Blackwell Meadows Statement
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Darlington FC Supporters Group are delighted that the final hurdles to construction beginning at Blackwell Meadows have now been overcome and the Club has signed a licence to play football back in the town. The DFCSG has been working closely with the Football Club over the past few weeks to rubber stamp the deal which is a culmination of a huge amount of hard work and resilience behind the scenes from Football Club, Rugby Club and Council officials.
The planning for the proposed move to Blackwell Meadows started over three years ago; in that time the Club has been subject to a large amount of change at Board level, this, coupled with no less than seven separate entities having an interest in the project has meant negotiations have been incredibly complex and time consuming.
The DFCSG’s conditions for triggering the Community Share pledges have also been satisfied by the latest developments and we will now be contacting all pledgees individually over the next couple of days to trigger the 7 days’ notice which is required to release payment.
It is a hugely exciting period for the Club but we should remember that this is just the beginning of the journey and there still lay many challenges ahead. Playing at Heritage Park brings its own revenue challenges and we urge all fans to continue attending and to bring new and lapsed fans to games at Bishop Auckland rather than waiting for our return to Darlington.
Please also come along to the home friendlies and grab your season tickets ASAP to enable the Club to generate vital income needed for the forthcoming season it’s hugely important.