The Disembowelling Of Darlington Football Club

Over the last two or three days, Darlington FC has started to unravel. What looked like a serious situation became a crisis, and the crisis is now starting to take on the appearance of the last rites. With every new day this week has come more and more bad news, the sort of news that puts the froth that clogs up the sports pages of our daily newspapers into very stark focus. Darlington Football Club is dying, and no-one seems willing or able to do anything about it. At this stage, the new season couldn’t seem further away for a club which, had it not been forced into administration and subsequently been docked ten points, would have been playing in the League Two play-offs last night. Last weekend, a crowd of over 3,000 turned up at the club’s white elephant, The Darlington Arena, for a charity match to raise funds to keep the club going just a little longer. The Arena holds 27,000 people and, as ever, the fans rattled around it like peas in a can. Where was the rest of the town? There can’t be a single person amongst the population of just over 100,000 that doesn’t know of their fate. Did only one in thirty of the townsfolk care enough to turn out and give them one last tenner? The match raised £25,000 – nowhere near...

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