Those We Have Lost: Feethams, 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. Charlie says:

    I’ve always wondered about the possibility of simply selling the stadium off to another club.

    There are a great many clubs who’d want to build a similarly-sized ground – not just football, but it’d be ideal for a professional rugby club of either code. The new club would save a not inconsiderable cost on materials; Darlo would get some money back to redevelop The Feethams, plus money from selling the land (although not much – I suspect the reason it was chosen in the first place was its lack of value to anyone else).

    Buying, dismantling & transporting of stands is something that’s quite common (indeed, isn’t that what happened to the East Stand at the Feethams?), so a whole stadium might be unique but certainly not unreasonable.

  2. Ted says:

    The old East Stand is advertised for sale here:

    http://www.footballstandforsale.com/page/football_stand_for_sale

    There were rumours that Farnborough had bought it but don’t know if that is true…

  3. Stefan says:

    Charlie

    I’m sure I’ll be corrected I’m wrong, but the football ground was only leased to the football club by the cricket club, who actually own the whole ground. So once the football club left what was left actually belonged to the cricket ground. I believe the C.C. actually went into quite a lot of debt to take down the old East Stand and as Ted points out, put it up for sale. I think it has been sold now but I can’t for the life of me remember who bought it.

  4. Albert Ross says:

    It took a while for Darlo fans to realise the extent of Reynolds Folly (now, for sponsorship reasons and to the delight of all Poolies, the Echo Arena) and it will continue to drag them down unless they can somehow make it pay its way.

    Stefan is right I think in saying that the land is actually owned by the Cricket Club – its proximity to the picturesque Skerne meant that it was also prone to waterlogging so unless they can stop the flood risk any redevelopment could be… interesting.

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