Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fans Talk Back Forum

talk-back-forum.jpg Here’s your chance to learn more about and get involved with the DFCSG.

Why not pop along to The Quakerhouse on Tuesday the 20th of February to meet Tony and Rob (DFCSG Directors) to talk about fundraising, community engagement and more.

You’ll also get the chance to meet our recently appointed Supporters’ Liaison Officer (SLO), Dave Collinge as well.

Tony, Rob and Dave will be there from 6:30pm onwards but don’t worry if you can’t get there then as they will be there as long as they are needed so just drop by and have a chat.

See you there

What: Fans Talk Back Forum
When: Tuesday 20th of February 2018 – 6:30PM
Where: The Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington (Google Maps)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Supporters Group Workstream Organisation

Following on from the election of a new Supporters Group board in November and to best utilise the skills of both continuing board members and new arrivals DFCSG have formed several workstreams with the aim of maximising the Group’s performance in all areas. We also held a highly productive working day with the Football Club directors and Tommy Wright in December.

The changes will see the Supporters Group workload divided into discrete areas of policy/strategy, with various directors overseeing teams of suitably qualified volunteers as follows:

    Infrastructure Development - Malcolm Cundick and Lee Kilcran
    Matchday Operations and Supporter Engagement - Chris Stockdale, David Collinge, Lynn Jasper, Terry Black
    Community Engagement & Fundraising - Tony Waters and Rob Duncan
    DFCSG Finance, Administration, Marketing & Communications - Neil Raper and Andrew Matthews
    IT Development - John Bell
    DFCSG / DFC Engagement - John Bell

Please see the bottom of this article for a list of contact e-mail addresses.

Supporters Group Chair, Chris Stockdale, said “As a board the Supporters Group are determined to play our part in improving things off the field in 2018 for Darlington FC. There is a lot of potential to grow our club but equally imailto:[email protected] will take a great deal of hard work and by creating these workstreams we aim to best harness the skills and experience of our board and other volunteers.

We now have a very positive working relationship with the Football Club. In the past month we’ve assisted very closely with the preparation of the presentation to supporters at the Dolphin Centre, developed the options for further support for the 500 Club members and were behind the initiative to appoint David Collinge as Darlington FC’s new Supporter Liaison Officer. We hope to keep the momentum up and help continue to drive positive off the pitch changes over the coming months.”

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Raise the Roof - Target achieved

The Darlington FC Supporters Group board would like to thank everyone who has pledged towards the Raise the Roof community shares scheme, donated to the Ground Development fund and Sponsored a Seat. It is an amazing achievement to hit our £50,000 target over 4 weeks ahead of schedule and once again a testament to our fans and members who continue to back our club so magnificently.

It’s even more significant in the context of the £208,000 raised in total since April to redevelop the playing surface, boost the playing budget and to fund our new seated stand. Once the new stand is installed it will mean that Blackwell Meadows will match the ground grading required for promotion to the National League.

We hope to be in a position to update fans next week on the expected delivery and installation dates for the new seating block and roofing. We look forward to working with the Football Club to make the best use of these new facilities and improving the matchday experience for all our supporters.

Chris Stockdale, DFCSG Chair said: “Once again our fans have stepped up to the plate. From our big individual community share investors to the fans throwing in their coins on a matchday, everyone has played their part in reaching this target.
Looking to the future as a board we are very aware that our members and supporters don’t expect us to stop here. Its one of our priorities over the coming months to produce a thorough and realistic plan, working with the Football Club board, on how we can continue to develop our infrastructure to underpin the future growth of our club.”

Raise the Roof fundraising - revised community shares target

blackwell-meadows-seats.jpg Attention Darlo Fans: Important fundraising news – we’re upping our community shares target by £2,000. Fill this amount with pledges and we will hit the £50,000 target to Raise the Roof and kick off the process to order materials and engage contractors.

Go to fundraising.darlingtonfcsupportersgroup.org to pledge today.

You might remember back in the April fans forum, we kicked off this fundraising with what seemed like an impossible set of targets:

£40,000 to improve the playing surface
£40,000 for foundations and ground works
£38,000 for the new seating block
£50,000 to Raise the Roof.
£40,000 to Boost the Budget
Incredibly we’re are now just £2,000 away from hitting all those targets.

Raising the Roof and installing the new seating block will ensure that Blackwell Meadows is fully compliant with ground grading rules and it will give us an extra 294 fully covered seats to enhance the ground and improving the spectating experience.

Many thanks for the amazing financial backing over the last few months, let’s finish this last target off and complete another building block in our future development.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Building the Future Together

Darlington FC Supporters Group looks forward to the open meeting with members and fans that has been arranged at the Dolphin Centre on December 11th at 7pm.

The Supporters Group board has worked closely with and supported David Johnston and John Tempest over the past few months as they have made significant progress in ensuring Darlington FC is in a secure financial position. Now we can start to look towards the future together and the define the best way to continue to move our football club forward, both on and off the pitch.

Under supporter ownership over the past five years we have recorded some remarkable achievements; 3 promotions, the reclaiming of our rightful playing name, funding the redevelopment of Blackwell Meadows and the return to playing football in Darlington. The DFCSG board firmly believe that continued progress is possible, on and off the pitch, with the right planning and execution under supporter ownership and with strong professional leadership in the board room.

We look forward to updating our supporters and members, alongside the DFC board, on December 11th.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Member Discounts at The Designer Dog Company

designer-dog-company.pngBased on Northumberland Street, The Designer Dog Company are offering our members discounts on production of their current member cards. (T&Cs – please ask at the shop).

Who are they?

They stock a range of Premium Pet foods catering for even the smallest of mouths.  Even the fussiest of dogs are finding enjoyment in their foods because the quality of ingredients are much better than what you’ll find in the commercial brands on most supermarket shelves.

Being an independent retailer, they wanted their shop to be something special where people would enjoy shopping for their pets.

Many of their accessories are handmade like the range of pet beds, collars and leads and even quirky handmade wooden signs and mugs if you’re looking for a special gift.

Visit them in-store or go online:

http://thedesignerdogcompany.co.uk

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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”
Lloyds Bank
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
Grange Road
Darlington
County Durham
DL1 5NR

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.
The Darlington FC Supporters Group (DFCSG) was established on April 10th 2015 with the merger of the CIC, Supporters Club and Supporters Trust. Darlington FC Supporters Group holds approximately 62% of the equity of Darlington Football Club and is therefore the major shareholder as well as being the Corporate Director of Darlington Football Club 1883 Ltd.

quaker-retail-160x200.jpgQuaker Retail is the club shop and is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm in the foyer at the Dolphin Centre, in Darlington Marketplace.

To contact the shop either telephone 07717345004 (only available during shop opening hours) or send an email to:

You can also shop online at http://darlingtonfootballclub.co.uk/shop/

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If you have any questions for the DFCSG Board, or would like to get more involved by contributing your thoughts or ideas on how to make our Club even more successful, or if you have any other matter that you’d like to raise or perhaps even stand for election to the DFCSG Board then you can contact us here.