Johnson an instant hero for Darlington

GOALSCORER: Andy Johnson

GOALSCORER: Jonny Davis

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Darlington 2 Warrington Town 0

A goal with his first touch for his new club saw Andy Johnson help Darlington start the season with a 2-0 win over Warrington Town.

The former Bishop Auckland striker came off the bench soon after the restart and within seconds headed home when unmarked from a Terry Galbraith free-kick to double Quakers’ lead in their first game in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

He scored close to 100 goals during his two seasons with Bishop, so netting at Heritage Park was nothing new for the blonde-haired forward.

A year ago, in fact, he netted on the opening day against Darlington when Quakers beat Bishop in front of a sell-out 2,000 crowd, but there was just over half that number in attendance today.

The gate of 1,176 was less than the 1,300 average that the club attracted during 2012-13 and today’s crowd will be concerning to Quakers’ hierachy.

Nonetheless, the majority of those at Heritage Park left in contented mood after a solid start to the season.

Another player to score his first for the club was Jonny Davis. A midfielder who joined midway through Quakers’ Northern League-winning campaign, he lashed home on 25 minutes after a David Dowson pass.

Davis’ goal came just as Martin Gray’s side began to open up the visitors’ defence after what had been a low-key start to the season.

But once ahead, Darlington looked in control, especially after the break when there was only going to be one winner once Johnson had notched.

Warrington were second best and made little headway. Their only shot at goal came from Ben Wharton, saved by Mark Bell inside the last ten minutes.

On Tuesday, Darlington are at Bamber Bridge and then head to Farsley next weekend, before returning to Heritage Park on Bank Holiday Monday to face Kendal Town.

Goals: Davis (25, 1-0), Johnson (54, 2-0)

Bookings: Weldon (19, foul); Dawson (40, foul), McCarten (44, time wasting), C Robinson (52, foul); Hunter (89, foul)

Referee: Danny Markham (Washington)

Attendance: 1,176

Darlington (4-4-2): Bell; Hunter, J Robinson, Scott, Weldon; Moore, Davis, Galbraith (Gott 67), Thompson (P Robinson 81); Purewal, Dowson (A Johnson 53). Subs (not used): Turns (gk), Hedley

Warrington Town (4-5-1): Dootson, Davies, Kennedy, Dogan (Greenwood 77), McCarten, Robinson, Kilheeney, Mannix, Wharton, Dawson (Gahgan 59), West (Millington 53). Subs (not used): Mooney, Newby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8:48pm Sat 17 Aug 13

Lionel1 says...

The attendance will be a worry considering some bright spark based the budget on an average gate of 1450. There may be trouble ahead....
The attendance will be a worry considering some bright spark based the budget on an average gate of 1450. There may be trouble ahead.... Lionel1
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1:49pm Sun 18 Aug 13

quakersam says...

No he didn't. Jesper will have budgeted on more than one figure you know, not that you'd have thought of that of course. But yeah, don't react to the win will you, don't do positivity Darlo fans...
No he didn't. Jesper will have budgeted on more than one figure you know, not that you'd have thought of that of course. But yeah, don't react to the win will you, don't do positivity Darlo fans... quakersam
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5:56pm Sun 18 Aug 13

gramps427 says...

Its a great start for the club and they had good support from the video I saw, which is as important, if not more, so than numbers. Just as the players have to believe in themselves the supporters have to be positively behind the club;
if they don't like or understand a decision or reason for something ask the people who made it before making disparaging remarks. That works both ways and always keep the sarcasm out of any reply however many times you end up facing the same question. Its likely to make a bad impression on behalf of the club however unintended. Have a good season guys enjoy the football.
Its a great start for the club and they had good support from the video I saw, which is as important, if not more, so than numbers. Just as the players have to believe in themselves the supporters have to be positively behind the club; if they don't like or understand a decision or reason for something ask the people who made it before making disparaging remarks. That works both ways and always keep the sarcasm out of any reply however many times you end up facing the same question. Its likely to make a bad impression on behalf of the club however unintended. Have a good season guys enjoy the football. gramps427
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6:00pm Sun 18 Aug 13

Lionel1 says...

Yes he did Quakersam!

From the CEO's speech at the end of last season that was full of 'buzz' words which may have sounded impressive but when broken down was a load of 'tosh'. "In the latest, ever-changing version of our financial plans for next season, our football activity represents approximately 70% of total revenues and our current business model requires an average attendance in excess of 1,450 per match (actual 1,319 last season) to break even next year, before meeting existing debt repayments"

...,and that's before they've paid what they owe!!!
Yes he did Quakersam! From the CEO's speech at the end of last season that was full of 'buzz' words which may have sounded impressive but when broken down was a load of 'tosh'. "In the latest, ever-changing version of our financial plans for next season, our football activity represents approximately 70% of total revenues and our current business model requires an average attendance in excess of 1,450 per match (actual 1,319 last season) to break even next year, before meeting existing debt repayments" ...,and that's before they've paid what they owe!!! Lionel1
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9:39pm Sun 18 Aug 13

loan_star says...

Lionel1 wrote:
Yes he did Quakersam!

From the CEO's speech at the end of last season that was full of 'buzz' words which may have sounded impressive but when broken down was a load of 'tosh'. "In the latest, ever-changing version of our financial plans for next season, our football activity represents approximately 70% of total revenues and our current business model requires an average attendance in excess of 1,450 per match (actual 1,319 last season) to break even next year, before meeting existing debt repayments"

...,and that's before they've paid what they owe!!!
That figure did not include any sponsorships or other fund raising. If we had to rely on gate income only then your statement would be correct, it just so happens you got the wrong end of the stick.
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: Yes he did Quakersam! From the CEO's speech at the end of last season that was full of 'buzz' words which may have sounded impressive but when broken down was a load of 'tosh'. "In the latest, ever-changing version of our financial plans for next season, our football activity represents approximately 70% of total revenues and our current business model requires an average attendance in excess of 1,450 per match (actual 1,319 last season) to break even next year, before meeting existing debt repayments" ...,and that's before they've paid what they owe!!![/p][/quote]That figure did not include any sponsorships or other fund raising. If we had to rely on gate income only then your statement would be correct, it just so happens you got the wrong end of the stick. loan_star
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10:03am Mon 19 Aug 13

Lionel1 says...

I don't think I have loan_star! My point is why base your financial model on unrealistic average attendances? Jesper states that gate money is 70% of total revenue and that's to break even before paying creditors! I understand that there are other sources of revenue but unless they have overperformed in those areas the club will be in debt again.

I'll eat my hat if average attendances are in EXCESS of 1450 until the club returns to the town!
I don't think I have loan_star! My point is why base your financial model on unrealistic average attendances? Jesper states that gate money is 70% of total revenue and that's to break even before paying creditors! I understand that there are other sources of revenue but unless they have overperformed in those areas the club will be in debt again. I'll eat my hat if average attendances are in EXCESS of 1450 until the club returns to the town! Lionel1
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12:42pm Mon 19 Aug 13

loan_star says...

You have got the wrong end of the stick though! The figure you have quoted was if we had to rely on gate income only!
You have got the wrong end of the stick though! The figure you have quoted was if we had to rely on gate income only! loan_star
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1:44pm Mon 19 Aug 13

60 years a Darlo Fan says...

Great start to the season a good win against a decent team. Just so sad that some people seem hell bent on trying to drag the club down and having a go at the people trying their best. If you are genuine supporters get along to the games and make sure we reach the 1450 attendance. Some people travel 100 miles to watch every home game, so from Darlington to Heritage Park is a stones throw. Get along there and cheer the lads on now, when the club needs support. Then maybe we will get back to the town, sooner rather later.
Great start to the season a good win against a decent team. Just so sad that some people seem hell bent on trying to drag the club down and having a go at the people trying their best. If you are genuine supporters get along to the games and make sure we reach the 1450 attendance. Some people travel 100 miles to watch every home game, so from Darlington to Heritage Park is a stones throw. Get along there and cheer the lads on now, when the club needs support. Then maybe we will get back to the town, sooner rather later. 60 years a Darlo Fan
  • Score: 2

2:30pm Mon 19 Aug 13

Lionel1 says...

If I could draw you a picture loan_star I would so I'm not going to persist with that...

60 Years a Darlo Fan - I appreciate that many people have put a lot of effort into making the things work but it appears that some individuals continue put the club at financial risk! Have lessons not been learnt from last season because I don't think the Supporters Club have the funds to bail them out again! And those financial problems happened when a former accountant was Chairman...

Sadly a football club cannot be run on goodwill alone, the people who make decisions need to be savvy and not get carried away with the fans enthusiasm and expectation (and yes I realise that sounds morbid)!
If I could draw you a picture loan_star I would so I'm not going to persist with that... 60 Years a Darlo Fan - I appreciate that many people have put a lot of effort into making the things work but it appears that some individuals continue put the club at financial risk! Have lessons not been learnt from last season because I don't think the Supporters Club have the funds to bail them out again! And those financial problems happened when a former accountant was Chairman... Sadly a football club cannot be run on goodwill alone, the people who make decisions need to be savvy and not get carried away with the fans enthusiasm and expectation (and yes I realise that sounds morbid)! Lionel1
  • Score: -1

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