Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Quakers Set for Shildon Exile; Darlington FC

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Quakers Set for Shildon Exile; Darlington FC

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Byline: ANDREW WILKINSON

SHILDON have emerged as favourites to be hosting Darlington for at least a year.

The new-look Quakers club is seeking a groundshare while they develop a new ground in Darlington.

After talks with Shildon, Bishop Auckland and West Auckland, Shildon looks likely to be the club which will seal an arrangement with Darlington.

The cost to Quakers is yet to be finalised, but figures of up at pounds 100,000 for a year, which have been mooted, appear to be excessive.

The Gazette understands that when Bishop Auckland shared Shildon's ground while waiting for their new stadium to be built, the cost to Bishops was around pounds 300 per game.

While a groundshare with Darlington, who have a much bigger fan base, would be more expensive, it shouldn't cost the club anything like six figures, unless it includes ground improvements.

The board members of the new club, Darlington 1883 Ltd, have said they would like to move back to Darlington in a year, and Blackwell Meadows remains the favoured site, with preliminary talks having already taken place. …

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