QUAKERS LATEST: Darlington to play at Bishop Auckland, not Shildon

QUAKERS LATEST: Darlington to play at Bishop Auckland, not Shildon

Bishop Auckland football club

Shildon's Dean Street ground

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

DARLINGTON FC will play at Bishop Auckland – not Shildon – next season, it has been announced.

Darlington FC 1883 (DFC 1883) has agreed a groundshare deal with Bishop Auckland FC after concerns emerged about the safety of Shildon’s Dean Street ground, which the club had agreed to use.

Fans’ company DFC 1883 made the announcement tonight, at the same time confirming that it would appeal against its demotion to the Northern League.

Denis Pinnegar, chairman of DFC 1883, said he had spoken to the chairman of Shildon AFC to advise that Darlington FC would not be groundsharing with the club next season.

He added: “This is in no way meant to be disrespectful to Shildon – they are a lovely club and nice people, but we have significant concerns about safety, bearing in mind we will be bringing several hundred fans to the ground.”

Mr Pinnegar said Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park had recently received provisional approval to become a Category C ground, which meant it would be suitable to hold Evo-Stik Premier games.

Mr Pinnegar added: “This decision was not taken because of our appeal to the FA regarding our placement in the Northern League, but it will potentially enhance our appeal.”

Terry Jackson, chairman of Bishop Auckland FC, welcomed the partnership with the Quakers.

He said: “It’s fantastic news – it will provide us with important extra income and Darlington with a place to play next season.”

DFC 1883 said it would ask the Football Association (FA) to reconsider its decision to treat the club as a new entity, which must be placed no higher than step five of the football pyramid.

The club has got until a week on Friday to submit the appeal, but DFC 1883 hopes it can be submitted by the end of the week.

Craig McKenna, DFC 1883 project manager, said: “Unfortunately, the details of the appeal can’t be shared until after the appeal has been heard, but we’ve got a three-point appeal.

“Until the appeal is heard and upheld, we’ve got to continue on the basis that we will be playing Northern League football next year.”

In further news, hopes emerged today that the club would be able to keep its name next season.

The FA said on Monday that it was “highly likely” the club would have to change its name.

However, Mr McKenna today announced the club could keep its name, adding: “The FA were very, very positive and supportive and it’s a misconception that they have it in for Darlington FC.”

The Northern Echo was unable to obtain official confirmation of this development tonight, with both the FA and Durham FA saying no decision had been made.

Meanwhile, Gareth Howe, Shildon FC club secretary, was left frustrated by Darlington’s claim that the move was due to safety concerns.

He said: “We wish them all the best and we hope things work out for them. However, I resent the way they’re using health and safety as an issue when our ground meets health and safety standards for the Northern League.

"It suggests there’s something wrong with our ground, but our ground meets Northern League specification.

"We are inspected by the FA every year and if there was an issue it would’ve been addressed.”

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6:39pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

Great news!
Great news! quakersam
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6:41pm Wed 30 May 12

Jolly Roger says...

I wish the owners of Darlington would make there minds up and stick to what they say.

As it is becoming a shambles now, as we the supporters are beginning to wonder what is happening.

So come on tell us and don't keep us in the dark as it seems to be happening at the mo.
I wish the owners of Darlington would make there minds up and stick to what they say. As it is becoming a shambles now, as we the supporters are beginning to wonder what is happening. So come on tell us and don't keep us in the dark as it seems to be happening at the mo. Jolly Roger
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6:48pm Wed 30 May 12

al_quaker says...

Jolly Roger wrote:
I wish the owners of Darlington would make there minds up and stick to what they say.

As it is becoming a shambles now, as we the supporters are beginning to wonder what is happening.

So come on tell us and don't keep us in the dark as it seems to be happening at the mo.
I don't really understand how 1883 are keeping you in the dark? They've explained the decision in the article.

I think 1883 have been very open with us, and they are quick to answer any questions posted on darlofc.co.uk
[quote][p][bold]Jolly Roger[/bold] wrote: I wish the owners of Darlington would make there minds up and stick to what they say. As it is becoming a shambles now, as we the supporters are beginning to wonder what is happening. So come on tell us and don't keep us in the dark as it seems to be happening at the mo.[/p][/quote]I don't really understand how 1883 are keeping you in the dark? They've explained the decision in the article. I think 1883 have been very open with us, and they are quick to answer any questions posted on darlofc.co.uk al_quaker
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6:54pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

Make their minds up? If we're wanting to play at a higher level we need a ground with a grading for the higher level.
We've been told by the FA that Shildon doesn't have it and that we can't do the work necessary, so we've gone to Bishop Auckland as they already have the EvoStik grading. Stop twisting on, if your following what's happening then you will know what's going on
Make their minds up? If we're wanting to play at a higher level we need a ground with a grading for the higher level. We've been told by the FA that Shildon doesn't have it and that we can't do the work necessary, so we've gone to Bishop Auckland as they already have the EvoStik grading. Stop twisting on, if your following what's happening then you will know what's going on quakersam
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7:01pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

been well planned that like ,behind a lot of backs and dont get me wrong the thing about safety for fans ,how many times did you check shildon over????????????appe
al comes to mind ,and if the fa give darlo time ,woodley sport should be given time too.
been well planned that like ,behind a lot of backs and dont get me wrong the thing about safety for fans ,how many times did you check shildon over????????????appe al comes to mind ,and if the fa give darlo time ,woodley sport should be given time too. harleyjasmine
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7:03pm Wed 30 May 12

elvispresleysking says...

So what happened to the 'binding agreement' to play at Shildon next season and the £25k rent? I guess Shildon have already budgeted this additional income into their plans for next season.

Worried about a couple of hundred fans turning up? Don't make me laugh! If Darlo 1883's board hadn't already thought about the impact of the number of fans wanting to watch the club at whatever ground they play at then they shouldn't be doing the job. This would already have been discussed and agreed with Shildon otherwise why sign a lease in the first place?

This is purely and simply to do with the grading of the ground and Darlo 1883's appeal regarding what league they will play in.......
So what happened to the 'binding agreement' to play at Shildon next season and the £25k rent? I guess Shildon have already budgeted this additional income into their plans for next season. Worried about a couple of hundred fans turning up? Don't make me laugh! If Darlo 1883's board hadn't already thought about the impact of the number of fans wanting to watch the club at whatever ground they play at then they shouldn't be doing the job. This would already have been discussed and agreed with Shildon otherwise why sign a lease in the first place? This is purely and simply to do with the grading of the ground and Darlo 1883's appeal regarding what league they will play in....... elvispresleysking
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7:03pm Wed 30 May 12

monteforte says...

Many problems with Shildons ground highlighted on here and other forums ..Shame it took this long for board of DFC1883 to realise it!
Still no answers to most important serious questions being put to "ask;DFC1883"
Many problems with Shildons ground highlighted on here and other forums ..Shame it took this long for board of DFC1883 to realise it! Still no answers to most important serious questions being put to "ask;DFC1883" monteforte
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7:04pm Wed 30 May 12

morgan1 says...

Finally, they have taken note of the constant number of comments on the ground especially from doonhamer and others as well as on other forums.
Looking at any appeal this may make a difference but it could be too late.
Finally, they have taken note of the constant number of comments on the ground especially from doonhamer and others as well as on other forums. Looking at any appeal this may make a difference but it could be too late. morgan1
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7:06pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

the field wont carry both teams through the season ,am tellin you now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the field wont carry both teams through the season ,am tellin you now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! harleyjasmine
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7:06pm Wed 30 May 12

jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government. says...

I really don't see the point of this as there is little or no hope of getting into the Evostick league. Plus DFC 1883 have said they will be back in Darlo next year so Shildon or Bishop makes no difference as it is only temporary. Mr Pinnegar is deluded if he thinks hundreds of Quakers supporters were going to turn up at Shildon every week but obviously he used it to get out of his deal with Shildon..
I really don't see the point of this as there is little or no hope of getting into the Evostick league. Plus DFC 1883 have said they will be back in Darlo next year so Shildon or Bishop makes no difference as it is only temporary. Mr Pinnegar is deluded if he thinks hundreds of Quakers supporters were going to turn up at Shildon every week but obviously he used it to get out of his deal with Shildon.. jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government.
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7:12pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

I think it definitely gives us more ammunition towards an appeal. The FA can't come back at us and say you haven't got a suitable ground now...it's a fantastic ground with facilities that we can tap into that weren't available at Shildon. Bring it on!!!
I think it definitely gives us more ammunition towards an appeal. The FA can't come back at us and say you haven't got a suitable ground now...it's a fantastic ground with facilities that we can tap into that weren't available at Shildon. Bring it on!!! quakersam
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7:15pm Wed 30 May 12

doddy2010 says...

Reneging on a deal because it no longer suits them. Shame on them!
If they were aiming for a higher tier, why sign with Shildon in the first place? Surely someone must have known it wasn't graded high enough.
Reneging on a deal because it no longer suits them. Shame on them! If they were aiming for a higher tier, why sign with Shildon in the first place? Surely someone must have known it wasn't graded high enough. doddy2010
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7:19pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

Why wouldn't hundreds of turned up at Shildon. We were averaging 1700/1800 in the Conference with a team getting battered every week, they are hardcore DFC fans. I can bet with you that at least 600/700 will be there next season
Why wouldn't hundreds of turned up at Shildon. We were averaging 1700/1800 in the Conference with a team getting battered every week, they are hardcore DFC fans. I can bet with you that at least 600/700 will be there next season quakersam
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7:24pm Wed 30 May 12

Not always right says...

The only shame in the whole affair lays fairly and squarely at the feet of one Mr Singh, and wheres our MP when she's needed.
The only shame in the whole affair lays fairly and squarely at the feet of one Mr Singh, and wheres our MP when she's needed. Not always right
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7:24pm Wed 30 May 12

John Justice says...

Confused? I am. Why dont all Darlo fans arranged to meet in the town centre on the day of the first home game. As soon as a trustworthy source announces the location of the game we can all make our way to whatever ground has been nominated and hopefully arrive for the start of the 2nd half.
Confused? I am. Why dont all Darlo fans arranged to meet in the town centre on the day of the first home game. As soon as a trustworthy source announces the location of the game we can all make our way to whatever ground has been nominated and hopefully arrive for the start of the 2nd half. John Justice
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7:25pm Wed 30 May 12

laughingboy51 says...

thank heavens I have a bus pass!
thank heavens I have a bus pass! laughingboy51
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7:26pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

rumour is 10 k to leave? nice bit of buisness for the original cradle of the railway town,and yes absolute stupidity to go to bishop if you have no chance of going in the evostick?if i was amos i would make your lives hell because u think ya to gud for the nl..................
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rumour is 10 k to leave? nice bit of buisness for the original cradle of the railway town,and yes absolute stupidity to go to bishop if you have no chance of going in the evostick?if i was amos i would make your lives hell because u think ya to gud for the nl.................. .................... . harleyjasmine
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7:29pm Wed 30 May 12

monteforte says...

You could be right Quakersam but what about harleyjasmine's concerns about the Bishop Aucklands playing surface any comments ?
What concerns me and numerous others is DFC1883 said it's clear objective is to be playing football in Darlington in the 2013/14 season whatever league we may be in, Question; Will we be at Bishop longer than a year now?
You could be right Quakersam but what about harleyjasmine's concerns about the Bishop Aucklands playing surface any comments ? What concerns me and numerous others is DFC1883 said it's clear objective is to be playing football in Darlington in the 2013/14 season whatever league we may be in, Question; Will we be at Bishop longer than a year now? monteforte
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7:31pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

harleyjasmine wrote:
rumour is 10 k to leave? nice bit of buisness for the original cradle of the railway town,and yes absolute stupidity to go to bishop if you have no chance of going in the evostick?if i was amos i would make your lives hell because u think ya to gud for the nl..................

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Since when did we think we were too good for the NL? Don't start with that again.
We shouldn't of been relegated that far in the first place but what's done is done.
If we put in an appeal it's because we want to play at the highest level possible, that is no reflection on the Northern League whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]harleyjasmine[/bold] wrote: rumour is 10 k to leave? nice bit of buisness for the original cradle of the railway town,and yes absolute stupidity to go to bishop if you have no chance of going in the evostick?if i was amos i would make your lives hell because u think ya to gud for the nl.................. .................... .[/p][/quote]Since when did we think we were too good for the NL? Don't start with that again. We shouldn't of been relegated that far in the first place but what's done is done. If we put in an appeal it's because we want to play at the highest level possible, that is no reflection on the Northern League whatsoever. quakersam
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7:33pm Wed 30 May 12

Not always right says...

Jasmine Harley, appalling spelling.
Jasmine Harley, appalling spelling. Not always right
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7:34pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

monteforte wrote:
You could be right Quakersam but what about harleyjasmine's concerns about the Bishop Aucklands playing surface any comments ?
What concerns me and numerous others is DFC1883 said it's clear objective is to be playing football in Darlington in the 2013/14 season whatever league we may be in, Question; Will we be at Bishop longer than a year now?
I'm not a groundsman so not sure on that question. I don't really have any comment to make on that one but what difference does it make to Shildon's surface? Both pitches are getting twice the normal amount of football on them.
As for the season after next, I don't know. We'll have to see what happens over the coming year
[quote][p][bold]monteforte[/bold] wrote: You could be right Quakersam but what about harleyjasmine's concerns about the Bishop Aucklands playing surface any comments ? What concerns me and numerous others is DFC1883 said it's clear objective is to be playing football in Darlington in the 2013/14 season whatever league we may be in, Question; Will we be at Bishop longer than a year now?[/p][/quote]I'm not a groundsman so not sure on that question. I don't really have any comment to make on that one but what difference does it make to Shildon's surface? Both pitches are getting twice the normal amount of football on them. As for the season after next, I don't know. We'll have to see what happens over the coming year quakersam
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7:46pm Wed 30 May 12

holmesc1 says...

even though im a shilldon lad i think bishops ground is better. Shildons ground could be upgraded but time is tight. Terraceing is crumbling and the seats in main stand are wonkey. Best of luck with appeal now the FA cant blame ground. Fingers crossed for a reprieve for evo stick league
even though im a shilldon lad i think bishops ground is better. Shildons ground could be upgraded but time is tight. Terraceing is crumbling and the seats in main stand are wonkey. Best of luck with appeal now the FA cant blame ground. Fingers crossed for a reprieve for evo stick league holmesc1
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7:48pm Wed 30 May 12

monteforte says...

Quakersam I think you are missing the point .Have a rest !
Quakersam I think you are missing the point .Have a rest ! monteforte
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7:50pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

Not really missing the point am i. Both pitches are in the same position...
Not really missing the point am i. Both pitches are in the same position... quakersam
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8:09pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

start what again m8,did or didnt you call shildon on a forum a s**t hole ,and yes you should have been relegated all those levels coz u havent got a ground son and you were up to your eyes in debt ,you chose shildon as you were running out of time ,but come on is your chairman that stupid to come out and say about the health and safety ,how many times did he have a walk about son ...but great deal for shildon 10k ..and like u and your fans they have just blew 10k for nothing ,if that was my buisness and somebody blew my cash then heads would roll.
start what again m8,did or didnt you call shildon on a forum a s**t hole ,and yes you should have been relegated all those levels coz u havent got a ground son and you were up to your eyes in debt ,you chose shildon as you were running out of time ,but come on is your chairman that stupid to come out and say about the health and safety ,how many times did he have a walk about son ...but great deal for shildon 10k ..and like u and your fans they have just blew 10k for nothing ,if that was my buisness and somebody blew my cash then heads would roll. harleyjasmine
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8:16pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

monteforte ,you know where i am coming from it cut up really bad towards the end of last season,so 2 teams touch n go
monteforte ,you know where i am coming from it cut up really bad towards the end of last season,so 2 teams touch n go harleyjasmine
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8:16pm Wed 30 May 12

monteforte says...

Dennis Pinnegar didn't release the costs:
A) to terminate the lease with Shildon
B) To share with Bishop.
Does anyone know?
Dennis Pinnegar didn't release the costs: A) to terminate the lease with Shildon B) To share with Bishop. Does anyone know? monteforte
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8:22pm Wed 30 May 12

monteforte says...

Yeah I do harleyjasmine good on you for highlighting it, good point!
Yeah I do harleyjasmine good on you for highlighting it, good point! monteforte
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8:24pm Wed 30 May 12

billabong76 says...

yet another mix up in this comical story of darlington fc....does anyone really know whats going on?.......
yet another mix up in this comical story of darlington fc....does anyone really know whats going on?....... billabong76
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8:27pm Wed 30 May 12

doonhamer says...

I've slated 1883 on numerous occasions but credit where credit is due and they seem to have got it right this time. If we either don't appeal or lose it at least we can build for a year or two at Bishop. Realistically we are not coming back to Darlo the season after next, so with a large support and a good management team in place, we must be one of the favourites for promotion from the Northern League. Therefore continuity at Bishop where we will have settled will be much more satisfactory than a year at Shildon before moving elsewhere to play Evostik league football. £10k, if that's what we will have to pay Shildon is £10k that could have been saved, but if we are successful in an appeal most will accept it as a harsh lesson well learnt. As Quakersam forecasts, I too think 700/800 crowds will be the norm for home games, but if we put a winning run together the four figure barrier will be broken more often than not. Aldershot a few years ago retained their support in the Isthmian League and most of their AWAY games were all ticket. I envisage a similiar situation for Darlo next season especially at smaller grounds like Benfield, Ryhope CA, Bedlington and Dunston.
I've slated 1883 on numerous occasions but credit where credit is due and they seem to have got it right this time. If we either don't appeal or lose it at least we can build for a year or two at Bishop. Realistically we are not coming back to Darlo the season after next, so with a large support and a good management team in place, we must be one of the favourites for promotion from the Northern League. Therefore continuity at Bishop where we will have settled will be much more satisfactory than a year at Shildon before moving elsewhere to play Evostik league football. £10k, if that's what we will have to pay Shildon is £10k that could have been saved, but if we are successful in an appeal most will accept it as a harsh lesson well learnt. As Quakersam forecasts, I too think 700/800 crowds will be the norm for home games, but if we put a winning run together the four figure barrier will be broken more often than not. Aldershot a few years ago retained their support in the Isthmian League and most of their AWAY games were all ticket. I envisage a similiar situation for Darlo next season especially at smaller grounds like Benfield, Ryhope CA, Bedlington and Dunston. doonhamer
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8:33pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

Thankyou Doonhamer! Someone speaking a bit of sense
Thankyou Doonhamer! Someone speaking a bit of sense quakersam
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8:40pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

harleyjasmine wrote:
start what again m8,did or didnt you call shildon on a forum a s**t hole ,and yes you should have been relegated all those levels coz u havent got a ground son and you were up to your eyes in debt ,you chose shildon as you were running out of time ,but come on is your chairman that stupid to come out and say about the health and safety ,how many times did he have a walk about son ...but great deal for shildon 10k ..and like u and your fans they have just blew 10k for nothing ,if that was my buisness and somebody blew my cash then heads would roll.
You haven't had to face what 1883 have had to face over the last few months, when you have then come back and criticise
[quote][p][bold]harleyjasmine[/bold] wrote: start what again m8,did or didnt you call shildon on a forum a s**t hole ,and yes you should have been relegated all those levels coz u havent got a ground son and you were up to your eyes in debt ,you chose shildon as you were running out of time ,but come on is your chairman that stupid to come out and say about the health and safety ,how many times did he have a walk about son ...but great deal for shildon 10k ..and like u and your fans they have just blew 10k for nothing ,if that was my buisness and somebody blew my cash then heads would roll.[/p][/quote]You haven't had to face what 1883 have had to face over the last few months, when you have then come back and criticise quakersam
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8:43pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

just been on a forum and read if the fixtures are due out on sat ?obvious you have gone to bish for the appeal and say for instance you get rejected again ,the northern league may turn round and say enough is enough you said you were at shildon now you not .you are not messing us about either. (northern league)
just been on a forum and read if the fixtures are due out on sat ?obvious you have gone to bish for the appeal and say for instance you get rejected again ,the northern league may turn round and say enough is enough you said you were at shildon now you not .you are not messing us about either. (northern league) harleyjasmine
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8:47pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

Yes apparently they are, we've got 2 weeks to get an appeal in and it won't be heard till after that I presume.
I can't see the NL turning round and saying that to be honest. Firstly they'd have an odd number of teams in the 1st Division, they'd have to re-do the fixtures again.
Darlington will be a payday for the Northern League whether you like it or not, and it will raise awareness of the league considerably. Do you honestly believe they would give that up?
Yes apparently they are, we've got 2 weeks to get an appeal in and it won't be heard till after that I presume. I can't see the NL turning round and saying that to be honest. Firstly they'd have an odd number of teams in the 1st Division, they'd have to re-do the fixtures again. Darlington will be a payday for the Northern League whether you like it or not, and it will raise awareness of the league considerably. Do you honestly believe they would give that up? quakersam
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8:53pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

quakersam ,shildon was in the same boat bout 9 yrs ago ,bishop have been in the situation and spenny so why are you any different pal..cause you think darlo is bigger than they think ,wake up smell the coffee kidder !
quakersam ,shildon was in the same boat bout 9 yrs ago ,bishop have been in the situation and spenny so why are you any different pal..cause you think darlo is bigger than they think ,wake up smell the coffee kidder ! harleyjasmine
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8:55pm Wed 30 May 12

IonlySpeaktheTruth says...

So 1883 are concerned about the number of Darlington fans coming to Shildon (capacity 2,500) and decide to move to Bishop Auckland with a 500 less capacity (2,003). Oh, and it's got nothing to do with the appeal .. Which they haven't confirmed yet, just as well because they'll probably mess up the paperwork anyway. can't wait for tomorrow's instalment in this soap opera.
So 1883 are concerned about the number of Darlington fans coming to Shildon (capacity 2,500) and decide to move to Bishop Auckland with a 500 less capacity (2,003). Oh, and it's got nothing to do with the appeal .. Which they haven't confirmed yet, just as well because they'll probably mess up the paperwork anyway. can't wait for tomorrow's instalment in this soap opera. IonlySpeaktheTruth
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8:55pm Wed 30 May 12

doonhamer says...

harleyjasmine wrote:
just been on a forum and read if the fixtures are due out on sat ?obvious you have gone to bish for the appeal and say for instance you get rejected again ,the northern league may turn round and say enough is enough you said you were at shildon now you not .you are not messing us about either. (northern league)
Mike Amos, Chairman of the Northern League understands the turmoil Darlo have gone through. Whitley Bay, Spennymoor United and Durham City have all left the NL and returned for various reasons in recent years. The NL will be delighted to have Darlo in their ranks but if they were to appeal and win, I'm certain the NL would give Darlo their blessing and wish them good luck. Amending fixtures will not be a problem for them, they were going to operate with an odd number of club (23) when they accepted Durham back into the fold before the FA placed Darlo with them as well. Local football officials/clubs have a great record of helping each other when one of their bretheren is in trouble. Remember what Hartlepool did for Boro when the gates were locked at Ayresome Park.
[quote][p][bold]harleyjasmine[/bold] wrote: just been on a forum and read if the fixtures are due out on sat ?obvious you have gone to bish for the appeal and say for instance you get rejected again ,the northern league may turn round and say enough is enough you said you were at shildon now you not .you are not messing us about either. (northern league)[/p][/quote]Mike Amos, Chairman of the Northern League understands the turmoil Darlo have gone through. Whitley Bay, Spennymoor United and Durham City have all left the NL and returned for various reasons in recent years. The NL will be delighted to have Darlo in their ranks but if they were to appeal and win, I'm certain the NL would give Darlo their blessing and wish them good luck. Amending fixtures will not be a problem for them, they were going to operate with an odd number of club (23) when they accepted Durham back into the fold before the FA placed Darlo with them as well. Local football officials/clubs have a great record of helping each other when one of their bretheren is in trouble. Remember what Hartlepool did for Boro when the gates were locked at Ayresome Park. doonhamer
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9:00pm Wed 30 May 12

jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government. says...

I really like the prudent financial work of DFC 1883 , so far they've thrown away £100,000 on buying nowt from the administrator and now given Shildon a nice £10,000 donation. Quaker fans needn't worry about going bust after next season....with this lot in control it will be well before that.
I really like the prudent financial work of DFC 1883 , so far they've thrown away £100,000 on buying nowt from the administrator and now given Shildon a nice £10,000 donation. Quaker fans needn't worry about going bust after next season....with this lot in control it will be well before that. jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government.
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9:01pm Wed 30 May 12

Friendoffeetham says...

FA won't change their mind - no matter what. So there is just more wasted money on changing the ground now. But please try anyway - because the decissions of The FA is a shame.
FA won't change their mind - no matter what. So there is just more wasted money on changing the ground now. But please try anyway - because the decissions of The FA is a shame. Friendoffeetham
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9:08pm Wed 30 May 12

tonyboynton says...

Just read all the comments,
What's all this Quote "Son" "Kidder" about
from harleyjasmine..... My Grandad used to speak like that to me in 1985.
Just read all the comments, What's all this Quote "Son" "Kidder" about from harleyjasmine..... My Grandad used to speak like that to me in 1985. tonyboynton
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9:09pm Wed 30 May 12

quakersam says...

harleyjasmine wrote:
quakersam ,shildon was in the same boat bout 9 yrs ago ,bishop have been in the situation and spenny so why are you any different pal..cause you think darlo is bigger than they think ,wake up smell the coffee kidder !
Did I say we were any different? I don't think Darlo are bigger than we are either. We were quite a small club in the Football League, but we are a big fish with the level we have been demoted too, that's a fact.
[quote][p][bold]harleyjasmine[/bold] wrote: quakersam ,shildon was in the same boat bout 9 yrs ago ,bishop have been in the situation and spenny so why are you any different pal..cause you think darlo is bigger than they think ,wake up smell the coffee kidder ![/p][/quote]Did I say we were any different? I don't think Darlo are bigger than we are either. We were quite a small club in the Football League, but we are a big fish with the level we have been demoted too, that's a fact. quakersam
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9:27pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

tonyboynton wrote:
Just read all the comments,
What's all this Quote "Son" "Kidder" about
from harleyjasmine..... My Grandad used to speak like that to me in 1985.
i can say what i like lad ,anyway back to sammy so are you a new club then or the old one ?as you said you dont think darlo are bigger than yous,no wonder the fa are baffled .oh and tony say something worth while mate.
[quote][p][bold]tonyboynton[/bold] wrote: Just read all the comments, What's all this Quote "Son" "Kidder" about from harleyjasmine..... My Grandad used to speak like that to me in 1985.[/p][/quote]i can say what i like lad ,anyway back to sammy so are you a new club then or the old one ?as you said you dont think darlo are bigger than yous,no wonder the fa are baffled .oh and tony say something worth while mate. harleyjasmine
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9:30pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

doonhamer wrote:
harleyjasmine wrote:
just been on a forum and read if the fixtures are due out on sat ?obvious you have gone to bish for the appeal and say for instance you get rejected again ,the northern league may turn round and say enough is enough you said you were at shildon now you not .you are not messing us about either. (northern league)
Mike Amos, Chairman of the Northern League understands the turmoil Darlo have gone through. Whitley Bay, Spennymoor United and Durham City have all left the NL and returned for various reasons in recent years. The NL will be delighted to have Darlo in their ranks but if they were to appeal and win, I'm certain the NL would give Darlo their blessing and wish them good luck. Amending fixtures will not be a problem for them, they were going to operate with an odd number of club (23) when they accepted Durham back into the fold before the FA placed Darlo with them as well. Local football officials/clubs have a great record of helping each other when one of their bretheren is in trouble. Remember what Hartlepool did for Boro when the gates were locked at Ayresome Park.
what like hartlepool did to billingham hmmmmmmmm
[quote][p][bold]doonhamer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harleyjasmine[/bold] wrote: just been on a forum and read if the fixtures are due out on sat ?obvious you have gone to bish for the appeal and say for instance you get rejected again ,the northern league may turn round and say enough is enough you said you were at shildon now you not .you are not messing us about either. (northern league)[/p][/quote]Mike Amos, Chairman of the Northern League understands the turmoil Darlo have gone through. Whitley Bay, Spennymoor United and Durham City have all left the NL and returned for various reasons in recent years. The NL will be delighted to have Darlo in their ranks but if they were to appeal and win, I'm certain the NL would give Darlo their blessing and wish them good luck. Amending fixtures will not be a problem for them, they were going to operate with an odd number of club (23) when they accepted Durham back into the fold before the FA placed Darlo with them as well. Local football officials/clubs have a great record of helping each other when one of their bretheren is in trouble. Remember what Hartlepool did for Boro when the gates were locked at Ayresome Park.[/p][/quote]what like hartlepool did to billingham hmmmmmmmm harleyjasmine
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9:41pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

it is all going to end in tears if it is run by fans...,but if it does the fans should be made accountable for the debt.
it is all going to end in tears if it is run by fans...,but if it does the fans should be made accountable for the debt. harleyjasmine
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10:05pm Wed 30 May 12

Dfc1965 says...

Why don't we all get behind the club and stop bickering at each other. Non Darlo fans will always have a go. The board are doing all they can for the best of the club. The FA seems to be playing ball at the moment...wether it is NL or evostick, I just want the club to be around in years to come.
Why don't we all get behind the club and stop bickering at each other. Non Darlo fans will always have a go. The board are doing all they can for the best of the club. The FA seems to be playing ball at the moment...wether it is NL or evostick, I just want the club to be around in years to come. Dfc1965
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10:12pm Wed 30 May 12

extratime says...

And 1883 have the nerve to criticise the FA for moving the goalposts how far exactly is bishop from shildon

Forget additional seating put in a big top to keep the clowns in
And 1883 have the nerve to criticise the FA for moving the goalposts how far exactly is bishop from shildon Forget additional seating put in a big top to keep the clowns in extratime
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10:14pm Wed 30 May 12

charlie74 says...

Darlogirl1 wrote:
Boring boring boring ! If Darlo had these so called hard core fans they wouldn't be here now !
Have been reading the hackling hags on twitter as well & one is saying she Bishop is ok but surrounding areas are rough ! Phw! Take a look at how u live Lve ! This is never going to succeed as these idiots think they no what there talking about and they dont ! Surprised they have not held another sponsored abseil ...sure one of the women was pregnant by the size of her belly ..surprised they let her do it ... Leave this to the professionals let them take over and move Darlo forward!!
If its so boring then dont read it! As for the abseil I can assure you that everything was done above board, the company providing the equipment was legit and fully insured and all health & Safety precautions were adhered too. As for leaving it to the professionals ... its the rich professionals who got us into this mess in the first place
[quote][p][bold]Darlogirl1[/bold] wrote: Boring boring boring ! If Darlo had these so called hard core fans they wouldn't be here now ! Have been reading the hackling hags on twitter as well & one is saying she Bishop is ok but surrounding areas are rough ! Phw! Take a look at how u live Lve ! This is never going to succeed as these idiots think they no what there talking about and they dont ! Surprised they have not held another sponsored abseil ...sure one of the women was pregnant by the size of her belly ..surprised they let her do it ... Leave this to the professionals let them take over and move Darlo forward!![/p][/quote]If its so boring then dont read it! As for the abseil I can assure you that everything was done above board, the company providing the equipment was legit and fully insured and all health & Safety precautions were adhered too. As for leaving it to the professionals ... its the rich professionals who got us into this mess in the first place charlie74
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10:27pm Wed 30 May 12

Not always right says...

Jasmine Harley, do you come from the town that once presumed a simian to be acting on behalf of the French state?
Jasmine Harley, do you come from the town that once presumed a simian to be acting on behalf of the French state? Not always right
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10:28pm Wed 30 May 12

morgan1 says...

Charlie74,
Not rich professionals, just rich know it all's
Charlie74, Not rich professionals, just rich know it all's morgan1
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10:34pm Wed 30 May 12

charlie74 says...

morgan1 wrote:
Charlie74,
Not rich professionals, just rich know it all's
I stand corrected :-)
[quote][p][bold]morgan1[/bold] wrote: Charlie74, Not rich professionals, just rich know it all's[/p][/quote]I stand corrected :-) charlie74
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10:35pm Wed 30 May 12

freelance says...

One consolation for the thousands who can't get into Heritage Park at Tindale Crescent is the cheapest petrol in Co Durham at any of the two adjacent supermarket filling stations
One consolation for the thousands who can't get into Heritage Park at Tindale Crescent is the cheapest petrol in Co Durham at any of the two adjacent supermarket filling stations freelance
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10:36pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

Not always right wrote:
Jasmine Harley, do you come from the town that once presumed a simian to be acting on behalf of the French state?
got your user name spot on there mate!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Not always right[/bold] wrote: Jasmine Harley, do you come from the town that once presumed a simian to be acting on behalf of the French state?[/p][/quote]got your user name spot on there mate!!!!!! harleyjasmine
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10:37pm Wed 30 May 12

Darlogirl1 says...

Charlie74...... Would love to not read but stuffed down my throat every day.... Total joke Northern Echo "breaking news" no the breaking news should of been the story you put below (parents charged with murder) .... One of the woman looked around 6 months preg ... Black hair....
Charlie74...... Would love to not read but stuffed down my throat every day.... Total joke Northern Echo "breaking news" no the breaking news should of been the story you put below (parents charged with murder) .... One of the woman looked around 6 months preg ... Black hair.... Darlogirl1
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10:40pm Wed 30 May 12

laughingboy51 says...

jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government. wrote:
I really like the prudent financial work of DFC 1883 , so far they've thrown away £100,000 on buying nowt from the administrator and now given Shildon a nice £10,000 donation. Quaker fans needn't worry about going bust after next season....with this lot in control it will be well before that.
how true!
[quote][p][bold]jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government.[/bold] wrote: I really like the prudent financial work of DFC 1883 , so far they've thrown away £100,000 on buying nowt from the administrator and now given Shildon a nice £10,000 donation. Quaker fans needn't worry about going bust after next season....with this lot in control it will be well before that.[/p][/quote]how true! laughingboy51
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10:42pm Wed 30 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

freelance wrote:
One consolation for the thousands who can't get into Heritage Park at Tindale Crescent is the cheapest petrol in Co Durham at any of the two adjacent supermarket filling stations
thats if they have any wheels on to get to the supermarket.fair play to darlo if they have plenty of money to throw about ,
[quote][p][bold]freelance[/bold] wrote: One consolation for the thousands who can't get into Heritage Park at Tindale Crescent is the cheapest petrol in Co Durham at any of the two adjacent supermarket filling stations[/p][/quote]thats if they have any wheels on to get to the supermarket.fair play to darlo if they have plenty of money to throw about , harleyjasmine
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10:44pm Wed 30 May 12

charlie74 says...

Darlogirl1 wrote:
Charlie74...... Would love to not read but stuffed down my throat every day.... Total joke Northern Echo "breaking news" no the breaking news should of been the story you put below (parents charged with murder) .... One of the woman looked around 6 months preg ... Black hair....
Nope, no one pregnant would of been able to abseil that day. The guy who owns the equipment owns his own firm, it was his name that would of been at risk and his insurance = his whole livelihood.
I appreciate that not everyone wants to know what is happening to Darlington Football Club, but there are many who do, and to be fair this is breaking news in the sports section
[quote][p][bold]Darlogirl1[/bold] wrote: Charlie74...... Would love to not read but stuffed down my throat every day.... Total joke Northern Echo "breaking news" no the breaking news should of been the story you put below (parents charged with murder) .... One of the woman looked around 6 months preg ... Black hair....[/p][/quote]Nope, no one pregnant would of been able to abseil that day. The guy who owns the equipment owns his own firm, it was his name that would of been at risk and his insurance = his whole livelihood. I appreciate that not everyone wants to know what is happening to Darlington Football Club, but there are many who do, and to be fair this is breaking news in the sports section charlie74
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10:46pm Wed 30 May 12

freelance says...

oops - forgot to mention 2 pubs, Mcdonalds, KFC and Starbucks also next to Heritage Park and more goodies coming soon
oops - forgot to mention 2 pubs, Mcdonalds, KFC and Starbucks also next to Heritage Park and more goodies coming soon freelance
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10:47pm Wed 30 May 12

extratime says...

laughingboy51 wrote:
jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government. wrote:
I really like the prudent financial work of DFC 1883 , so far they've thrown away £100,000 on buying nowt from the administrator and now given Shildon a nice £10,000 donation. Quaker fans needn't worry about going bust after next season....with this lot in control it will be well before that.
how true!
Seconded My money wont be re invested theyve obviously got enough to throw away
[quote][p][bold]laughingboy51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government.[/bold] wrote: I really like the prudent financial work of DFC 1883 , so far they've thrown away £100,000 on buying nowt from the administrator and now given Shildon a nice £10,000 donation. Quaker fans needn't worry about going bust after next season....with this lot in control it will be well before that.[/p][/quote]how true![/p][/quote]Seconded My money wont be re invested theyve obviously got enough to throw away extratime
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10:54pm Wed 30 May 12

QuakerZone says...

The important thing to remember here is that had we played at Shildon we would not have been able to get promoted as their Dean Street ground does not have the correct grading for the EvoStik league.

Bishop Auckland recently received a C grading which allows them to play in the EvoStik premier, despite an appeal I believe the decision to place us in the Northern League will be upheld.
The important thing to remember here is that had we played at Shildon we would not have been able to get promoted as their Dean Street ground does not have the correct grading for the EvoStik league. Bishop Auckland recently received a C grading which allows them to play in the EvoStik premier, despite an appeal I believe the decision to place us in the Northern League will be upheld. QuakerZone
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11:19pm Wed 30 May 12

Darlogirl1 says...

I wish you all the best really do hope Darlo comes out on top and realise you are doing the best for the town . Good luck Charlie74.
I wish you all the best really do hope Darlo comes out on top and realise you are doing the best for the town . Good luck Charlie74. Darlogirl1
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11:20pm Wed 30 May 12

charlie74 says...

Thankyou x
Thankyou x charlie74
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11:21pm Wed 30 May 12

monteforte says...

charlie74 re: Seats for disabled / elderly are there enough at Bishop to support all the Darlo FC fans, I believe there wasn't enough at Shildon?
charlie74 re: Seats for disabled / elderly are there enough at Bishop to support all the Darlo FC fans, I believe there wasn't enough at Shildon? monteforte
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11:30pm Wed 30 May 12

charlie74 says...

I`m unsure at the moment as only aware of what is in the public domain, however seeing as Bishop is newer I would imagine that disabled access will be better.
I`m unsure at the moment as only aware of what is in the public domain, however seeing as Bishop is newer I would imagine that disabled access will be better. charlie74
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11:31pm Wed 30 May 12

Shildon Casual says...

Darlo couldnt even get 1700 at home in the Conference when they were playing at Darlington, now theyve been relegated 4 divisions & playing 15 miles away from Darlo - the Arriva No 1 will get you there lads & if its a double decker your fans can all get on the sams bus !!!
Darlo couldnt even get 1700 at home in the Conference when they were playing at Darlington, now theyve been relegated 4 divisions & playing 15 miles away from Darlo - the Arriva No 1 will get you there lads & if its a double decker your fans can all get on the sams bus !!! Shildon Casual
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11:35pm Wed 30 May 12

charlie74 says...

Shildon Casual I`m unsure as to what caused the decision for us to play at Bishop rather than shildon but I can assure you that all us Darlington supporters appreciate what Shildon were prepared to do for us.
Shildon Casual I`m unsure as to what caused the decision for us to play at Bishop rather than shildon but I can assure you that all us Darlington supporters appreciate what Shildon were prepared to do for us. charlie74
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12:15am Thu 31 May 12

jock maclean says...

I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much
travelling
I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much travelling jock maclean
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12:27am Thu 31 May 12

monteforte says...

charlie74 re;The new Darlo supporters trust when are they going to release the £50 k into the football club.?
charlie74 re;The new Darlo supporters trust when are they going to release the £50 k into the football club.? monteforte
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12:54am Thu 31 May 12

DarloArenaB17 says...

Sadly Darlington FC have moved the goalposts yet again. Maybe they will achieve Evostick! God loves a trier, however they have made a real pigs ear of the way Shildon have been treated. They should have done this ages ago. It's a mess of their own making. Good luck though, they will play good footie under Martin Gray and Bri Atkinson of that I have no doubt
Sadly Darlington FC have moved the goalposts yet again. Maybe they will achieve Evostick! God loves a trier, however they have made a real pigs ear of the way Shildon have been treated. They should have done this ages ago. It's a mess of their own making. Good luck though, they will play good footie under Martin Gray and Bri Atkinson of that I have no doubt DarloArenaB17
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7:41am Thu 31 May 12

doonhamer says...

charlie74 wrote:
I`m unsure at the moment as only aware of what is in the public domain, however seeing as Bishop is newer I would imagine that disabled access will be better.
Yes access and facilities are excellent. Glad disabled fans have been taken into consideration
[quote][p][bold]charlie74[/bold] wrote: I`m unsure at the moment as only aware of what is in the public domain, however seeing as Bishop is newer I would imagine that disabled access will be better.[/p][/quote]Yes access and facilities are excellent. Glad disabled fans have been taken into consideration doonhamer
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7:48am Thu 31 May 12

doonhamer says...

DarloArenaB17 wrote:
Sadly Darlington FC have moved the goalposts yet again. Maybe they will achieve Evostick! God loves a trier, however they have made a real pigs ear of the way Shildon have been treated. They should have done this ages ago. It's a mess of their own making. Good luck though, they will play good footie under Martin Gray and Bri Atkinson of that I have no doubt
As I stated before, even if appeal is lost continuity is the main thing and I personally think we will be at Bishop for more than one season and as you rightly say, the playing side is in good hands for next season and the Evostik can be attained by promotion. If as has been rumoured, Shildon are to receive £10k for the breakdown of the groundshare agreement I don't think you would find anyone at Dean Street thinking that they had been treated badly.
[quote][p][bold]DarloArenaB17[/bold] wrote: Sadly Darlington FC have moved the goalposts yet again. Maybe they will achieve Evostick! God loves a trier, however they have made a real pigs ear of the way Shildon have been treated. They should have done this ages ago. It's a mess of their own making. Good luck though, they will play good footie under Martin Gray and Bri Atkinson of that I have no doubt[/p][/quote]As I stated before, even if appeal is lost continuity is the main thing and I personally think we will be at Bishop for more than one season and as you rightly say, the playing side is in good hands for next season and the Evostik can be attained by promotion. If as has been rumoured, Shildon are to receive £10k for the breakdown of the groundshare agreement I don't think you would find anyone at Dean Street thinking that they had been treated badly. doonhamer
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7:53am Thu 31 May 12

charlie74 says...

jock maclean wrote:
I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much
travelling
Unsure of your sources and they are wrong. I think if you are going to put `facts` like this on a newspaper`s website you should be publishing your sources for your protection legally speaking
[quote][p][bold]jock maclean[/bold] wrote: I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much travelling[/p][/quote]Unsure of your sources and they are wrong. I think if you are going to put `facts` like this on a newspaper`s website you should be publishing your sources for your protection legally speaking charlie74
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8:00am Thu 31 May 12

charlie74 says...

monteforte wrote:
charlie74 re;The new Darlo supporters trust when are they going to release the £50 k into the football club.?
Latest news from the Trust is positive
http://www.darlotrus
t.org/newsd

Would like to point out that like Quakersam I`m just a supporter
[quote][p][bold]monteforte[/bold] wrote: charlie74 re;The new Darlo supporters trust when are they going to release the £50 k into the football club.?[/p][/quote]Latest news from the Trust is positive http://www.darlotrus t.org/newsd Would like to point out that like Quakersam I`m just a supporter charlie74
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8:50am Thu 31 May 12

mensamoo says...

Great news! We have been punished too much, we have to fight. Its NOT the supporters fault. The FA must stop thinking business and start thinking football, history and community. We now sound like we're committed to getting the best for the Quakers.
Great news! We have been punished too much, we have to fight. Its NOT the supporters fault. The FA must stop thinking business and start thinking football, history and community. We now sound like we're committed to getting the best for the Quakers. mensamoo
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8:52am Thu 31 May 12

Suspect Package says...

Is Darlington 1883 the worst possible name anyone could ever imagine.

Why not change it to Darlington Town ?
Is Darlington 1883 the worst possible name anyone could ever imagine. Why not change it to Darlington Town ? Suspect Package
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8:54am Thu 31 May 12

charlie74 says...

Darlington 1883 reflects how long Darlington Football club has been around. However that is just the companies name as of yesterday its been published we will still be known as Darlington Football Club :-) (I for one am very happy about that)
Darlington 1883 reflects how long Darlington Football club has been around. However that is just the companies name as of yesterday its been published we will still be known as Darlington Football Club :-) (I for one am very happy about that) charlie74
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9:20am Thu 31 May 12

doonhamer says...

charlie74 wrote:
Darlington 1883 reflects how long Darlington Football club has been around. However that is just the companies name as of yesterday its been published we will still be known as Darlington Football Club :-) (I for one am very happy about that)
That is probably the most important thing, to have remained as Darlington FC. I would think everyone would share your sentiments.
[quote][p][bold]charlie74[/bold] wrote: Darlington 1883 reflects how long Darlington Football club has been around. However that is just the companies name as of yesterday its been published we will still be known as Darlington Football Club :-) (I for one am very happy about that)[/p][/quote]That is probably the most important thing, to have remained as Darlington FC. I would think everyone would share your sentiments. doonhamer
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9:36am Thu 31 May 12

mensamoo says...

The FA are toying with us. Tomorrow's echo will have us called Toytown Utd and wearing a pink strip with green stripes. They will force us to play on broken glass at midnight.
Sorry, but they are taking the
The FA are toying with us. Tomorrow's echo will have us called Toytown Utd and wearing a pink strip with green stripes. They will force us to play on broken glass at midnight. Sorry, but they are taking the mensamoo
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10:13am Thu 31 May 12

doonhamer says...

mensamoo wrote:
The FA are toying with us. Tomorrow's echo will have us called Toytown Utd and wearing a pink strip with green stripes. They will force us to play on broken glass at midnight.
Sorry, but they are taking the
Sorry, but I don't understand your beef with the FA. We broke the rules and were punished accordingly. As soon as 1883 agreed a groundshare with Shildon their hands were tied. As Mike Amos said yesterday, if they really wanted to hammer us we could have ended up in the Teesside or Wearside Leagues. 1883 have corrected their wrong and I applaud them for that and if and I appreciate it's a big if, Raj Singh has kept his promise then I would give us a reasonable chance of winning that appeal. The Pyramid system in football works well in this country and the standard of stadia is of paramount importance. Unfortunately we at Darlington bucked the normal trend and built one two big for our population. The FA can't be blamed for any of that.
[quote][p][bold]mensamoo[/bold] wrote: The FA are toying with us. Tomorrow's echo will have us called Toytown Utd and wearing a pink strip with green stripes. They will force us to play on broken glass at midnight. Sorry, but they are taking the[/p][/quote]Sorry, but I don't understand your beef with the FA. We broke the rules and were punished accordingly. As soon as 1883 agreed a groundshare with Shildon their hands were tied. As Mike Amos said yesterday, if they really wanted to hammer us we could have ended up in the Teesside or Wearside Leagues. 1883 have corrected their wrong and I applaud them for that and if and I appreciate it's a big if, Raj Singh has kept his promise then I would give us a reasonable chance of winning that appeal. The Pyramid system in football works well in this country and the standard of stadia is of paramount importance. Unfortunately we at Darlington bucked the normal trend and built one two big for our population. The FA can't be blamed for any of that. doonhamer
  • Score: 1

10:56am Thu 31 May 12

the-big-yin says...

jock maclean wrote:
I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much
travelling
i told you 4 weeks ago on this section.....contacts at the f.a.
he now says you have no chance with the appeal....
stuck in the northern league for 8 years.......bishop will soon get sick of their pitch getting churned up week in week out....also where are darlo going to train? where is all the car parking for the games and where is the extra security going to get paid from?
plus if the fans try and use the supermarkets car parks there will be loads of clamped cars....great business for the supermarkets security firms...l.o.l.
[quote][p][bold]jock maclean[/bold] wrote: I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much travelling[/p][/quote]i told you 4 weeks ago on this section.....contacts at the f.a. he now says you have no chance with the appeal.... stuck in the northern league for 8 years.......bishop will soon get sick of their pitch getting churned up week in week out....also where are darlo going to train? where is all the car parking for the games and where is the extra security going to get paid from? plus if the fans try and use the supermarkets car parks there will be loads of clamped cars....great business for the supermarkets security firms...l.o.l. the-big-yin
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11:13am Thu 31 May 12

doonhamer says...

the-big-yin wrote:
jock maclean wrote:
I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much
travelling
i told you 4 weeks ago on this section.....contacts at the f.a.
he now says you have no chance with the appeal....
stuck in the northern league for 8 years.......bishop will soon get sick of their pitch getting churned up week in week out....also where are darlo going to train? where is all the car parking for the games and where is the extra security going to get paid from?
plus if the fans try and use the supermarkets car parks there will be loads of clamped cars....great business for the supermarkets security firms...l.o.l.
Too many unsubstantiated rumours have caused all sorts of problems............
...... not quite sure if YOU want Darlo to be successful or not................b
ut you have answered your own question about where the extra money will come from by acknowledging the fact that we will have a good support next season..............
....also this rubbish about the pitch churning up, Feethams, prone to the odd bit of water now and again thanks to the Skerne, hosted 23 home League games when we were in division four, 20 home reserve league games in the Wearside plus FA Cup, League Cup, Friendlys, Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, Sunderland Shipowners Cup and Wearside League Cup fixtures for several seasons. I don't remember ever failing to complete our fixtures. A little bit of muck never hurt anyone, seems like you as a modern day nice flat pitch type fan, could have a problem with the "mans" game.
[quote][p][bold]the-big-yin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jock maclean[/bold] wrote: I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much travelling[/p][/quote]i told you 4 weeks ago on this section.....contacts at the f.a. he now says you have no chance with the appeal.... stuck in the northern league for 8 years.......bishop will soon get sick of their pitch getting churned up week in week out....also where are darlo going to train? where is all the car parking for the games and where is the extra security going to get paid from? plus if the fans try and use the supermarkets car parks there will be loads of clamped cars....great business for the supermarkets security firms...l.o.l.[/p][/quote]Too many unsubstantiated rumours have caused all sorts of problems............ ...... not quite sure if YOU want Darlo to be successful or not................b ut you have answered your own question about where the extra money will come from by acknowledging the fact that we will have a good support next season.............. ....also this rubbish about the pitch churning up, Feethams, prone to the odd bit of water now and again thanks to the Skerne, hosted 23 home League games when we were in division four, 20 home reserve league games in the Wearside plus FA Cup, League Cup, Friendlys, Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, Sunderland Shipowners Cup and Wearside League Cup fixtures for several seasons. I don't remember ever failing to complete our fixtures. A little bit of muck never hurt anyone, seems like you as a modern day nice flat pitch type fan, could have a problem with the "mans" game. doonhamer
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12:19pm Thu 31 May 12

bishops_man says...

I dont think the pitch should be a problem, there were loads of matches played there towards the end of last season including local school matches, youth matches, cup finals, charity matches and local pub matches. There is improvement work being carried out on the pitch at this very moment.
I dont think the pitch should be a problem, there were loads of matches played there towards the end of last season including local school matches, youth matches, cup finals, charity matches and local pub matches. There is improvement work being carried out on the pitch at this very moment. bishops_man
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1:46pm Thu 31 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

doonhamer wrote:
the-big-yin wrote:
jock maclean wrote:
I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much
travelling
i told you 4 weeks ago on this section.....contacts at the f.a.
he now says you have no chance with the appeal....
stuck in the northern league for 8 years.......bishop will soon get sick of their pitch getting churned up week in week out....also where are darlo going to train? where is all the car parking for the games and where is the extra security going to get paid from?
plus if the fans try and use the supermarkets car parks there will be loads of clamped cars....great business for the supermarkets security firms...l.o.l.
Too many unsubstantiated rumours have caused all sorts of problems............

...... not quite sure if YOU want Darlo to be successful or not................b

ut you have answered your own question about where the extra money will come from by acknowledging the fact that we will have a good support next season..............

....also this rubbish about the pitch churning up, Feethams, prone to the odd bit of water now and again thanks to the Skerne, hosted 23 home League games when we were in division four, 20 home reserve league games in the Wearside plus FA Cup, League Cup, Friendlys, Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, Sunderland Shipowners Cup and Wearside League Cup fixtures for several seasons. I don't remember ever failing to complete our fixtures. A little bit of muck never hurt anyone, seems like you as a modern day nice flat pitch type fan, could have a problem with the "mans" game.
when were you last there my friend ?as i was there towards may be the last game of the season,and you mark my words that pitch was completely knackered.you say a bit of muck never hurt anyone ?so why was there a cup game abandoned in the wearvalley league as it was classed as dangerous because the field was starting to cut up badly,heritage park was a lot worse than the game what got abandonded...fact
[quote][p][bold]doonhamer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the-big-yin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jock maclean[/bold] wrote: I have it on good authority Darlington knew two weeks ago they were in the Northern League, as the management team could not possibly take on the job and also run their school of excellence as it ment any other league ment too much travelling[/p][/quote]i told you 4 weeks ago on this section.....contacts at the f.a. he now says you have no chance with the appeal.... stuck in the northern league for 8 years.......bishop will soon get sick of their pitch getting churned up week in week out....also where are darlo going to train? where is all the car parking for the games and where is the extra security going to get paid from? plus if the fans try and use the supermarkets car parks there will be loads of clamped cars....great business for the supermarkets security firms...l.o.l.[/p][/quote]Too many unsubstantiated rumours have caused all sorts of problems............ ...... not quite sure if YOU want Darlo to be successful or not................b ut you have answered your own question about where the extra money will come from by acknowledging the fact that we will have a good support next season.............. ....also this rubbish about the pitch churning up, Feethams, prone to the odd bit of water now and again thanks to the Skerne, hosted 23 home League games when we were in division four, 20 home reserve league games in the Wearside plus FA Cup, League Cup, Friendlys, Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, Sunderland Shipowners Cup and Wearside League Cup fixtures for several seasons. I don't remember ever failing to complete our fixtures. A little bit of muck never hurt anyone, seems like you as a modern day nice flat pitch type fan, could have a problem with the "mans" game.[/p][/quote]when were you last there my friend ?as i was there towards may be the last game of the season,and you mark my words that pitch was completely knackered.you say a bit of muck never hurt anyone ?so why was there a cup game abandoned in the wearvalley league as it was classed as dangerous because the field was starting to cut up badly,heritage park was a lot worse than the game what got abandonded...fact harleyjasmine
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1:52pm Thu 31 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

ps yes i accept bishop had xtra games towards the end ,but nobody can say that pitch wasnt knackered!!!!!!!!!
ps yes i accept bishop had xtra games towards the end ,but nobody can say that pitch wasnt knackered!!!!!!!!! harleyjasmine
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5:06pm Thu 31 May 12

asupporter says...

Funny old game isn't it? Lots of people on here criticising Shildon now just as many criticising Bishop. Seems like 1883 can't do anything right for some people. Under the new set up at least we will be able to have a say in the running of the club - there wasn't much chance of that with any of the others. Mike Amos is right, we could have been in the Wearside League, and we do have something to look forward to next season now. If we get the team right there will be lots of good days in the Northern League and we can believe there is a way back to the Conference. Newport County went bust in the middle of the season, were expelled from the Conference and survived and prospered in exile without a ground of their own. Now they are back with their own ground and finalists in the FA Trophy. If they can do it so can we.
Funny old game isn't it? Lots of people on here criticising Shildon now just as many criticising Bishop. Seems like 1883 can't do anything right for some people. Under the new set up at least we will be able to have a say in the running of the club - there wasn't much chance of that with any of the others. Mike Amos is right, we could have been in the Wearside League, and we do have something to look forward to next season now. If we get the team right there will be lots of good days in the Northern League and we can believe there is a way back to the Conference. Newport County went bust in the middle of the season, were expelled from the Conference and survived and prospered in exile without a ground of their own. Now they are back with their own ground and finalists in the FA Trophy. If they can do it so can we. asupporter
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5:13pm Thu 31 May 12

stiv says...

Well done to those leading darlo, without them we would have nothing. we must support them or end up loosing them. at least we wont be getting arthur wharton shoved down our throats any more, i hope.
Well done to those leading darlo, without them we would have nothing. we must support them or end up loosing them. at least we wont be getting arthur wharton shoved down our throats any more, i hope. stiv
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5:15pm Thu 31 May 12

harleyjasmine says...

asupporter wrote:
Funny old game isn't it? Lots of people on here criticising Shildon now just as many criticising Bishop. Seems like 1883 can't do anything right for some people. Under the new set up at least we will be able to have a say in the running of the club - there wasn't much chance of that with any of the others. Mike Amos is right, we could have been in the Wearside League, and we do have something to look forward to next season now. If we get the team right there will be lots of good days in the Northern League and we can believe there is a way back to the Conference. Newport County went bust in the middle of the season, were expelled from the Conference and survived and prospered in exile without a ground of their own. Now they are back with their own ground and finalists in the FA Trophy. If they can do it so can we.
gud comment mate
[quote][p][bold]asupporter[/bold] wrote: Funny old game isn't it? Lots of people on here criticising Shildon now just as many criticising Bishop. Seems like 1883 can't do anything right for some people. Under the new set up at least we will be able to have a say in the running of the club - there wasn't much chance of that with any of the others. Mike Amos is right, we could have been in the Wearside League, and we do have something to look forward to next season now. If we get the team right there will be lots of good days in the Northern League and we can believe there is a way back to the Conference. Newport County went bust in the middle of the season, were expelled from the Conference and survived and prospered in exile without a ground of their own. Now they are back with their own ground and finalists in the FA Trophy. If they can do it so can we.[/p][/quote]gud comment mate harleyjasmine
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6:19pm Thu 31 May 12

Idontknowaboutyoubut says...

Bishops/Heritage Park.is a young pitch,and they can take some time to settle down,maybe even relaid,think about the new Wembley pitch.
Such groundwork takes time,and costs money.I suppose Darlos groundshare could have a bearing on that,helping with the funding of remedial work.I take the point that the playing surface is dodgy,so maybe a positive leg-up for Bishops forthcoming?
Bishops/Heritage Park.is a young pitch,and they can take some time to settle down,maybe even relaid,think about the new Wembley pitch. Such groundwork takes time,and costs money.I suppose Darlos groundshare could have a bearing on that,helping with the funding of remedial work.I take the point that the playing surface is dodgy,so maybe a positive leg-up for Bishops forthcoming? Idontknowaboutyoubut
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7:50pm Thu 31 May 12

DarloJosh says...

clearly a degree of amateurism and inexperience from the board not get this right in the first place with the ground share and the CVA knowing the consequences, there would of been no need for appeal.
At the same time, lets not forget these people are basically volunteers and are local business people not football experts. they are undoubtedly doing their level best. A word of advice would surely be to get someone, possibly an experienced willing secretary to come in and steady the ship!
clearly a degree of amateurism and inexperience from the board not get this right in the first place with the ground share and the CVA knowing the consequences, there would of been no need for appeal. At the same time, lets not forget these people are basically volunteers and are local business people not football experts. they are undoubtedly doing their level best. A word of advice would surely be to get someone, possibly an experienced willing secretary to come in and steady the ship! DarloJosh
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9:55pm Thu 31 May 12

monteforte says...

Darlo FC new groundshare...
subject: Re: Heritage Park Bishops Ground Pictures and Info Source
take a look on here,,
http://www.flickr.co
m//photos/bishopafc/
sets/721576299872808
12/show/
Darlo FC new groundshare... subject: Re: Heritage Park Bishops Ground Pictures and Info Source take a look on here,, http://www.flickr.co m//photos/bishopafc/ sets/721576299872808 12/show/ monteforte
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9:59pm Thu 31 May 12

monteforte says...

Prices have been released for next season with Darlington Football Club

season ticket::

Adult £150 standing, £195 seated

Concession: £80 standing, £115 seated

Aged 6-16: £35

Free under 5's

Matchday pricing: standing is £8 per adult, £5 concessions and £2 for 6-16. Free under 5's
Prices have been released for next season with Darlington Football Club season ticket:: Adult £150 standing, £195 seated Concession: £80 standing, £115 seated Aged 6-16: £35 Free under 5's Matchday pricing: standing is £8 per adult, £5 concessions and £2 for 6-16. Free under 5's monteforte
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11:03pm Thu 31 May 12

IonlySpeaktheTruth says...

Season ticket for Hartlepool £155... £45 cheaper than northern league Darlo
Season ticket for Hartlepool £155... £45 cheaper than northern league Darlo IonlySpeaktheTruth
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7:34am Fri 1 Jun 12

extratime says...

Just shows how outbof touch 1883 are Pools fans get L1 footbal on their doorstep in a decent ground with an excellent pitch for less than Darlo community club yeah right

Hardly any saving on st anyway even spenny as reigning champions charge less at the gate

Fleece the fans to pay off old clubs debts great business practise that

As said above 1883 need someone on board who knows the score
Just shows how outbof touch 1883 are Pools fans get L1 footbal on their doorstep in a decent ground with an excellent pitch for less than Darlo community club yeah right Hardly any saving on st anyway even spenny as reigning champions charge less at the gate Fleece the fans to pay off old clubs debts great business practise that As said above 1883 need someone on board who knows the score extratime
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10:23am Fri 1 Jun 12

morgan1 says...

To be honest, based on money being raised by the fans for the club, in reality for all this mess their should be free admission in this league to get as many fans back as possible.
If they wish to donate at the gate or leaving then thats the way it should be.
The CIC subscription which has not been mentioned yet should have been the way to get a bit of extra cash not fleecing the fans for Northern League Football.
Sorry another mistake to win back the fans (WHICH IT WONT)
Admission should be FREE donate if you wish.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!
To be honest, based on money being raised by the fans for the club, in reality for all this mess their should be free admission in this league to get as many fans back as possible. If they wish to donate at the gate or leaving then thats the way it should be. The CIC subscription which has not been mentioned yet should have been the way to get a bit of extra cash not fleecing the fans for Northern League Football. Sorry another mistake to win back the fans (WHICH IT WONT) Admission should be FREE donate if you wish.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! morgan1
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12:34pm Fri 1 Jun 12

quakersam says...

extratime wrote:
Just shows how outbof touch 1883 are Pools fans get L1 footbal on their doorstep in a decent ground with an excellent pitch for less than Darlo community club yeah right

Hardly any saving on st anyway even spenny as reigning champions charge less at the gate

Fleece the fans to pay off old clubs debts great business practise that

As said above 1883 need someone on board who knows the score
How do you propose we move back up the leagues, pay our debts and finance a move back to Darlo then smartarse? Would actually love to see you try to run a football club
[quote][p][bold]extratime[/bold] wrote: Just shows how outbof touch 1883 are Pools fans get L1 footbal on their doorstep in a decent ground with an excellent pitch for less than Darlo community club yeah right Hardly any saving on st anyway even spenny as reigning champions charge less at the gate Fleece the fans to pay off old clubs debts great business practise that As said above 1883 need someone on board who knows the score[/p][/quote]How do you propose we move back up the leagues, pay our debts and finance a move back to Darlo then smartarse? Would actually love to see you try to run a football club quakersam
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12:36pm Fri 1 Jun 12

quakersam says...

morgan1 wrote:
To be honest, based on money being raised by the fans for the club, in reality for all this mess their should be free admission in this league to get as many fans back as possible.
If they wish to donate at the gate or leaving then thats the way it should be.
The CIC subscription which has not been mentioned yet should have been the way to get a bit of extra cash not fleecing the fans for Northern League Football.
Sorry another mistake to win back the fans (WHICH IT WONT)
Admission should be FREE donate if you wish.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!
Free? Are you for real? So how does the club make money then? How does it pay players? How does it finance itself...

Back in the real world, each league actually has a minimum charge so you actually can't charge nothing
[quote][p][bold]morgan1[/bold] wrote: To be honest, based on money being raised by the fans for the club, in reality for all this mess their should be free admission in this league to get as many fans back as possible. If they wish to donate at the gate or leaving then thats the way it should be. The CIC subscription which has not been mentioned yet should have been the way to get a bit of extra cash not fleecing the fans for Northern League Football. Sorry another mistake to win back the fans (WHICH IT WONT) Admission should be FREE donate if you wish.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !![/p][/quote]Free? Are you for real? So how does the club make money then? How does it pay players? How does it finance itself... Back in the real world, each league actually has a minimum charge so you actually can't charge nothing quakersam
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12:50pm Fri 1 Jun 12

morgan1 says...

Quakersam
Fine make a minimum charge but not something which is greater than League 1 football.

Given what the fans have been though there should be some promotional games where it is nigh on Free to attend.
The club is going to use the CIC for its inital year 1 funding and will probably have annual CIC subscription.
If no one can understand how to do this it is very sad, but you need the lowest cost possible to make it worthwhile traveling and to encourage as many young fans as possible.
The club has to recreate a bigger fan base to encourage them all into the CIC so you have to feet through the gate, so it needs to be as financially attractive to attend as possible for non CIC/fans groups as possible.
I seriously know how to get bums on seats and how to capture them into the club once you have them, but the first thing you have to do is get them there.
Quakersam Fine make a minimum charge but not something which is greater than League 1 football. Given what the fans have been though there should be some promotional games where it is nigh on Free to attend. The club is going to use the CIC for its inital year 1 funding and will probably have annual CIC subscription. If no one can understand how to do this it is very sad, but you need the lowest cost possible to make it worthwhile traveling and to encourage as many young fans as possible. The club has to recreate a bigger fan base to encourage them all into the CIC so you have to feet through the gate, so it needs to be as financially attractive to attend as possible for non CIC/fans groups as possible. I seriously know how to get bums on seats and how to capture them into the club once you have them, but the first thing you have to do is get them there. morgan1
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1:01pm Fri 1 Jun 12

quakersam says...

Well I and 1883 would love to hear your ideas, that's not being sarcastic, they honestly need people feeding in their ideas of how we run this sustainably.
I know the season tickets / matchday charges are above other clubs but other clubs don't have debts to pay, they don't have to fund a way back to the town. I don't think its fair to compare us with Pools, Pools have IOR who are footing the losses season on season, they get TV money, money from the Football League, Darlington now have none of this. If we make a loss we have nobody to foot that bill. We will pay our bills through the gate receipts.
I think that they've priced the matchday accordingly, fans said on Uncovered they'd be happy with £8, it gives us that slight advantage over other clubs to be able to progress upwards through the leagues should we achieve promotion.
They've also priced kids tickets really well at £2, meaning a Dad can go with his son for the magic tenner which is great value.
I think that will be a big attraction for Under 16's and having Under 5's free will hopefully bring in fans of the future.
With 23 games in the league next season the standing adult season ticket price works out at £6.50 a game, which again is really decent value if your comparing with Spennymoor's gate price of £6.
Well I and 1883 would love to hear your ideas, that's not being sarcastic, they honestly need people feeding in their ideas of how we run this sustainably. I know the season tickets / matchday charges are above other clubs but other clubs don't have debts to pay, they don't have to fund a way back to the town. I don't think its fair to compare us with Pools, Pools have IOR who are footing the losses season on season, they get TV money, money from the Football League, Darlington now have none of this. If we make a loss we have nobody to foot that bill. We will pay our bills through the gate receipts. I think that they've priced the matchday accordingly, fans said on Uncovered they'd be happy with £8, it gives us that slight advantage over other clubs to be able to progress upwards through the leagues should we achieve promotion. They've also priced kids tickets really well at £2, meaning a Dad can go with his son for the magic tenner which is great value. I think that will be a big attraction for Under 16's and having Under 5's free will hopefully bring in fans of the future. With 23 games in the league next season the standing adult season ticket price works out at £6.50 a game, which again is really decent value if your comparing with Spennymoor's gate price of £6. quakersam
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1:26pm Fri 1 Jun 12

morgan1 says...

Quakersam,
fans on uncovered are die hard fans, they are not the public, do you only want the die hard 600 ish fans to attend.
The money you are talikng about raisng if you have 600 ish as public not fans then its about 100K for the season.
What I would do is simply ask the CIC and fans to pay a subscription of £100 annually, in the CIC according to an out of date figure is 200 ish but lets assume its 600, so thats £60K

Now if you could get 600 new fans at say £4 a ticket to the home matches you have rasied an extra £50K if we can also encourage half of these new members of the public to become CIC members then you have got another 300 members at 30K.
This gives a net gain of £40K but more importantly an extra 300 CIC members.

Keep the costs low at the gate, the sales pressure high and convert members of the public into Fans and CIC members.

I wish the club 1883 board would stop thinking solely about the current fan base, I know they are very important to the club but they need to think about how to grow it and get them into the CIC as that appears the only way they are going to grow at this point , then you need more fans.
Quakersam, fans on uncovered are die hard fans, they are not the public, do you only want the die hard 600 ish fans to attend. The money you are talikng about raisng if you have 600 ish as public not fans then its about 100K for the season. What I would do is simply ask the CIC and fans to pay a subscription of £100 annually, in the CIC according to an out of date figure is 200 ish but lets assume its 600, so thats £60K Now if you could get 600 new fans at say £4 a ticket to the home matches you have rasied an extra £50K if we can also encourage half of these new members of the public to become CIC members then you have got another 300 members at 30K. This gives a net gain of £40K but more importantly an extra 300 CIC members. Keep the costs low at the gate, the sales pressure high and convert members of the public into Fans and CIC members. I wish the club 1883 board would stop thinking solely about the current fan base, I know they are very important to the club but they need to think about how to grow it and get them into the CIC as that appears the only way they are going to grow at this point , then you need more fans. morgan1
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4:54pm Fri 1 Jun 12

War with the FA says...

A sad minority of posters on here do not think that the F.A. are overpunishing Darlo when they threaten to place a club with 125 years history in a league where crowds average less than a hundred!!! I disagree with them. To do that to Darlington is MURDER within a footballing context.
A sad minority of posters on here do not think that the F.A. are overpunishing Darlo when they threaten to place a club with 125 years history in a league where crowds average less than a hundred!!! I disagree with them. To do that to Darlington is MURDER within a footballing context. War with the FA
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5:23pm Fri 1 Jun 12

extratime says...

quakersam wrote:
extratime wrote:
Just shows how outbof touch 1883 are Pools fans get L1 footbal on their doorstep in a decent ground with an excellent pitch for less than Darlo community club yeah right

Hardly any saving on st anyway even spenny as reigning champions charge less at the gate

Fleece the fans to pay off old clubs debts great business practise that

As said above 1883 need someone on board who knows the score
How do you propose we move back up the leagues, pay our debts and finance a move back to Darlo then smartarse? Would actually love to see you try to run a football club
Ask 1883 not me their foolish decision to take on debts and buy valueless assets has meant that they now need to shaft fans to pay over the odds for NL football

So the plan is pay more now to watch poor quality just in case we go up in future when well then shaft you again by saying prices are going up because we are now at higher level do they think well fall for that ?

Sorry but theyre having a laugh all this on top of yet more fundraising and begging bowls for investment
Already another 70k in debt now as a director of 1883 has put this up as fans ouldnt raise it by yesterdays deadline

Another 200k by end June no chance or do we let same person bale us out agian so much for community club doomed to fail before it starts wonder if 70k is loan or a gift ?
[quote][p][bold]quakersam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]extratime[/bold] wrote: Just shows how outbof touch 1883 are Pools fans get L1 footbal on their doorstep in a decent ground with an excellent pitch for less than Darlo community club yeah right Hardly any saving on st anyway even spenny as reigning champions charge less at the gate Fleece the fans to pay off old clubs debts great business practise that As said above 1883 need someone on board who knows the score[/p][/quote]How do you propose we move back up the leagues, pay our debts and finance a move back to Darlo then smartarse? Would actually love to see you try to run a football club[/p][/quote]Ask 1883 not me their foolish decision to take on debts and buy valueless assets has meant that they now need to shaft fans to pay over the odds for NL football So the plan is pay more now to watch poor quality just in case we go up in future when well then shaft you again by saying prices are going up because we are now at higher level do they think well fall for that ? Sorry but theyre having a laugh all this on top of yet more fundraising and begging bowls for investment Already another 70k in debt now as a director of 1883 has put this up as fans ouldnt raise it by yesterdays deadline Another 200k by end June no chance or do we let same person bale us out agian so much for community club doomed to fail before it starts wonder if 70k is loan or a gift ? extratime
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8:24pm Fri 1 Jun 12

monteforte says...

What quakersam said in response to morgan1; re; ticket prices;on above post a comment;
"I think that they've priced the matchday accordingly, fans said on Uncovered they'd be happy with £8," .

Yeah.,, is that a proper poll? ...Uncovered don't fully represent our fan base !
i believe only approx 40 uncovered posters made suggestions as regards ticket pricing as of Tues 29th may 2012?
11 said £8,
8 said less than £8,
the rest said more than £8 ,some went as high as £15 . One poster super_les_mcjannet went further ;" We need to be the most expensive Northern League Team"..
This person i believe is the new Advisor for the new Darlington Supporters Trust ,Lee Dixon..
Privileged few comes to mind.....
What quakersam said in response to morgan1; re; ticket prices;on above post a comment; "I think that they've priced the matchday accordingly, fans said on Uncovered they'd be happy with £8," . Yeah.,, is that a proper poll? ...Uncovered don't fully represent our fan base ! i believe only approx 40 uncovered posters made suggestions as regards ticket pricing as of Tues 29th may 2012? 11 said £8, 8 said less than £8, the rest said more than £8 ,some went as high as £15 . One poster super_les_mcjannet went further ;" We need to be the most expensive Northern League Team".. This person i believe is the new Advisor for the new Darlington Supporters Trust ,Lee Dixon.. Privileged few comes to mind..... monteforte
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9:06pm Fri 1 Jun 12

Idontknowaboutyoubut says...

Having the highest prices is all very well,if people are prepared to pay them,for non-league footie, but what about away fans?Will they be happy to pay more to watch Darlo?
Remember,in the Northern League,all the games are local derbies.!
Having the highest prices is all very well,if people are prepared to pay them,for non-league footie, but what about away fans?Will they be happy to pay more to watch Darlo? Remember,in the Northern League,all the games are local derbies.! Idontknowaboutyoubut
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7:20am Sat 2 Jun 12

asupporter says...

The best way to attract more supporters to watch football at any level is to have a winning team. Winning teams cost money even in the Northern League and it seems to me that with the prices announced 1883 have their offer about right. After everything that has happened I didn't think I would be looking forward to the new season but I am now. 1883 have appointed a good manager who should be able to put together a very competitive team. In the Northern League every match will a local derby and have a cup tie atmosphere. It won't be easy because everyone will be out to beat us but it will be great entertainment and a great opportunity to rebuild the club into something we can be proud of. Stop complaining and get behind the club and the team now. We could easily have lost everything and it is down to 1883 that we didn't.
The best way to attract more supporters to watch football at any level is to have a winning team. Winning teams cost money even in the Northern League and it seems to me that with the prices announced 1883 have their offer about right. After everything that has happened I didn't think I would be looking forward to the new season but I am now. 1883 have appointed a good manager who should be able to put together a very competitive team. In the Northern League every match will a local derby and have a cup tie atmosphere. It won't be easy because everyone will be out to beat us but it will be great entertainment and a great opportunity to rebuild the club into something we can be proud of. Stop complaining and get behind the club and the team now. We could easily have lost everything and it is down to 1883 that we didn't. asupporter
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10:32am Sat 2 Jun 12

doonhamer says...

asupporter wrote:
The best way to attract more supporters to watch football at any level is to have a winning team. Winning teams cost money even in the Northern League and it seems to me that with the prices announced 1883 have their offer about right. After everything that has happened I didn't think I would be looking forward to the new season but I am now. 1883 have appointed a good manager who should be able to put together a very competitive team. In the Northern League every match will a local derby and have a cup tie atmosphere. It won't be easy because everyone will be out to beat us but it will be great entertainment and a great opportunity to rebuild the club into something we can be proud of. Stop complaining and get behind the club and the team now. We could easily have lost everything and it is down to 1883 that we didn't.
Things probably weren't done correctly at first, hence fans apprehension at what was happening, but I agree with your comments, give credit where credit is due and your hopes/predictions for the future are spot on. Meanwhile the subject of ground admission prices, although a thorny problem for some, seem to me to be just about right. The incentive is there for the younger supporter (Father/Mother with Son/Daughter for a Tenner can't be bad. Yes if we want quality players and promotion the money has to come through the gate as well as sponsorship etc. Most NL grounds have seated accommodation for less than 300 people. Most have covered accommodation for no more than 600 including seats. Fans used to the luxurious surroundings of the Arena might find Whitley Bay on a cold foggy east coast in November decidedly unattractive. The younger element however, who are the nucleus of our away support, will not have a problem with this and these are the people we must attract to the club. As stated above, it's all about a winning team, in whatever league or division. Keep that going and the majority of a shirt sleeved crowd on a balmy August afternoon at Heritage Park will stick with the club. Inclement weather has a big effect on NL attendances because of lack of amenities at grounds, but when clubs are successful, eg Whitley Bay on their FA Vase runs, four figure crowds were the "norm" irrespective of conditions. 1883s board obviously see things that way and intend to hit the ground running, nobody can complain at that and has stated above fans need to get behind the club and the team now.
[quote][p][bold]asupporter[/bold] wrote: The best way to attract more supporters to watch football at any level is to have a winning team. Winning teams cost money even in the Northern League and it seems to me that with the prices announced 1883 have their offer about right. After everything that has happened I didn't think I would be looking forward to the new season but I am now. 1883 have appointed a good manager who should be able to put together a very competitive team. In the Northern League every match will a local derby and have a cup tie atmosphere. It won't be easy because everyone will be out to beat us but it will be great entertainment and a great opportunity to rebuild the club into something we can be proud of. Stop complaining and get behind the club and the team now. We could easily have lost everything and it is down to 1883 that we didn't.[/p][/quote]Things probably weren't done correctly at first, hence fans apprehension at what was happening, but I agree with your comments, give credit where credit is due and your hopes/predictions for the future are spot on. Meanwhile the subject of ground admission prices, although a thorny problem for some, seem to me to be just about right. The incentive is there for the younger supporter (Father/Mother with Son/Daughter for a Tenner can't be bad. Yes if we want quality players and promotion the money has to come through the gate as well as sponsorship etc. Most NL grounds have seated accommodation for less than 300 people. Most have covered accommodation for no more than 600 including seats. Fans used to the luxurious surroundings of the Arena might find Whitley Bay on a cold foggy east coast in November decidedly unattractive. The younger element however, who are the nucleus of our away support, will not have a problem with this and these are the people we must attract to the club. As stated above, it's all about a winning team, in whatever league or division. Keep that going and the majority of a shirt sleeved crowd on a balmy August afternoon at Heritage Park will stick with the club. Inclement weather has a big effect on NL attendances because of lack of amenities at grounds, but when clubs are successful, eg Whitley Bay on their FA Vase runs, four figure crowds were the "norm" irrespective of conditions. 1883s board obviously see things that way and intend to hit the ground running, nobody can complain at that and has stated above fans need to get behind the club and the team now. doonhamer
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Sat 2 Jun 12

bishops_man says...

Well would you believe it, first game of the new season : Bishop Auckland vs Darlington, Sat 18th August. This should be a right cracker !!!
Well would you believe it, first game of the new season : Bishop Auckland vs Darlington, Sat 18th August. This should be a right cracker !!! bishops_man
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Sat 2 Jun 12

doonhamer says...

bishops_man wrote:
Well would you believe it, first game of the new season : Bishop Auckland vs Darlington, Sat 18th August. This should be a right cracker !!!
Record crowd for an NL game in the modern era, eg since the halcyon days of Bishops, Blyth and Crook etc ?
[quote][p][bold]bishops_man[/bold] wrote: Well would you believe it, first game of the new season : Bishop Auckland vs Darlington, Sat 18th August. This should be a right cracker !!![/p][/quote]Record crowd for an NL game in the modern era, eg since the halcyon days of Bishops, Blyth and Crook etc ? doonhamer
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Sun 3 Jun 12

the-big-yin says...

bishops_man wrote:
Well would you believe it, first game of the new season : Bishop Auckland vs Darlington, Sat 18th August. This should be a right cracker !!!
how strange ????
mike amos up to his old tricks again....
northern league commitee fixing the fixtures again....allegedly..
.
what are the odds on that fixture being drawn out first...l.o.l.
bet mike amos is at that game freeloading again...who ate all the free pies and drank the free drink....?????
mike amos...allegedly....
..
[quote][p][bold]bishops_man[/bold] wrote: Well would you believe it, first game of the new season : Bishop Auckland vs Darlington, Sat 18th August. This should be a right cracker !!![/p][/quote]how strange ???? mike amos up to his old tricks again.... northern league commitee fixing the fixtures again....allegedly.. . what are the odds on that fixture being drawn out first...l.o.l. bet mike amos is at that game freeloading again...who ate all the free pies and drank the free drink....????? mike amos...allegedly.... .. the-big-yin
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