Friday, September 8, 2017

Fundraising Update: £25k needed by the end of September

The deadline of the 30th September to fund the second phase of ground improvements is rapidly approaching. We are halfway there with £25K pledged to date and we need the same again in the next 3 weeks. As owners its down to us ensure we don’t fall foul of ground grading again. Unfortunately there is no magic money tree and we will all need to dig deep if we want to see the Club eligible for promotion this season. It’s therefore vital that we crowd-fund the necessary cash now.

As you’ve heard from our CEO David Johnston recently in his programme notes he’s been looking at options for the sustainable future of the club and discussions are ongoing with various parties. At the centre of the future vision for DFC remains majority supporter ownership, however there is no certainty over when or if any potential future plans will be brought forward so we need to press on with stage’s 2 & 3 of fundraising for the new seated stand.

There are two ways in you can currently help in raising the £50,000 target required, both can be found on our fundraising platform at:

1) Our popular community share scheme which for a minimum investment of £100 you can purchase community shares which are repayable over a 20 year period and attract a small amount of interest.

2) Ground development fund - donate anything from £10 upwards on either a one off or recurring basis. All funds generated via bucket collections and one off donations including our generous lottery winners or 50/50 winners who have donated all or some of their prize are added to this development fund on a weekly basis and to date these donations total over £1,700. Every pound that you can spare really does count and adds to the total.

We’re also in the process of launching a third initiative which will allow you to sponsor a seat in the existing seated stand. For a donation of £50 you can have your name plaque attached to your seat for the next 3 seasons.

For those who don’t currently have a seat but would still like to be involved there will be an opportunity to sponsor one of the new seats and furthermore this will give you first priority to use that seat for the remainder of the 2017/8 season in conjunction with your match / season ticket and then as a seated season ticket holder from 2018/9 onwards. If you simply want to sponsor a seat but still want to stand then that’s fine too! Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis in the new stand so act quick and bag a great view.

All 3 schemes will be added together towards the £50,000 target.

DFCSG board member Wayne Raper said, “The fundraising to date had been phenomenal having always hit our stated target by the deadline and we’re now looking towards a final push that will allow the Club to progress to the next level. Whilst I appreciate many fans are feeling the strain from the constant efforts over the last 5 years once we’ve built the infrastructure the burden will be lessened in future years. It’s been tough but things will get easier”

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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
County Durham

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.

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

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