Tag: Darlington

Numbers And Satisfaction On The Opening Day Of The Season

Perusing acres of statistics that can be found in newspapers on the opening weekend of the football season can be a most enlightening way to pass the couple of hours, even if focusing on the attendance figures rather than the results themselves does require a certain degree of furtiveness. At the top end of the game, there are few surprises to be found. Most Premier League clubs will attract decent attendances regardless of any bad news that may have been forthcoming over the course of the summer, whilst lower down the Football League there will be empty seats, but on the whole if crowds are to dip this will not come until the evenings draw in and tempting alternatives such as Champions League football on free to air television start to become more readily available. On the whole, though, crowds at bigger clubs can reasonably be expected to begin as they will continue. As we drop down through the divisions, however, crowd numbers become increasingly volatile. After all, it doesn’t need any more than a couple of hundred people to decide that they have something better to do on a Saturday afternoon during the summer for many non-league clubs’ attendances to start looking as if they were compiled by the Grim Reaper and such numbers can easily be affected by other plans or clear blue skies and the enticing...

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Time For Darlington To Prepare For Life In The Northern League

The first round of this years AGM Cup was completed with the FAs initial announcement of which clubs will be playing in which division next season, then, and the two most significant losers are two clubs are that have been appearing on the pages of this website more than most over the last year or so: Darlington and Kettering Town. The initial proposals confirm that Kettering Town will be dropping two divisions into the Southern League Premier Division, but most of yesterdays headlines were made by Darlington, who will be dropping a vertiginous four divisions to play in Division One of the Northern League from the start of next season. The reason for the severity of Darlingtons plummet is one that we have discussed on these pages before. The club entered into administration again at the end of last year but has been unable to agree a CVA with its creditors – the largest of which by some considerable distance is former chairman Raj Singh – meaning that the club has been left with no option but to exit administration without a CVA in place, a decision which leaves it in clear contravention of the FA’s regulations on dealing with insolvency events. As such, whilst the club itself had been hoping for a two division drop into the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League, it had been forced...

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The AGM cup 2012 – Mystic Rhys predicts

It’s the end of the season, and York City have won the final playoff game to secure their return football league. Now, the process of positioning teams in various leagues will begin in a process jokingly referred to as the AGM Cup. Always controversial, the Football Conference AGM decides who gets placed into various leagues in the Conference system (Conference Premier, North & South). With teams struggling to make ends meet, and the ever shifting North/South borderline, the AGM does throw up a few surprises now and again. Although teams technically could be affected by the AGM (Hereford, Macclesfield Town, Woking, Hyde, Chester amongst others) are nigh on guaranteed to be in the leagues they were promoted from or relegated to, this article will look into those teams that’s future is a lot less certain. In this article, I will look to my crystal ball and attempt to predict Steps 1 and 2 of the non-league system next year. Although step 1 itself is fairly secure, step 2 is a lot less predictable. I will look at the big players in their AGM Cup and will attempt to predict which league they will play in next year. Darlington Although now a little more financially secure than they were when previous owner Raj Singh placed them into administration, thanks to the DFC 1883 group, the club has appeared to have...

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Darlington FC: Saved, But At A Price

As has happened before in the recent history of the club, the battle to save Darlington FC went to the wire. Another deadline was hanging over the club this week with the a threat of liquidation waiting on the other side of it, but yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that the Darlington 1883 group, which has been battling to keep the club alive in this incarnation since the beginning to the year. The announcement also confirms that the club will be leaving The  Arena, the wholly unsuitable venue that is charged by many as being the single biggest reason behind the cycle of despair in which the club has found itself for much of the last ten years, but with a solid plan to move back to the town in just one year. Last weekend, Darlington waved goodbye to the Blue Square Premier with a win against the similarly stricken Kettering Town. Relegation had been confirmed long before this match took place, so there was no particular unpleasant surprise in this particular curtain call. Dropping from the Blue Square Premier had long been considered inevitable, and this was confirmed several weeks ago. The question of which division the club start next season in, however, is not yet known because of the nature of the agreement reached between the rescue group and the administrators. Darlington FC will be exiting administration without a...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 22-04-2012

It’s the penultimate week of the non-league season, and while most of the championship issues have now been resolved there are still relegation places to be filled at the bottom of many of the tables. We’ve got a mixture of the top and the bottom of the tables for you this evening, kicking off with the bottom of the Blue Square Premier. The relegation places are already decided, but AFC Telford United went into their final home match of the season looking to boost their league position with a win against Grimsby Town, while Newport County prepared for their forthcoming FA Trophy final with a home match against Alfreton Town and Forest Green Rovers played already relegated Darlington. In the Blue Square Bet South, meanwhile, champions Woking were at home against Truro City, whilst at the bottom of the table Farnborough and Havant & Waterlooville both went into their match at Cherrywood Road needing a win to avoid relegation from the division. Finally, we’re off to the Southern League Premier Division, where Weymouth needed a win against Hitching Town in order to guarantee avoiding relegation themselves. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these matches. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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