Tag: Durham City

Match Of The Week: Durham City 1-1 FC United of Manchester

The FA Trophy continued this weekend with Durham City entertaining FC United of Manchester at New Ferens Park, after a brush with serious financial difficulties which threatened the very future of the club. FC United of Manchester, meanwhile, are still celebrating the planning permission granted for their new ground. Andy Hudson was there to see it. Durham City 1 FC United of Manchester 1. Saturday 5 November 2011. FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round. New Ferens Park. Attendance: 533. Fireworks greeted the final whistle of this FA Trophy clash and, as a spirited Durham City side came from behind to level the match against a pedestrian FC United, they weren’t the only things to be explosive during this bonfire afternoon in the north-east. Durham City are only now getting back on an almost secure footing after their rapid rise to the upper echelons of the Evostik Premier League ended hastily with the news that their third generation artificial turf pitch was unsuitable for the Blue Square North, despite the same surface being suitable for a Champions League Final in Moscow. Financial backing was withdrawn and after a tortuous relegation season, where almost every game saw the team line up with local youngsters almost exclusively on the receiving end of a thrashing (they won two games all season, including an away win against FCUM), and a consolidation year last season in...

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Durham City Finally Get Off The Mark

Uninformed viewers of Sky Sports News on Saturday evening might have expressed a degree of surprise at their decision over the weekly “Result Of The Day”, but it was hastily explained. Durham City’s 2-1 win away against FC United of Manchester wasn’t just an upset. It was a massive, massive surprise, of course but, considerably more importantly than this, it was a vindication for a season that has seen them trying to play out their fixtures with a degree of dignity in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds – odds that haven’t often been given by those pointing and laughing at the club’s record this season. Durham’s problems began at the start of the season, when it was confirmed that they would not be considered for promotion from the Unibond League Premier Division – or for a place in the play-offs – on account of a 3G artificial surface that they had installed at New Ferens Park a couple of years ago. This decision irked the club’s backers to th extent that they withdrew all funding and left Durham City to go it alone this season. Unable to pay any of their players, they might have taken the decision to fold the club, but instead Durham City decided to fight on with a group of youth team players in the hope that, if nothing else, it would be an...

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Pitching Up & Pitching Out In Durham

It has been a difficult start to the new season for Durham City AFC. Newly promoted into the Unibond League Premier Division – their second successive promotion – they may have been expecting the start of a brave new world and a push for Conference football, but the dream has started to unwind after just a couple of weeks and the club may be heading back to the Northern League, from whence they came. One of the biggest problems for Durham has been financial, but the train of events that has – rapidly – led to the club starting to slide began with an edict from the Football Conference over their pitch. Durham’s New Ferens Park was fitted with a 3G pitch a couple of years ago. The pitch is at the upper end of the market, with realistic, silicon-coated blades of grass and a rubber crumb base. Compared with the sand covered artificial monstrosities of years gone by, it is almost like playing on grass. Indeed, FIFA and Sepp Blatter are fans of the pitches, and they are approved for use in UEFA competitions. In England, though, there are mixed messages over which pitches are acceptable and which aren’t. The 3G pitches are banned in the FA Cup, but allowed in the FA Trophy, for example. They’re allowed in the Unibond League, but not in the Football Conference....

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