The Disembowelling Of Darlington Football Club

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. BigrichieT says:

    Just wanna say many thanks for publishing this article. Its quite refreshing to read a completely accurate, well thought out piece, which is independently produced without any selfish angle connected to it. We are on the absolute brink here and its as bad as it gets as a football fan. Some quarters have taken the stance that we, the club as a whole completely deserve to be punished for our mismanagements – and though this may be the case, its the fans that really suffer from actions such as the 10 point deductions, not the outgoing board. Its not just another business about to close, its a football club, which has a comodity that few other business types have – supporters – for whom their clubs are largely their life. At this point in time i’ve never felt more removed and detached from the glamour and razamataz of the Premiership, with their corporate customers, their multi million pound TV contracts which seem to filter only towards the agencies and the foreign selling clubs, and their lack of apprecaition of the existence of the other 72.
    cheers

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks for this – despite actually being a Darlington supporter, this is the first time I’ve seen our problems put down in as unconvoluted way as this. The notion that a football club can be ‘mothballed’ in the strict sense of the term has been baffling me since the Northern Echo came out with it last week, and it seems none of us know whether we are coming or going at the moment.

  3. David Howell says:

    I always wondered why Darlington had a 27,000-seater Generic Red Bowl a lá Southampton, Middlesbrough (before the extension) etc. I kept wishing they’d draw a big club at home in the third round of the FA Cup, so I could see this normally-empty stadium as full as it was meant to be.

    As I’ve read about the club it’s clear that this was actually one man’s incredible ego trip. I wish Darlington fans all the best in building a new club under proper management, because the club as we know it now will not start next season. Looking on Multimap, the old ground appears to have been demolished quite recently (it appears on aerial pictures but not the birds eye view, though the neighbouring cricket ground still exists) so there’s a difficulty there, but…

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