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#21 oldrover

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:45 PM

i worked on that stadium, it's a first class stadium with undersoil heating too.. pity it's not in use.
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#22 Konkrete

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

There is going to be a RL team in Darlington but not at the old football stadium. We will be based at Blackwell Meadows Rugby Ground off Grange Road.

Really?!!

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#23 DRLFC

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:01 PM

Really?!!

Tell me everything there is to know about this.


Training is at 6:30pm on a Wednesday evening, our website address is above along with our twitter and facebook pages. We will be playing in the 2013 NERL Season and League matches will start in April. However I will be looking to get frendlies before that if i get enough bodies at training. Any further info contact me on 07447500042 - Adam.

#24 Steve Slater

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:02 PM

Was this stadium built on the whim of a sugar daddy by any chance? They're great while they're hanging around, but cause devastation when they leave, or fall on hard times themselves.
As one of them says on TV:- "These deals can't last forever!".

Edited by Steve Slater, 14 November 2012 - 11:02 PM.


#25 keighley

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:39 AM

Which will leave SL up the creek without a paddle.

#26 DRLFC

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:51 AM

The stadium has apparently been bought by Mowden Park Rugby Union Club.

#27 roughyedspud

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:42 AM

how much??

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#28 DRLFC

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

how much??

no idea

#29 roughyedspud

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:00 PM

bet the RFU have chipped in then

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#30 DRLFC

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

bet the RFU have chipped in then

also they will be selling their existing ground to developers i think

#31 roughyedspud

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:07 PM

still............a practically brand new 25k stadium won't be cheap

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#32 DRLFC

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:10 PM

still............a practically brand new 25k stadium won't be cheap

oh no i agree, theyve bought the 20 odd acres surrounding it aswell i believe but i dont know the full ins and outs.

#33 gazza77

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:34 PM

oh no i agree, theyve bought the 20 odd acres surrounding it aswell i believe but i dont know the full ins and outs.


Strange timing this croping up, as it was only on Tuesday I was reading about the stadium.

I suspect the current owners will have wanted shut at pretty much any price, as an empty stadium is pretty useless, especially if they couldn't get planning permission to build anything else on it. The RU team I recall average about 200 speccies a game, so unless they've got a big money backer, it doesn't seem to make great sense to move there to me, unless of course they've sold their current ground for a whole lot more than this one is costing to buy.

I also seem to recall that although it has a 25k capacity, it was limited to 10k by the council due to the limited access to the stadium. I wonder if that kind of planning is what has led to the stadium potentially having such little value.

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#34 oldrover

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:03 PM

Was this stadium built on the whim of a sugar daddy by any chance? They're great while they're hanging around, but cause devastation when they leave, or fall on hard times themselves.
As one of them says on TV:- "These deals can't last forever!".

yes, George Reynolds, ex safebreaker turned kitchen worktop manufacturer and millionaire. a good few of the contractors were from hartlepool and they used to give him grief when he came on site, espescially about his combover.
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#35 Konkrete

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

Training is at 6:30pm on a Wednesday evening, our website address is above along with our twitter and facebook pages. We will be playing in the 2013 NERL Season and League matches will start in April. However I will be looking to get frendlies before that if i get enough bodies at training. Any further info contact me on 07447500042 - Adam.

Ok thanks Adam. Had a look but it's a junior team I'm looking for. Was tempted by Teesside Bulls but the training nights clash badly. Been to that ground quite a few times, really nice set up there. Hope it all goes well for you.
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#36 del capo

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

Well Darlington is half way between Gateshead and Hull, give or take, so here's an idea, why not merge gateshead with on of the Hull teams, Hull FC perhaps. Move all Hull and Gateshead fans to Darlington.


And the last Gateshead SL franchise went to ?

#37 longboard

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:11 PM

There is going to be a RL team in Darlington but not at the old football stadium. We will be based at Blackwell Meadows Rugby Ground off Grange Road.


That's where Darlington RU play is't it, as opposed to Darlington MP?

#38 Pacific RL

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

Not a bad investment for a semi professional club


http://www.bbc.co.uk...-union/20626002

#39 Futtocks

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

Not a bad investment for a semi professional club


http://www.bbc.co.uk...-union/20626002


Flogged their old place for £6 million, bought this (I assume) far superior facility, plus surrounding acres for £2 million, eh? Interesting...

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#40 roughyedspud

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:46 AM

£2million...is that it??....bargin!

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