The opening of the new seated stand at Blackwell Meadows last Saturday marked a significant milestone in the recent history of Darlington FC.

Darlington fans raised £150,000 to pay for the foundations and the construction, which took the total raised by loyal and generous Darlington fans to a staggering £1 million since that famous day in January 2012 when £50,000 was hastily raised to save the club.

Darlington director John Tempest said; “Ever since that day six years ago when the club almost died, the financial backing of our fans has been magnificent. They have played a most crucial part in helping the club to where it is today.”

Chris Stockdale, chair of the Darlington FC Supporters Group, said; “Passing the £1 million figure is a real milestone. To raise this amount of money illustrates just how much our core supporters have bought into the concept of fan ownership after years of disastrous private ownership.

“We should all be very proud of our progress over the past six years. The challenge going forward will be to deepen and broaden our support as we seek to continue to grow our football club.”

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