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Darlington enjoy win in fundraising tournament
Darlington Football Club enjoyed a fine weekend as their supporters raised an impressive £2,000 and also won the seven-a-side football tournament staged to help them raise money.
Quakers' Fundraising Group, set up a year ago and compromising Darlington supporters, organised various events including a football competition at Longfield School, Darlington.
Eleven teams from around the region took part and the team representing Darlington took the silverware.
Their team featured assistant manager Brian Atkinson, kitman Scott Selby as well as coaches from the youth section, including Deano Browne and Andrew Jinks, and in the final they beat The Vengaboys 5-0.
Former Darlington defender Alan White also played in the tournament, representing Haughton FC, who were knocked out in the quarter-finals by the Vengaboys.
Another ex-Quakers player, Adam Nicholls, also featured and played for 1883 FC.
As well as the tournament, other events last weekend included an evening with Quakers boss Martin Gray and Saturday saw local band Ordinary Affair raise funds with a sell-out gig at the Cleveland Sports and Social Club, Neasham Road.
Darlington CIC Director Dave Mills said: "One of our priorities is to engage with the fans and our wider community at every opportunity and these events certainly allowed us to do that last weekend. Making the Northern League Championship trophy available in the community for fans to see and be photographed with is proving to be very popular during the close season."
The Quakers' Fundraising Group's next event is a community fun day in Darlington Market Square on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of fans turned out last year for the family day and the club is hoping for an even bigger success after the club's promotion-winning debut season.
Results - Group one: Globe Trotters 13 1883 FC 1; The Hedge Club 0 The Venga Boys 4; Globe Trotters 1 The Hedge Club 2; 1883 FC 1 The Venga Boys 8; 1883 FC 1 The Hedge Club 9; The Venga Boys 3 Globe Trotters 1
Group two: Darlo Uncovered 1 Haughton 0; Darlo Uncovered 0 Northgate 3; Haughton 2 Northgate 0; Haughton 1 Darlo Uncovered 0; Northgate 3 Darlo Uncovered 0; Northgate 1 Haughton 0
Group three: Middlesbrough Homeless 1 Darlington 1; El Futbol Sala 1 Borussia Teeth 0; Middlesbrough Homeless 1 El Futbol Sala 0; Darlington FC 3 Borussia Teeth 0; Darlington FC 3 El Futbol Sala 1; Borussia Teeth 0 Middlesbrough Homeless 1
Quarter-finals: The Venga Boys 5 Haughton 0; Northgate 3 El Futbol Sala 2; Darlington 1 Globe Trotters 0; The Hedge Club 1 Mid Homeless 3
Semi-finals: Mid Homeless 0 The Venga Boys 5; Darlington 5 0 Northgate
Third-place play-off: Northgate 0 Mid Homeless 0 (Middlesbrough Homeless won 2-1 on penalties)
Final: Darlington 5 The Venga Boys 0