13th April 2017

Darlington 1883 FC have made steady progress up the Football league structure since having to start from scratch when they went bust in 2010.

The club was dealt a fresh blow yesterday when the FA revealed their ground fell short of the National League requirements (they must have 500 covered seats and they only have 280), therefore they are ineligible for promotion.

Darlington’s board are speaking to the FA about it as we speak and hopefully the two parties will agree a deal whereby Darlington will upgrade their ground as a condition should they gain promotion via the play-offs, which remains a possibility. Anything else seems unfair to me.

Record breakers South Shields FC have been denied a world record by the Guinness Book of Records because their 31 match winning streak happened in non-league Football. The record keepers say the huge variance in worldwide grassroots Football means they are unable to accurately state whether or not this is a true record.

This does not and should not tarnish South Shields great run, or take the shine off their achievements this season.

Lifting the FA Vase would be a nice way to round it off don’t you think? I think they will do it.

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