Writer: Shaun Calderwood
Date:Friday January 6 2012
Darlington FC could play their last fixture this weekend.
Swindon Town last visited The Arena in Darlington in August 2006 in a match that Town won 2-1 with goals from Paul Evans and Christian Roberts.
The thing that I remember most is the pre-match beer. After a long trek up north by coach, Town fans settled into the bar at the ground and mingled with Darlington supporters who together both said how rubbish David Duke was who was, at that time was playing for Darlo.
What made things even better was the banter with Town fans and Darlo fans in the bar.
Town fans chanted 'We beat the Pools 1-0, we beat the Pools 1-0...'. Hartlepool ofcourse are Darlington's biggest rivals.
Darlington fans responded 'You beat the Pools 1-0, you beat the Pools 1-0'
The 4,500 Darlington fans were very welcoming to us Swindon Town fans and despite the journey it ended up being one of the best days of the season.
This week it emerged that Darlington FC has only 2 weeks to survive.
I remember the fans who were so welcoming to us. It was always clear on that visit in 2007 that the club's stadium was way too big for the club and it was clear to see despite having a nice stadium, great scoreboard etc, the club was never going to have the fan base to sustain football at the Darlington Arena.
To all the Darlington fans, We Swindon fans know what it feels like to be skint and be hours from death, Hopefully someone will come in to help Darlington FC and move them to a realistic ground even if its outside of the town as a temporary groundshare to allow the club to build a proper stadium of around 10,000 and allow the club to live on.
It disgusts me that a club like Milton Keynes Dons who stole another Town's league position are allowed to flourish whilst another club with 128 year history in the community is allowed to die with hardly a wimper.
COME ON DARLO!!!
Date:Friday January 6 2012
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