Darlington fans have raised £100,000 to help their club, just three weeks after a scheme was launched to help the club return to their hometown.

Aided by the support of Supporters Direct, the Darlington FC Supporters Group announced a community share scheme in March.

A target of £100,000 was set by the group, shortly after the club announced an agreement was in place to groundshare with Darlington RFC at their Blackhall Meadows DARLOhome.

Remarkably the fundraising has reached £75,000 as of Wednesday morning.

However, things turn an even bigger positive turn as a flurry of donations during the day took the Quakers to their £100,000 targets, some six weeks ahead of their deadline.

DFCSG chairman Wayne Raper said; “We’re delighted to reach £100,000, and grateful to everyone who has invested. The generosity of our fans has been fantastic – we didn’t expect to get there on Wednesday night.

“We are now going to talk to Supporters Direct about what to do next – there are several options available to us, but we need to talk to them first.”

Football club director John Tempest said; “It has been an amazing performance by the fans.

It shows how much they love the club, and what we are trying to do. The fund raising doesn’t stop there.

We still have other fund raising initiatives, such as the 500 club and lottery draw that people can participate in. There are further details on our website.”

Source: Darlington FC

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