What Today At Darlington Tells Us About Lower Division Football


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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2 Responses

  1. Michael V. says:

    Today’s events raise several questions:

    – What is the use of a deadline if it is not hard and fast? It encourages people to believe everything will be ok in the end, that this isn’t really *it*.
    – What new evidence arose so that a decision based on prior available evidence was reversed?
    – Is there anything concrete behind the 3 game extension bar:
    a)blind faith
    b) spinelessness on the behalf of the administrator
    c) a total disregard for corporate law (trading while insolvent etc)
    – How can a football club that has just sacked its playing staff and management staff perform its main function as a football club?

    I know this is unpopular as an opinion, but FWIW the Darlington fans would be in a better position tonight if they were 100% committed and involved in setting up their new club and starting over with a fresh sheet of paper.

    Today is simply a waste of time and money. Hard to acknowledge now maybe but look at AFC Wimbledon, back in the football league. The sooner they start the journey the sooner they will arrive. Furthermore it is a waste of important money, every pound poured into the current Darlington FC is lost to the new phoenix club.

  2. Mark R says:

    The FA themseves should take a long hard look at themselves and their stupid ground grading rules. They often force clubs to spend beyond their means on a ground they will never fill in order to tick a box.

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