Darlington Property Moves – Even Football Is Getting Involved

1st June 2022
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At Anthony Jones, we know the importance of a property move and how it can help you move forward in life. We are pleased to say that we have helped many Darlington home movers and know the impact a new home makes.

So, we are very keen for the local football team, Darlington FC, to experience that feeling soon!

There is light at the end of the tunnel…hopefully floodlights!

It is hoped that the new stadium will be ready for the 2025/26 season. This seems like a long way away, but having light at the end of the tunnel is excellent news for fans and the community.

A number of sites have been highlighted as suitable for hosting a league that reaches Football League standards. There will also be training facilities, not only for the team but for many groups in the local area.

When a football team plays host to local clubs and schools, there is a greater unity in the local area. This will be good money for the club, but more importantly, it will place Darlington FC at the heart of the community once again.

There is genuine hope that Darlington FC can make a push for the Football League before too long, something we can all support.

We all want success for the local team

Darlington Chief Executive Officer and Club Chairman, David Johnston, was recorded by The Northern Echo as saying: “We look forward to working closely with all the various stakeholders to deliver a solution that meets the club’s ambitions. We appreciate that this will take some time to deliver and that there is plenty of work to be done before construction even starts. This proposal provides the opportunity to develop a sustainable solution with facilities centred at the heart of the community offering sporting and recreational facilities that will appeal to many people and most of all a stadium that will allow the club and its fanbase to progress. Whilst this proposal is in its early stages, and the club are considering a number of alternative locations for the new facility, the political support to secure a site is the first step towards developing this solution.”

It’s a sad fact that many young fans will not remember Darlington’s former ground at Feethams, a move they made back in 2003. In recent years, the current stadium hasn’t always felt like a home, and the costs of running and maintaining the stadium impacted the clubs’ finances. As we all know, this led to demotion to the Northern League. This is why it is so positive to hear about a move to a new ground, and hopefully better things.

Whether you like, dislike or don’t care about football, there is no denying the importance of a club in its local community. Even if you don’t follow the team, when a local team is winning, people are happier, and there is more positivity in the place. In some cases, there is even an economic impact on the local area when success comes on the field. We won’t get carried away and say a better performing team will boost the finances of local firms, but there is no denying many people feel happier in life if the team they care about is playing well.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, was recorded in The Northern Echo as saying; “This club hasn’t had it easy in the past because of bad decisions taken without consulting the fans by previous owners to build vanity projects like the 27,000 seat Arena in 2002 rather than what the club and community actually need. I’m pleased that’s long behind us and the club has the right leadership with strong fan backing in place and a sensible well thought-out and sustainable plan. We are a step closer to finding a permanent home for this much-loved local football team in a state-of-the-art stadium that matches the team’s ambitions.”

Contact Anthony Jones for all Darlington property matters

If you are looking for help with any matter of the Darlington property market, it is best to speak to property professionals. No one knows for sure what is going to happen next, so we won’t claim to have all the answers, but the Anthony Jones team is keen to help you as best we can. If you would like to contact us over housing matters, please call us today on 01325 776424.


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