No Rush To Decide On Future Of Darlington FC Grounds
Northern League Darlington FC’s former home could be "indefinitely mothballed" after its owners said there was “no rush” to make a decision on its future, according to Andy Walker of the NORTHERN ECHO. The Quakers will play their home games at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park ground next season, but "have not ruled out the possibility" of returning to the 25,000-seat Northern Echo Darlington Arena. Darlington Chair Denis Pinnegar said that the club had approached businessmen Philip Scott and Graham Sizer, who own the arena, about "potentially leasing the stadium back on a game-by-game basis" in the future. Pinnegar said the door was only “slightly ajar” on the possibility of a return to the arena. A statement released by the Darlington Arena owners said, “There is no rush to make decisions about the future of the arena and the surrounding land" (NORTHERN ECHO, 6/19).