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Darlington Football Club

Ray Simpson / 8th March 2021

Congratulations, Martin!

Congratulations, Martin!

Long serving volunteer wins prestigious league award

Martin Deans with his Volunteer of the Month award


Darlington FC is proud to announce that one of our longest serving volunteers, Martin Deans, has been awarded the Vanarama National League’s Volunteer of the Month award for February!

Martin, 63, has been a Darlington fan for nearly 50 years and a tunnel steward for 40 of them, making a 500 mile round trip from his home in Uxbridge, London by either train or car for every single home game -- even midweeks! He’s hardly missed an away game in all that time as well, even when we were playing in the Northern League.

He has become a familiar face in the tunnel to many fans, players and managers over the years, and has formed friendships with many people in that time.


Martin (in the yellow coat, centre) enjoys the Northern League title celebrations

Darlington chief executive officer David Johnston said; “Martin’s loyalty and devotion to the club are unsurpassed. To follow the club from such a long distance through all its up and downs over the years – and let’s face it there have been many – and hardly miss a game in that time is a magnificent achievement. We are sure that all Darlington fans will join me in saying that we are all very grateful for everything that he’s done for us. Long may he continue -- he fully deserves this award.”

Martin is the second person from Darlington to win the monthly Volunteer award from the Vanarama National League  – Claude Spooner was the October winner.


Everybody at Darlington FC is delighted that Martin has won this award, and we look forward to seeing him on tunnel duty at the start of next season.