Time For Darlington To Prepare For Life In The Northern League


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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3 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    Someone need to check a map before writing these articles, Harrogate is most definitely not in the north-east.

  2. highwaycat says:

    Harrogate has moved to the North East?
    Franchise spa towns – I hate them!

  3. NE Football Supporter says:

    The Northern League is a football graveyard populated by the mummified remains of one great clubs. Only one team – Blyth Spartans – has ever escaped its deathly grip and it is by no means certain that Darlington will be the second. Arrogance and parochialism meant that the Northern League ignored the pyramid until it was too late and now the financial leap between it and the Northern Premier League Division One North is too great for any club without access to a wealthy benefactor. The standard of football is high – witness the successes in Vase – and getting a team together from the limited pool of local talent in the NE was never easy as Darlington will discover soon enough. It is about time clubs tried a new approach running teams at all levels and building a genuine base in the community through education. Darlington will not find life in the Northern League easy and they might never escape its deathly grip but if they think about what is really important they could revitalise football in the town in a way the old club never could. Now that would be an achievement.

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