Quakers begin search for new name - which gets your vote?

The Northern Echo: Darlington Football Club 1883 - 2012 Darlington Football Club 1883 - 2012

THE football club formerly known as Darlington FC last night asked fans to help choose a new name after an unprecedented punishment by the Football Association.

Club officials had hoped a plea for leniency would see the Quakers allowed to keep their name as well as playing in the Evo-Stik League and national FA competitions next season.

However, following a crunch meeting at Wembley Stadium, they came away disappointed on all counts.

The punishment, which is one of the harshest ever handed down by football’s governing body, leaves Darlington at rock bottom – a club with no name, no permanent home, no entry into national cup competitions and no choice but to play in the Northern League next season.

Members of Darlington FC 1883 (DFC 1883), the community company formed to save the club from liquidation, said they were “gobsmacked” by the decision, but last night refused to be downhearted.

Although the FA ruling means the club can no longer be known as Darlington Football Club – a name it has used since its foundation in 1883 – it immediately launched a fightback last night, asking fans to help choose a new name.

Seven options have been proposed – Darlington FC 1883, 1883 Darlington FC, Darlington Community Football Club (CFC), CFC Darlington, Darlington Athletic Football Club (AFC), AFC Darlington and Locomotive Darlington.

In an online poll launched yesterday by The Northern Echo, Darlington AFC was the fans’ favourite, with 33 per cent of the votes cast, followed by Locomotive Darlington, with 24 per cent.

Voting will continue today and over the weekend. Fans can also make their choice by completing a coupon printed in The Northern Echo today, and sending it to The Echo’s head office, in Darlington.

The results of The Northern Echo’s poll will be sent to the club, which has promised to consider the fans’ views before deciding on a name.

Board members from DFC 1883, which owns the club, travelled to Wembley yesterday to appeal against the FA’s decision to treat the Quakers as a new entity, separate from the club which played in the Blue Square Premier League last season.

However, the appeal was rejected on all counts.

The ruling means the club will play in the Northern League next season and be prevented from taking part in national FA competitions.

But it is the FA’s insistence that the club changes its 129- year-old name which is likely to anger fans the most.

DFC 1883 board members last night said they were “bitterly disappointed at the decision”, but vowed to press on with the community club model.

Board member Laura Drew said: “We feel we had a strong case and, to be honest, I am gobsmacked that the appeal was unsuccessful.”

Denis Pinnegar, DFC 1883 chairman, added: “There has been a lot of uncertainty around this club in recent times and the fans deserve better.

“It’s our job now to work with the fans, get the fans to back the club and get the club back playing in Darlington and at the highest level we can, as soon as we can.”

However, while the board said it would accept the ruling, there was also anger at how the club had found itself in this position.

Craig McKenna, DFC 1883 project director, claimed the judgement had occurred because fans had been let down by former chairman Raj Singh, who was unable to back a company voluntary arrangement acceptable to the FA and did not transfer the club’s FA membership to the new owners.

Mr McKenna added: “It is the fans that I feel for – they deserve better than this and they have been let down.

“It is the fans’ club now and, if that is the only positive thing to come out of this, then it is a positive thing well worth having.”

Mr Singh said: “Once they have put the amount of money into the football club as I have, then they can criticise – end of.”

The FA was unavailable for comment.


From the seven options being considered, which new name for Darlington FC gets your vote?
  
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5:19pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Trademarque says...

Please tell me these are a joke. Anything other than AFC Darlington and we will be laughed out of the Northern League.

Locomotive Darlington? Give me an L. Give me an O. Give me C. Give me an O. Give me an M. Give me an O. Give me a T. Give me an I. Give me an V. Give me an E. Give me a D. Give me an A. Give me a R. Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me an N. Give me a G. Give me a T. Give me an O. Give me an N.

What have you got? ......... certainly not the will to live anymore!!
Please tell me these are a joke. Anything other than AFC Darlington and we will be laughed out of the Northern League. Locomotive Darlington? Give me an L. Give me an O. Give me C. Give me an O. Give me an M. Give me an O. Give me a T. Give me an I. Give me an V. Give me an E. Give me a D. Give me an A. Give me a R. Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me an N. Give me a G. Give me a T. Give me an O. Give me an N. What have you got? ......... certainly not the will to live anymore!! Trademarque

5:25pm Thu 21 Jun 12

morgan1 says...

Looks like one of my questions answered.

Of the suggestions to remain 'Darlo' if thats what is wanted then 'Darlington AFC' is probably the best and would get my vote.
Pity you did not use NE polls like this previously.
Looks like one of my questions answered. Of the suggestions to remain 'Darlo' if thats what is wanted then 'Darlington AFC' is probably the best and would get my vote. Pity you did not use NE polls like this previously. morgan1

5:32pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Ugh says...

Moragn1. Yet more sniping? Sod off
Moragn1. Yet more sniping? Sod off Ugh

6:03pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Skallywagg says...

Bishop Reserves FC
Bishop Reserves FC Skallywagg

6:36pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Butterknowle Boy says...

Can someone please explain exactly what Darlington FC 1883 bought from the administrators and for how much?

I'm not a Darlo fan but hope the club have a sucessful future but to me they seemed to have paid money to the administrators for nothing.

They don't get to play at the stadium ( Which is better for the club, it's just a shame they weren't able to play somewhere in Darlo ) They don't get to play in the same league and now they don't even get to retain the name. I seem to remember when they "bought" whatever they purchased that they also had to agree to pay the outstanding wages of the players at a later date which was around £100k

Sorry for my ignorance but apart from buying £100k of debt, what have they got?
Can someone please explain exactly what Darlington FC 1883 bought from the administrators and for how much? I'm not a Darlo fan but hope the club have a sucessful future but to me they seemed to have paid money to the administrators for nothing. They don't get to play at the stadium ( Which is better for the club, it's just a shame they weren't able to play somewhere in Darlo ) They don't get to play in the same league and now they don't even get to retain the name. I seem to remember when they "bought" whatever they purchased that they also had to agree to pay the outstanding wages of the players at a later date which was around £100k Sorry for my ignorance but apart from buying £100k of debt, what have they got? Butterknowle Boy

6:38pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Celer et Audax says...

Darlington AFC has to be the obvious choice doesn't it? Barely any difference from the previous name.
Darlington AFC has to be the obvious choice doesn't it? Barely any difference from the previous name. Celer et Audax

6:54pm Thu 21 Jun 12

IonlySpeaktheTruth says...

How about Raj Singh's Old Boys
How about Raj Singh's Old Boys IonlySpeaktheTruth

7:35pm Thu 21 Jun 12

shoelessden says...

MUGS F.C
MUGS F.C shoelessden

7:47pm Thu 21 Jun 12

MSG says...

Darlington Loco's my choice ( not Locomotive Darlington!)

Come On Darlo
Darlington Loco's my choice ( not Locomotive Darlington!) Come On Darlo MSG

8:59pm Thu 21 Jun 12

spragger says...

How about Northern Noggins or the more apt 'Lions led by Donkeys'?
How about Northern Noggins or the more apt 'Lions led by Donkeys'? spragger

1:01am Fri 22 Jun 12

Butafly says...

MSG 'darlo loco's' sounds better or even join them together 'Darloco's' FC ,haha, if it was me i would call them totaly ''quackers'' lol
MSG 'darlo loco's' sounds better or even join them together 'Darloco's' FC ,haha, if it was me i would call them totaly ''quackers'' lol Butafly

4:41am Fri 22 Jun 12

quakerdile says...

Confirmation at Wembley yesterday from the F.A. that DARLINGTON A.F.C (formed 1883) and known as 'THE QUAKERS' now cease to exist and are officially prohibited from entering any official F.A competitions.

I watched my first game in 1961 when on Boxing Day of that year, my brother Alan took me to watch them play the league's newest entrant. (PETERBOROUGH UNITED)

The match resulted in a 2-2 draw.

RIP ALAN.....and DFC
Confirmation at Wembley yesterday from the F.A. that DARLINGTON A.F.C (formed 1883) and known as 'THE QUAKERS' now cease to exist and are officially prohibited from entering any official F.A competitions. I watched my first game in 1961 when on Boxing Day of that year, my brother Alan took me to watch them play the league's newest entrant. (PETERBOROUGH UNITED) The match resulted in a 2-2 draw. RIP ALAN.....and DFC quakerdile

4:49am Fri 22 Jun 12

quakerdile says...

In my previous post, the 'A' in AFC stands for 'association' and not athletic!

Athletic is always associated with
Darlington Railway Athletic as far as the town is concerned?
In my previous post, the 'A' in AFC stands for 'association' and not athletic! Athletic is always associated with Darlington Railway Athletic as far as the town is concerned? quakerdile

7:38am Fri 22 Jun 12

Liamsm says...

Got to be Inter Gregs.
Got to be Inter Gregs. Liamsm

9:07am Fri 22 Jun 12

swissball says...

how about Quackers :) lol
how about Quackers :) lol swissball

9:12am Fri 22 Jun 12

MSG says...

Can we still use the nickname The Quakers ?.
Can we still use the nickname The Quakers ?. MSG

10:46am Fri 22 Jun 12

Trademarque says...

I'm assuming the people in charge do realise that those voting for Locomotive Darlington are not Darlo fans and are just taking the mick?
I'm assuming the people in charge do realise that those voting for Locomotive Darlington are not Darlo fans and are just taking the mick? Trademarque

1:01pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Jolly Roger says...

Why should we use The Quakers as a nick name, why not name the club -

THE QUACKERS

full stop
Why should we use The Quakers as a nick name, why not name the club - THE QUACKERS full stop Jolly Roger

1:18pm Fri 22 Jun 12

taffydav says...

darlo foookin cranks
darlo foookin cranks taffydav

1:22pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Mike B. says...

Surely Jo Willis' article is wrong in suggesting that AFC stands for Athletic Football Club. AFC has always, since league football began, stood for Association Football Club (as distinct from RFC, for Rugby Football Club) and many teams down the years have described themselves as ....AFC.
Also, there's already a club in Darlington with Athletic in its name.
Surely Jo Willis' article is wrong in suggesting that AFC stands for Athletic Football Club. AFC has always, since league football began, stood for Association Football Club (as distinct from RFC, for Rugby Football Club) and many teams down the years have described themselves as ....AFC. Also, there's already a club in Darlington with Athletic in its name. Mike B.

2:04pm Fri 22 Jun 12

60 years a quaker says...

I have watched darlo for many years including the FA cup games against Chelsea (4-1), and I wonder what past supporters would make of some of nasty and vicious comments being posted on this site. It is so sad to see the depths of depravity to which some people will sink in their ridicule of others. You are definately not supporters of our club, which ever name is chosen
I have watched darlo for many years including the FA cup games against Chelsea (4-1), and I wonder what past supporters would make of some of nasty and vicious comments being posted on this site. It is so sad to see the depths of depravity to which some people will sink in their ridicule of others. You are definately not supporters of our club, which ever name is chosen 60 years a quaker

2:35pm Fri 22 Jun 12

limboland says...

why not go back to the original name Forge Albion??
why not go back to the original name Forge Albion?? limboland

3:41pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Darlogirl1 says...

Admit defeat Darlo are finished ....
Admit defeat Darlo are finished .... Darlogirl1

4:48pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Shildon Casual says...

Hows about Darlington Nil ??!!
Hows about Darlington Nil ??!! Shildon Casual

5:43pm Fri 22 Jun 12

iknowwhereiamgoing says...

Please not A.F.C. Darlington. It is so boring and used so many times before, originally I believe by A.F.C. Bournemouth in the seventies when it changed from Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic. The probable reason for this being, to be the first result to be read out in the division and to be trendy, note their badge with the long haired footballer. I would vote for Darlinton A.F.C. or if we had to be totally new Locomotive Darlington.
Please not A.F.C. Darlington. It is so boring and used so many times before, originally I believe by A.F.C. Bournemouth in the seventies when it changed from Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic. The probable reason for this being, to be the first result to be read out in the division and to be trendy, note their badge with the long haired footballer. I would vote for Darlinton A.F.C. or if we had to be totally new Locomotive Darlington. iknowwhereiamgoing

5:43pm Fri 22 Jun 12

iknowwhereiamgoing says...

Please not A.F.C. Darlington. It is so boring and used so many times before, originally I believe by A.F.C. Bournemouth in the seventies when it changed from Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic. The probable reason for this being, to be the first result to be read out in the division and to be trendy, note their badge with the long haired footballer. I would vote for Darlinton A.F.C. or if we had to be totally new Locomotive Darlington.
Please not A.F.C. Darlington. It is so boring and used so many times before, originally I believe by A.F.C. Bournemouth in the seventies when it changed from Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic. The probable reason for this being, to be the first result to be read out in the division and to be trendy, note their badge with the long haired footballer. I would vote for Darlinton A.F.C. or if we had to be totally new Locomotive Darlington. iknowwhereiamgoing

6:15pm Fri 22 Jun 12

antagonist1 says...

darlost a.f.c
darlost a.f.c antagonist1

6:48pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Idontknowaboutyoubut says...

IonlySpeaktheTruth wrote:
How about Raj Singh's Old Boys
Darliington RSOB?

yes,I like that.It has a good ring to it.
[quote][p][bold]IonlySpeaktheTruth[/bold] wrote: How about Raj Singh's Old Boys[/p][/quote]Darliington RSOB? yes,I like that.It has a good ring to it. Idontknowaboutyoubut

7:54pm Fri 22 Jun 12

gramps427 says...

I should have been Locomotion Darlington in honour of Locomotion No 1 not Locomotive. Still Darlington AFC ain't bad; but we need a new badge. That's something they could put out to the schools perhaps?
I should have been Locomotion Darlington in honour of Locomotion No 1 not Locomotive. Still Darlington AFC ain't bad; but we need a new badge. That's something they could put out to the schools perhaps? gramps427

8:47pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Friendoffeetham says...

Please be serious! Locomotive Darlington is for children and people who only wants the worst for the club - like Raj Singh!
Please be serious! Locomotive Darlington is for children and people who only wants the worst for the club - like Raj Singh! Friendoffeetham

8:27am Sat 23 Jun 12

IonlySpeaktheTruth says...

How about 'Darlington Nil'
How about 'Darlington Nil' IonlySpeaktheTruth

8:43am Sat 23 Jun 12

chrism1981 says...

I believe it was me who actually put the name 'Locomotive Darlington' forward a couple of days ago. I'm certainly not a fan of the hanging of monkeys or any other club! I am a Darlington fan through and through. I put the name in the hat because of the rail heritage, and be honest, it DOES have a ring to it, not only that, it has got ppl talking, getting US on the map. Everyone laughed at MK Dons a few year back, but now they are an established club, and accepted. I am annoyed that the poll has allegedly been sabotaged by idiots.
I believe it was me who actually put the name 'Locomotive Darlington' forward a couple of days ago. I'm certainly not a fan of the hanging of monkeys or any other club! I am a Darlington fan through and through. I put the name in the hat because of the rail heritage, and be honest, it DOES have a ring to it, not only that, it has got ppl talking, getting US on the map. Everyone laughed at MK Dons a few year back, but now they are an established club, and accepted. I am annoyed that the poll has allegedly been sabotaged by idiots. chrism1981

11:05am Sun 24 Jun 12

Maxxxy says...

Was there a reason why not Darlington Quakers? Or even Darlington Locomotion? . Without a proper discussion by the Echo or an explanation of why Darlington Athletic FC, really sorry, but I can't vote for the suggestions here.
Was there a reason why not Darlington Quakers? Or even Darlington Locomotion? [see what Gramps427 wrote above]. Without a proper discussion by the Echo or an explanation of why Darlington Athletic FC, really sorry, but I can't vote for the suggestions here. Maxxxy

1:32pm Sun 24 Jun 12

the-big-yin says...

spragger wrote:
How about Northern Noggins or the more apt 'Lions led by Donkeys'?
how about whores united? they have been up and down more times than a prostitute....
what about yo-yo united?
what about why the hell are we in the northern league united?
or could it be we all love ray singh united!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]spragger[/bold] wrote: How about Northern Noggins or the more apt 'Lions led by Donkeys'?[/p][/quote]how about whores united? they have been up and down more times than a prostitute.... what about yo-yo united? what about why the hell are we in the northern league united? or could it be we all love ray singh united!!!!! the-big-yin

10:37am Tue 26 Jun 12

War with the FA says...

I do not support Darlington but I respect them alot. The club are definitely NOT finished and those seeking to annoy Darlo fans should be ignored. They neither support Darlo nor do they respect them. Same goes for the idiots who say Darlo are finished. On the contrary, we can prove them wrong. Season ticket sales are UP. I wouldnt be surprised if Darlo sold 1000. I wouldnt be surprised if Darlo sold more season tickets than some clubs in the 4th top flight of english football. I bet crowds are generally better than say they were in a bad season in the past, for example 1988/89.
I do not support Darlington but I respect them alot. The club are definitely NOT finished and those seeking to annoy Darlo fans should be ignored. They neither support Darlo nor do they respect them. Same goes for the idiots who say Darlo are finished. On the contrary, we can prove them wrong. Season ticket sales are UP. I wouldnt be surprised if Darlo sold 1000. I wouldnt be surprised if Darlo sold more season tickets than some clubs in the 4th top flight of english football. I bet crowds are generally better than say they were in a bad season in the past, for example 1988/89. War with the FA

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