Nuneaton is next away trip

It’s the start of a new post-Martin Gray era on the road at Nuneaton on Saturday 14th October – there’s also a chance to pick up your supporters’ group membership card.

Locally-based fan Alan Vickers recommends the rugby club, next to the ground, as a place for away fans before the game.

Also Pete Stockill’s local, The Bulls Head at Wolvey (three miles from Nuneaton) is excellent for food and is just south of the M69/A5 junction.

You can get a full DAFTS away guide for the game here.

Club members going to Nuneaton?

If you haven’t yet received/collected your Darlington FC Supporters Group membership card, you can collect it at Nuneaton Town on Saturday from Quaker retail manager, Lynn Jasper – ideal for those Midlands-based members.

If you want Lynn to bring your card to the match, please email secretary Neil Raper by Thursday evening at the latest.


Salford all ticket

The first trip of the season to Salford City on Saturday 5th August will be, as expected, an all ticket affair, with Darlington getting an allocation of 1,000.

There will be no cash admission on the day but exiles can arrange to buy tickets in advance via the Supporters Club and pick up from Salford on the day.

Tickets go on sale to 500 Club members on Saturday and then to season ticket holders from Monday. Supporters Club members can claim their tickets from Wednesday, 5pm.

Tickets are priced £10 adults and £5 concessions/juniors.

DFCSG Exiles
Any DFCSG members living outside of Darlington can apply for tickets by email.

First, you would need to make a bank transfer to the value of the tickets you wish to purchase. Please include your name in the payment reference so we can match the payment to your order.

Account name: Darlington FC Supporters Group
Sort Code: 30-84-43
Account No: 30227860

Once you have made the payment email confirming the number and type of ticket (1 per DFCSG member) as well as the payment reference.

If you are ordering a ticket(s) for other DFCSG members, please include their names in your order.

DFCSG will confirm the collection details at Salford City a bit closer to the match date, but hopefully they will be available from the turnstile as they were last time, says secretary Neil Raper.


Ticket news from the club here

Last match – away guide to Rushall


The Olympic game is the final scheduled action of the season, a visit to Rushall in Walsall.

We will now by then whether Darlo are champions or whether it’s still all to play for an it’s going to the wire.

The away guide has all the details of the stadium and clubhouse, as well as recommended pubs – including two close to the ground.

Olympic may have more details of additional matchday arrangements in the days ahead.

But the club has plenty of room – a 1,950+ capacity and is used to handling crowds around the 1,000 mark.


Matlock v Darlington

Darlington enjoyed another victory in the promotion push at Matlock, a friendly club in the Derbyshire dales.

There was also a well known face to those who remember the Conference promotion season – ex-Darlo full back Les McJannet, who helped with the Darlo Fans Radio commentary.

DAFTS were in good spirits before and after the game.

Photos by Ted Blair.












Away guide to Frickley

Frickley Athletic v Darlington

Saturday 16th January 2016, 3pm
Evostik Premier Division

Frickley Athletic FC, Westfield Lane South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, WF9 2EQ Tel 01977 642460

Twitter: @frickleyafc

History: The old Frickley Colliery Club was formed in 1910 and played in the Sheffield, Yorkshire, Midlands and Cheshire county leagues. In 1970, the club changed its name to Frickley Athletic and in 1976 joined the Northern League and by 1980 was invited to compete in the Alliance Premier (Conference). Darlington fans will join in the club’s 30th year celebration of Frickley’s defeat of Hartlepool in the FA Cup 2nd round although they lost to Rotherham in the 3rd round. In the previous 1985/85 season, Darlo beat them 1-0 at the same stage. After relegation in the late 80s, the next couple of decades saw Frickley in the Northern Premier, a high point in 2005/06 saw them pipped by Blyth to the title.
Record Attendance: 6,000 v Rotherham (FA Cup, 1971)
Capacity: 2,087
Last season: 19th
Honours: Runners-up Alliance Premier League (now Football Conference): 1985–86
Record victory:
Nickname: The Blues
Colours: Blue and yellow
Chairman: Karl Rose
Manager Gary Hackett
Trivia: The band Chumbawamba mentioned the club in their song “Frickley” during the miners’ strike.

Click for Streetmap of ground

Ticket prices (2015/16): Adults £9; OAPs £6, under 16s £3.


 There is the Big Fellas snack bar serving pies, chips, burgers and soup.

The official Frickley Athletic website has useful information for travelling fans.

For news and sport there is the Stourbridge News and there is also a Stourbridge community website for more local details.


At the ground:

The best option for those going straight to the ground is the Big Fellas clubhouse, which opens an hour before kick off. As well as the usual lager, bitter and cider the bar now stocks regularly-changing real ales.

Pubs in area:

Barnsley Oak, Mill Lane, South Elmsall, WF9 2DT
Open from 11. Food and a couple of real ales. This is a jaunt from the ground though.

Sheffield city centre

Sheffield Tap, Platform 1b Sheffield Station, S1 2BP
Best option for the DAFTS real ale drinkers, one of the popular Tap chain in a former first class refreshment room. It still is. Open from 11am. There is a 13.30 to Moorthorpe for the match.

Kelham Island Tavern, 62 Russell St, S3 8RW
A regular award-winner with a huge choice of beers.

The Fat Cat, 23 Alma Street, S3 8SA
A proud real ale pub and past CAMRA winner, which even sells ale-flavoured cheese, as well as Kelham Island and other beers.

If you’re in the area, there is also The Wellington, right by the Shalesmoor tram stop, which passes the ‘old codger’ quota.

Corner Pin, 231-233 Carlisle St, S4 7QN
Back-street boozer on the corner with guest ales.

Also is the renowned Devonshire Cat, Devonshire Green (off West Street near the West Street tram. It was famously built as the part of the ground floor of a privately developed student hall of residence.

For a more “traditional” setting, try the The Red Deer, , also near the West Street tram.

If you don’t want to wander too far from the station, then The Red Lion 109 Charles Street is another option. A separate snug and Black Sheep and Taylor’s among the ales.


From the North (76 miles from Darlington, approx 1hr 25 mins): From the A1 turn off onto the A638, towards Wakefield. At the second roundabout turn left onto the B6474 towards South Elmsall. Turn left at the traffic lights and then turn right at the T-junction to stay on the B6474. Go over the railway line and turn right at the bottom of the road and then immediately left up Westfield Lane. The ground is signposted on the left after about half a mile. Parking: There is a large grassed car park next to the ground as well as plenty of street parking on Westfield Lane.

Car parking is on the left through the archway opposite Vets For Pets but is limited and costs £1 on a first come, first come basis. There is street parking but do not park in Westland Gardens and The Holloway, next to and opposite the ground respectively. The turnstiles are opposite Amblecote church.


arlington FC Supporters’ Club
Coach 11.45am, fare £15 Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat. Details to be confirmed. Details of the supporters’ group travel can be found here.

Tingley’s Private Hire 01977 611111
Kirkby Cars 01977 609999
Joe’s Travel 01977 609999
001 Cars and Minibuses 01977 61100101384 469 469

There are two railway stations serving Frickley. Those travelling from Darlington/Leeds, get off at South Elmsall station. The ground is a half a mile walk up Westfield Lane. Exit Station Road, cross over the main road and turn first left up Westfield Lane. You walk past Westfield Resource Centre and shops before turning past the cricket ground to the stadium. From Darlington there is a 10.05 and 11.05 via Doncaster, returning 17.39 via Wakefield.

Moorthorpe Station serves the Sheffield/Doncaster line and is 15 minutes walk to the ground. Come out of the station cark park, turn left and carry along Barnsley Road until you turn right up Carlton Road opposite the library. Turn right at the end onto Westfield Lane and follow the directions above. (There is a 13.30 there and a 17.20 back – takes 35-45 mins)

For more details, go to National Rail Planner






RIP Benny


I’m sure most DAFTS will have know Benny for many years – I certainly remember him from my early days at Feethams – so it is very sad to hear of his passing.

Here is a shot of him after the game against Team Northumbria when we became champions of the Northern League.

Ted Blair

The club’s tribute to Alan “Benny” Bennett is here.