Footballer praises Darlington fans

Paul Arnison

Paul Arnison

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A TOWN footballer who has endured a turbulent few months at crisis-hit Darlington FC has praised the “fantastic” fans after a supporters’ group brokered a deal to buy the club.

It had been feared that Darlington would finally liquidate this week after fans’ group Darlington FC 1883 learned it would become responsible for the unpaid wages of the players.

But after contacting the players and asking them to temporarily waive the money they are owed, the group managed to secure the purchase of the club yesterday.

Former Hartlepool United star Paul Arnison admits the situation is very complicated, but is hoping the future, in the short term at least, has finally been sorted.

Paul, a dad-of-two who lives in Granville Avenue, in Hartlepool, said: “The fans have been absolutely fantastic through all of this and now they have got their club.

“Lets hope they can make a success of it.”

It has been a nightmare few months for Paul who is still owed a percentage of his wages over the past months.

He laughed off suggestions that he has had to do a car boot sale yesterday to raise money – but admitted for some members of the team, finances have been extremely tight.

“Some of the younger lads have been having to borrow money off their mam and dad to put petrol in the car.

“It hasn’t been easy.

“But hopefully now this deal has been done the future will be more secure.”