Darlington 1883 to return home
Darlington 1883 have announced that they will return to play in Darlington for the first time since the old club folded in 2012. The news comes after their move to Blackwell Meadows was passed by the Football Association.
The first game that will be played at Blackwell Meadows will be against FC Halifax Town in the National League North.
Since the club was reformed in 2012, they have played their home games at Bishop Auckland.
Darlington 1883 director, Richard Cook, said "It is the culmination of a lot of hard work. We are also looking forward to a long and happy working relationship with Darlington Rugby Club."
Mike Wilkinson, chairman of Darlington rugby club, who helped carry out the Blackwell Meadows ground-share, said: "We are delighted that we have now got to the point where rugby and football will be played at Blackwell Meadows. It is a good Christmas present for the supporters of both clubs and the town in general. Everyone is looking forward to 2017." 7