Worldnet Plate Champions
by Scott Thornberry - 23rd July 2012
Darlo Uncovered FC headed down to Leeds at the weekend to once again take part in Europes biggest football supporters tournament.
It was our 9th visit to Boddington Hall and it was to be our most succesfull ever, even after a first day nightmare which lead to calls for the gaffers head. It tops off a great few months for the club, who recently organised a fundraising game at the RA for 1883. That game featured the likes of Alan White, Craig Liddle and Neil Maddison in the UFC hoops. The match itself raised £1500, but maddo and co were not needed in Yorkshire, the lads did it all themselves.
Formed in 2001, Uncovered FC’s inception came after a challenge was placed on the messageboard by Hartlepool United fans, for us to put a team together for a charity game. Over the years we have seen many Darlo fans turn out for the club with some going on to better things. An example being former striker Stu Hardy turning out for Northallerton Town against Darlington last week.
You will have seen the story on Uncovered last Friday about UFC’s trip to Leeds to take part in Europes biggest football supporters tournament. It was Uncovereds 9th year of being represented, with the club reaching the final of the Plate competition twice but unfortunately losing on both occasions, the most recent being last year on penalties.
This year Uncovered FC finally did it and went all the way. Nick Richardson won the game and the final for Uncovered FC which lead to scenes of jubilation which were mirrored at the final whistle. It is a true high point in the history of the fans club and one which is thoroughly deserved. We, as fans, have been through the mill more than most over the last decade, and considering what has happened to our club recently it was fantastic to see us stick together and carry on our traditions. To see Darlington win a national final is their just rewards. Well done to all who took part and to the organisers. The #Pray4Robbo hashtag certainly did the trick.
During the course of the weekend the offical @uncoveredfc twitter account was keeping everybody updated. Below are a few of the events described as they happened.
Full time – 2-0 to Ayr and already disgruntled supporters are calling for @darlo_robbo’s head. One angry fan said “shite”.
Final score in our second game, 1-0 to Barnsley. Somehow bossed possession but couldn’t score. Decent performance but can do much better.
After overseeing a 2nd successive defeat, boss @Darlo_Robbo is under-fire. Fans hold him responsible for the dismal start. But the boss has come out fighting. “if any of you lot think you could do any better then come & have a go. Bunch of knobheads.”
Final score from our final game of the days, a 4-1 defeat against West Brom. Least said about it the better, played 3 lost 3.
Uncovereds @elliot_stern has lifted the liddle on the dressing turmoil threatening to ensure the teams Worldnet campaign ends in disaster. According to the centre-back, “rifts and factions” are rife, a revelation which indicates that Darlo_Robbo’s position as boss in untenable.
Speaking ahead of a visit to Akbars in Leeds City Centre this evening, the ageing Elliot blasted the Robinson regime saying “never experienced a dressing room atmosphere like it in quarter of a century of top level football, rifts and factions”. The comments from Elliott – understood to be keen to see Garry Mann return to the club as manager – surely spells the end for Robinson.
Full time v Wimbledon and a deserved 2-0 win thanks to second half goals from @Batey13 and Gav Brownless #Pray4Robbo
Another win for Uncovered, 1-0 over Burya this time thanks to a header by Jonathan Atkinson following a @wharrison83 cross.
After oversseing back to back victories and reaching the semis versus West Brom, the pressure has eased on Uncovered gaffer @Darlo_Robbo
A new hero is born - @Ollllliieeee, take a bow, son! Just produced a fantastic winner in the semis v West Brom, we won 2-1.
Then Uncovered won the Plate and after the match the players tweeted their own thoughts. Here is one which sums it all up
@danking11 -Winning a national trophy with lads you've played with for ten years - it doesn't get much better than that!
The Manchester United Supporters team tweeted their congratulations to the team. "Great to see that in year that has seen much turmoil for their main club Darlington, that their fans @uncoveredfc end the year with a trophy"
Below is a video fo Uncovered FC receiving their medals and the plate. Well done once again.
and finally, just so we can all carry on #praying4robbo, take a look at his ankle today.