Darlington 1883 urge fans to show "patience and understanding"

The Northern Echo: Darlington FC 1883 chairman Denis Pinnegar Darlington FC 1883 chairman Denis Pinnegar

A COMMUNITY company bidding to buy the Quakers have urged fans to show "patience and understanding" as the planned takeover of the club reaches another critical point.

Darlington FC 1883 chairman Denis Pinnegar and lawyers are due to meet outgoing chairman Raj Singh tonight in an attempt to find a way forward.

Mr Singh, among others, has been heavily criticised by fans on-line after he confirmed earlier this week that he did not want any of the money raised by supporters to buy the club - but would only sign up to a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) if DFC 1883 agreed to certain conditions about money which the club may receive in the future.

Mr Singh's stance, as the biggest Quakers creditor, means the CVA proposal is now likely to fail at the creditors' meeting on May 4.

DFC 1883 said it was aware there had been a number of negative stories in the media recently about the takeover proposal and said it could understand how this could lead to anxiety and anger among the fans.

However Craig McKenna, DFC 1883 board member and project manager, said the community company board were not contemplating any scenarios which did not include the saving of Darlington FC.

He added: "We can understand some of Mr Singh's frustrations as we had indicated to him that we would try to incorporate his clauses into the CVA. Unfortunately this was not possible.

"We are still confident that takeover will go through as we have plans in place for all eventualities.

"We would ask the fans to bear with us. We are confident that everybody involved, whether that is Raj Singh, the arena landlords, the media, as well as DFC 1883, are pulling in the same direction and want the same outcome, which is the successful saving of Darlington Football Club.

"We would ask the fans to try to show patience and understanding to all parties."

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8:57pm Wed 25 Apr 12

delboy1977 says...

Sick of reading this now ! cant we just close the club and be done with it !! its dead move on !
Sick of reading this now ! cant we just close the club and be done with it !! its dead move on ! delboy1977
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7:19am Thu 26 Apr 12

darlo_jambo says...

delboy - looks like it's just you who's sick of reading this.

A revolutionary suggestion for you - if its upsetting you so much...just don't read it?
delboy - looks like it's just you who's sick of reading this. A revolutionary suggestion for you - if its upsetting you so much...just don't read it? darlo_jambo
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9:31am Thu 26 Apr 12

delboy1977 says...

I am an Avid Darlo supporter but, i see no future ! we just keep going round in circles we get high hopes and then its dashed at the last minute we need to move on and support our community football, the money will never be there to attract new players.
I am an Avid Darlo supporter but, i see no future ! we just keep going round in circles we get high hopes and then its dashed at the last minute we need to move on and support our community football, the money will never be there to attract new players. delboy1977
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9:31am Thu 26 Apr 12

delboy1977 says...

I am an Avid Darlo supporter but, i see no future ! we just keep going round in circles we get high hopes and then its dashed at the last minute we need to move on and support our community football, the money will never be there to attract new players.
I am an Avid Darlo supporter but, i see no future ! we just keep going round in circles we get high hopes and then its dashed at the last minute we need to move on and support our community football, the money will never be there to attract new players. delboy1977
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10:28am Thu 26 Apr 12

monteforte says...

Darlington FC 1883 chairman Denis Pinnegar and lawyers are due to meet outgoing chairman Raj Singh tonight in an attempt to find a way forward..........
Any news , a statement perhaps! What is the way forward now?
Darlington FC 1883 chairman Denis Pinnegar and lawyers are due to meet outgoing chairman Raj Singh tonight in an attempt to find a way forward.......... Any news , a statement perhaps! What is the way forward now? monteforte
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12:03pm Thu 26 Apr 12

stevegg says...

Hard as it is to accept its game over but no one will admit it, stop prolonging the inevitable, its like slow torture.
Hard as it is to accept its game over but no one will admit it, stop prolonging the inevitable, its like slow torture. stevegg
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