Fans group eyes Darlington takeover

08 February 2012 11:46

Darlington fans have launched a campaign to take community ownership of the troubled Blue Square Bet Premier side.

Darlington Supporters United are appealing for financial pledges on their website as they seek £250,000 in order to take the club out of administration and gain majority ownership.

The group, who are receiving advice from Supporters Direct, issued a statement which said: "We are a community controlled organisation and the plan is to take at least majority control of the football club to ensure it is run for the benefit of its fans and the wider community of our town."

The statement added: "If it's good enough for Chester, Wrexham, AFC Telford, Exeter City, AFC Wimbledon and more than 20 other clubs, it's good enough for Darlington."

The Quakers remain on the brink of folding after they entered administration for the third time in nine years at the start of 2012.

On January 18, administrator Harvey Madden told players Darlington no longer existed but they were dramatically saved by a late intervention from fans.

They stumped up enough cash to keep the Quakers alive for the next three games, although their future still hangs in the balance.

Source: PA

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