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Vaioleti and Hodgson recalled by Mowden

Darlington and Stockton Times: RETURN: Ollie Hodgson returns for Mowden against Rosslyn Park today. Picture: STUART BOULTON

7:55am Saturday 28th March 2015

DARLINGTON Mowden Park recall Talite Vaioleti and Ollie Hodgson to their pack after lengthy absences for today's visit of Rosslyn Park to The Northern Echo Arena.

Darlington's defence needs to tighten up

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAT-TRICK HERO: Adam Mitchell celebrates scoring the first goal of his hat-trick in Darlington's 4-2 win over Prescot Cables FC at Heritage Park. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:03am Saturday 28th March 2015

Darlington know they need a return to their miserly defensive ways of earlier in the season if they are to emerge from a potentially pivotal week with their title hopes intact.

Kane continues to ride on the crest of a wave

Darlington and Stockton Times: England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his sides 4th goal of the game during the UEFA 2016 Qualifying, Group E match at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 27, 2015. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit shoul

9:52pm Friday 27th March 2015

ENGLAND 4 LITHUANIA 0

Seven wins needed for Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: SEVEN GAMES TO GO: Darlington manager Martin Gray. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Friday 27th March 2015

Seven wins from their seven games remaining are required if Darlington are to win the title, believes manager Martin Gray.

Rooney sees bright future for Kane

Darlington and Stockton Times: ONE FoR THE FUTURE: Wayne Rooney, right, says Harry Kane, left, can be an England regular for years. England play Lithuania this evening at Wembley.

5:45am Friday 27th March 2015

Wayne Rooney has backed the "sizzling" Harry Kane to be an England star for many years to come.

Hodgson relaxed over Spurs plans

Darlington and Stockton Times: England's Harry Kane during a training session at St George's Park, Burton Upon Trent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 24, 2015. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to

5:42am Friday 27th March 2015

Roy Hodgson insists he would be happy for Harry Kane to play in two post-season friendlies this summer as the tension between Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and the England manager appeared to ease yesterday.

Rhodes ready to replace Lyth

Darlington and Stockton Times: READY: Will Rhodes. By James Buttler/cricketbadger.com

5:32am Friday 27th March 2015

Will Rhodes is ready to step up and fill Adam Lyth’s shoes as an opening batsman when the LV= County Championship starts against Worcestershire at New Road next month.

Gibson returns to England fold

5:26am Friday 27th March 2015

Ottis Gibson will be England's interim fast-bowling coach, in place of David Saker, for next month's tour of his native West Indies.

It's a knockout for Rooney's son

Darlington and Stockton Times: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his teams third goal against Tottenham Hotspur mimicking being knocked out during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 15, 20

5:18am Friday 27th March 2015

Wayne Rooney has revealed his son Kai has been copying his goal celebration in front of his classmates at school.

Clarke: More to come from Australia

Darlington and Stockton Times: Australia's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin celebrates with his team-mates after they defeated India by 95 runs in their Cricket World Cup semifinal in Sydney yesterday. Picture: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

5:11am Friday 27th March 2015

Australia captain Michael Clarke warned his side were yet to play their perfect game in the World Cup, despite booking their spot in Sunday's final with a 95-run victory over defending champions India.

KP willing to work hard for recall

Darlington and Stockton Times: DETERMINED: Kevin Pietersen says he will do anything to get another England cap. Picture: Adam Davy/PA

5:04am Friday 27th March 2015

Kevin Pietersen is well aware there are still plenty more potential pitfalls on his proposed pathway back into Test cricket.

Gray backing Cartman to hit the goal trail

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE SCORESHEET: Darlington players congratulate Nathan Cartman, right, on scoring in Monday's 5-1 win on New Mills. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:38am Thursday 26th March 2015

NATHAN CARTMAN’S goal in Darlington’s win on Monday evening can instigate a good run of form for the striker, hopes manager Martin Gray.

Dyke planning Hodgson deal talks

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW DEAL: England manager Roy Hodgson during a training session at St George’s Park this week. Picture: David Davies/PA

5:53am Thursday 26th March 2015

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is planning contract talks with Roy Hodgson and Phil Jagielka says the players are "desperate" for the England manager to stay on.

KP hoping to relive his England dream

5:50am Thursday 26th March 2015

Kevin Pietersen is hoping he can relive his England dream after all thanks to the new contract he has signed with Surrey.

Hart excited by England milestone

Darlington and Stockton Times: MILESTONE: Joe Hart is in line to win his 50th cap for England. Picture: David Davies/PA

5:35am Thursday 26th March 2015

Joe Hart feels at the peak of his powers as he prepares to enter an illustrious club of English half-centurions.

Forster blow for Southampton

5:24am Thursday 26th March 2015

England goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery on a knee injury.

Yorkshire ace Rashid hoping to get the nod for England

Darlington and Stockton Times: DELIVERY: Yorkshire's Adil Rashid bowls to Daryl Mitchell on day three in Abu Dhabi. Picture: James Buttler/cricketbadger.com

5:05am Thursday 26th March 2015

England Test hopeful Adil Rashid is determined to maintain the attacking mindset which has served him so well for Yorkshire over the last 12 months when he gets to the West Indies next week.

Fairweather: Win at Liverpool has set the benchmark for Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times: ONE-NIL: Beth Mead puts Sunderland Ladies ahead. Picture: Susan Gutteridge

11:23pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

Liverpool 1 Sunderland 2

Sunderland start season with tremendous win over champions Liverpool

10:10pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

Liverpool 1 Sunderland 2

Winning ugly maybe the answer, says Advocaat

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland Head Coach, Dick Advocaat before the game against West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should

7:17am Monday 23rd March 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has accepted Sunderland will have to play ugly in order to secure their Premier League status for another season.

Gray praise for Darlington's generous fans

Darlington and Stockton Times: MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Martin Gray's Darlington team face New Mills this evening. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Monday 23rd March 2015

MARTIN GRAY has paid tribute to the Darlington supporters that have dug deep to help the club hit its first target of raising £225,000 to fund Quakers’ return to the town at Blackwell Meadows.

Dominant Darlington stroll to easy win

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAT-TRICK HERO: Adam Mitchell celebrates scoring the first goal of his hat-trick in Darlington's 4-2 win over Prescot Cables FC at Heritage Park. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:02am Monday 23rd March 2015

Darlington 4 Prescot Cables 2

Darlington manager Gray issues rallying cry to his players

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOME WOE: Leon Scott in action during Darlington's defeat last weekend to Northwich Victoria. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Saturday 21st March 2015

Win their next two games and Darlington would be top of the table, an encouraging fact easily overlooked in the aftermath of last weekend’s deeply disappointing defeat to promotion rivals Northwich Victoria.

Kane still an under-21 option

7:56am Friday 20th March 2015

Roy Hodgson believes this is the perfect time for Harry Kane to step up to the England team and insisted his maiden senior call-up would not preclude the Tottenham striker from playing in this summer's Under-21 European Championship.

Parling promoted for crucial clash

7:30am Friday 20th March 2015

England have promoted Geoff Parling to the second row and recalled Nick Easter to the bench for tomorrow's decisive RBS 6 Nations clash with France at Twickenham.

Lancaster issues fan rallying call

7:03am Friday 20th March 2015

Stuart Lancaster has urged Twickenham to will England to victory tomorrow evening as he prepares to order his RBS 6 Nations title hopefuls to carry the game to France.

Durham start season with a defeat

7:02am Friday 20th March 2015

Doncaster Rovers Belles 3 Durham 0

Thompson staying positive about Darlington's promotion push

Darlington and Stockton Times: Thompson staying positive about Darlington's promotion push

7:02am Friday 20th March 2015

Surprise results elsewhere in the division in recent weeks have reaffirmed Darlington’s belief that automatic promotion remains firmly within their grasp, despite their own dip in form.

Murray moves level with Henman

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Andy Murray during his win yesterday over Adrian Mannarino at Indian Wells. Picture: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

8:00am Thursday 19th March 2015

Andy Murray moved level with Tim Henman's British career-wins record after beating France's Adrian Mannarino in straight sets at Indian Wells.

Wiggins to race Tour de Yorkshire

Darlington and Stockton Times: YORKSHIRE APPEARANCE: Sir Bradley Wiggins

7:50am Thursday 19th March 2015

Sir Bradley Wiggins will get a belated chance to sample Yorkshire cycling fever after confirming he will race in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in May.

KP a long way from England return

7:17am Thursday 19th March 2015

Kevin Pietersen is in negotiations to return to county cricket with Surrey - but he is still a long way from being considered by England again.

Yorkshire legend passes away

7:01am Wednesday 18th March 2015

Yorkshire legend Bob Appleyard has passed away aged 90.

Quakers' promotion hopes continue to falter

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOME WOE: Darlington's Graeme Armstrong shows his despair. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Monday 16th March 2015

If Darlington want promotion, they’ve got an odd way of showing it because they’ve been making a right mess of things lately.

Mercedes on top as Button struggles

Darlington and Stockton Times: MORE TO COME: Reigning champion says there is more to come in his Mercedes car. The F1 season starts this weekend in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Rob Griffith/AP Photo

7:54am Saturday 14th March 2015

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button face the prospect of being at opposite ends of the grid for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix given the differing fortunes of the two British Formula One stars at the start of the new season.

Disappointment for Definitly Red

7:44am Saturday 14th March 2015

BRIAN ELLISON learned a tough Cheltenham Festival lesson after Definitly Red disappointed in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Coneygree wins thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup

Darlington and Stockton Times: Nico de Boinville on Coneygree celebrates after winning the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

7:23am Saturday 14th March 2015

CONEYGREE’S spectacular display of front-running saw him become the first novice to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup for 41 years.

Sherwood seeking to win safety race

7:15am Saturday 14th March 2015

Tim Sherwood says Aston Villa are ready for the home straight and wants to avoid a photo finish in the relegation battle.

Darlington want ten of the best

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOME WIN: Terry Galbraith on the ball during Darlington's midweek 3-0 win over Lancaster City. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Saturday 14th March 2015

It was with great relief that Darlington celebrated Wednesday’s win over Lancaster City, and now they are aiming to do it another ten times starting today against Northwich Victoria.

Easterby praying there's no rain for Hawk High's tilt at the County Hurdle

7:04am Friday 13th March 2015

TIM EASTERBY is praying the heavens don't open as he prepares to bring Hawk High back to the scene of his greatest triumph today.

McCoy savours a Cheltenham Festival leaving present

Darlington and Stockton Times: *Alternate Crop* Uxizandre ridden by Tony McCoy jumps the last fence on his way to winning the Ryanair Chase, on St Patrick's Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2015. See

7:04am Friday 13th March 2015

UXIZANDRE gave AP McCoy a Cheltenham Festival leaving present to remember – as he led from the front to win the Ryanair Chase.

Portas: Plaudits should go to Darlington team-mate Scott

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOUGH TACKLE: Darlington's Tom Portas challenges Lancaster City's Neil Marshall during Quakers' 3-0 win on Wednesday. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:03am Friday 13th March 2015

TOM Portas may have scored a strong contender for Darlington’s goal of the season during Wednesday’s win over Lancaster City, yet believes his curling first-half effort was not even the best goal of the game.

Darlington hope for home comforts at Heritage Park

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE SCORESHEET: David Dowson celebrates scoring for Darlington against Clitheroe on Saturday. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Wednesday 11th March 2015

Darlington can put their away form worries aside for the time being when they begin a spell of three successive matches at Heritage Park this evening and hope to return to the top of the table.

Mitchell remains focused on Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE MOVE? Darlington's Adam Mitchell has caught the eye of League One club Gillingham. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Tuesday 10th March 2015

Adam Mitchell may have one eye on his own long-term future with a return to professional football a possibility, but the talented youngster insists he remains focused on gaining promotion with Darlington.

Match Analysis: Clitheroe 2 Darlington 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: AT A STRETCH: Peter Jameson attempts to stop Sefton Gonzales' second-half penalty which gave Clitheroe victory on Saturday against Darlington. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Monday 9th March 2015

If the wheels aren’t off, then the hubcaps are missing and the nuts have been loosened. Darlington’s season is stalling and threatening to breakdown altogether.

Gateshead's play-off hopes suffer a blow

1:37pm Sunday 8th March 2015

Braintree 1 Gateshead 0

Late agony for York

1:35pm Sunday 8th March 2015

AFC Wimbledon 2 York City 1

Momentous month for Darlington begins at Clitheroe

Darlington and Stockton Times: RECALL: Darlington striker David Dowson, right, was recalled to the Darlington team for last Saturday's 2-1 win over Bamber Bridge. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Saturday 7th March 2015

Having gambled with his team selection seven days ago, Martin Gray is likely to have an easier task ahead of him when choosing his favoured XI today.

League extend Cellino's ban at Leeds

Darlington and Stockton Times: BANNED: Italian businessman Massimo Cellino's period of disqualification as owner of Leeds has been extended to May 3. Picture: Tony Marshall/PA

7:42am Friday 6th March 2015

Massimo Cellino's period of disqualification as owner of Leeds has been extended to May 3 by the Football League.

Hatch on standby for Darlington's trip to Clitheroe

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE DEFENSIVE: Liam Hatch challenges for the ball during Darlington's 5-1 win at Harrogate RA last Saturday. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

7:02am Friday 6th March 2015

Gary Brown is winning his fight to be fit for Darlington’s trip to Clitheroe tomorrow, though manager Martin Gray would have no hesitation in giving Liam Hatch another run-out in defence if required.

Brown set for England return

7:03am Thursday 5th March 2015

England full-back Mike Brown is expected to be available for the RBS 6 Nations showdown with Scotland as he enters the final stage of his recovery from concussion.

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