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by al_quaker
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: The Arena
Replies: 121
Views: 8979

Re: The Areana

We are basically stuck between a rock and a hard place. We can't afford to start from scratch, and the 2 'solutions' available to us both have many issues which makes growing the club much harder. I really hope we find out something soon, so that we can figure what is the best (or should that be 'le...
by al_quaker
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: The Arena
Replies: 121
Views: 8979

Re: The Areana

Yarblockos wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:20 am
Generating the millions needed to rebuild BM or build a stadium at the SV from scratch is not going to happen.
Wait until our FA cup run this season :lol:
by al_quaker
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Blyth
Replies: 31
Views: 5193

Re: Blyth

Considering only 2 go down, Blyth and Bradford are certainly making early claims for those relegation spots
by al_quaker
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Jamie Holmes out for six months
Replies: 8
Views: 1689

Re: Jamie Holmes out for six months

Real shame for him - hopefully his recovery goes well Also a bit problematic for us - having 2 players out injured for a long time is not ideal when we are completely spent up (plus Burn not playing either). On the flip side, we do have reasonable depth out wide with Thompson, Rivers, Donawa and Bell.
by al_quaker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Curzon Ashton v Darlo
Replies: 54
Views: 5267

Re: Curzon Ashton v Darlo

If Atkinson is going for those headers he isn’t sitting in front of the defence. Thankfully we have a good manager in Alun who can sort it out. We just sit back, relax and watch it all unfold. Certainly Hatfield missed the header for the second goal right in front of the defence. Either way, you've...
by al_quaker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: The Arena
Replies: 121
Views: 8979

Re: The Areana

There's no point even talking about Heritage Park - we aren't going back. The biggest problem with Blackwell Meadows is that it's just a really awful place to watch football. No height + big run offs = crap views. And it's even worse when there's any sort of crowd in and you have to stand more than ...
by al_quaker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Curzon Ashton v Darlo
Replies: 54
Views: 5267

Re: Curzon Ashton v Darlo

This Atkinson fella must be superb if he could have stopped those goals, looking forward to seeing Viera, Toure and Kante rolled into one! 1. Daft free kick. Header onto the bar (keeper could have tipped it over?) and then Liddle out jumped. Header looped in. 2. Hatfield goes for the header and mis...
by al_quaker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Curzon Ashton v Darlo
Replies: 54
Views: 5267

Re: Curzon Ashton v Darlo

The defending for the last 2 goals :wtf: Hopefully this is just teething problems and it can be sorted out - I'll be amazed if we can't get a decent defence out of the players we have available. I wonder when Atkinson will be back, as it will be interesting to see what impact having him sat in front...
by al_quaker
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Saturday
Replies: 40
Views: 5848

Re: Saturday

Have you got confused between Holness and Holmes?

I hope we don't start messing around with formations this early in the season. One of our downfalls last year. Watson in for Trotman, maybe O'Neill in for Holmes.
by al_quaker
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Gateshead game...
Replies: 117
Views: 11618

Re: Gateshead game...

I wonder if other clubs have a subsection of supporters who have to have a scapegoat, or if this rather bizarre phenomenon is limited purely to darlington Yeah all clubs have them, just a forum/twitter gives them a voice that everyone can hear. Even though some players give you reservations, AA has...
by al_quaker
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Gateshead game...
Replies: 117
Views: 11618

Re: Gateshead game...

I wonder if other clubs have a subsection of supporters who have to have a scapegoat, or if this rather bizarre phenomenon is limited purely to darlington
by al_quaker
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Gateshead game...
Replies: 117
Views: 11618

Re: Gateshead game...

I thought Laing had a good game. The odd bad pass but there will be when he’s attempting the balls he attempts. Gateshead didn’t create much so we must have been ok defensively on the whole And the “aimless long balls” in the first half were us clearly trying to play over the top of Gateshead. It di...
by al_quaker
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Gateshead game...
Replies: 117
Views: 11618

Re: Gateshead game...

Decent end to the game. Probably a fair result. Gateshead were very solid although didn’t offer much going forwards. Good crowd too

Good to get the first point on the board - hopefully we can build on that on Saturday

by al_quaker
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Farsley V Darlington Match Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 11879

Re: Farsley V Darlington Match Thread

D_F_C wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:27 pm
A healthy win could take us 7th!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
A healthy defeat could see us bottom too... :lol:
by al_quaker
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Farsley V Darlington Match Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 11879

Re: Farsley V Darlington Match Thread

In a game which possibly was the worst example of the 'non-league experience', in hindsight it was probably one of the worst opening games possible for us. A newly promoted team away, set up to play a system which I think we will struggle against at times, on a pitch which is the polar opposite of w...
by al_quaker
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Teesside International Airport teams up with Darlington FC
Replies: 16
Views: 1627

Re: Teesside International Airport teams up with Darlington FC

In the last year or so we've added back of kit sponsors last season, and this pre-season we've added a sleeve sponsor and shorts sponsor - good work :clap:
by al_quaker
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Four signings confirmed
Replies: 15
Views: 2942

Re: Four signings confirmed

Elliott/Hall Trotman/Laing/Galbraith/Heaton/Watson/Liddle Atkinson/Hatfield/Holness/Wheatley/Bascombe Thompson/Rivers/Holmes/Donawa/Bell Campbell/O’Neill Considering the squad we had last season, coupled with a budget cut - I'm astounded we've managed to get a squad which looks that deep and seemin...
by al_quaker
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: David Johnson's interview
Replies: 12
Views: 2859

Re: David Johnson's interview

Vodka_Vic wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:48 am
A final point, DJ says that the budget is spent up. If we do get Omar, Heaton and Bell in, where will the money be coming from if we can't get Burn and Glover out on loan?
Unless the deals we are wanting to do have already been agreed, and just not announced yet?

(Pure speculation on my part!)
by al_quaker
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: David Johnson's interview
Replies: 12
Views: 2859

Re: David Johnson's interview

All sounds positive - which after last season is quite remarkable (ask me again in a few months time though :lol: ). In my time following the club, I can't remember a more impressive group of peope overseeing the club. Between the directors of the football club, and the DFCSG, we have some real tale...
by al_quaker
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Expectations 19/20
Replies: 30
Views: 3478

Re: Expectations 19/20

I personally think expecting a promotion push is a touch unrealistic. If everything comes together then we may have a chance of reaching the playoffs, but I'm personally not expecting that. The only expectation I have is of seeing progress on the pitch. After the mess of last season, I just want to ...
by al_quaker
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Josh Heaton
Replies: 65
Views: 10757

Re: Josh Heaton

Oh I'm sure they will score a decent number of goals between them. Just commenting on the one obvious 'weakness' in the squad is the lack of a striker who's proven at this level . We may not actually need a striker like that, or we may already have one in waiting in Campbell. If it can all come toge...
by al_quaker
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Josh Heaton
Replies: 65
Views: 10757

Re: Josh Heaton

If he has signed (which based on his tweet it certainly looks like he has) and gets back to the levels he was at in his previous spell, then our defence is looking superb. Laing has looked very good so far, Watson too, and we know Galbraith is solid. The only thing the squad appears to be missing is...
by al_quaker
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season Tickets Sales - Let’s smash the 1,000 barrier
Replies: 18
Views: 1758

Re: Season Tickets Sales - Let’s smash the 1,000 barrier

Spennymoor Town sold 530 by Tony Wilson's calculations

I'd trust the managing director of Spennymoor Town over a WUM on a forum
by al_quaker
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season Tickets Sales - Let’s smash the 1,000 barrier
Replies: 18
Views: 1758

Re: Season Tickets Sales - Let’s smash the 1,000 barrier

But we all know PolarBear and StevieVirgin will try and spin it “Spenny have sold nearly the same amount” even though they’ve handed a load out for free, artificially inflating figures. well done on your season ticket sales, about 100 more than Spennymoor, fantastic achievement... does anyone know ...
by al_quaker
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Halifax Friendly Now at Blackwell Meadows
Replies: 76
Views: 10768

Re: Halifax Friendly Called Off

It will be interesting to see if the pitch has improved..
by al_quaker
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Halifax Friendly Now at Blackwell Meadows
Replies: 76
Views: 10768

Re: Halifax Friendly Called Off

switched to Blackwell
by al_quaker
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington away vs Bishop Auckland
Replies: 52
Views: 7904

Re: Darlington away vs Bishop Auckland

I was positive this time last year, so I'm trying to control my optimism until the actual season kicks off, but I think we're looking pretty good so far. The squad looks more balanced than last season, and we look fitter and with more of an idea of how we are trying to play. There's a couple of ques...
by al_quaker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: BM - Surface
Replies: 69
Views: 10220

Re: BM - Surface

It'd be interesting to know the contractual details regarding the pitch - and whether there's any contractual obligation over quality. Quite frankly, unless the pitch dramatically improves, it could cost us money in gate receipts, as it'll be hard to play good football on that pitch as it stands, wh...
by al_quaker
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Scouting Report - Motherwell Game
Replies: 16
Views: 2915

Re: Scouting Report - Motherwell Game

Number 4 was Hatfield who ... isn't blonde.