Darlington unveil plans to buy 250-seat stand

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

THE Quakers have revealed plans to buy a stand which would increase seating at their temporary home and move with the club when it returns to Darlington.

Community company Darlington FC 1883 (DFC 1883) is looking to purchase a 250- seater stand to be initially erected at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park.

It would then be dismantled and re-erected when a permanent home in Darlington was found, said DFC 1883 chairman Denis Pinnegar.

Mr Pinnegar said the £42,000 cost would be covered by working capital and from sponsorship.

One proposal is to charge fans £100 to sponsor a seat which would give them the option of reserving that seat for five years.

The club, working with Bishop Auckland FC, is hoping that planning permission for the improvements can be fast-tracked through in time for the start of next season.

An alternative option of buying a second-hand stand, which may be quicker to arrange, is also being considered.

Mr Pinnegar said: “We had an average attendance of 1,400 to 1,600 last year and 600 of those were concessions.

“We have quite a lot of elderly and disabled supporters and we want to provide suitable accommodation for them.”

The club confirmed last night that informal discussion had been held with a representative of Evo-Stik about a shirt sponsorship deal for next season.

Craig McKenna, DFC 1883 project manager, said that the discussions would not go any further until after the FA appeal hearing, which takes place on Thursday, when football bosses will decide which league the club plays in next season. In a further development, Quakers legend David Hodgson has agreed to sit on an advisory group helping the DFC 1883 board.

Mr Hodgson said that he had been hugely impressed by Mr Pinnegar and the board, which he said were operating with total transparency.

The former manager said that the club’s recent financial problems had been no surprise to him.

He added: “This football club has been teetering on disaster for many years.

“It has been through some bad ownership and bad leadership and it was always going to end one way.

“But the wonderful thing is that it has now reached the bottom and is starting to climb upwards.”

Mr Hodgson added: “I think that Martin Gray as manager is the best thing that could have happened to Darlington FC.”

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8:42am Fri 15 Jun 12

SGainford says...

What happened to the new stand they bought to go at feethams? I thought that was dismantled in storage somewhere?
What happened to the new stand they bought to go at feethams? I thought that was dismantled in storage somewhere? SGainford
  • Score: 3

9:30am Fri 15 Jun 12

andygib263 says...

The old Worthington stand was in storage but no idea where it has now ended up. I think the stand would be way to big though as, from memory wasnt it around 4k in size
The old Worthington stand was in storage but no idea where it has now ended up. I think the stand would be way to big though as, from memory wasnt it around 4k in size andygib263
  • Score: 2

9:59am Fri 15 Jun 12

monteforte says...

There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.”
There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.” monteforte
  • Score: 0

11:18am Fri 15 Jun 12

darlo89 says...

apparently its in a storage warehouse in middlesbrough accourding to my pal who worked on the dismantale of feethams. Wot ever happens atleast we are slowly starting to look like a club again and with a bit off luck for once we may start to climb the leagues
apparently its in a storage warehouse in middlesbrough accourding to my pal who worked on the dismantale of feethams. Wot ever happens atleast we are slowly starting to look like a club again and with a bit off luck for once we may start to climb the leagues darlo89
  • Score: 4

11:20am Fri 15 Jun 12

Hilly_2009 says...

monteforte wrote:
There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.”
Isn't that what this article is saying though? i.e. Trying to buy a new stand to cater for those people.

It's also be mooted on Uncovered, that elderly / disabled supporters might get some sort of priority when booking season tickets etc...
[quote][p][bold]monteforte[/bold] wrote: There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.”[/p][/quote]Isn't that what this article is saying though? i.e. Trying to buy a new stand to cater for those people. It's also be mooted on Uncovered, that elderly / disabled supporters might get some sort of priority when booking season tickets etc... Hilly_2009
  • Score: 3

11:30am Fri 15 Jun 12

no1quaker says...

I for one am looking forward to standing in the rain again, bring back some fond memories for years gone by, when football was played by men and you were allowed to tackle your opponent, not like the diving cheats of today.
I for one am looking forward to standing in the rain again, bring back some fond memories for years gone by, when football was played by men and you were allowed to tackle your opponent, not like the diving cheats of today. no1quaker
  • Score: 5

11:59am Fri 15 Jun 12

leedscol says...

I know somewhere with 25,000 seats, many never sat on,going spare.
I know somewhere with 25,000 seats, many never sat on,going spare. leedscol
  • Score: 12

1:00pm Fri 15 Jun 12

MSG says...

Looking forward to standing in that covered end - " Were the tin shed, were the tin shed, were the tin shed, Darlington!.
"You'll never take the tin shed"
Looking forward to standing in that covered end - " Were the tin shed, were the tin shed, were the tin shed, Darlington!. "You'll never take the tin shed" MSG
  • Score: -1

1:31pm Fri 15 Jun 12

taffydav says...

monteforte wrote:
There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.”
wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble
[quote][p][bold]monteforte[/bold] wrote: There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.”[/p][/quote]wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble taffydav
  • Score: -1

2:25pm Fri 15 Jun 12

the-big-yin says...

taffydav wrote:
monteforte wrote:
There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.”
wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble
well said....also why should durham county council rush through planning permission...i have had plans in for a house for over 5 months now....if this happens then i know palms are getting greased at durham county council.....this will get reported to police if they are suddenly approved.....darlo football club and its so called fans got the club into the northern league by mis-management....so unlucky....
if darlington county council really wanted darlo f.c. of the northern league back in darlington itself then they should have helped by now....obvious to me and other readers that they don-t.....
stuck in the northern league for 6 years...l.o.l.
[quote][p][bold]taffydav[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]monteforte[/bold] wrote: There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.”[/p][/quote]wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble[/p][/quote]well said....also why should durham county council rush through planning permission...i have had plans in for a house for over 5 months now....if this happens then i know palms are getting greased at durham county council.....this will get reported to police if they are suddenly approved.....darlo football club and its so called fans got the club into the northern league by mis-management....so unlucky.... if darlington county council really wanted darlo f.c. of the northern league back in darlington itself then they should have helped by now....obvious to me and other readers that they don-t..... stuck in the northern league for 6 years...l.o.l. the-big-yin
  • Score: -11

2:40pm Fri 15 Jun 12

monteforte says...

Taffydav says ;wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble

Response to Taffydav above..

Its a well known fact ,If you attended Darlo FC matches you would have been surrounded by them....As regards the club being in trouble you should know the reasons why............
It's continuing because of support from these fans plus others who have donated and don't forget Shaun who saved it at the 11th hour.!
Taffydav says ;wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble Response to Taffydav above.. Its a well known fact ,If you attended Darlo FC matches you would have been surrounded by them....As regards the club being in trouble you should know the reasons why............ It's continuing because of support from these fans plus others who have donated and don't forget Shaun who saved it at the 11th hour.! monteforte
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Fri 15 Jun 12

Pierremontquaker03 says...

the-big-yin wrote:
taffydav wrote:
monteforte wrote: There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.”
wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble
well said....also why should durham county council rush through planning permission...i have had plans in for a house for over 5 months now....if this happens then i know palms are getting greased at durham county council.....this will get reported to police if they are suddenly approved.....darlo football club and its so called fans got the club into the northern league by mis-management....so unlucky.... if darlington county council really wanted darlo f.c. of the northern league back in darlington itself then they should have helped by now....obvious to me and other readers that they don-t..... stuck in the northern league for 6 years...l.o.l.
where are you planning to build your house?......Feethams
? Words of caution - its on a flood plain ...lol
In all seriousness people care about Darlington FC, people dont care about your plans for a house :)
[quote][p][bold]the-big-yin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]taffydav[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]monteforte[/bold] wrote: There's a large fan base of elderly and disabled supporters who have supported Darlo FC If they want to include them and others they have to provide suitable facilities for them.”[/p][/quote]wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble[/p][/quote]well said....also why should durham county council rush through planning permission...i have had plans in for a house for over 5 months now....if this happens then i know palms are getting greased at durham county council.....this will get reported to police if they are suddenly approved.....darlo football club and its so called fans got the club into the northern league by mis-management....so unlucky.... if darlington county council really wanted darlo f.c. of the northern league back in darlington itself then they should have helped by now....obvious to me and other readers that they don-t..... stuck in the northern league for 6 years...l.o.l.[/p][/quote]where are you planning to build your house?......Feethams ? Words of caution - its on a flood plain ...lol In all seriousness people care about Darlington FC, people dont care about your plans for a house :) Pierremontquaker03
  • Score: 7

5:52pm Fri 15 Jun 12

stiv says...

for maximum attendance cash they need to change the games to a Sunday.
for maximum attendance cash they need to change the games to a Sunday. stiv
  • Score: 0

10:34pm Fri 15 Jun 12

5645hx says...

Wow. Bet its never filled........
Wow. Bet its never filled........ 5645hx
  • Score: 1

10:24am Sat 16 Jun 12

morgan1 says...

So little funds and it dsounds like this is not dis-similar to the arena that every one complains about

Surely every penny should be going towards the playing staff in order to build a team which can win games and leagues rather than wasting a valuable resource on infrastructure.
Here we go again, this is the same mistake repeated the same as everyone ever involved with the club.

Put every penny of resource into the playing staff only when you have a team winning gamnes and leagues do you want to think about hardware, get the sponsor into a player purchase.
So little funds and it dsounds like this is not dis-similar to the arena that every one complains about Surely every penny should be going towards the playing staff in order to build a team which can win games and leagues rather than wasting a valuable resource on infrastructure. Here we go again, this is the same mistake repeated the same as everyone ever involved with the club. Put every penny of resource into the playing staff only when you have a team winning gamnes and leagues do you want to think about hardware, get the sponsor into a player purchase. morgan1
  • Score: -3

2:29pm Sat 16 Jun 12

lucewindscreen says...

no1quaker wrote:
I for one am looking forward to standing in the rain again, bring back some fond memories for years gone by, when football was played by men and you were allowed to tackle your opponent, not like the diving cheats of today.
Well said Sir!
[quote][p][bold]no1quaker[/bold] wrote: I for one am looking forward to standing in the rain again, bring back some fond memories for years gone by, when football was played by men and you were allowed to tackle your opponent, not like the diving cheats of today.[/p][/quote]Well said Sir! lucewindscreen
  • Score: 0

4:21pm Sat 16 Jun 12

Darlo1883 says...

Morgan1 in criticism shocker!!!
Can you never say anything good about what the club is doing?
I bet you had a bloody good whinge when they won at Wembley as well. I stopped commenting on the Echo as each time you had to have a whinge or a dig, why bother mate, go and do something good about the club, you're not investing you're not going to the games, why does it bother you?
Morgan1 in criticism shocker!!! Can you never say anything good about what the club is doing? I bet you had a bloody good whinge when they won at Wembley as well. I stopped commenting on the Echo as each time you had to have a whinge or a dig, why bother mate, go and do something good about the club, you're not investing you're not going to the games, why does it bother you? Darlo1883
  • Score: 3

5:15pm Sat 16 Jun 12

taffydav says...

monteforte wrote:
Taffydav says ;wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble Response to Taffydav above.. Its a well known fact ,If you attended Darlo FC matches you would have been surrounded by them....As regards the club being in trouble you should know the reasons why............ It's continuing because of support from these fans plus others who have donated and don't forget Shaun who saved it at the 11th hour.!
surrounded by them are you for real pal you could hav sat anywhere in that stadium or am i just imagining things you cant be for real m8
[quote][p][bold]monteforte[/bold] wrote: Taffydav says ;wheres this large fan base been hiding then if your drivel was true then why is this football club in such trouble Response to Taffydav above.. Its a well known fact ,If you attended Darlo FC matches you would have been surrounded by them....As regards the club being in trouble you should know the reasons why............ It's continuing because of support from these fans plus others who have donated and don't forget Shaun who saved it at the 11th hour.![/p][/quote]surrounded by them are you for real pal you could hav sat anywhere in that stadium or am i just imagining things you cant be for real m8 taffydav
  • Score: 0

8:52pm Sat 16 Jun 12

monteforte says...

Fao ;Taffydav ..No you couldn't sit anywhere in Arena especially the good seats because these seats where always taken by the people you think weren't there every home game... I am for real mate i make an effort to go an support Darlo FC!
Fao ;Taffydav ..No you couldn't sit anywhere in Arena especially the good seats because these seats where always taken by the people you think weren't there every home game... I am for real mate i make an effort to go an support Darlo FC! monteforte
  • Score: 0

11:50pm Sat 16 Jun 12

Paul J says...

morgan1 wrote:
So little funds and it dsounds like this is not dis-similar to the arena that every one complains about

Surely every penny should be going towards the playing staff in order to build a team which can win games and leagues rather than wasting a valuable resource on infrastructure.
Here we go again, this is the same mistake repeated the same as everyone ever involved with the club.

Put every penny of resource into the playing staff only when you have a team winning gamnes and leagues do you want to think about hardware, get the sponsor into a player purchase.
Please go away.
[quote][p][bold]morgan1[/bold] wrote: So little funds and it dsounds like this is not dis-similar to the arena that every one complains about Surely every penny should be going towards the playing staff in order to build a team which can win games and leagues rather than wasting a valuable resource on infrastructure. Here we go again, this is the same mistake repeated the same as everyone ever involved with the club. Put every penny of resource into the playing staff only when you have a team winning gamnes and leagues do you want to think about hardware, get the sponsor into a player purchase.[/p][/quote]Please go away. Paul J
  • Score: 2

9:56am Sun 17 Jun 12

asupporter says...

morgan1

Buying a 250 seater stand is not dissimilar to building the arena! I think you should really go and have a lie down and get your brain in gear before you post. Your hatred for 1883 has unbalanced you. This is a sensible measure to provide facilities for elderly and disabled supporters. Well done 1883 this shows you are listening to what ordinary supporters want.
morgan1 Buying a 250 seater stand is not dissimilar to building the arena! I think you should really go and have a lie down and get your brain in gear before you post. Your hatred for 1883 has unbalanced you. This is a sensible measure to provide facilities for elderly and disabled supporters. Well done 1883 this shows you are listening to what ordinary supporters want. asupporter
  • Score: 3

11:26pm Sun 17 Jun 12

quakersam says...

Oh my god morgan1, you say you've supported Darlo for 50 odd years and you come out with this. Businessman with no common sense sir. Engage your brain please
Oh my god morgan1, you say you've supported Darlo for 50 odd years and you come out with this. Businessman with no common sense sir. Engage your brain please quakersam
  • Score: 2

1:14am Mon 18 Jun 12

morgan1 says...

Thanks for all your criticism, but I am not the one who as wasted £70K on assets, £10k on Shildon ground issue, £150k of debts, and now money on a stand which is not needed at this point in time.

The club could have been liquidated and been in the same place, the assets could have been bought more cheeply, debts could have been avoided and you would have been in the same league as you are now only debt free and with a lot more money to spend on a team.

The club would have been the same as it is in the eye of the beholder as to whether it is new or historic, no different as to what is happening to Rangers.

Its not hinesight just business common sense, maybe you lot should get some..
Thanks for all your criticism, but I am not the one who as wasted £70K on assets, £10k on Shildon ground issue, £150k of debts, and now money on a stand which is not needed at this point in time. The club could have been liquidated and been in the same place, the assets could have been bought more cheeply, debts could have been avoided and you would have been in the same league as you are now only debt free and with a lot more money to spend on a team. The club would have been the same as it is in the eye of the beholder as to whether it is new or historic, no different as to what is happening to Rangers. Its not hinesight just business common sense, maybe you lot should get some.. morgan1
  • Score: -1

11:18am Mon 18 Jun 12

morgan1isagenius says...

Morgan1, are you the only sensible reasonable business man around who is unable to spell?

The 70k wasn't wasted on assets, it was used to fund the club until the end of the season.
This stand is clearly needed, the fans are asking for it and it will pay for itself.

You need to stop making an embaressment of yourself and if you are able to contribute properly, then do so.
Morgan1, are you the only sensible reasonable business man around who is unable to spell? The 70k wasn't wasted on assets, it was used to fund the club until the end of the season. This stand is clearly needed, the fans are asking for it and it will pay for itself. You need to stop making an embaressment of yourself and if you are able to contribute properly, then do so. morgan1isagenius
  • Score: 2

12:59pm Mon 18 Jun 12

mensamoo says...

Nice to see Dave Hodgson involved.
Nice to see Dave Hodgson involved. mensamoo
  • Score: 2

5:23pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Quakerz says...

morgan1 wrote:
So little funds and it dsounds like this is not dis-similar to the arena that every one complains about

Surely every penny should be going towards the playing staff in order to build a team which can win games and leagues rather than wasting a valuable resource on infrastructure.
Here we go again, this is the same mistake repeated the same as everyone ever involved with the club.

Put every penny of resource into the playing staff only when you have a team winning gamnes and leagues do you want to think about hardware, get the sponsor into a player purchase.
You're ted do aren't you?
[quote][p][bold]morgan1[/bold] wrote: So little funds and it dsounds like this is not dis-similar to the arena that every one complains about Surely every penny should be going towards the playing staff in order to build a team which can win games and leagues rather than wasting a valuable resource on infrastructure. Here we go again, this is the same mistake repeated the same as everyone ever involved with the club. Put every penny of resource into the playing staff only when you have a team winning gamnes and leagues do you want to think about hardware, get the sponsor into a player purchase.[/p][/quote]You're ted do aren't you? Quakerz
  • Score: 0

11:50pm Mon 18 Jun 12

doonhamer says...

Hows about a money making raffle..........peop
le could buy tickets to try and guess how many people the 250 seater stand would hold.......... some posters on here would get it wrong, thats for sure !!
Hows about a money making raffle..........peop le could buy tickets to try and guess how many people the 250 seater stand would hold.......... some posters on here would get it wrong, thats for sure !! doonhamer
  • Score: 0

1:13am Wed 20 Jun 12

Darlo1883 says...

How about doom/morgan people donating a pound for each post made that is critical or negative towards the club, we'd be in the Premiership in no time with some of the childish and boring posts on here, then again dont reckon you, morgan1 and a few others could afford it ;)
How about doom/morgan people donating a pound for each post made that is critical or negative towards the club, we'd be in the Premiership in no time with some of the childish and boring posts on here, then again dont reckon you, morgan1 and a few others could afford it ;) Darlo1883
  • Score: 0

10:31am Wed 20 Jun 12

morgan1 says...

To be honest Darlo1883, if I had wanted I could not only have purchased the assets myself but I could have put the club on a far better footing and direction than is presently the case, however I decided to allow the fans club their opportunity.

I have said many things and on many occassions I have been hammered by so called fans even though I know I will probably be correct in the long run.

I see no reason to use my resources on a club or fan base who use their slogan 'Our football club is for life not just for bussiness' without the comprehension that without substantial resources their future could remain outside the main league structure for a very long time, although I am saddened by this the real club I supported is now in my opinion dead.

The childish and boring comments come from people like yourself who are happy to criticise individuals, without knowing their circumstances.

I am no longer willing to invest in this club, I have tried many times to indicate a way that would have given the potential for large investments but the opportunity has now passed.

If you are such a true fan then you should happily put the 200k in for your one irrelevant vote, so why dont you.
To be honest Darlo1883, if I had wanted I could not only have purchased the assets myself but I could have put the club on a far better footing and direction than is presently the case, however I decided to allow the fans club their opportunity. I have said many things and on many occassions I have been hammered by so called fans even though I know I will probably be correct in the long run. I see no reason to use my resources on a club or fan base who use their slogan 'Our football club is for life not just for bussiness' without the comprehension that without substantial resources their future could remain outside the main league structure for a very long time, although I am saddened by this the real club I supported is now in my opinion dead. The childish and boring comments come from people like yourself who are happy to criticise individuals, without knowing their circumstances. I am no longer willing to invest in this club, I have tried many times to indicate a way that would have given the potential for large investments but the opportunity has now passed. If you are such a true fan then you should happily put the 200k in for your one irrelevant vote, so why dont you. morgan1
  • Score: 0

10:36am Wed 20 Jun 12

morgan1 says...

morgan1isagenius
You dont need to be able to spell to make lots of money!!!
morgan1isagenius You dont need to be able to spell to make lots of money!!! morgan1
  • Score: 0

9:52pm Thu 21 Jun 12

spragger says...

In hock already
I would see how many turned up next season before buying a stand

Big ideas, little club
In hock already I would see how many turned up next season before buying a stand Big ideas, little club spragger
  • Score: 1

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