LIFE WITHOUT RISK.
The club does not have a problem in finding a buyer,.The Supporters Trust, Mark Meynell and Steve Weeks should show some honest commitment and financial input by raising real money by putting their homes as security.The Northern Echo can help also by giving some cash,and cash only..
In 2004 this same group were going to buy the club but when put on the spot they came up with nothing.
It appears they want to buy the club with other peoples money never their own.These people live in a world of fantasy and can't be trusted..
A CRITICS LIFE IS A LIFE WITHOUT RISK. The club does not have a problem in finding a buyer,.The Supporters Trust, Mark Meynell and Steve Weeks should show some honest commitment and financial input by raising real money by putting their homes as security.The Northern Echo can help also by giving some cash,and cash only.. In 2004 this same group were going to buy the club but when put on the spot they came up with nothing. It appears they want to buy the club with other peoples money never their own.These people live in a world of fantasy and can't be trusted.. number (ONE) fan
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10:05pm Tue 3 Jan 12

rockfordIL says...

George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished
George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished rockfordIL
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11:39pm Tue 3 Jan 12

Old Bogeyes says...

rockfordIL wrote:
George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished
Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.
[quote][p][bold]rockfordIL[/bold] wrote: George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished[/p][/quote]Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help. Old Bogeyes
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12:07am Wed 4 Jan 12

gvx220 says...

Old Bogeyes wrote:
rockfordIL wrote:
George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished
Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.
and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man.
[quote][p][bold]Old Bogeyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rockfordIL[/bold] wrote: George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished[/p][/quote]Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.[/p][/quote]and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man. gvx220
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12:09am Wed 4 Jan 12

gvx220 says...

Old Bogeyes wrote:
rockfordIL wrote:
George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished
Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.
and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man.
[quote][p][bold]Old Bogeyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rockfordIL[/bold] wrote: George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished[/p][/quote]Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.[/p][/quote]and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man. gvx220
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12:39am Wed 4 Jan 12

Old Bogeyes says...

gvx220 wrote:
Old Bogeyes wrote:
rockfordIL wrote: George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished
Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.
and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man.
I can assure you that i am neither,sad,,,or twisted. I am not an idiot,as you would like to believe,,,,,but i live in the real world !. Therefore i do not expect the likes of raj singh to end up skint,,,due to the fact he was keeping the likes of YOU entertained at his expense. How dare you refer this club to "our" club,,,when YOU CONTRIBUTED NOTHING TO IT. You are one that should hang your head in shame....and that's a FACT.
[quote][p][bold]gvx220[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Bogeyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rockfordIL[/bold] wrote: George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished[/p][/quote]Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.[/p][/quote]and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man.[/p][/quote]I can assure you that i am neither,sad,,,or twisted. I am not an idiot,as you would like to believe,,,,,but i live in the real world !. Therefore i do not expect the likes of raj singh to end up skint,,,due to the fact he was keeping the likes of YOU entertained at his expense. How dare you refer this club to "our" club,,,when YOU CONTRIBUTED NOTHING TO IT. You are one that should hang your head in shame....and that's a FACT. Old Bogeyes
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10:47am Wed 4 Jan 12

darlo8777 says...

All true fans of the club will donate money as long as we keep going,let's ground share with anyone just in the short term!! Reynolds you are still a thorn in the towns backside!!!keep the faith 1883....
All true fans of the club will donate money as long as we keep going,let's ground share with anyone just in the short term!! Reynolds you are still a thorn in the towns backside!!!keep the faith 1883.... darlo8777
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11:32am Wed 4 Jan 12

Suspect Package says...

Am i being niave here in thinking the best thing to do in the long run is to actually fold and restart the whole process again?

Getting out of the 25,000 seater stadium. Relocate to a 8,000 seater stadium in the town.

Halifax and Chester have folded and are now on the rise again building clubs that are sustainable and live within the means.

As long as Darlington FC remain in that horrible stadium this will become a recurring theme won't it?
Am i being niave here in thinking the best thing to do in the long run is to actually fold and restart the whole process again? Getting out of the 25,000 seater stadium. Relocate to a 8,000 seater stadium in the town. Halifax and Chester have folded and are now on the rise again building clubs that are sustainable and live within the means. As long as Darlington FC remain in that horrible stadium this will become a recurring theme won't it? Suspect Package
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12:03pm Wed 4 Jan 12

ted forster says...

Andy Parks Giro,

while I have been using a number of names on uncovered I have posted NOTHING for over a week.

People wonder why RS has gone, and what has changed so quickly. Uncovered says it all.

First RS MUST have been totally gutted when Gooooon-hagen passed the stupid comments he did on the coach back from Hinkley and I think from that point he lost interest, and lets be frank, that guy must take a lot of the blame for the mess the club are in now.

From then RS decided he was not getting his moneys worth, and decided to cut back. Once again, he can't be blamed for that in any way.

Once you see the disgusting comments on uncovered that he has faced over the last few weeks he is totally within his rights to say,(F*** you lot as well), and just walk away.

Forget the smokescreen of the covenants, and land ownership. It is people, ie, the lack of, that has brought the club to this.

A little pip squeak like Andy Park keeps having a go at me for not buying the club 9 years ago, yet he was in nappies when I left England and knows not 1 thing about me at all. Open proof being the comments re' chips.That I stopped work nearly a year ago because I decided finally to retire has not wormed its way back yet.

As to ANYONE investing in saving the club, they would be crazy to do so. I was born in November 1950 and went into Feethams as a 3 month old baby in Feb' 51, and despite living in Cornwall for 10 years and the West Midlands for 15 (in 2 goes), I missed less than 10 matches in 42 years before moving out here so NOBODY has the right to say I do not care about the club, yet idiots who have never met me think they have the right to say as they please.

RS is now in line to receive the same treatment. One hopes he treats these people with the disdain they deserve.

You small minded people are the reason this club has died, and yes, the fat lady has finished the 3rd verse and is on the warm down, and the worst is that I can not even say I am upset any more.

You silly B*******s took that love away from me!!
Andy Parks Giro, while I have been using a number of names on uncovered I have posted NOTHING for over a week. People wonder why RS has gone, and what has changed so quickly. Uncovered says it all. First RS MUST have been totally gutted when Gooooon-hagen passed the stupid comments he did on the coach back from Hinkley and I think from that point he lost interest, and lets be frank, that guy must take a lot of the blame for the mess the club are in now. From then RS decided he was not getting his moneys worth, and decided to cut back. Once again, he can't be blamed for that in any way. Once you see the disgusting comments on uncovered that he has faced over the last few weeks he is totally within his rights to say,(F*** you lot as well), and just walk away. Forget the smokescreen of the covenants, and land ownership. It is people, ie, the lack of, that has brought the club to this. A little pip squeak like Andy Park keeps having a go at me for not buying the club 9 years ago, yet he was in nappies when I left England and knows not 1 thing about me at all. Open proof being the comments re' chips.That I stopped work nearly a year ago because I decided finally to retire has not wormed its way back yet. As to ANYONE investing in saving the club, they would be crazy to do so. I was born in November 1950 and went into Feethams as a 3 month old baby in Feb' 51, and despite living in Cornwall for 10 years and the West Midlands for 15 (in 2 goes), I missed less than 10 matches in 42 years before moving out here so NOBODY has the right to say I do not care about the club, yet idiots who have never met me think they have the right to say as they please. RS is now in line to receive the same treatment. One hopes he treats these people with the disdain they deserve. You small minded people are the reason this club has died, and yes, the fat lady has finished the 3rd verse and is on the warm down, and the worst is that I can not even say I am upset any more. You silly B*******s took that love away from me!! ted forster
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12:04pm Wed 4 Jan 12

gvx220 says...

Old Bogeyes wrote:
gvx220 wrote:
Old Bogeyes wrote:
rockfordIL wrote: George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished
Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.
and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man.
I can assure you that i am neither,sad,,,or twisted. I am not an idiot,as you would like to believe,,,,,but i live in the real world !. Therefore i do not expect the likes of raj singh to end up skint,,,due to the fact he was keeping the likes of YOU entertained at his expense. How dare you refer this club to "our" club,,,when YOU CONTRIBUTED NOTHING TO IT. You are one that should hang your head in shame....and that's a FACT.
old bog eyes...you are a first class plonker...your stupid comments arent wanted around here. How can i refer to this as 'our' club you ask...erm..its the club i support and follow through thick and thin like many other people on here. How can you say ive contributed nothing to it when ive spent thousands attending games home and away for the last 25 years...paying entry..buying merchandise..purchas
ing food and drink.
So yes bogeyes...FACT..you are an idiot for the last comment alone nevermind the rest of your comments. You are not a fan of DFC and so football in general as the club is getting best wishes from fans all over the country. You want the club to die/dissapear...PLON
KER.
[quote][p][bold]Old Bogeyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gvx220[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Bogeyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rockfordIL[/bold] wrote: George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished[/p][/quote]Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.[/p][/quote]and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man.[/p][/quote]I can assure you that i am neither,sad,,,or twisted. I am not an idiot,as you would like to believe,,,,,but i live in the real world !. Therefore i do not expect the likes of raj singh to end up skint,,,due to the fact he was keeping the likes of YOU entertained at his expense. How dare you refer this club to "our" club,,,when YOU CONTRIBUTED NOTHING TO IT. You are one that should hang your head in shame....and that's a FACT.[/p][/quote]old bog eyes...you are a first class plonker...your stupid comments arent wanted around here. How can i refer to this as 'our' club you ask...erm..its the club i support and follow through thick and thin like many other people on here. How can you say ive contributed nothing to it when ive spent thousands attending games home and away for the last 25 years...paying entry..buying merchandise..purchas ing food and drink. So yes bogeyes...FACT..you are an idiot for the last comment alone nevermind the rest of your comments. You are not a fan of DFC and so football in general as the club is getting best wishes from fans all over the country. You want the club to die/dissapear...PLON KER. gvx220
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1:30pm Wed 4 Jan 12

Old Bogeyes says...

gvx220 wrote:
Old Bogeyes wrote:
gvx220 wrote:
Old Bogeyes wrote:
rockfordIL wrote: George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished
Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.
and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man.
I can assure you that i am neither,sad,,,or twisted. I am not an idiot,as you would like to believe,,,,,but i live in the real world !. Therefore i do not expect the likes of raj singh to end up skint,,,due to the fact he was keeping the likes of YOU entertained at his expense. How dare you refer this club to "our" club,,,when YOU CONTRIBUTED NOTHING TO IT. You are one that should hang your head in shame....and that's a FACT.
old bog eyes...you are a first class plonker...your stupid comments arent wanted around here. How can i refer to this as 'our' club you ask...erm..its the club i support and follow through thick and thin like many other people on here. How can you say ive contributed nothing to it when ive spent thousands attending games home and away for the last 25 years...paying entry..buying merchandise..purchas ing food and drink. So yes bogeyes...FACT..you are an idiot for the last comment alone nevermind the rest of your comments. You are not a fan of DFC and so football in general as the club is getting best wishes from fans all over the country. You want the club to die/dissapear...PLON KER.
Obviously the truth hurts you,,,,you remain in denial !!!. You need to wake up to the fact that your little darling footie club has cooked its goose. YOU are the plonker here !!,,,spending,or wasting your money like you have,,,you really need to get a grip of yourself !. "THE END".
[quote][p][bold]gvx220[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Bogeyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gvx220[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Bogeyes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rockfordIL[/bold] wrote: George Reynolds had a great idea. He thought if he built a big stadium, Darlington supporters would flock to it, and he could put on rock shows and the like to make the whole thing profitable. Any one of you remember that? And then Marcus Nimmo and a few local residents put the kybosh on that by moaning to the council. And Darlington Council were no help at all to the club. So come on you lot! Ask Darlington councillers why the Quakers are just about finished[/p][/quote]Thank you,,,,for an honest,and correct comment here. If i said that i would be put down as a pest to the cause !. 100% correct in your statement about the councils help.[/p][/quote]and what cause are you helping 'old bogeyes'? you just simply wallow and gloat about 'our' club's sad demise....with stupid comments such as 'i told you so' along with a smiley face just to rub it in. Are you honestly happy about the situation? If you are...you are a very sad twisted man.[/p][/quote]I can assure you that i am neither,sad,,,or twisted. I am not an idiot,as you would like to believe,,,,,but i live in the real world !. Therefore i do not expect the likes of raj singh to end up skint,,,due to the fact he was keeping the likes of YOU entertained at his expense. How dare you refer this club to "our" club,,,when YOU CONTRIBUTED NOTHING TO IT. You are one that should hang your head in shame....and that's a FACT.[/p][/quote]old bog eyes...you are a first class plonker...your stupid comments arent wanted around here. How can i refer to this as 'our' club you ask...erm..its the club i support and follow through thick and thin like many other people on here. How can you say ive contributed nothing to it when ive spent thousands attending games home and away for the last 25 years...paying entry..buying merchandise..purchas ing food and drink. So yes bogeyes...FACT..you are an idiot for the last comment alone nevermind the rest of your comments. You are not a fan of DFC and so football in general as the club is getting best wishes from fans all over the country. You want the club to die/dissapear...PLON KER.[/p][/quote]Obviously the truth hurts you,,,,you remain in denial !!!. You need to wake up to the fact that your little darling footie club has cooked its goose. YOU are the plonker here !!,,,spending,or wasting your money like you have,,,you really need to get a grip of yourself !. "THE END". Old Bogeyes
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3:07pm Wed 4 Jan 12

limboland says...

Reading all comments above , is like watching over the fence at a school playground. Children fighting and blaming everyone else apart from themselves. How bloody childish are u all!

There has been deep rooted problems with DFC for years.

The most jawdropping fiasco was the Reynolds era.

I just wonder what went on behind the scenes. The underlying events were hidden my the veneer of a Football Club.

A lame duck of a club but one which could deliver property developers a larger scheme???

As soon as the council would not play ball --it was like a sinking ship --everybody exixting as quickly as possible !!!

Thats the problem with DFC -- no one in that Reynolds/Houghton era gave a flying f*** about the club/community/suppo
rters -- and they were so happy to drop it all Raj's toes
Reading all comments above , is like watching over the fence at a school playground. Children fighting and blaming everyone else apart from themselves. How bloody childish are u all! There has been deep rooted problems with DFC for years. The most jawdropping fiasco was the Reynolds era. I just wonder what went on behind the scenes. The underlying events were hidden my the veneer of a Football Club. A lame duck of a club but one which could deliver property developers a larger scheme??? As soon as the council would not play ball --it was like a sinking ship --everybody exixting as quickly as possible !!! Thats the problem with DFC -- no one in that Reynolds/Houghton era gave a flying f*** about the club/community/suppo rters -- and they were so happy to drop it all Raj's toes limboland
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3:46pm Wed 4 Jan 12

kentait says...

Didn't I tell you that this column was littered with childish,idiotic remarks just look at the trash that Old Bogeyeyes posts on it, his handle tells you all.Ignore him and perhaps he will eventually dissappear up his own arse.
Didn't I tell you that this column was littered with childish,idiotic remarks just look at the trash that Old Bogeyeyes posts on it, his handle tells you all.Ignore him and perhaps he will eventually dissappear up his own arse. kentait
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4:22pm Wed 4 Jan 12

Old Bogeyes says...

kentait wrote:
Didn't I tell you that this column was littered with childish,idiotic remarks just look at the trash that Old Bogeyeyes posts on it, his handle tells you all.Ignore him and perhaps he will eventually dissappear up his own arse.
lol,,,,,dont bank on it wacko !,,,,,,,,i was here before you were !!,,nah nah,nah. lmfao.
[quote][p][bold]kentait[/bold] wrote: Didn't I tell you that this column was littered with childish,idiotic remarks just look at the trash that Old Bogeyeyes posts on it, his handle tells you all.Ignore him and perhaps he will eventually dissappear up his own arse.[/p][/quote]lol,,,,,dont bank on it wacko !,,,,,,,,i was here before you were !!,,nah nah,nah. lmfao. Old Bogeyes
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6:47pm Wed 4 Jan 12

oliviaden6 says...

What a shame to loose so much having come so far. Once again business men who are so called supporters and backers are only interested in their bottom line? You dont go into football to make millions even Abramovich is looseing millions. The wages that these players and backers that are taking out of the game is scandalous. It has to stop no man is worth £100000+ a week to kick a bladder of wind around a park???? Not that Darlington were paying those kind of sums, but even the League and the FA are grabbing all that they can and bugger the rest?
What a shame to loose so much having come so far. Once again business men who are so called supporters and backers are only interested in their bottom line? You dont go into football to make millions even Abramovich is looseing millions. The wages that these players and backers that are taking out of the game is scandalous. It has to stop no man is worth £100000+ a week to kick a bladder of wind around a park???? Not that Darlington were paying those kind of sums, but even the League and the FA are grabbing all that they can and bugger the rest? oliviaden6
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6:28pm Thu 5 Jan 12

stiv says...

There are positive solutions to saving darlo but greed overcomes them all.
There are positive solutions to saving darlo but greed overcomes them all. stiv
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9:02pm Thu 5 Jan 12

Steven Blewitt says...

Old Bogeyes, I don't know who you are and you are as entitled to your opinion as anyone else here but I resent the fact that you are trivialising something that means so much to so many people. However, there are obviously too many people like you in the town. People who can't be bothered to get off their backsides and support their local club. I was born in Rise Carr and saw my first Darlo game at the age of 8. I'm a lifelong supporter and now have a 200 mile round trip for home games from my home in Lincolnshire. Whoever you are please stop your pathetic whingeing and over use of punctuation marks and have the decency to use your real name as I do.
Old Bogeyes, I don't know who you are and you are as entitled to your opinion as anyone else here but I resent the fact that you are trivialising something that means so much to so many people. However, there are obviously too many people like you in the town. People who can't be bothered to get off their backsides and support their local club. I was born in Rise Carr and saw my first Darlo game at the age of 8. I'm a lifelong supporter and now have a 200 mile round trip for home games from my home in Lincolnshire. Whoever you are please stop your pathetic whingeing and over use of punctuation marks and have the decency to use your real name as I do. Steven Blewitt
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9:03pm Thu 5 Jan 12

Steven Blewitt says...

Old Bogeyes, I don't know who you are and you are as entitled to your opinion as anyone else here but I resent the fact that you are trivialising something that means so much to so many people. However, there are obviously too many people like you in the town. People who can't be bothered to get off their backsides and support their local club. I was born in Rise Carr and saw my first Darlo game at the age of 8. I'm a lifelong supporter and now have a 200 mile round trip for home games from my home in Lincolnshire. Whoever you are please stop your pathetic whingeing and over use of punctuation marks and have the decency to use your real name as I do.
Old Bogeyes, I don't know who you are and you are as entitled to your opinion as anyone else here but I resent the fact that you are trivialising something that means so much to so many people. However, there are obviously too many people like you in the town. People who can't be bothered to get off their backsides and support their local club. I was born in Rise Carr and saw my first Darlo game at the age of 8. I'm a lifelong supporter and now have a 200 mile round trip for home games from my home in Lincolnshire. Whoever you are please stop your pathetic whingeing and over use of punctuation marks and have the decency to use your real name as I do. Steven Blewitt
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9:34pm Thu 5 Jan 12

36 Bensham says...

Having lived at the above address for half my life and now living in the south.
What a sad time.
I am now working out how i can organise a 560 mile round trip to Barrow
My memories
Peverell, Greener Ray Yeomans
Sinclair
Lance Robson
Keegan
Robbie Blake wonder goal at Scarborough
Away win in conference at Barnet
Gabbiadini
Asprilla- if only.
Villa park
Wembley twice!
Lets go down fighting and clog the roads to Barrow Saturday so jeff stelling says match delayed
Howay the lads for one more memorable day.
Having lived at the above address for half my life and now living in the south. What a sad time. I am now working out how i can organise a 560 mile round trip to Barrow My memories Peverell, Greener Ray Yeomans Sinclair Lance Robson Keegan Robbie Blake wonder goal at Scarborough Away win in conference at Barnet Gabbiadini Asprilla- if only. Villa park Wembley twice! Lets go down fighting and clog the roads to Barrow Saturday so jeff stelling says match delayed Howay the lads for one more memorable day. 36 Bensham
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9:41pm Thu 5 Jan 12

gvx220 says...

F.A.O. Everyone! Let’s make Barrow on Saturday a celebration of the life of Darlington Football Club, not a wake or a funeral or an attack of those who have dropped us into this position.

Go to Barrow and show people around the world how proud we are of our team and our lads. Let’s show people that we still care, that we are still proud of the club and our town. Let’s show people that Darlington Football Club stands as an ambassador for our town and our area and we will not just give it up and slope off home. We will fight on.


Let’s show the players that that shirt still means something, that that shirt still needs to be worn with pride and that it is worth putting on that shirt and running out on that pitch and representing all of us one last time. One last go lads, everything you have got, one last time, 90 minutes of life as a Darlo player left. **** or bust, hero or zero. Go out with a bang and not a whimper.

Use this game to thank them and the legend that is Craig Liddle for everything they have done recently, against so much strife, unpleasantness and uncertainty and tell them that we are so proud that they are carrying on, lets get behind whoever takes a place on that pitch, regardless of opinion, past reputation or performance on the day. Because this might be the last time!

Lets show people what it means to be a fan of Darlo, celebrate those 128 years of existence. Celebrate everything that has gone before, the good, the bad, and the ugly, show people that we although we have been here through thin and thinner, that we have suffered blow after blow we are still not beaten ,we are still not broken, we are still here and we still stand proudly behind Darlington Football Club.

Show them that although we have been on knocked down and might be on the canvas right now we will get back on our feet and come out punching. It will be us who land the knock out blow. Use this day to shame all of those plastics and couldn’t give a damns in the town into thinking about what they could have been a part of, make them see what have been about, what we are about and what we will be about again.

Lets celebrate the good times, the 85 promotion, Boro, the Conference win in 89/90, Welling away, 90/91 champions, Rochdale at home, Knowles, Little, Hodgy Platt, Hodgy (again), Wembley in 96 and 2000 and that sweet moment in May when a little fella headed home from half a yard to win us the cup.

Make everyone who has knocked us or laughed at us over the years understand that today we embrace all of the crap players, the terrible teams, the rubbish managers and the crazy chairman who have afflicted us. Why? Because all of that makes the few good times even better. Because all of those things are what Darlington Football Club is about. Let’s show them what it means to call your self a Darlo fan one last time.

Lets also think of all those people in the Tin Shed in the sky who aren’t able to stand with us on Saturday, think about what the club meant to them and how they passed on that love for the club to you, think about how one day you want to pass that love on to the next generation so that they know what being a Darlo fan is all about. I am sure they will be stood leaning on that crash barrier under the Sunday Sun board with their scarf’s and flasks of Bovril thinking "typical bloody Darlo" - but they would still make the journey if they could! In fact I am sure they will be there with us. Sing that bit louder for them.

If anyone is unsure about going and is able to go they should make the trip, it could be your only chance to say goodbye to the team you love. It could be your last chance to wear the black and white and get behind the lads. Do whatever it takes to get to Barrow, wear your shirts with pride and wave your scarf’s one last time. Tell anyone you meet where you are going and why. Tell them you are proud to support the lads!

And should this turn out to be the last time then lets celebrate all of that, lets support the lads and the manager, lets keep singing up to the final whistle and beyond because this club means something to each and every one of us, it has been part of our lives for so long, it is what makes us who were are, it is what makes us better than everyone else and it might not be there for much longer. Let’s make this day one of the greatest moments for this football club.

If it is to be the end lets go out on a high, all guns blazing giving it everything we have got and not for one minute forgetting that we are Darlington Football Club and we will bounce back!
F.A.O. Everyone! Let’s make Barrow on Saturday a celebration of the life of Darlington Football Club, not a wake or a funeral or an attack of those who have dropped us into this position. Go to Barrow and show people around the world how proud we are of our team and our lads. Let’s show people that we still care, that we are still proud of the club and our town. Let’s show people that Darlington Football Club stands as an ambassador for our town and our area and we will not just give it up and slope off home. We will fight on. Let’s show the players that that shirt still means something, that that shirt still needs to be worn with pride and that it is worth putting on that shirt and running out on that pitch and representing all of us one last time. One last go lads, everything you have got, one last time, 90 minutes of life as a Darlo player left. **** or bust, hero or zero. Go out with a bang and not a whimper. Use this game to thank them and the legend that is Craig Liddle for everything they have done recently, against so much strife, unpleasantness and uncertainty and tell them that we are so proud that they are carrying on, lets get behind whoever takes a place on that pitch, regardless of opinion, past reputation or performance on the day. Because this might be the last time! Lets show people what it means to be a fan of Darlo, celebrate those 128 years of existence. Celebrate everything that has gone before, the good, the bad, and the ugly, show people that we although we have been here through thin and thinner, that we have suffered blow after blow we are still not beaten ,we are still not broken, we are still here and we still stand proudly behind Darlington Football Club. Show them that although we have been on knocked down and might be on the canvas right now we will get back on our feet and come out punching. It will be us who land the knock out blow. Use this day to shame all of those plastics and couldn’t give a damns in the town into thinking about what they could have been a part of, make them see what have been about, what we are about and what we will be about again. Lets celebrate the good times, the 85 promotion, Boro, the Conference win in 89/90, Welling away, 90/91 champions, Rochdale at home, Knowles, Little, Hodgy Platt, Hodgy (again), Wembley in 96 and 2000 and that sweet moment in May when a little fella headed home from half a yard to win us the cup. Make everyone who has knocked us or laughed at us over the years understand that today we embrace all of the crap players, the terrible teams, the rubbish managers and the crazy chairman who have afflicted us. Why? Because all of that makes the few good times even better. Because all of those things are what Darlington Football Club is about. Let’s show them what it means to call your self a Darlo fan one last time. Lets also think of all those people in the Tin Shed in the sky who aren’t able to stand with us on Saturday, think about what the club meant to them and how they passed on that love for the club to you, think about how one day you want to pass that love on to the next generation so that they know what being a Darlo fan is all about. I am sure they will be stood leaning on that crash barrier under the Sunday Sun board with their scarf’s and flasks of Bovril thinking "typical bloody Darlo" - but they would still make the journey if they could! In fact I am sure they will be there with us. Sing that bit louder for them. If anyone is unsure about going and is able to go they should make the trip, it could be your only chance to say goodbye to the team you love. It could be your last chance to wear the black and white and get behind the lads. Do whatever it takes to get to Barrow, wear your shirts with pride and wave your scarf’s one last time. Tell anyone you meet where you are going and why. Tell them you are proud to support the lads! And should this turn out to be the last time then lets celebrate all of that, lets support the lads and the manager, lets keep singing up to the final whistle and beyond because this club means something to each and every one of us, it has been part of our lives for so long, it is what makes us who were are, it is what makes us better than everyone else and it might not be there for much longer. Let’s make this day one of the greatest moments for this football club. If it is to be the end lets go out on a high, all guns blazing giving it everything we have got and not for one minute forgetting that we are Darlington Football Club and we will bounce back! gvx220
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1:17pm Fri 6 Jan 12

DCC Public Enemy No 1 says...

It was Reynolds that put his money where his big mouth was, he took all of the risk, DBC were the stumbling block.

With hindsight they would do things differently today, if someone came along with a pot full of money but that isn't going to happen.

Sadly the biggest losers are the real fans.!
It was Reynolds that put his money where his big mouth was, he took all of the risk, DBC were the stumbling block. With hindsight they would do things differently today, if someone came along with a pot full of money but that isn't going to happen. Sadly the biggest losers are the real fans.! DCC Public Enemy No 1
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