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News : Former Quakers star Wright delighted to see former club back home

Former Quakers star Wright delighted to see former club back home

He made himself a hero during his two spells at Darlington, so Nuneaton Town boss Tommy Wright hopes there were no hard feeling when his side secured a dramatic win over the Quakers on Saturday.

Wright’s side inflicted a first defeat on the Quakers at their new Blackwell Meadows home, as Jordan Nicholson’s injury time winner sealed Town’s seventh win in a row.

A Joe Ironside penalty had given them the lead just before the hour mark, only for David Syers to head the Quakers level as the game went into injury time.

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News: Quakers shed years of hurt as return home draws closer

Quakers shed years of hurt as return home draws closer

It was once of symbol of deep-running passion, it became a symbol of shattered dreams, but now Darlington’s Tin Shed has become symbol of celebration as the club prepares to return to its hometown for the first time in over four years.

Saturday 12th April 2012 was the last time the Quakers played a competitive match in Darlington.

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News: New five year deal for Quakers boss

New five year deal for Quakers boss

The Board of Directors of Darlington have announced that manager Martin Gray has signed a new five-year contract with the Vanarama National League North club.

The club is absolutely delighted that Gray has agreed a new deal, as he has achieved a magnificent amount since he took charge in the summer of 2012, guiding the club to three promotions in four years, establishing it as a force to be reckoned with in national non-League football, and enhancing its reputation as a community club.

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News: Darlington sign Spartans duo as part of triple swoop

Darlington sign Spartans duo as part of triple swoop

Newly promoted Darlington have announced three new signings as they begin planning for the National League North season.

Manager Martin Gray has signed attacking midfielder Lewis Nightingale from Farsley and DARLOBlyth Spartans duo Arran Wearmouth and Jordan Watson.

Nightingale, 25, was with Farsley Celtic in the NPL First Division North last season, and scored 21 goals for them as they just missed out on the play offs.

He scored twice against promoted Spennymoor, and also a hat trick against Northwich Victoria.

He started his career as a youngster at Huddersfield, before being released and going on to play for Bradford Park Avenue, Farsley, Curzon Ashton, Mossley and again Farsley.

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News: Darlington to return home after four year absence

Darlington to return home after four year absence

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League title chasers Darlington have received a big boost with the news that they are to return to their home town after a near four year absence.

The Quakers, currently sat second in the NPL table, have played their “home” games at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park since their demotion into the EBAC Northern League in 2012.

That left supporters with a fourteen mile journey to see the Quakers in action.

On Friday morning, after months of rumour and speculation, it was revealed that the club will finally be returning to Darlington, as a groundshare agreement with Darlington Rugby Football Club was announced.

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Darlington FC: Foodbank Collection

Foodbank Collection
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At Saturday’s match (23/1) Darlington FC Supporters Group will be holding a collection for the Darlington FoodStore Network. This is the fourth time that they have done this and on each occasion Quakers fans have been extremely generous. Fans are asked to bring an item of non-perishable food such as a bag of rice or dried pasta, or perhaps something in a tin.
Collection points will be located pitch side of the turnstiles.

News: White accepts new Quakers role

White accepts new Quakers role

Darlington have announced that Alan White has accepted a new role within the club.

A statement on the Quakers website confirmed the decision.

“The club would like to benefit from Alan’s undoubted skills in fitness conditioning, and he has accepted a role in the club’s management and coaching staff working alongside Martin Gray and the other coaches.

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Harry Clarke, the ‘Comeback King’ has passes away

Harry Clarke, the Darlington forward who had three spells at the club and was nicknamed the “Comeback King” has died at the age of 94.

 

Harry, who was born in 1921, started playing football at Darlington RA and then Gateshead, and he first joined Darlington during the war, playing in the Regional Leagues which were running at that time.

Records are hard to come by for that period, but Harry scored his first goal for Quakers at Huddersfield on September 30th 1944, and just a fortnight later he banged in four against Hull City at Feethams in front of a crowd of 6,704, In total he grabbed 25 for the season, against clubs like Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. (more…)