Supporters have rushed in great numbers to buy shares to fund Darlington’s return home next season.
The Quakers are set to return to their hometown, with a move to a revamped Blackwell Meadows announced last month
When that move was announced the club revealed fundraising plans and so investments in the club’s Community Share Scheme have passed the £70,000 mark.
Backed by Supporters Direct, the initiative gives supporters a chance to own a share of the Quakers for a minimum of £100.
The scheme also means that supporters can get their money back after an agreed period with a dividend on top should they choose to do so.
The scheme has received the backing of supporters from far beyond the North East, as the club revealed that supporters from as far as New Zealand and Texas have put their money into their beloved club.
Quakers Director John Tempest said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has invested. They have greatly helped our proposed return to Darlington but there is still a lot more fund raising to be done.”
After the support they’d received from Darlington Borough Council and Darlington rugby club, club officials set themselves a target last month of raising £100,000, with an estimated £78,000 alone needed to upgrade the ground to play up to and including at National League North level.
Club representatives set out the proposals for raising the money at a fans forum at the end of March following discussions with Supporters Direct, their supporters group, private shareholders, companies and individuals.
More information on their initiatives: www.fundraising.darlingtonfcsupportersgroup.org