£10,000 boost for campaign to buy Quakers as The Northern Echo invests

The Northern Echo: FAN OWNED: Darlington fans at the Fleetwood game FAN OWNED: Darlington fans at the Fleetwood game

THE fans’ campaign to buy Darlington Football Club has been boosted by a £10,000 investment from The Northern Echo.

The money will be used to buy shares in new company, Darlington FC 1883 Ltd, which hopes to purchase the Quakers and prevent it from being liquidated.

The announcement came as the total invested in the club by fans passed £170,000.

Peter Barron, editor of The Northern Echo, said: "The paper has been at the heart of the campaign to save Darlington Football Club from the outset and we have decided to make this investment as a further demonstration of our support.

"These are challenging economic times for all businesses and we recognise the sensitivities of making this investment. However, as Darlington's local paper, we felt it was something we had to do. Darlington Football Club is an important part of our business, supporting sales of the paper, and it is an investment on behalf of our readers.

"The £10,000 will be split over the three phases of the appeal and I sincerely hope we get that far. It certainly won't be for the lack of effort."

Darlington MP Jenny Chapman said: "It is fantastic that The Northern Echo is showing such support for the appeal in these difficult times. I'm sure it will be appreciated by everyone associated with the club and I hope other companies feel they are able to follow suit."

Mark Maynell, of the campaign group Darlington FC 1883 Ltd, described The Northern Echo's announcement as "tremendous news".

The investment will be made by Newsquest (Yorkshire & North-East) Ltd, publishers of The Northern Echo, Darlington and Stockton Times and Advertiser series.

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11:47am Mon 20 Feb 12

gramps427 says...

Well done the Northern Echo, Darlington Football Club has always received great support in times of trouble from the Echo and before that the Despatch. I hope it sets a great incentive for the many companies in Darlington to give a helping hand. These companies have a real chance to support the town and its people in their fight to save something that is more than just a business, more than just an institution; its a cauldron of hope, of passion for the future. That can only be good for their own business prospects; after all, a united town that is seen to fight for its future is more likely to attract new business.
Well done the Northern Echo, Darlington Football Club has always received great support in times of trouble from the Echo and before that the Despatch. I hope it sets a great incentive for the many companies in Darlington to give a helping hand. These companies have a real chance to support the town and its people in their fight to save something that is more than just a business, more than just an institution; its a cauldron of hope, of passion for the future. That can only be good for their own business prospects; after all, a united town that is seen to fight for its future is more likely to attract new business. gramps427
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12:42pm Mon 20 Feb 12

cromwell1599 says...

That'll be another 5p on the price of the paper then, pleased i've not bought one for about the last three years.
That'll be another 5p on the price of the paper then, pleased i've not bought one for about the last three years. cromwell1599
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3:23pm Mon 20 Feb 12

gvx220 says...

cromwell1599 wrote:
That'll be another 5p on the price of the paper then, pleased i've not bought one for about the last three years.
what do you care cromwell?
you hav'nt bought a paper for 3 years!! and obviously read the stories on the internet....another pointless comment from another plonker.
again..well done echo...your support and coverage is spot on.
[quote][p][bold]cromwell1599[/bold] wrote: That'll be another 5p on the price of the paper then, pleased i've not bought one for about the last three years.[/p][/quote]what do you care cromwell? you hav'nt bought a paper for 3 years!! and obviously read the stories on the internet....another pointless comment from another plonker. again..well done echo...your support and coverage is spot on. gvx220
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5:13pm Mon 20 Feb 12

the greek says...

The comment Darlington,s local paper concerns me as i thought it was a regional paper that was printed in Darlington, which represented other towns and city,s within that region therefore would the newspaper contribute such a large sum to help out other failing businesses across the north east, if not they are indeed just a Darlington paper and as a customer of this paper for over 35 years i will cancel my order, as £10,000 could certainly be better spent than on a NON LEAGUE club that keeps going bust every 2 minutes.
The comment Darlington,s local paper concerns me as i thought it was a regional paper that was printed in Darlington, which represented other towns and city,s within that region therefore would the newspaper contribute such a large sum to help out other failing businesses across the north east, if not they are indeed just a Darlington paper and as a customer of this paper for over 35 years i will cancel my order, as £10,000 could certainly be better spent than on a NON LEAGUE club that keeps going bust every 2 minutes. the greek
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6:31pm Mon 20 Feb 12

JOrd8531 says...

the greek, When they've got their name above our ground's doors, and are our 'regional' newspaper 'n' all, of course they are going to support us, ahead of other "failing businesses", as you call them, you stupid, ungrateful numpty!
the greek, When they've got their name above our ground's doors, and are our 'regional' newspaper 'n' all, of course they are going to support us, ahead of other "failing businesses", as you call them, you stupid, ungrateful numpty! JOrd8531
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7:21pm Mon 20 Feb 12

the greek says...

JOrd8531 wrote:
the greek, When they've got their name above our ground's doors, and are our 'regional' newspaper 'n' all, of course they are going to support us, ahead of other "failing businesses", as you call them, you stupid, ungrateful numpty!
Once again point missed by the usual rose tinted glass darlo muppet brigade.
[quote][p][bold]JOrd8531[/bold] wrote: the greek, When they've got their name above our ground's doors, and are our 'regional' newspaper 'n' all, of course they are going to support us, ahead of other "failing businesses", as you call them, you stupid, ungrateful numpty![/p][/quote]Once again point missed by the usual rose tinted glass darlo muppet brigade. the greek
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9:40pm Mon 20 Feb 12

HolmfirthHatchet says...

Message for 'the greek' - from your negative comments, it sounds like you could be the ring leader of the 'darlo muppet brigade'............
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That's the 'darlo muppet brigade' who always winge when something positive happens to their home town football club.

Well done the Northern Echo in promoting and supporting the town and DFC.
Message for 'the greek' - from your negative comments, it sounds like you could be the ring leader of the 'darlo muppet brigade'............ . That's the 'darlo muppet brigade' who always winge when something positive happens to their home town football club. Well done the Northern Echo in promoting and supporting the town and DFC. HolmfirthHatchet
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10:42pm Mon 20 Feb 12

gvx220 says...

JOrd8531 wrote:
the greek, When they've got their name above our ground's doors, and are our 'regional' newspaper 'n' all, of course they are going to support us, ahead of other "failing businesses", as you call them, you stupid, ungrateful numpty!
'the geek'..sorry..'the greek' probably didnt even know The Northern Echo sponsor DFC...his knowledge is so great!..oh and 'the greek'..if you've been buying the paper for 35 years..what you doing reading it on the internet??...surely wasnt just to make a stupid comment was it!
[quote][p][bold]JOrd8531[/bold] wrote: the greek, When they've got their name above our ground's doors, and are our 'regional' newspaper 'n' all, of course they are going to support us, ahead of other "failing businesses", as you call them, you stupid, ungrateful numpty![/p][/quote]'the geek'..sorry..'the greek' probably didnt even know The Northern Echo sponsor DFC...his knowledge is so great!..oh and 'the greek'..if you've been buying the paper for 35 years..what you doing reading it on the internet??...surely wasnt just to make a stupid comment was it! gvx220
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9:25am Tue 21 Feb 12

Allanopie says...

Still another £160.000 , to go then ! Alot of us in this town are struggling as it is , so is this viable ?
Still another £160.000 , to go then ! Alot of us in this town are struggling as it is , so is this viable ? Allanopie
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9:29am Tue 21 Feb 12

Allanopie says...

My mistake , there , lol , so what n how much will it take to save the club ? DFC , and how long will it be sustainable ! Before everybody get,s sick of it , and we are back to square one ?
My mistake , there , lol , so what n how much will it take to save the club ? DFC , and how long will it be sustainable ! Before everybody get,s sick of it , and we are back to square one ? Allanopie
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