FC Darlington

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FC Darlington

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Full name Darlington Football Club
Founded 1883
Resolved 2012
Club colors
Stadium The Northern Echo Darlington Arena,
Highest league Conference National
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Darlington FC (officially Darlington Football Club) was an English football club from Darlington, England. The club’s nickname was The Quakers, referring to the great influence the religious movement had on the town.


The club was founded in 1883 and played in the Northern League in 1889, which they won in 1896 and 1900. In 1908 the club became a professional club and played in the North Eastern League from then on.

By 1925, the club had been promoted to the second tier of English football, but two years later had to return to the lower divisions.

In 1989, the team was relegated to the English Football Conference and thus out of paid football, but already the next year succeeded in the direct re-promotion and a year later even the promotion to the third division. From 2010 until its dissolution in 2012, Darlington FC played in the fifth-tier Conference National.


The club played its home games at The Northern Echo Darlington Arena, a 25,000-seater football arena opened in 2003, named after a local newspaper and formerly known as the Reynolds Arena. Previously Darlington played at the Feethams, the old stadium in the centre of the town.

The ambitious plan of former president George Reynolds was to create Premier League conditions by building a football arena, which was quite unusual for the fourth division, and to eventually lead the club into the first division. However, this goal was missed by a long way due to the poor purchasing policy in the player area.


  • Northern League Champions: 1896, 1900
  • Champion Third Division (now Football League One): 1925
  • Champions Fourth Division (now Football League Two): 1966, 1991
  • Round of 16 FA Cup 1957/58
  • Football League Third Division North Cup: 1933/34

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