Darlington fundraiser ‘unlikely’

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A FUNDRAISING friendly match between Hartlepool United and Darlington looks unlikely to happen according to Quakers boss Craig Liddle.

Pools had offered to play the cash-strapped Quakers next month in a game which would help the crisis-hit rivals rake in some much-needed gate receipts.

But the idea appears to have been scuppered by concerns raised by Durham Police over controlling the game between the two rivals.

Liddle, who is preparing his team for a home game with York City tomorrow with the long-term future of the club still being discussed, said: “I don’t think the game is going to happen.

“I spoke to Russ (Green) at Hartlepool and we really appreciate the offer to help us.

“The police have raised some concerns they have over the rivalry. It would be nice to think that rivalry could be set to one side for one night, but we have to respect the police’s decision.”

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