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Quakers get stay of execution

Darlington Fc fans and supporters as well as playing staff, received a welcome boost on Wednesday as administrator Harvey Madden  gave the Quakers a three game stay of execution.

The deal gives the club an incredibly narrow window of opportunity to find a buyer and secure its long-term future as a community-led organisation. Members of the rescue group set up to find a white knight for the club last night urged the whole town and football fans across the region to get behind the Quakers this weekend.

But, with only a handful of first team players still prepared to pull on the black-and-white shirt, the race is on to even field a side, and to make matters worse Darlo face high flying Fleetwood Town on saturday.

Caretaker Manager, Craig Liddle has already said that he is prepared to come out of retirement to aid the club in its time of need.

Former Sunderland manager Peter Reid also tweeted his best wishes for the club's future.

Despite initial optimism the club could be saved, Mr Madden had already told Caretaker Manager Craig Liddle and players that the club would be liquidated when he received a phonecall offering around £50,000 to keep it running until a buyer could be found.

The phone call was made by members of the Darlington Football Club Rescue Group, who had put together their own money with £10,000 from Darlington Supporters’ Trust and around £7,000 from the supporters’ club.

Craig Liddle admitted it had been a “rollercoaster day”.

He said: “We’ve got the outcome that everyone wanted, although we've still got a lot of work to do on and off the pitch."

It initially appeared liquidation was inevitable because out-of-town investors interested in buying the club could not reach an agreement with former chairman Raj Singh over compensation for the money he had put in.

However, it is now understood talks between the two parties will resume later this week, with rescue group members confident a deal can be agreed.

The investors are hoping to re-develop the Neasham Road site into a mixed-use development comprising of houses and leisure facilities.

In an effort to raise funds quickly fans are being urged to buy tickets in advance and pay cash.

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