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Darlington Football Club

Ray Simpson / 22nd July 2021

Together again at Blackwell Meadows!

Together again at Blackwell Meadows!

First home game in front of crowds since March 2020

Finally, after 497 days, we'll be playing in front of crowds again on Saturday when we host Newcastle Under 23s at Blackwell Meadows!

It's the moment everyone has been waiting for, to see the lads in action again, and to catch up with other Darlington fans.

This will be our second friendly of pre season following our game behind closed doors at Sheffield United a fortnight ago. Since then, we have postponed three games because of Covid cases and pings within the camp, but hopefully those issues have been overcome, and manager Alun Armstrong should have all his players available.

Here's some advice to fans about Saturday's game:



This will be the first opportunity for everyone to see Alun's close season signings, with the possibility of more to come:

The new signings are:

Tommy Taylor


Lucas Martin

Kallum Griffiths


Lexus Beeden


George Smith


Joey Hope


Alex Purver


Junior Mondal




You can buy your match ticket for Saturday's game here:



You can also buy a three game pass in which you pay for two matches and get a third free:



You can also pay cash or via contactless at the turnstiles on the day.

£10 adults

£8 concessions (Senior / disabled / young adult / student)

£5 juniors

Free for Under 11s

There is no extra charge for seats in pre-season friendlies.


If you can't make the game for any reason, here's the link to coverage by Quaker TV, price £4.99


Here's the Newcastle Under 23 squad:

Jake Turner -- former Darlo keeper
Will Brown (both goalkeepers)
Ryan Barrett 
Josh Stewart
Charlie Wiggett
Josh Scott
Brad Cross
Oisín McEntee
Matt Bondswell
Remi Savage (all defenders)
Nathan Carlyon
Reagan Thomson
Lucas De Bolle
Jack Young
Stan Flaherty
Joe White
Niall Brookwell
Jamie Miley (all midfielders)
Rodrigo Vilca
Tom Allan
Kyle Crossley
Adam Wilson
Rosaire Longelo
Dylan Stephenson
Cameron Ferguson (all forwards)
We would like to thank Newcastle for agreeing to this friendly.
Most of all, we would like to welcome everyone back to Blackwell Meadows, and hope they enjoy their first Darlington match for 16 months!