It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Darlington
By Derek J. Gaffney
Wednesday 20 May 2009 15:40:00
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Yes times are hard and yes we do need a miracle to get out of our predicament this Sunday. But at this difficult time we should spare a thought for our nearest rivals, more of a friendly rivalry than anything, but what will happen to Darlington Football Club?

 

Rumours and speculation continue as to the future of this great club with the latest talk being of ex-Boro manager Colin Todd set to take charge of the club and more evidence of a club that had been warned it was badly over spending beyond budgets.

 

These are familiar stories for the Boro faithful having witnessed the dreaded locking of the gates back in 1986 only to be saved by Steve Gibson and a consortium of buyers including ICI and loans from the PFA.

 

My heart feels for Darlington and I truly hope they are able to survive these torrid times and come back stronger for it. The finger at the club can be pointed at many people but that is not important, what is important is having a team for this coming season and the monies to fund this.

 

Fortunately back in 1986 the Boro never had a mass exodus of players and staff but Darlington have had to release all but five non-playing staff as well as all but two of the first team squad. Times will be hard.

 

As Boro head into the decisive Sunday of the season with a difficult trip to Upton Park, the future looks bleak, unless everything goes our way we’ll be playing in the Championship next season, but please spare a thought for Darlington and support their cause at every opportunity.

 

Nobody wants to see this club fold and cease to exist; this isn’t good for football, the relations of North-East clubs or the development of many young players at the Boro.

 

Finally, yes we want to stay in the Premier League, that goes without saying but as times are becoming harder in football and the rich get richer as the poorer go bust.

 

Maybe we should be grateful we have a club, which is well run and without Steve Gibson and the 1986 consortium we would probably have experienced all that the Darlington fans are now facing rather than looking on from afar.

 

Good Luck Darlington!

 

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