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LATEST NEWS - From the Evo-Stik League:
Wednesday's Premier Division review


A crowd of 494 left Steel Park rather disappointed after the only game in the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League's Premier Division on Wednesday night between Corby Town and Stafford Rangers ended goalless, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

From the DFC Official Site:
Watch the goals from the Chorley home win


Terry Galbraith scored both of Darlington’s goals in their 2-0 victory over Chorley. You can watch the goals now on the club’s official YouTube page. You can visit the club’s official YouTube by visiting www.youtube.com/OfficialDarlingtonFC. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can keep up to date with all interviews, features and match action throughout the...

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From The Northern Echo:
Quakers hit top spot


Darlington surged to the top of the Vanarama National League North thanks to two goals by Terry Galbraith at Heritage Park.

DFC Supporters Group:
COME on down – the price is right


ginger-logo.pngJohn Price of Ginger Village pubs, is offering fellow fans, who are members of the Darlington FC Supporters Group, a 20 per cent discount on food at the company’s four pubs on production of their membership card.

The Mowden in Darlington (where the supporters group hold their regular meetings), The Devonport at Middleton One Row, the Sir Thomas Brown at Eaglescliffe and the Village Inn at Northallerton (Quakers general manager Dave Watson is a regular), are the places to head for keen Quakers to enjoy quality fare at a special price.

John, who has clocked up just over a quarter of a century as a Darlington fan, travels home and away whenever his business commitments allow.

But, while as a supporter he is one of the many who have stayed loyal to the club, as a businessman he is one of the few – but not, he hopes, for long.

“It would be great if other businesses supported the fans and the club,” he said. “The idea of being a community run club is that everybody puts a little bit in. That’s the only way it can work.”

“The incentive for businesses is that they are helping the club, while increasing their customer base. It’s mutually beneficial.”

There are all sorts of ways in which businesses in the town and surrounding area can chip in and feel part of the Quakers’ revival. Advertising, sponsorship, and the sort of discount scheme that Ginger Village offer are all welcome.

John feels that in future more clubs will operate in the community-based model rather than rely on individual wealthy backers.

“We are not the first club to have this model, and we have learned from others and I feel we have got it right, with a great bond between the fans and the players.”

“More clubs will do what we have done, and maybe we will be ahead of the game. But we have to make sure that as many people as possible contribute.”

In some respects the club has come full circle since John became a Feethams regular.

“I was 10 or 11 years old and able to go to games with my mates, and didn’t need an adult with us. It was in the Conference and Fourth Division title years under Brian Little.”

“Like now, the team was winning a lot more games than it lost. But there has been a big gap of unsuccessful seasons in between then and now.”

Marco Gabbiadini was John’s favourite player, and he fondly remembers those two sensational seasons when the former Sunderland man banged in a total of over 50 goals.

But the current team and the string of promotions makes for some of the happiest times John has had following the Quakers.

“While it would be good to see a return to the Football League, we have to enjoy the journey. It’s great fun at the moment, visiting some of the smaller grounds and mixing with opposition fans with everybody wishing each other well.”

“That feel-good factor was missing towards the end of our Football League and Conference days before we became a community club.”

“We have a great spirit now, a bit like at the Olympic Games. I enjoyed watching the games on television even though there was live Premier League football on another channel.”

“Darlington is like that now. We have an Olympic-type spirit which is missing from the higher levels of football.”

“That is down to our great fan base, far bigger than other clubs at our level. When we are at away games now, sometimes outnumbering home fans, it reminds me of the days when the likes of Carlisle and Preston came to Feethams or the Arena and seemed to take over.”

John was so delighted when Quakers won promotion last season, that after the big win at Whitby he offered the players a free meal.

“I don’t know if anyone took me up on it, but ironically at that time Adam Reed and Neil Maddison came into the Devonport for Sunday lunch,” he said.

While former players are part of the rich history of the club, it is the present and future that is now so exciting.

And if enough businesses pledge their support like Ginger Village is doing then the club can forge ahead and everyone’s a winner.

DFCSG Chair Wayne Raper added, “The link up with Ginger Village is mutually beneficial for both parties concerned and the discount is another great reason to sign-up as a member of the Supporters Group. If you’ve not yet joined or renewed you can do so online at www.darlingtonfcsupportersgroup.org, at the fans table before a home game at Heritage Park, or at Quaker Retail.”

Phone: 01609771040
E-mail: gingervillagepubs@outlook.com
Website: www.gingervillagepubs.co.uk

* DFCSG Membership cards will be available for collection from Saturday 27th August at Heritage Park and then either from Quaker Retail on a weekday between 10am and 1pm as well as all future home games.

Andrew Wilkinson

General News & Notices:
Meet the Opposition: Chorley FC


Chorley FC BadgeChorley Football Club are a very old Lancastrian club who were originally founded as a rugby union club in 1875 but switched to football in 1883. They have reached the FA Cup second round twice in 1986–87 and 1990–91. Their best performance in the FA Trophy was in 1995–96 when they reached the semi-final. The Magpies were promoted to the National League North from the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Divisionat the end of the 2013–14 season.

READ MORE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorley_F.C.

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From Simon Hahn:
Billingham Synthonia 0 -5 Darlington


The Quakers made it three wins out of three in pre-season, as they won comfortably away at Northern League side Billingham Synthonia. An early goal from Gary Brown was followed up by second half goals from Lewis Nightingale, Lee Gaskell, Adam Mitchell and Liam Hardy. Darlington started with a strong line-up which included new signing […]

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