Welcome to www.dafts.co.uk

This is the website of Darlington Away Far Travelling Supporters – DAFTS.

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AWAY GUIDES…..

We’ve started updating our away guides for 2022/2023 with Darlo again in the Vanarama National League North.

We’re hoping the disruption from the pandemic is a thing of the past – and we can all start enjoying football again, with things as normal as possible.

Final arrangements and any suggestions you have will be added to the guides in the days before the matches.

We hope to see some of you there!

2022/2023 away trips:

Saturday 13th August 2022  Chorley

Tuesday 16th August – Southport

Saturday 27th August (1pm, all ticket) –  Spennymoor Town

Saturday 10th September – AFC Telford Utd

Monday 12th September – Bradford Park Avenue

Saturday 8th October – Chester

Saturday 22nd October – King’s Lynn

Tuesday 25th October – Buxton Town

Saturday 5th November – Kidderminster Harriers

Saturday 26th November – Hereford

Tuesday 6th December – Curzon Ashton

Saturday 10th December – Gloucester City

2023

Monday 2nd January 2023 (1pm kick off)Scarborough Athletic

Saturday 14th January –  Farsley Celtic

Saturday 21st January – Banbury Town

Saturday 11th February – Boston Utd

Saturday 18th February Leamington

Saturday 4th March – Alfreton Town

Saturday 11th March – AFC Fylde

Saturday 25th March – Kettering Town

Saturday 7th April – Blyth Spartans

Saturday 15th April Brackley

Saturday 29th April – Peterborough Sports

There’s more here – including clickable map

Full fixtures on the official Darlington FC website

If you have information to share about any trips to come for this season, please leave a comment or email dafts2002uk@yahoo.co.uk

Our guide to Darlington FC’s ground for away fans

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WHO ARE WE?

We are a group of far-flung and exiled fans of Darlington FC – and in the winter of 2019 we celebrated our 25th anniversary.

This is the erstwhile Football League club which fell on hard times. Remember the mad owner who built us a 26,000-seater stadium and we went bust? Yes, that one.

Well, thankfully we are living, breathing and thriving. The club is now fan-run, with no financial precipices in sight and we are playing a seventh season in the Vanarama Conference North in 2022/23 after four promotions in five seasons.

Darlington are also back in Darlington again (with our original name), sharing a ground with Darlington RFC but with the future hope of a (sensible) new ground development in the area.

Some lovely Buxton Brewery beers, including the excellent Moor Top session ale

This is before the game. Beers, nerves, smiling faces..

What do we do?

DAFTS has been going for 28 years in 2022/2023. There is no longer an email list of “members”, but we will advertise and share any offers of lifts, transport and meet-ups. We try to meet for as many Saturday away games as possible, with recommended pubs; we plan weekenders. We also meet in Darlington for some home matches

The group can put fans in touch to help share travelling costs, or just help provide a focus for meeting before a game.

It can be a lonely existence being a Darlo fan in some parts of the country…(even in Darlington at times..)

DAFTS can put you in touch with other members in your local area – it can lead to car-shares or just sharing knowledge of handy places to meet for a pre-match pint or snack. It’s all free and a mailing list with information pack goes out once a season and for the last three years we’ve been on-line!

 We’d be pleased to receive any suggestions and contributions – so if you’ve got suggestions for a place to stay, drink or eat for forthcoming games, or any messages or appeals, get in touch.

Have you got room in your car or need a lift to the game? Have some pub recommendations or wonder if there’s a Darlo fan living in your area? Why not email us?     

History

DAFTS was founded back in the winter of 1994 by the sadly departed Bob Barnes, a fan living in the Midlands.

He got the idea for the name after hearing of a Rochdale exiles fan-club run by former students in the south west – Bath University Rochdale Keen Supporters (BURKS..)

From a first meeting before a FA Cup tie, in recent years with the hard work of Darlo fan Neil Johnson (London, Aberdeen and for many years in Norway!) and his trusty notebook, the membership has grown and since the Summer of 2001 we’ve also had a website presence (you’re already here in case you didn’t realise) and an e-mail group of around 220 fans and growing.

DAFTS are a group of exiles and far-flung fans, who meet together at Darlington FC away games – and some at home matches too – and can put fans in touch to help share travelling costs, or just help provide a focus for meeting in the pub or on the more scenic trips or weekends away.

 As well as “weekenders” at matches, from seaside towns to London, we have been on pre-season tours to the Isle of Man in 2000 and 2002 and Ireland in 2001. Those were the days when Darlo played pre-season tours!

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It can be magic watching Darlo

What others said

“Darlo may now be haemorrhaging spectators as quickly as they were spunking away currency between their 914 periods in administration, but in DAFTS they retain one of the friendliest and most distinctive fan sites you’ll come across. A joyful jumble of a thing, with writing that’s unpretentious and kind, it evokes a very real sense of the life of the club and fans.”
Cod Alimighty (Grimsby)

“A top site this, one of the best in the whole division, sorry League Two (puke). Well put together, useful, tells you things you actually want to know. Oh and independent. That’s not official; not a franchised effort; that’s INDEPENDENT. Sadly there are fewer and fewer such sites.”
Ciderspace (Yeovil)

Recommended among a dozen independent football fans’ websites, for having “variety, depth, strong writing, original design and history” – When Saturday Comes

 CONTACT US:
Email: dafts2002uk@yahoo.co.uk
Twitter: @DAFTS
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