Ray Simpson / 1st May 2019

Boost the Budget 19/20 -- We Go Again

Boost the Budget 19/20 -- We Go Again

Aim to raise £80,000 in the month of May

Boost The Budget 19/20 – We Go Again


Darlington FC Supporters Group, owners of your club, are hoping to raise £80,000 by inviting fans to pledge what they can, with proceeds raised going towards building our club on and off the field through season 19/20.

Your window to Boost The Budget runs throughout this month and will close on May 31st. This is a crucial time in which we will recruit a new manager for our great club and the Football Club Board will finalise budget planning across all areas of the business for next season as we look to improve on and off the field.

By pledging to Boost The Budget you will help to show any prospective manager what an attractive opportunity it is being Darlington FC manager and how the fans as owners are backing the club to progress in season 19/20.

Last year a remarkable £86,000 was pledged to Boost The Budget by 405 fans. The final total received by your club since April 2018 will top £80,000 by the end of this month. This regular, reliable income has not only allowed the Football Club to invest in its playing squad, but the certainty of income allowed the directors to build the club off the field as well. For example, a commercial manager was appointed in October 2018 with a remit to increase our matchday and sponsorship opportunities. Additionally, in September 2018, Quaker Retail expanded its match presence with its own retail unit adjacent to the home turnstiles.

As we move forward into season 19/20 we will be looking to step up the pace of change off the field as we look to support our primary ambition of a successful first team, winning games and challenging in the National League North.

Crowdfunding is reliant on a large number of people contributing a fairly small amount and if we could all forego a pint of beer or a single coffee a week and contributed the cash saved to the scheme, not only would we be healthier but we'd also all be building towards a better future for our club. As an example, just £3 a week for half of the fans that turn up to watch us each week would see us smash the target - it really is that easy if we all club together.

Pledges can either be made as a one-off amount or as a regular weekly or monthly Direct Debit. If choosing to pay weekly or monthly, please pledge the amount you want to commit on a regular basis, not the total amount. This will then be multiplied and added to the totaliser to show the amount over the course of the scheme.

You can choose which day of the month the payments will be taken from your account with a minimum of 5 days from the current date for the first payment to be taken, and you will be billed on a recurring basis each week or month depending on which option you choose. The last payments will be taken in June 2020, so when you pledge in May 2019 you will have 13 recurring monthly payments and 56 payments if you choose to pay weekly. You can also make a single one-off pledge via the platform if you prefer.

We will attempt to contact all 2018/19 Boost The Budget participants individually by email. Please note that all BTB 2018/19 GoCardless pledges will finish sometime between April 2019 and June 2019 depending on when the pledge was created. Those who still have an outstanding BTB 2018/19 payment by monthly Direct Debit will be contacted directly to discuss options on whether you would like you defer the last payment of the 2018/19 Boost The Budget scheme after you have pledged for Boost The Budget 19/20.

Here's the link to our platform where you can make your pledge:



Rewards – Returning for Season 19/20

Last season we delivered a series of popular “money can’t buy” rewards alongside pledges. We are bringing them back for Season 19/20. Have your photo taken with the first team squad and manager in pre-season, receive a unique pin badge or even the opportunity to be kit man for the day!

Pledge Per Month

Your Rewards


Entry into Fan Experience draw - drawn once per season. 3 prizes, 3 winners.


All of the above + unique fan designed pin badge.
Choose a design that will celebrate our history & heritage


All of the above + Choose a fan reward experience from Fan Reward Menu (rewards limited by number)


All of the above + complimentary hospitality for 2 for a game of your choice


All of the above + exclusive meal with manager & CEO (limited to 20 people at a time) + travel to away game on the team coach


Fan Experience Draw - 3 prizes to be won
Automatic entry with pledge of £5 per month or greater

Darlo Fans Radio co-commentator for match, alongside the regular home or away commentary team

Sit down with club graphic designer and design a 2020/21 home concept kit. It will be one of the options put to the fans’ vote in early 2020

Be the assistant kit man for the day. Unique matchday experience from pre-match through to full time whistle


# of people per reward available

Fan Reward Menu
Pledge £15 or greater per month and choose from one of the rewards below


Invite to join the traditional pre-season squad photo - line up with players and manager for photo memento


Pitchside photographer for the day


Meet the manager for an hour - twenty people max at a time. Talk training, tactics, etc


Create your own DFC goal gif celebration - Work with our media team to create your own goal gif, posted on Twitter when Darlo score (one posting per person)


Guard of honour / flag wavers when players enter the pitch


Pick the pre-match music playlist