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Arena it is

Post by poppyfield » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:06 am

Darlington Football Club has been granted permission by the Vanarama National League to temporarily play league games at the Northern Echo Arena for safety reasons.
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Re: Arena it is

Post by Darlopartisan » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:08 am

My god common sense prevails

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Re: Arena it is

Post by al_quaker » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:09 am

Glad the league agreed. Not ideal - but far better than only being able to get 600 fans in at BM for the forseeable.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by poppyfield » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:13 am

Darlington Football Club has been granted permission by the Vanarama National League to temporarily play league games at the Northern Echo Arena for safety reasons.

The league informed the club of its decision following a League Board meeting, but the move is subject to a satisfactory ground inspection by the league and the granting of a safety certificate by Darlington Borough Council. These matters are currently in hand.

The club has played at Blackwell Meadows a mile away since December 2016, but the capacity of the ground has been greatly reduced to around 600 for the foreseeable future because of social distancing under Covid restrictions, and that revised capacity would be insufficient to cater for 650 season ticket holders and an average crowd of 1458 fans.

Darlington chief executive officer David Johnston said; “We are grateful to the league for swiftly granting us permission, and we will now prepare for the ground inspection on Wednesday.

“I would like to thank all those who have worked extremely hard together to bring this about. There has been a huge team effort over the last three weeks ever since we calculated that Blackwell Meadows would be unsafe and inadequate for our needs.

“We are now focusing on the forthcoming visit by the league’s ground inspector, and hopefully there won’t be any major issues.

“We have been in talks with Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club regarding the arrangements, and we hope to announce more details in due course.”

Darlington Mowden Park chairman Mick Birch commented: “We’re delighted to be able to assist our neighbours Darlington Football Club at such a difficult time for so many sports clubs. The current restrictions placed on sporting attendances have placed added pressure on a lot of clubs, and we’re pleased to be able to invite DFC and their supporters to the Arena."

The National League North season is due to start in week commencing 5th October, while the club might be given a home tie in the FA Cup second qualifying round on Saturday 3rd October.

The club has been working very hard behind the scenes since permission was requested to move, and it is grateful to its own staff and volunteers, Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club, Darlington Borough Council, Darlington Rugby Club, Peter Gibson MP for Darlington and other bodies and people for their efforts.
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Re: Arena it is

Post by theoriginalfatcat » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:14 am

Fat Josh will be over the moon.
Mr Singh said this " I'm not expecting to get back any of the money I've already put in, I'm prepared to write it off for the future of the club. I'm not hanging in to make any kind of financial gain in the short or long term - if someone was prepared to come in and take the club off my hands, I'd be more than willing to discuss it"

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Re: Arena it is

Post by onewayup » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am

Excellent news, the FA have at last done us a favour,
Hopefully the safety inspection doesn't through a spanner into the works. I personally hope that the town gets behind DFC after such a demanding time for all.
allowing the club to move forward. Shouldn't be a problem with social distancing at the arena.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by Fat josh » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am

Not a surprise
Sad sad day
Arena worshippers paying back handers were always gonna win.
As they will when we conviently never leave the Arena.
Darlington fc ceased to exist today
Oh we'll stagger on for a couple of years but in the end
it's gonna kill us again.
Watch this space fools

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Re: Arena it is

Post by Quaker85 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:24 am

FO FJ


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Re: Arena it is

Post by al_quaker » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:26 am

Fat josh wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am
Not a surprise
Sad sad day
Arena worshippers paying back handers were always gonna win.
As they will when we conviently never leave the Arena.
Darlington fc ceased to exist today
Oh we'll stagger on for a couple of years but in the end
it's gonna kill us again.
Watch this space fools
Are you accusing people of bribery? That seems quite an accusation if so.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by Fat josh » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:27 am

FO yourself
Arena worshipping sheep
137 years of history ended today

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Re: Arena it is

Post by Makka Pakka » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:29 am

Fat josh wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am
Not a surprise
Sad sad day
Arena worshippers paying back handers were always gonna win.
As they will when we conviently never leave the Arena.
Darlington fc ceased to exist today
Oh we'll stagger on for a couple of years but in the end
it's gonna kill us again.
Watch this space fools
"Us"? Thought you were out, why should you care?
"At a meeting held at the Grammar School on Friday last - Mr Phillip Wood M.A., in the chair - it was resolved to form an Association Football Club for Darlington and neighbourhood. The opinions of those present were so unanimous as to the desirability of this step, that a committee was formed to complete the organisation of the club, and Mr Craven, 17, Garden Street, was appointed secretary pro tem." - The Northern Echo, Monday 23rd July 1883

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Re: Arena it is

Post by Fat josh » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:30 am

al_quaker wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:26 am
Fat josh wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am
Not a surprise
Sad sad day
Arena worshippers paying back handers were always gonna win.
As they will when we conviently never leave the Arena.
Darlington fc ceased to exist today
Oh we'll stagger on for a couple of years but in the end
it's gonna kill us again.
Watch this space fools
Are you accusing people of bribery? That seems quite an accusation if so.
Anyone who wants to play in the Arena is in effect paying back handers as that is not our home ground dumbass.
Clubkiller

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Re: Arena it is

Post by al_quaker » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:32 am

Fat josh wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:30 am
al_quaker wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:26 am
Fat josh wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am
Not a surprise
Sad sad day
Arena worshippers paying back handers were always gonna win.
As they will when we conviently never leave the Arena.
Darlington fc ceased to exist today
Oh we'll stagger on for a couple of years but in the end
it's gonna kill us again.
Watch this space fools
Are you accusing people of bribery? That seems quite an accusation if so.
Anyone who wants to play in the Arena is in effect paying back handers as that is not our home ground dumbass.
Clubkiller
A legally sound, sophisticated argument. I'm convinced

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Re: Arena it is

Post by poppyfield » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:32 am

Fat josh wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:27 am
FO yourself
Arena worshipping sheep
137 years of history ended today
As you no longer support our club, why are you still posting on our message board, no answer required.
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Re: Arena it is

Post by Darlo Dodger » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:34 am

Sensible decision from the league and brilliant work from David Johnson and all those who worked behind the scenes to achieve it.
Thanks again to them for the action taken to allow Darlington supporters to get to see the team play in the current difficult circumstances.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by lo36789 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:41 am

onewayup wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am
Excellent news, the FA have at last done us a favour,
Has nothing to do with the FA?

Was a decision by the league board.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by bigdavethemaddog » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:41 am

Fat Josh has got to be the Hartlepool supporter thats found his mums internet password while she has gone out shopping

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Re: Arena it is

Post by theoriginalfatcat » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:51 am

I'm pleased with this.

In short it means that I can watch Darlo home games, in comparative safety.

If our move had been blocked then the chances would have been that I would have been denied access to watching and supporting my football team.

A few games back at The Arena will be interesting I feel, and if the pandemic turns into something longer then I would suggest that we will all have bigger things to worry about than the silly conspiracy theories and other nonsense written above.
Mr Singh said this " I'm not expecting to get back any of the money I've already put in, I'm prepared to write it off for the future of the club. I'm not hanging in to make any kind of financial gain in the short or long term - if someone was prepared to come in and take the club off my hands, I'd be more than willing to discuss it"

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Re: Arena it is

Post by Darlo_Pete » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:54 am

Brilliant news, very excited to be going back to the Arena. Good to see that common sense has prevailed.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by hodgie1 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:57 am

Fat josh wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am
Not a surprise
Sad sad day
Arena worshippers paying back handers were always gonna win.
As they will when we conviently never leave the Arena.
Darlington fc ceased to exist today
Oh we'll stagger on for a couple of years but in the end
it's gonna kill us again.
Watch this space fools
What a load of tosh, firstly we dont own the Arena, second, what proof to you have re backhanders, bribery? It's a serious accusation!

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Re: Arena it is

Post by QUAKERMAN2 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:01 pm

Fat josh wrote:Not a surprise
Sad sad day
Arena worshippers paying back handers were always gonna win.
As they will when we conviently never leave the Arena.
Darlington fc ceased to exist today
Oh we'll stagger on for a couple of years but in the end
it's gonna kill us again.
Watch this space fools
Great news, really looking forward to seeing football again and particularly the level of support we will have at the Arena.Will be very surprised if we don't exceed our gates at BM even though some fans have reservations, but needs must, and absolutely the right decision by DJ and the board.
Really feel for Fat Josh, have a gut feeling we may have lost a "fan", but what the hell.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by SFG » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:05 pm

lo36789 wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:41 am
onewayup wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am
Excellent news, the FA have at last done us a favour,
Has nothing to do with the FA?

Was a decision by the league board.
But hopefully applies to cup ties as well?

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Re: Arena it is

Post by Darlogramps » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:12 pm

The foresight from George Reynolds to predict a global pandemic nearly two decades in advance is astonishing.
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Re: Arena it is

Post by lo36789 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:16 pm

SFG wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:05 pm
lo36789 wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:41 am
onewayup wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:21 am
Excellent news, the FA have at last done us a favour,
Has nothing to do with the FA?

Was a decision by the league board.
But hopefully applies to cup ties as well?
If I am not mistaken the FA competition rules effectively state the normal ground of the home side in the league - so yeh by being allowed to play there by the league it is eligible for FA Comp also.

Exceptional is the national Sunday where clubs nominated a ground for those specific games.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by Mister e » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:21 pm

Fat Josh without giving your identity away what is your grudge are you a former employee of DFC ? Have you connections to Darlington rugby club ? Are you a former board member or if you hold a grudge against the club which you seemingly do why won't you at least have the decency to tell us what the grudge is.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by spen666 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:31 pm

Mister e wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:21 pm
Fat Josh without giving your identity away what is your grudge are you a former employee of DFC ? Have you connections to Darlington rugby club ? Are you a former board member or if you hold a grudge against the club which you seemingly do why won't you at least have the decency to tell us what the grudge is.
Those are questions I think most on here would like answers to.


Whether you are pro or anti the Arena normally, these are not normal times & seems a sensible move in current situation.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by Footifanreturns » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:37 pm

I was going to say it is about time the admin banned the ramblings of Fat Josh. I know the club have said that are looking into the false accusations of a few idiots on Social Media, which could end up with legal implications.

But now I think they should be highlighted...Some of the funniest crap I have read on here for ages. Let him carry on making an utter fool of himself.
Obviously the ramblings of a very sad little man,
the total definition of a ' Keyboard Warrior '.

Keep it up FJ ...comedy gold.
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Re: Arena it is

Post by StevieMardenboro » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:43 pm

Darlogramps wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:12 pm
The foresight from George Reynolds to predict a global pandemic nearly two decades in advance is astonishing.
:clap:

Exactly this. Darlington football club. Home of social distancing since 2003. I actually cannot wait.

(Will make it easier for exiles to come to games too I think.)

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Re: Arena it is

Post by jjljks » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:48 pm

As Covid19 is known to target obese people, you would have thought Fat Josh would be all for a temporary move to a safer stadium, but apparently not. No pleasing some folk.

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Re: Arena it is

Post by EDJOHNS » Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:09 pm

Well at least I now have the option of going if I want to. I will wait to see what the safety measures are before deciding if I should risk it, but at least this news makes it an option for me to go to games.

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