Alun Armstrong has just taken over the managerial reins at Blackwell Meadows after leaving Blyth Spartans, where budget cuts loomed, and so he will be hopeful the coffers give him a real boost with the Quakers.
Chief Executive Officer David Johnston says that he is “flabbergasted” by the total.
“The generosity and loyalty of Darlington fans never cease to amaze me,” he told the club’s website. “To reach £80,000 within weeks says so much of them.
“There is no need to stop at £80,000, fans are quite welcome to continue pledging towards the budget.
“It all helps Alun to build a team that is able to compete well with other clubs in this division.”
Chris Stockdale, Chair of DFCSG, the owners of Darlington FC said; “It’s a fantastic achievement to hit our initial target well ahead of the deadline.
“This funding from our fans and owners is crucial in helping build our great club on and off the field.
“We’d now love to exceed last season’s total of £85,008 and see just how much more we can have pledged by the end of May.”
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