The board of directors of Darlington Football Club and Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club have joined forces to stage two prestigious pre season friendlies at the Northern Echo Arena.

Both clubs are proud to announce that two of the region’s iconic sides, Newcastle United and Sunderland, will be visiting the Northern Echo Arena later this month.DARLO

The games will also herald the first back in town for Darlington FC, who have been playing their “home” games at Heritage Park in Bishop Auckland for the last four years.

Quakers will play a Newcastle United X1 on Saturday 16th July (3pm kick off) and then a Sunderland XI on Tuesday 19th July (7.30pm kick off), and will showcase some of the North East’s best up-and-coming talent alongside household names.

John Tempest, Director of Darlington FC commented; ‘‘We’re delighted to have secured both Newcastle and Sunderland who will form a key part of our preparations for the new season and our fundraising initiative.

We welcome old and new fans in what will be our first game back in the town. We’ve worked closely with the Northern Echo Arena staff, to whom we’re very grateful, to attract the fixtures that we hope will showcase both the club and the town.’’

Lee Rust, Managing Director of Darlington Mowden Park, said; ‘’Following the success of events such as the Premiership Rugby 7’s, the All Blacks and the Internationals, our facility team has continued to work hard in establishing the Arena as a venue for high profile sport.

We’re pleased to be providing a platform to welcome all three sides in July and we’re hopeful to soon announce another significant sporting fixture for this summer.’’

Both Sunderland and Newcastle have indicated they will be fielding strong teams from their various squads.

Tickets for both games will be priced at £10 Adults and £6 Concessions (U16, Over 65, Armed Forces and Students). A combined ticket can be bought in advance for £15 Adults and £10 Concession.



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