Quakers lift champions trophy after 3-0 win at Heritage Park

Quakers lift champions trophy after 3-0 win at Heritage Park

Fans savour the victory celebrations

DFC manager Martin Gray with cup.

Darlington fans before the match against Guisborough Town

Mr Q waits for the teams to take to the Heritage Park pitch

Cup-tastic: fans celebrate

Players dance with joy

First published in Darlington FC News
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by , Reporter (Darlington)

With the Northern League title secure following Saturday's victory over Team Northumbria, Darlington FC's final game of the season was all about honouring the players who have deservedly lifted the champion's trophy. Reporter Alexa Copeland was there to soak up the atmosphere

A REMARKABLE season came to a jubilant end tonight as Darlington FC lifted the Northern League champions trophy.

While the final game of the season understandably lacked some of the vigour of the Quakers earlier, more crucial league games, the 2,001 fans who turned out to watch their team beat visitors Guisborough Town 3-0 would not have wanted to be anywhere else.

The final whistle heralded a good-natured pitch invasion at  Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland, replete with brightly coloured flares.

Local dignitaries including Darlington Mayor Paul Baldwin and the town's MP Jenny Chapman looked on from the stands as hundreds mobbed the heroic players.

Captain Gary Brown - who has consistently been one of the team's best performers - led his band of battlers in the celebrations as the team got their hands on a trophy well-deserved after a season which saw the Quakers net more than 140 goals.

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The celebrations were particularly heartfelt given the past difficulties of the club, and as fan Mark Fawcett explained, the passion and dedication to Darlington FC is uniquely and equally shared by the men on the pitch and those watching from the stands.

“We own this club,” said the 51-year-old season ticket holder.

“I have shares and most of us fans do; this isn't a Chelsea or a Man U, this is our club and they've done themselves and the town proud with what they've achieved this season.

For 67-year-old Ron Bradshaw, who can trace his Darlington-supporting roots back to the mid-1950s, seeing the team lift the trophy was a moment to savour.

“It makes you really proud to be a Darlington fan, I have been here all season and I wouldn't support anyone else,” he said.

“It has been a marvellous, entertaining season by a devoted bunch of players and management.

“They are an absolute credit to the club and the town.”

And as the champagne corks popped and the crowds cheered throughout the trophy presentation at the end of last night's match, there was an overwhelming sense of optimism that this is only the beginning for a passionate Darlington club and their equally passionate fans.

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12:48am Thu 2 May 13

jewitt says...

great achievement on a memorable night. Speechless. Just desserts for the faithful who will not let this club die.
great achievement on a memorable night. Speechless. Just desserts for the faithful who will not let this club die. jewitt
  • Score: 10

10:16am Thu 2 May 13

the greek says...

Well done Darlington 1883 fc you proved yourselves to be a very good NON LEAGUE team lets hope you continue to win some more NON LEAGUE trophys in the coming years.
Well done Darlington 1883 fc you proved yourselves to be a very good NON LEAGUE team lets hope you continue to win some more NON LEAGUE trophys in the coming years. the greek
  • Score: -6

12:54pm Thu 2 May 13

MSG says...

The Greek- Darlington heading back up, league clubs- Hartlepool , Sunderland & Newcastle heading downwards!

Well done to the community club i bit part own. brilliant acheivement, and thanks to those who saved our club. Roll on Sarbororough & Harrogate games next year. Guess we'll take over these grounds on great days out.
The Greek- Darlington heading back up, league clubs- Hartlepool , Sunderland & Newcastle heading downwards! Well done to the community club i bit part own. brilliant acheivement, and thanks to those who saved our club. Roll on Sarbororough & Harrogate games next year. Guess we'll take over these grounds on great days out. MSG
  • Score: 4

1:07pm Thu 2 May 13

ian923 says...

Well done Darlington FC-nice to see you starting to progress back up the leagues.It's sad that ther football was not really to blame for your initial demise.
Best of luck for the future(from a York City supporter).
Well done Darlington FC-nice to see you starting to progress back up the leagues.It's sad that ther football was not really to blame for your initial demise. Best of luck for the future(from a York City supporter). ian923
  • Score: 4

5:20pm Thu 2 May 13

jewitt says...

ian923 wrote:
Well done Darlington FC-nice to see you starting to progress back up the leagues.It's sad that ther football was not really to blame for your initial demise. Best of luck for the future(from a York City supporter).
cheers pal. darlington fans will always remember the tremendous support we got from the bootham lads last season. hopefully we will meet agian some day.
[quote][p][bold]ian923[/bold] wrote: Well done Darlington FC-nice to see you starting to progress back up the leagues.It's sad that ther football was not really to blame for your initial demise. Best of luck for the future(from a York City supporter).[/p][/quote]cheers pal. darlington fans will always remember the tremendous support we got from the bootham lads last season. hopefully we will meet agian some day. jewitt
  • Score: 1

3:44pm Mon 6 May 13

Real Ale Up North says...

Do the players get paid a wage or are they just on expenses?
Do the players get paid a wage or are they just on expenses? Real Ale Up North
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