Brewery steps in with help for ailing Darlington

A BREWERY has stepped in to help an ailing football club.

Hartlepool-based Camerons Brewery has agreed to donate Darlington Football Club the beer and cider for today’s game against Fleetwood.

The decision was announced after discussions were held between Yousef Doubooni, marketing manager at Camerons Brewery, and Shaun Campbell and Jason Lees, who are part of the Darlington Football Club Rescue Group.

It came after the club, which was saved by the group earlier this week, made contact with the brewery to see if they could help in any way.

Mr Doubooni said: “Camerons Brewery are pleased to announce that they will be making a donation of beer and cider to the club in order for them to be able to run their bars for Saturday’s game.

“While Darlington FC are a rival to the breweries local team, Hartlepool United, we felt it was important to support another local North-East club and we are happy to make this donation.

“Rival managers have asked for people to do what they can to support this club and even Jeff Stelling expressed his sadness that the club might fold on his Soccer Saturday show on Sky.

“As another long standing North- East business we hope that this small donation does go some way into ensuring that the club continues to be part of the local football community.”

The club looked to be on the brink of closure earlier this week when a deadline for a rescue package to be put in place passed without anyone coming forward.

But with administrator Harvey Madden leaving the stadium to tell the assembled media that the club were to be liquidated, a fans’ group handed over cash which will allow the team’s next three fixtures to go ahead and keep The Quakers alive until the end of the month.

It is hoped that in that time, a deal could be done to secure the club’s long-term future.

The news came as a relief to Hartlepool-based Darlington defender Paul Arnison, who had already told the Hartlepool Mail that he and his team-mates had been sacked by the administrators.

The 34-year-old, who lives in Granville Avenue, said: “It has been an unbelieveable week, it was like being on a rollercoaster.

“Hopefully things can be sorted over the next couple of weeks to secure the long-term future, but in the meantime we’re looking forward to the game and hoping we can get a big crowd in to help us.

“People have really rallied together and we are grateful for all the support.”

The club has urged people to go to the ground to support the team and would appreciate any donations they can make.

The Blue Square Conference game against Fleetwood kicks off at 3pm today and there was due to be people from the rescue group collecting donations.