And This Week’s Crisis Club Is… Darlington

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Michael Wood says:

    Darlington’s problems are down to a mismanagement of the resources at the clubs hands and I have every sympathy for the supporters who have seen a business plan based around the idea of moving from around 3,000 to 5,500 fans/game put into action despite its obvious floors.

    The club bring in loan players and recruit players they cannot afford on the basis of this supposed increase in attendance and seem to live beyond their means in order to hang onto the idea that they might get promoted. It is hard to feel sympathy for anyone other than the fans.

    The boardroom however have not taken the steps that – for example – Bradford City have taken to try maximise the asset of a 25,000 stadium and plod along with their collective head in the clouds.

    It is a massive shame for the fans.

    http://www.boyfrombrazil.co.uk/2009/02/25/why-i-feel-empathy-for-darlington-fans-but-anger-at-darlington-as-they-go-into-administration/

  2. Micky F says:

    I’m just waiting for Ron Ipstone’s enlightening insight into all of this. Then again it doesn’t involve Luton Town so we probably won’t be hearing from him.

  3. Ron Ipstone says:

    I am not as au fait with the Darlington imbroglio as I am with the travails (thanks Crumpy for that word) of other clubs in this Division. I recall going to Feethams in September 1999 when George Reynolds had acquired control of the Quakers, and the home fans on that day were adulatory towards Reynolds and his plans to take Darlo into the Premier League. It seems that Darlo’s present and most recent misfortunes stem from the attempted fulfillment of that ambition.

    There is no doubt that the [insert name of current sponsor] Arena is a beautiful football ground, and would befit any Premier League or Championship side, it is just too big for the needs of Darlington at the moment or at any time in the foreseeable future. It is difficult to see how mess can ever be resolved.

  1. March 24, 2009

    […] Lines calculations. The worst hit are Morecambe (-29,6%), Chester (-25,6) and Darlington (-23,0). Darlington announced its insolvency a few weeks ago, and is believed to be £5m in debt. Only four clubs; […]

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