Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Here are the latest progress photos from Blackwell Meadows. Photos courtesy of Nick Burton.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Good afternoon and a warm welcome to Heritage Park for today’s Vanarama National League North game versus Alfreton Town.
Those who attended the first home game of the season against Boston United will have witnessed the DFCSG present the Football Club with a cheque for £100,000 which marked the culmination of the Community Share fundraising effort – an effort fantastically supported, as always, by the fans of Darlington Football Club. The cash will support the development of the Blackwell Meadows site which is already well underway.
Fundraising does not stop here though….as a fan owned club we have no wealthy individual benefactor; the advantage of which means we’re no longer at the behest of one man; the disadvantage being that all fundraising is up to us….
A great example of fan fundraising was the recent Darlington FC 95/96 Wembley team game at Northallerton FC. Lifelong Quakers’ fans Paul Hodgson and Ian Carter fielded an enquiry from ex-Darlo player Robbie Painter to get the 95/96 team together 20 years on. Proceeds from the event were split equally between the Percy Hedley Foundation and ‘Back to Darlo’. This club has benefitted to the tune of £715. Thanks go to all those involved in the day.
The aspiration is to ensure the Club is run within its means and returning to Darlington will help in that regard meaning any future fundraising should where possible be a case of supplementing revenue rather than a crisis call.
As we power through the divisions our crowd figures which were once 10 times that of our rivals now become to fall in line, or fall behind. It is at this point where we need to look to additional revenue streams to drive the Club forwards.
One of the best ways you can do this on an ongoing basis is to join the DFCSG. For just £2 per month you not only get to have a say in the direction of the Club by standing for, or electing the DFCSG board at the AGM, but also qualify for a growing number of discounts with our key partners. Each year DFCSG invest membership fees into the Football Club.
Speaking of discounts, following hot on the heels of the Virgin 25% offer we’ve agreed a deal with local pub & restaurant company Ginger Village to offer a 20 per cent discount on food at the company’s four pubs on production of their membership card. The Mowden in Darlington (where the supporters group hold their regular meetings), The Devonport at Middleton One Row, the Sir Thomas Brown at Eaglescliffe and the Village Inn at Northallerton (Quakers general manager Dave Watson is a regular), are the places to head for keen Quakers to enjoy quality fare at a special price.
John Price of Ginger Village pubs, who has clocked up just over a quarter of a century as a Darlington fan, travels home and away whenever his business commitments allow.
But while as a supporter he is one of the many who have stayed loyal to the club, as a businessman he is one of the few – but not, he hopes, for long.
“It would be great if other businesses supported the fans and the club,” he said. “The idea of being a community run club is that everybody puts a little bit in. That’s the only way it can work.
There are all sorts of ways in which businesses in the town and surrounding area can chip in and feel part of the Quakers’ revival. Advertising, sponsorship, and the sort of discount scheme that Ginger Village offer are all welcome.
John feels that in future more clubs will operate in the community-based model rather than rely on individual wealthy backers. “We are not the first club to have this model, and we have learned from others and I feel we have got it right, with a great bond between the fans and the players.
“More clubs will do what we have done, and maybe we will be ahead of the game. But we have to make sure that as many people as possible contribute.”
The link up with Ginger Village is mutually beneficial for both parties concerned and the discount is another great reason to sign-up as a member of the Supporters Group.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
John Price of Ginger Village pubs, is offering fellow fans, who are members of the Darlington FC Supporters Group, a 20 per cent discount on food at the company’s four pubs on production of their membership card. [Read More…]
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Tickets for the away match at FC United of Manchester on Bank Holiday Monday will be on sale tomorrow night in the bar area at Heritage Park to all DFCSG members (1 per member). This is in addition to them being on sale at Quaker Retail in the Dolphin Centre.
The ticket allocation to Darlington fans is for standing only – there are no seats available.
The ticket prices are:
£5 concessions (over 60s)
Please note that no-one will be allowed to travel on the official supporters coach to FC United unless they are in possession of a match ticket.
FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 7.45 PM
The DFCSG - strengthening the roots of our club
The DFCSG created and manage the B2D fund, which is funding available to help establish the Club back in Darlington. The fund acts as the primary collection pot for monies raised from direct donations and events organised by the DFCSG Fundraising Group.
Of course, there are many ways in which you can help the club directly but, if you’re specifically looking for a quick and easy way to support the establishment of a solid foundation for the Club in its new home, then it only takes a few minutes to set up a one-off or regular donation to the B2D Fund either by your online or high street banking service.
For monthly standing orders or a one off donation please send monies to the following account:
“Darlington FC Supporters Group”
Sort code: 30-84-43
Account No: 30283268
To pay by cheque please make cheque payable to
“Darlington FC Supporters Group” and send to
Darlington FC Supporters Group
c/o Blackwell Meadows
Please quote your name in the reference area when using internet banking and, on the back of your cheque, include your name and address.
Remember there are many ways to help the Club… can you think of any more? Please tell us about it either by email or in person at the Fans Table in the bar at all home games.
- Buying a Season Ticket helps to provide the Manager with additional funding needed to strengthen the team at the start of each new season
- Attending matches provides the club with a constant stream of money throughout the season, from additional match-day ticket sales and revenues from catering and other sales (e.g. programme sales, match-day raffle tickets, 50:50 match-day draw, Club merchandise).
- The Come On Darlo Prediction League is a fun way to add a little bit of an edge to your season - use your skill and judgement to predict how we and the other local clubs will do in the coming season, and who will be the big winners and losers nationally, come the end of the season.
- The Sponsor a Goal scheme is a fan-run initiative which has raised over £8000 for the Club since it began in season 2012-13.
- For as little as £5/month the DFC Fans Lottery Draw provides you with the chance to win either £50 in each weekly draw, or even more in the monthly Super Draw. The Lottery has raised more than £10,000 for the Club over the past 12 months.
- The Fundraising Group runs a series of entertainment fundraising events over the year, the proceeds of which go into the B2D fund.