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Darlington Football Club

Ray Simpson / 10th September 2021

New signing Jake Cooper included in squad

New signing Jake Cooper included in squad

Can we win our first game?

Darlington go to Croft Park in the National League North on Saturday looking for their first league points of the season.

Quakers have lost each of their first three games of the season, with question marks raised over the centre of defence,  so manager Alun Armstrong is hoping for an improvement on his return to his previous club. he has signed central defender Jake Cooper from Rotherham on loan, and he'll go straight into the team.

Team news:

Central defender Brandon Taylor will be missing because of illness, otherwise Alun will choose from a full squad with Jake Cooper included.


League position 22nd


Recent results:

September 4th Bradford PA (home) lost 1-2 Charman




August 30th Curzon Ashton (away) lost 1-2 Cassidy

August 28th v Alfreton (home) lost 2-3 Hatfield 2


Blyth Spartans will include several former Darlington players:

Defenders Jordan Watson and Michael Liddle, midfielders Josh Gillies and Sean Reid, and striker Dan Maguire. The club’s record scorer, Robbie Dale, has also come out of retirement.



League position 8th Played 5, won 2, drawn 2, lost 1. Goals scored 5 against 4, points 7


Recent results:

4th September Brackley (home) drew 0-0

30th August Farsley (away) drew 1-1

28th August Telford (home) drew 2-2

21st August Kidderminster (away) lost 0-3

14th August Alfreton (home) won 2-0



Recent seasons:

2020-21 Darlington 6 (Sousa, Campbell, Maguire, O’Neill 2, Rivers),  Blyth 0

2019-20 Darlington 2 (Campbell, Thompson) Blyth 1, Blyth 0 Darlington 2 (Reid, Donawa)

Our 2-0 win at Blyth in 2019



2018-19 Darlington 1 (Styche) Blyth 1, Blyth 0 Darlington 1 (Thompson)

2017-18 Blyth 3 Darlington 1 (Syers), Darlington 3 Thompson, Styche, Syers) Blyth 0


And our win here in 2015 in the EvoStik League, courtesy of a memorable goal by Lee Gaskell




Blyth are encouraging fans to buy tickets in advance to reduce congestion at the turnstiles