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DFCRG Statement 6th Jan

by Scott Thornberry - 6th January 2012

dfcrg statement 6th jan

 

DFCRG remains actively involved in plans to try and save Darlington Football Club and has been heartened by the positive response from several other key parties. 
 
At one of today’s meetings, Darlington’s MP Jenny Chapman, was extremely receptive and proactive and has added her support for what DFCRG is trying to achieve. 
 
We have also been in meetings with the administrator, and various other parties who can play a role in ensuring that the current club survives. They are receptive to our plans, though there may be considerable hurdles to overcome.  
 
While we feel we need to warn the club’s loyal supporters that the chance of saving the club is small, it is nevertheless still very much alive. 
 
There is a solution that can save this club and take it forward as a community based club, and our resolve has been strengthened by the overwhelming backing of the supporters towards Craig Liddle and the team. 
 
We may well need that support, and possibly fund-raising, in the days ahead, but if we can continue to pull together we have a chance, albeit slim, of successfully moving the club forward. 
 
We cannot go into full details at present, and there are times when we have to conclude meetings and digest what has been said, before we can inform supporters. 
 
However we remain committed to saving this club for the town and the supporters who have shown in the last few days what it means to them. 
 
That is why all our energies are going towards saving Darlington FC and its 129 years of history. 
 
As we have stated previously, forming a new club is something we would embrace, but only if we cannot save the existing club. 
 
We thank the club’s fans for their patience and feel sure they understand the complexity of the situation. 

DFCRG remains actively involved in plans to try and save Darlington Football Club and has been heartened by the positive response from several other key parties. 

At one of today’s meetings, Darlington’s MP Jenny Chapman, was extremely receptive and proactive and has added her support for what DFCRG is trying to achieve. 

We have also been in meetings with the administrator, and various other parties who can play a role in ensuring that the current club survives. They are receptive to our plans, though there may be considerable hurdles to overcome.  

While we feel we need to warn the club’s loyal supporters that the chance of saving the club is small, it is nevertheless still very much alive. 

There is a solution that can save this club and take it forward as a community based club, and our resolve has been strengthened by the overwhelming backing of the supporters towards Craig Liddle and the team. 

We may well need that support, and possibly fund-raising, in the days ahead, but if we can continue to pull together we have a chance, albeit slim, of successfully moving the club forward. 

We cannot go into full details at present, and there are times when we have to conclude meetings and digest what has been said, before we can inform supporters. 

However we remain committed to saving this club for the town and the supporters who have shown in the last few days what it means to them. 

That is why all our energies are going towards saving Darlington FC and its 129 years of history. 

As we have stated previously, forming a new club is something we would embrace, but only if we cannot save the existing club. 

We thank the club’s fans for their patience and feel sure they understand the complexity of the situation. 

 

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Bogratsteve - 6th January 2012 16:42:57

Great news, fingers crossed

Quakerz - 6th January 2012 16:46:31

Hmmm. Slightly perked up by this, but it needs to happen fast - because the longer things drag on the more the administration costs. Also, there is a March 31st deadline for setting a new club up for next season, if this one ceases to be, so a quick conclusion is needed either way.

theoriginalfatcat - 6th January 2012 16:49:39

Keep up the excellent work DFCRG -

Everyone can do their bit and you only have to look at the activity on here to see that fundraising can be done.

Fingers and toes crossed

AnthonyP - 6th January 2012 17:14:31

very good news :D to be taken with a pinch of salt, obviously ....

jonboy - 6th January 2012 18:10:55

thank god someone believes the current club can still be saved. Doing more than the trust by the sound of things

peterloo - 6th January 2012 18:20:39

I speak as a visitor to the town, and as a football fanatic who is in total sympathy with your plight.
It has amazed me how an appeal to help the players raised over £7thou. in cash in a very short space of time.
Truely there are supporters who want to fight to keep the club going somehow.
Lidds. is also a remarkable guy to still be there at the helm!

All I query is if there is this depth of feeling and support, can this be turned into a rescue mission by the RG? Or, is financial shortfall in the club so big it is beyond rescue?

If it is saveable, then with all parties on board, significant monies could be raised with an organised approach to rescue the club.
I intend to make my small contribution when I see that develops.
There is a lot of goodwill out there amoungst genuine football supporters as this website has shown.
Best of Luck, DARLO!

carver30 - 7th January 2012 07:46:43

If the DBC could do a deal with S&S over the stadium then it could be a way forward. It would be a community sports facility with the offices used for DBC work as well. Just an idea but surely worth looking at.