Quakers extend investment deadline after hitting £50,000 target

Darlington and Stockton Times: REG LEAD Quakers extends investment deadline after hitting £50,000 target REG LEAD Quakers extends investment deadline after hitting £50,000 target

DARLINGTON FC has extended its deadline for investment after hitting its initial £50,000 goal.

The Quakers board of directors tonight spoke of their delight that the crucial target had been achieved.

The deadline for further investments through the Square Knot website has now been put back a week from February 17 to February 24.

The club is urging all fans and local businesses which have not already taken part in the fundraising drive to sign up.

Quakers chief executive Martin Jesper said the £75,000 cash injection triggered by former player Dan Burn’s appearance for Fulham had provided “huge respite” for the club.

Together with the investments pledged already, he said it had given the club a solid financial base to address its debts and keep some money aside as it worked towards playing back in Darlington next season.

He added: “For the fans, the most exciting and tangible part of our push back to Darlington arguably now starts in earnest.

“Given the pledges made to date, every extra penny that is raised from the equity and gift reward schemes until February 24 will be put directly towards our return to Darlington, alongside any monies raised through the community interest company’s Back to Darlo fund.

“We need to come home to play our football, we need to invest in the capital infrastructure at Blackwell Meadows and we need your money to help us achieve that vision.”

The club has previously set a second target of £100,000 – above which 2.5 per cent will be donated to St Teresa’s Hospice.

“It would be wonderful to believe that the community, fans and businesses could unite and we were able to make such a donation,” Mr Jesper added.

The club said investment opportunities had been designed to appeal to the wide range of fans’ personal circumstances, with supporters able to invest anything from £100 to £7,500.

Fans can also make smaller donations.

In a separate development, the club has launched a text alert service for a fee of £10 for the rest of the season.

Forms are available from home games and Quaker Retail, in Darlington indoor market.

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12:14am Wed 12 Feb 14

behonest says...

Why not say that if £100k is reached, 5% will be donated to St Teresa's Hospice? £95k to DFC, £5k to the hospice. Rather than only 2.5% above £100k? The local hospice is a fantastic cause for the local football club to align itself to, and I think local people, as well as supporters, may be more inclined to support the club if they know that by doing so they are also supporting the town's hospice. We may not like to think about it, but every single one of us will need end-of-life care one day. Come on Darlo!
Why not say that if £100k is reached, 5% will be donated to St Teresa's Hospice? £95k to DFC, £5k to the hospice. Rather than only 2.5% above £100k? The local hospice is a fantastic cause for the local football club to align itself to, and I think local people, as well as supporters, may be more inclined to support the club if they know that by doing so they are also supporting the town's hospice. We may not like to think about it, but every single one of us will need end-of-life care one day. Come on Darlo! behonest

12:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

oneguyh says...

It will be a sorry day when we can't take our children to watch our local team. We all have storys to tell of the days at Feethams and at the Arena and Bishop of course but lets make a new chapter so they can tell their kids about when the team came home and got back to the football league.

Once we are home lets get behind them and do this i mean, in numbers by going to support them.

Think of the hospice as well, every little helps.
It will be a sorry day when we can't take our children to watch our local team. We all have storys to tell of the days at Feethams and at the Arena and Bishop of course but lets make a new chapter so they can tell their kids about when the team came home and got back to the football league. Once we are home lets get behind them and do this i mean, in numbers by going to support them. Think of the hospice as well, every little helps. oneguyh

2:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Crocket68 says...

I think you'll find the original DFC is none existent, this club is a "newco" which was formed in 2012? Just because it has 1883 after its name means nothing. THE DFC is no more. How many more times are they going to appeal for cash to run the club? They're obviously living beyond their means which is exactly why the original club went bust.
I think you'll find the original DFC is none existent, this club is a "newco" which was formed in 2012? Just because it has 1883 after its name means nothing. THE DFC is no more. How many more times are they going to appeal for cash to run the club? They're obviously living beyond their means which is exactly why the original club went bust. Crocket68

7:44pm Wed 12 Feb 14

behonest says...

Crocket68 wrote:
I think you'll find the original DFC is none existent, this club is a "newco" which was formed in 2012? Just because it has 1883 after its name means nothing. THE DFC is no more. How many more times are they going to appeal for cash to run the club? They're obviously living beyond their means which is exactly why the original club went bust.
A totally irrelevant comment. The town of Darlington has a football club, the club is called Darlington, it is supported by the people of Darlington and it is on the up.
Be as negative as you like, but no-one is interested.
[quote][p][bold]Crocket68[/bold] wrote: I think you'll find the original DFC is none existent, this club is a "newco" which was formed in 2012? Just because it has 1883 after its name means nothing. THE DFC is no more. How many more times are they going to appeal for cash to run the club? They're obviously living beyond their means which is exactly why the original club went bust.[/p][/quote]A totally irrelevant comment. The town of Darlington has a football club, the club is called Darlington, it is supported by the people of Darlington and it is on the up. Be as negative as you like, but no-one is interested. behonest

9:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Darloresident says...

Crocket68 wrote:
I think you'll find the original DFC is none existent, this club is a "newco" which was formed in 2012? Just because it has 1883 after its name means nothing. THE DFC is no more. How many more times are they going to appeal for cash to run the club? They're obviously living beyond their means which is exactly why the original club went bust.
Rather vicious post there Crocket..Obviously you don't like Darlington FC and the way its fans have rallied round to ensure its continued existence.Perhaps you have not grasped or do not understand the business model of this community/fan run football club.
I for one am pleased the original club is on the right track to be a successful league club once again.
DFC is here to stay - get used to it...
[quote][p][bold]Crocket68[/bold] wrote: I think you'll find the original DFC is none existent, this club is a "newco" which was formed in 2012? Just because it has 1883 after its name means nothing. THE DFC is no more. How many more times are they going to appeal for cash to run the club? They're obviously living beyond their means which is exactly why the original club went bust.[/p][/quote]Rather vicious post there Crocket..Obviously you don't like Darlington FC and the way its fans have rallied round to ensure its continued existence.Perhaps you have not grasped or do not understand the business model of this community/fan run football club. I for one am pleased the original club is on the right track to be a successful league club once again. DFC is here to stay - get used to it... Darloresident

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