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Darlington Set For Boxing Day Return To Town

Mon 19th Dec 2016 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Darlington Football Club is set for a Boxing Day return to town after Blackwell Meadows passed a Football Association inspection.

The Quakers will share Blackwell Meadows with Darlington Rugby Club with their first game in the Vanarama National League North against Halifax Town on Boxing Day.

The FA inspectors spent two hours on Monday afternoon at Blackwell Meadows, and after expressing their satisfaction with the facilities, gave the green light for Boxing Day’s all ticket game with Halifax to go ahead.

Darlington FC director Richard Cook, who has been one of the main driving forces of the project over the last twelve months, said: “I am very proud and absolutely delighted that we have been given the go-ahead to return to the town. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work by so many people.

“I am sure that a lot of Darlington FC fans are, like me, greatly looking forward to the first game back in the town.

“We are also looking forward to a long and happy working relationship with Darlington Rugby Club.”

Darlington Rugby Club chairman Mike Wilkinson, who also expressed his great pleasure at the news, added: “We are delighted that we have now got to the point where rugby and football will be played at Blackwell Meadows.

“It is a good Christmas present for the supporters of both clubs and the town in general. Everyone is looking forward to 2017.”

Darlington FC director John Tempest, who along with Mike Wilkinson accompanied the FA inspectors on Monday’s visit, said: “We would also like to thank Bishop Auckland Football Club, who have been excellent hosts since we moved there to groundshare in 2012.”

The ground includes a new 1,000 capacity Tin Shed, which is named after the iconic stand behind one of the goals at Darlington’s old ground, Feethams.

A new 250 seater stand has also been built, and with other standing areas, the ground will hold approximately 3,000 people.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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