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Darlington sign midfielder from Gateshead

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:25pm Monday 29th June 2015

DARLINGTON have pulled off a transfer coup with the arrival of an experienced midfielder from Gateshead.

Darlington striker Armstrong making a good recovery

Darlington and Stockton Times: IMPACT: The moment Bamber Bridge goalkeeper Lee Dovey collided with Graeme Armstrong, leading to the Darlington striker requiring an operation on his pancreas. Picture: NICK BURTON

6:03am Saturday 27th June 2015

GRAEME ARMSTRONG’S recovery from major surgery continues apace and he will be involved when Darlington’s pre-season gets underway next week.

Thompson leaves Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:08pm Monday 22nd June 2015

DARLINGTON stalwart Andrew Thompson is leaving the club after accepting a job offer in the Football League.

Bairstow salutes Farbrace's impact

Darlington and Stockton Times: 5th One Day International between England and New Zealand at Durham ICG, Chester-le-Street. Jonny Bairstow after hitting the winny runs. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (29572410)

5:09am Monday 22nd June 2015

JONNY BAIRSTOW'S late dash up the A1 proved priceless for England as his maiden one-day international 50 clinched a thrilling Royal London Series against New Zealand at Chester-le-Street.

Former Quakers keeper joins Gateshead

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE MOVE: Former Darlington goalkeeper Sam Russell has signed for Gateshead. Picture: TED BLAIR

6:02am Friday 12th June 2015

FORMER Darlington goalkeeper Sam Russell has become Gateshead manager Malcolm Crosby’s first signing.

Jameson needs to become a 'big mouth', says Darlington boss

Darlington and Stockton Times: NUMBER ONE: Darlington's Peter Jameson. Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:05am Thursday 11th June 2015

DARLINGTON Martin Gray has challenged goalkeeper Peter Jameson to become a ‘big mouth’ in order to continue his improvement since becoming Quakers’ No. 1.

Darlington launch programme and DVD celebrating promotion

Darlington and Stockton Times: COMMEMORATIVE: The front cover of Darlington's special promotion programme.

6:02am Saturday 6th June 2015

DARLINGTON today launch their commemorative programme and DVD looking back on the promotion-winning 2014-15 season.

Defoe to face former club in friendly

Darlington and Stockton Times: FRIENDLY RIVALRY: Sunderland will face Toronto FC, one of Jermain Defoe's former clubs, in pre-season. Picture: TOM BANKS

4:50pm Friday 5th June 2015

SUNDERLAND will travel to the USA and Canada this summer for three pre-season friendlies, including one against Jermain Defoe’s former club Toronto.

Gateshead appoint Crosby

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW JOB: Malcolm Crosby, right, with Gareth Southgate when working for Middlesbrough. Crosby is Gateshead's new manager.

4:27pm Friday 5th June 2015

GATESHEAD have appointed former Sunderland manager Malcolm Crosby as their new boss.

Portas predicts a step up in class for Quakers

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOING UP: Tom Portas takes the ball past Bamber Bridge's Jon Macken. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

6:03am Thursday 4th June 2015

TOM PORTAS predicts Darlington find the step up to the Evo-Stik Premier Division will be tough, though says his team should set their sights on again finishing in the play-offs.

Gray looking forward to the next challenge after first three years as Darlington boss

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN CHARGE: Martin Gray on the sidelines during the Evo-Stik First Division North playoff final at Heritage Park last month against Bamber Bridge. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:02am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Darlington last month achieved their second promotion inside three seasons, both coming under the guidance of manager Martin Gray. Deputy Sports Editor Craig Stoddart speaks to Quakers’ boss about his three years at the helm

Durham suffer heavy defeat to Reading

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:47pm Sunday 31st May 2015

Durham 0 Reading 5

Quakers could again look outside region for new talent

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW RECRUIT: Darlington signing Adam Nowakowski, who has joined from Harrogate Town

6:03am Saturday 30th May 2015

AFTER raiding Yorkshire for his third successive signing, Darlington manager Martin Gray has suggested that he will again look away from the North-East when bolstering his squad.

Three new arrivals at Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW ARRIVALS: Darlington manager Martin Gray has appointed three new scouts. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:38am Friday 29th May 2015

FOLLOWING the transfer of Adam Nowakowski to Darlington this week, the club have now announced the arrival of three new scouts to assist in their elevation to the Evo-Stik Premier League.

Former Darlington manager in court charged with assaulting police officer

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:18pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

FORMER Darlington manager Dave Penney has been charged with assaulting a police officer.

Darlington's name remains the same

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:01am Saturday 23rd May 2015

QUAKERS’ name will remain as Darlington 1883 after opting not to submit a request to the Football Association to change it for at least another season.

Durham defeated

10:12pm Thursday 21st May 2015

GOALS from Emily Roberts and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk ensured Durham Women were defeated 2-0 at home by Doncaster Rovers Belles, who return to the top of FA WSL 2.

Darlington striker Armstrong vows to make a speedy recovery

Darlington and Stockton Times: IMPACT: The moment Bamber Bridge goalkeeper Lee Dovey collided with Graeme Armstrong, leading to the Darlington striker requiring an operation on his pancreas. Picture: NICK BURTON

6:03am Thursday 21st May 2015

AS entertainment choices go, selecting television show Walking Dead to kill time while stuck in hospital is somewhat apt given Graeme Armstrong’s fragile condition after sustaining a serious abdominal injury.

Gray to appear at fans forum tonight

Darlington and Stockton Times: FANS FORUM: Darlington manager Martin Gray

5:37am Thursday 21st May 2015

DARLINGTON manager Martin Gray will appear this evening at a fans forum in Northallerton.

Robshaw pleased to see Wilson return

Darlington and Stockton Times: COMEBACK: Bath's David Wilson, from South Shields, has returned from injury. Picture: DAVID DAVIES/PA

5:18am Wednesday 20th May 2015

ENGLAND captain Chris Robshaw insists David Wilson’s return from injury is a timely one for his country’s hopes of World Cup glory.

Time for a new England era, believes Root

Darlington and Stockton Times: EXCITING TIME: England's Joe Root. Picture: RICARDO MAZALAN/AP PHOTO

5:47am Monday 18th May 2015

BEN STOKES’ abrasive on-field antics may have rubbed the West Indians up the wrong way during the recent Test series, but England’s new vice-captain Joe Root claims it did nothing but endear him to his team-mates.

Maxwell to make Tykes bow

5:46am Monday 18th May 2015

YORKSHIRE fans will get an early glimpse of Australian signing Glenn Maxwell over the next three nights when he debuts for the county against league opposition in Twenty20 matches in Bradford, Harrogate and York.

Long-awaited debuts for Redcar and Stokesley

Darlington and Stockton Times: NYSD: Aamir Sajjad batting for Barnard Castle against Guisborough last weekend. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:48am Saturday 16th May 2015

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Fisher lights up Headingley

5:47am Saturday 16th May 2015

DEBUTANT Matthew Fisher sparkled under the new Headingley floodlights last night with five wickets to fire Yorkshire to an opening round NatWest T20 Blast seven-wicket win over Derbyshire.

Lifetime best for Avery

5:39am Saturday 16th May 2015

SHILDON’S Great Britain international and European Cross Country Championships silver-medallist Kate Avery, representing New York’s Iona College at Stanford University in the United States, ran a lifetime best 10,000m time of 31 mins 41.44 secs – inside the qualifying time for this year’s World Championships in Beijing and next summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil.

Darlington sign winger from Harrogate RA

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:03am Friday 15th May 2015

DARLINGTON last night made their first signing since the end of the season by bringing in right-winger Rob Youhill from Harrogate RA.

Brooks wants to make a name for himself in T20

Darlington and Stockton Times: JACK'S BACK: Yorkshire's Jack Brooks, centre, is in the squad for this evening's game.

6:01am Friday 15th May 2015

JACK BROOKS is keen for a more regular role in Yorkshire’s NatWest T20 Blast team, starting tonight, although the England Lions fast bowler accepts that playing every game is unrealistic.

Durham without Wood for first T20 fixture of the season

5:58am Friday 15th May 2015

DURHAM will have to face one of the world's most explosive hitters without Mark Wood in their opening NatWest T20 Blast match at home to Northamptonshire this evening.

Lyth ready to make Ashes bow

5:09am Friday 15th May 2015

YORKSHIRE opener Adam Lyth is targeting a maiden Ashes appearance as he prepares to make his England Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s on Thursday.

Harrison left out of Durham squad

Darlington and Stockton Times: NOT INCLUDED: Jamie Harrison, centre, will not be in Durham's T20 squad on Friday evening. Picture: DAVID WOOD

5:58am Thursday 14th May 2015

JAMIE HARRISON will not feature in Durham's first Twenty20 squad of the season, despite taking six for 17 in the second team's innings win against Leicestershire at Brandon yesterday.

Pujara puts Tykes on verge of victory

5:22am Wednesday 13th May 2015

CHE PUJARA’S first century for Yorkshire and three late wickets for Jack Brooks helped put the Tykes on the cusp of a second County Championship win of the season against Hampshire.

REVIEW OF THE SEASON: Promotion means job done for Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: HIGH TIMES: Darlington players and Martin Gray celebrate promotion last Saturday. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:38am Saturday 9th May 2015

Mission accomplished.

Serious injury puts Darlington striker in hospital

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:04am Thursday 7th May 2015

DARLINGTON striker Graeme Armstrong remains in hospital with an abdominal injury suffered in the dying seconds of the final game of the season on Saturday.

Harris feeling comfortable again after nine wickets against Durham

Darlington and Stockton Times: Matt Bright (25194225)

5:59am Thursday 7th May 2015

THE James Harris story is one with which Durham are all too familiar, having suffered years of frustration with Liam Plunkett prior to his rehabilitation with Yorkshire.

Darlington striker in hospital four days after sustaining injury in play-off final

Darlington and Stockton Times: INJURY WOE: Darlington's Graeme Armstrong celebrates after scoring in Saturday's play-off final. He later sustained abdominal injuries and is now in hospital in Newcastle. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

10:32am Wednesday 6th May 2015

DARLINGTON striker Graeme Armstrong has been readmitted to hospital with an abdominal injury suffered in the dying seconds of the final game of the season on Saturday.

New deal for Darlington defender White

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW DEAL: Darlington's Alan White. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:01pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

ALAN WHITE has handed Darlington a boost by becoming their first player since the end of their successful season to sign a new contract.

Quakers hero Cartman saves best until last

Darlington and Stockton Times: Evo-stik First Divison North playoff final at Hertiage Park, Bishop Auckland between Darlington 1883 and Bamber Bridge.  Darlington's Nathan Cartman scores the first goal of the game.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (24975292)

7:02am Monday 4th May 2015

NATHAN CARTMAN cast aside any doubts about his impact since moving to Darlington by saving the best until last, scoring during Saturday’s play-off final win in what was his best performance so far a black and white shirt.

Disappointed Darlington fans miss out on final

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:02am Monday 4th May 2015

HUNDREDS of Darlington supporters were unable to attend Saturday’s play-off final win, despite Bamber Bridge being unable to sell all of their tickets.

Team effort crucial in Quakers' success, says Gray

Darlington and Stockton Times: Evo-stik First Divison North playoff final at Hertiage Park, Bishop Auckland between Darlington 1883 and Bamber Bridge.  Darlington players celebrate at the final whistle.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (24975328)

7:02am Monday 4th May 2015

A TEAM ethic has played a key role in Darlington’s success, believes manager Martin Gray, who paid tribute to everyone he feels has contributed towards promotion.

MATCH REPORT: Darlington enjoy long-awaited play-off final success

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:02am Monday 4th May 2015

LEAGUE titles are the pinnacle, they look good on a manager’s CV and the silverware sits well in the trophy cabinet for 12 months, but promotion via the play-offs produces raw emotion like no other pursuit of glory.

Darlington focused on the final

Darlington and Stockton Times: SAME AGAIN? Darlington's Terry Galbraith and Martin Gray at the end of Wednesday's win over Spennymoor Town. Today Quakers are in the play-off final. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:03am Saturday 2nd May 2015

DARLINGTON are 90 minutes from promotion as they take on Bamber Bridge today at Heritage Park, just three days after their thrilling semi-final with Spennymoor Town.

SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: Enigmatic Scott is Darlington's model semi-pro

Darlington and Stockton Times: ALL-ACTION MIDFIELDER: Darlington's Leon Scott, right

7:03am Saturday 2nd May 2015

THROWING himself into tackles, breaking up play, displaying fierce determination and being a general nuisance makes Leon Scott the archetypal battling midfielder.

Darlington's play-off final is sold out

Darlington and Stockton Times: LATE DRAMA: David Dowson celebrates scoring Darlington's winning goal late on in Wednesday's win over Spennymoor Town. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:05am Friday 1st May 2015

DARLINGTON'S play-off final tomorrow with Bamber Bridge is a sell-out.

MATCH REPORT: Dowson the hero as Darlington clinch dramatic win over Spennymoor

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:53am Thursday 30th April 2015


Gray warns Quakers against complacency

Darlington and Stockton Times: PROMOTION HOPES: Darlington manager Martin, whose side this evening face Spennymoor Town in the play-offs. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Wednesday 29th April 2015

MARTIN GRAY is warning against overconfidence ahead of this evening’s promotion play-off with Spennymoor Town.

Armstrong would like to be Darlington's hero again

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:03am Tuesday 28th April 2015

HAVING already scored three goals against Spennymoor Town this season, Darlington striker Graeme Armstrong is eager to continue his good run in tomorrow’s sell-out semi-final.

Teenagers do Darlington proud in the first-team's absence

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN THE LEAD: Striker Matty Pennal celebrates putting Darlington ahead with a header early in the second half. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:01am Monday 27th April 2015

Darlington 3 New Mills 1

Durham draw at the Den

5:36am Monday 27th April 2015

DURHAM boss Lee Sanders believes he may have unearthed a gem after teenager Jemma Purfield produced a mature display in their draw with Millwall.

Sunderland stay upbeat despite defeat at Arsenal

5:32am Monday 27th April 2015

SUNDERLAND striker Beth Mead is relishing life in FA WSL 1 despite suffering a tough 4-1 defeat at Arsenal in their first ever top flight visit to the 13-time FA Cup winners.

Darlington to give the kids a chance

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOMEGROWN: Teenager Matty Lovegreen will play for Darlington today. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Saturday 25th April 2015

HAD their last two results been better, Darlington would have been going into today’s match with New Mills knowing three points would give them the title. Instead, manager Martin Gray is putting the kids in.

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