Newly promoted Darlington expect redevelopment work on their Blackwell Meadows home to commence within the next two weeks.

The Quakers announced in March that they would be groundsharing with Darlington Rugby Club, but development work would need to be carried out at Blackwell Meadows in order to satisfy National League ground regulations.

The club carried out a community share offer to fund the redevelop and that was a great success, with supporters around the world taking up the offer and helping the Quakers return to their home town.

And now that move has taken a step closer.

A statement has been released confirming the latest developments.

It read “Both Darlington football and rugby clubs are continuing to work closely together on closing out the final details of the redevelopment of Blackwell Meadows.

“Due to the number of influencing parties involved with the funding for both clubs, the final legal structuring has taken longer than envisaged to satisfy all parties .

“Design and procurement however has continued to be progressed and subject to no further last minute unforeseen issues arising we would expect works to commence within the next two weeks.

“The collection of the community share offer therefore will be delayed by two weeks in accordance with the rules of the scheme.

“The club are also involved in finalising two high profile friendlies for the coming season and will shortly be announcing an additional major sponsor for next season. Announcements will follow”


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