Darlington fans have decided the best game ever played at Feethams was a Cup game against Middlesbrough.

The 1985 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough was voted the Greatest Match Ever At Feethams in a poll conducted on fans' website Darlo Uncovered (www.darlofc.co.uk).

More than half of the voters chose the 2-1 win, which was marred by hooliganism off the pitch, ahead of another famous FA Cup win - the 4-1 success over Chelsea in 1958.

Against Quakers' local rivals in front of a 14,000 crowd, former Middlesbrough man Gary Macdonald and Phil Lloyd grabbed the important goals.

Club historian Frank Tweddle selected his personal best ten matches at the stadium over a 45-year period and supporters were asked to judge an overall winner.

The other eight candidates were: West Ham United 3-2 - League Cup round two, Oct.1960; Bolton Wanderers 1-2 - League Cup round three, November 1960; Arsenal 0-2 - FA Cup round three, January 1965; Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 - FA Cup round two, December 1976; Hartlepool United 5-2 - Division Four, April 1982; Rochdale 2-0 - Division Four, May 1991; Colchester United 7-3 - Division Three, November 1993; Hereford United 2-0 - Division Three play-off, May 1996.

The poll was part of the Darlington Supporters' Trust's Farewell to Feethams celebration and the top ten games will be displayed at the Trust's photographic exhibition at Darlington Arts Centre in July.

Scott Thornberry, webmaster of Darlo Uncovered, said: "I feel privileged to be involved with the project. The photos will show just what Darlington FC means to the town and the surrounding areas." Steve Duffy, part of the Trust and one of the exhibition organisers, added: "The poll got a debate going - even from those who weren't old enough to remember the matches."

Meanwhile, Luton Town's former Hartlepool forward Steve Howard has heaped praise on Darlington assistant manager Mick Tait by saying he is to thank for a career in football.

Tait was boss at Victoria Park three years ago when the striker was the victim of terrace abuse but he showed faith in the robust forward and Howard said: "Keith Houchen, who was the manager that signed me, was given the sack and a lot of people were saying that I should be released as I would never make it.

"But thankfully, while Mick was in temporary charge he stuck by me and gave me a lot of self-belief. If it wasn't for Mick Tait I wouldn't be in the position I am today and for that I will always be thankful."

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