Supporters Travel

darlo-bus-200x205.jpgDetails of transport arrangements for fans in the coming season will appear here. The DFCSG will again be running coaches to all away games. Please scroll down for full details of how to get to our home games at Blackwell Meadows.

TRANSPORT TO AWAY MATCHES

Since 1987 we have been running coaches to transport loyal Darlo fans to all away matches. The luxury coaches are supplied by Atkinson’s Coaches, and are equipped with toilets and drinks facilities. The coaches leave Park Place, Darlington and arrive at their destination around 90 minutes before kick off.

You will also be given a 50% refund if subsequently the match is postponed after the coach has left Darlington.

We have reviewed the fares for this season to take into account the increased journey lengths. The standard adult fare will remain at £20 for most games but we need to charge £25 for the exceptionally long journeys to Gloucester & Kidderminster. However, there are reduced fares for the shorter journeys to Bradford Park Avenue and Halifax (£15 each) and to Harrogate Town (£10). In addition there will be a discount of £5 for anyone under 16 years of age accompanied by a responsible adult.

All full adult and junior members of Darlington FC Supporters Group are entitled to travel on the coaches, subject to the usual fares. However, for anyone that only wishes to travel on the Supporters Group coaches to away matches, there is a DFCSG Travel Club membership of only £5 per annum - you can join the Travel Club at Quaker Retail or on the coach when you make your first journey.

To book you can telephone Glen or Mary on 07376 368553 or visit the fans table at Blackwell Meadows. Please note, there is a strict no alcohol or bad language policy on the coaches.

GETTING TO BLACKWELL MEADOWS

Public Transport

There are six buses leaving Stand M outside the Town Hall in the hour leading up to kick-off on Saturday, three of which will call at Bank Top Station on the way. See the timetable below*. The standard adult fare is £1.70 and is free for those with a bus pass. The No. 12 is a through service from Middleton St. George – ideal for anyone living in the Yarm Road area.

The X26/X27 services run between Darlington and Catterick Garrison via Barton, Scotch Corner, Skeeby and Richmond, so this is also a useful service for our fans who live along this route. For a full timetable for these services please click here.

Outward

 

X26

12

X27

12

34

X26

Town Hall

14:00

14:04

14:20

14:34

14:35

14:40

Station

14:03

 

14:23

 

 

14:43

Blackwell M

14:08

14:10

14:28

14:40

14:41

14:48

 

Return

 

X26

12

X27

X26

12

X26

X27

Blackwell M

16:51

17:09

17:11

17:31

17:39

17:50

18:20

Station

16:56

 

17:16

17:36

 

17:56

18:26

Town Hall

17:00

17:15

17:20

17:40

17:45

18:00

18:30

*The information provided above is correct at the time of publication (July 2017) but is subject to change so you are advised to check with the local operator when planning your journey. For full details of all public transport services in the Darlington & Tees Valley area please visit:

http://www.dothelocalmotion.co.uk/

Private Car

A large proportion of fans will be relying on driving to the match. Whilst there is a 250 space car park at Blackwell Meadows, 150 spaces have been pre-sold, leaving only 100 spaces available on a first come first served basis for £5. Away from Blackwell Meadows, there is free on street parking available within a 20 minute stroll. However, the availability is not unlimited and it would help the situation tremendously if fans could arrange to share lifts.

For those who are unfamiliar with the location of the ground we groundshare with Darlington Rugby Football Club at Blackwell Meadows, Grange Road, Darlington DL1 5NR

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There are a large number of off-street car parks in the town centre within a 20 to 25 minute stroll of Blackwell Meadows but charges will apply. This is supplemented by on-street ‘Pay & Display’ spaces. If you require information on locations and charges go to:

http://www.darlington.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/car-parking/car-parks-and-charges/

If you do choose to park in a residential area, please park responsibly and definitely not across someone’s drive!

The 100 ‘first come first served’ parking spaces are going to fill-up very early, so if you’re going to travel by private car, please plan to arrive by 2pm at the latest to build in time to find somewhere to park and for that 20+ minute stroll to Blackwell Meadows.

Taxi

Private hire taxis are available from anywhere in the town for only £4 each way. So for four sharing that is only £2 each to the match and back.

Some companies can provide mini-buses. Typical fares for an 8-seater across town is £8 and £12 for a 16-seater. This is ideal for groups of fans that choose to meet at their local pub in advance of the game. You should allow an additional £2 for each additional pre-arranged pick-up point along the way. You are advised to book your taxi or mini-bus in advance and to agree the fare at that time.

Also please be aware that all drop-offs and collections will be on Grange Road. Only vehicles destined for the car parks will be allowed into the access to Blackwell Meadows.

Walking

Blackwell Meadows is within a 30 minute stroll for a significant proportion of Darlington residents. Ok, it might be more time than some people might normally want to spend walking but it is good for your health, hassle free and zero cost.

A 1½ mile walking cordon from Blackwell Meadows extends as far west as Salutation Road, as far north as the junction between Carmel Road North and Abbey Road, part of Milbank Road, Woodland Road and across to Gladstone Street. The eastern boundary includes the whole of Park Lane, Neasham Road/Geneva Crescent area and the whole of Skerne Park.

If you’re planning to stop-off in town on the way for a drink, you need to be seeing those pints off by 2pm to ensure that you arrive at Blackwell Meadows in good time to avoid the queues at the turnstiles.

Cycling

Blackwell Meadows is easily accessible by bike from southern and western parts of the town.

An important reminder to all supporters

DFC is proud of its community and family based support and cannot, and will not, tolerate inappropriate behaviour or crowd disturbance of any kind. The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for the conduct of the Club’s supporters at all our football matches and, with your help, we will do everything possible to eradicate the very small minority, of either individuals or small groups, who purport to represent the Club in a manner that may result in the imposition of severe sanctions on the Club.

The Club works closely with the police and other authorities to investigate any reported incident of crowd disturbance and identify perpetrators, and it will take the most severe sanction available to it. Without exception, all information the Club receives is passed on to the Police in the strictest of confidence.

So let’s all get behind the team in the proper way and make this a truly memorable season, for all the right reasons.

HARROGATE TOWN

Fri 24th Nov - KO 7:45PM

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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.

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