Darlington have announced that they are on course for a December return to their hometown.
Since 2012 The Quakers have been playing their “home” games at Heritige Park, home of Northern League club Bishop Auckland.
However, in the last twelve months significant progress has been made as they look to move back to Darlington, with a groundshare agreement signed with Darlington Rugby Club in July.
That agreement will see Darlington move into Blackwell Meadows, with inspections taking place in the last seven days.
It had been hoped that the club may be able to host their Vanarama National League North game against Salford City on Saturday 3rd December at their new home but in a statement released on Monday morning they confirmed this would not be the case.
The statement in full read “Last week the first formal inspections of the Blackwell Meadows stadium were undertaken by both the Football Association and the Safety Advisory Group while discussions were also held with the National League regarding our return to Darlington.
“Both inspections went well, while the National League formally approved the move to Blackwell and importantly our mid-season return to Darlington subject to the ground achieving Category B approval prior to our first match.
“To achieve this, there are a number of outstanding items that need completion over the next few weeks including the completion of the new changing rooms, officials’ areas and installation of the modular spectator toilet blocks.
“Due to timing requirements for these works plus the time to certify the ground for both Safety and FA requirements, the Salford game on Saturday 3rd December will take place at Heritage Park.
“As announced at the last fans’ forum, the club remains on track to host its first game in Darlington in December and we want to thank all the fans for their patience and support.
The club will issue a further update in due course as works progress and further inspections are undertaken”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)