A READER has got in touch - anonymously - to air their views on the matter of a new ground for Darlington Football Club. Do you agree?

"WHAT are Darlington Football Club thinking about when they say they need a new ground?

"I'm sorry guys, but how many new grounds do you want, where's the money coming from, and where has a new ground got you in the past?

"It is only 19 years since Darlington Football Club was situated in the centre of the town at Feethams where, with financial help from the Football Foundation, a brand new stand had just been built with refreshment bars attached.

"All those thousands of pounds were wasted because George Reynolds, the chairman of the club at the time, devoted all his time and resources into building the arena, an out of town financial disaster which eventually was the reason the club were relegated back into the Conference.

"In the season just finished, 2021-22, Darlington, finished 13th out of the 22 clubs in the National League North, not even halfway.

"They are nearer to Mars and Saturn than they are to the Football League.

"A little bit of advice to Darlington Football Club, concentrate all your energies and resources into building a team good enough to get back into the Football League Division 2, then think about a new ground."

Name not supplied, County Durham.

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