ON THE ROAD: Bermudan boys help Quakers quest as Darlington aim to banish ghosts of troubled past

ON THE ROAD: Bermuda boys help Quakers quest while Darlington tries to banish ghosts from ancient times

  • It is 16 years since the businessman got the heart out of Darlington FC has ripped
  • Spending money they didn't have to build at Reynolds Stadium with a capacity of 25,000
  • Darlington went into administration twice more before they were demoted

For those who want to break the ice with a Darlington fan soon, be aware aware that the name & # 39; George Reynolds & # 39; is a murderous conversation.

It is 16 years since the businessman tore his heart out of the club and spent money not having to build a ridiculous Reynolds Stadium with 25,000 capacity, a monument to his own narcissism that dumped them in the administration.

Reynolds served six months in prison for tax evasion and was a few weeks ago back on the pages of the Northern Echo – convinced of the harassment of a council member facing his latest leisure development.

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Sportsmail is traveling through the FA Cup 2019-20, with a team from the extra preliminary round is followed until they are defeated and then continue with their victors.

The journey so far:

Tividale 2 Wednesfield 1

Tividale 0 Chasetown 5

Chasetown 1 Staveley MW 0 Leamington 2 Chasetown 2

Chasetown 1 Leamington 2 (aet)

Leamington 0 Darlington 2

Journey to Wembley, the similar chronicle of the 1976-77 competition by Brian James, also started in Tividale …

The corresponding reports in which he was described as & # 39; the former president of Darlington & # 39; have indeed become very bad. "It was years ago, but they still associate him with us," says one of the approximately 50 fans who made the 180-mile journey to the modest, immaculate stadium of Leamington.

Darlington went into administration twice more before they were demoted four divisions on the recommendation of the FA and restarted in 2012 under fan ownership in the Northern League, with the grounds of Bishop Auckland.

After three consecutive promotions, the Quakers struggle to get past the sixth – Tier National League North.

Their annual budget of £ 300,000 – including contracts of 40 weeks for most of their players – is almost double that of Leamington, which has only a handful of contracts, but that kind of differential means few here. Darlo is one point behind the home team – another Phoenix club – in the competition.

& # 39; You need more than just money to succeed where we are & # 39 ;, says John Vickerman, Darlington Board Adviser in a club run-down by volunteers.

Leamington & # 39; s small press box provides a graphic representation of the many concerns that Bury will experience as they form. Ray Simpson, who provides Darlington media contact, reports on the game for BBC radio and the Northeast newspapers. Both sent their own staff in the days before the fall of grace.

The playing field also tells a story of decline. Darlo every bit looks like a wrestler, unable to hold possession or get a foothold while Paul Holleran's Leamington bets goalkeeper Josh March and Jack Edwards, with Kaiman Anderson

There is a prize of £ 11,250 – money for the winners and brakes – Leamington is a one-time car parts factory team – seems to be more absorbed with the FA Cup third qualifying round than the visitors. Groundsman Idris Elms doesn't mind saying that his surface – difficult to maintain because of the blue Warwickshire clay beneath – would be good enough for Manchester City should such a meeting take place.

In this world of tight margins, everyone is looking for the happy break: the immaculate player who can cause a cuprun. Holleran has a talent to find them and in many cases to reinvigorate their lost self-confidence, as Reece Flanagan, his excellent No. 8, demonstrates in the first 45 minutes. He has dropped off three Walsall divisions to be loaned here.

Darlington manager Alun Armstrong has Tyrone O & # 39; Neill, the thin strip of a striker who turned 20 last week. He didn't know what struck him when he first arrived on a six-month loan from Middlesbrough in July and struggles as much as anyone in the poor first half of his team. But after 64 minutes his class tells. O & # 39; Neill takes a ball from Adam Campbell on his chest, turns and shoots right with minimal back-lift, buried the ball in the bottom left corner of the net.

It is a stabbing blow to a home side that immediately brings with it two saves of the highest order from Darlington & Liam Connell. But William Hatfield, anchoring midfield, Darlington steadies, who score again. O & # 39; Neill initiates a move where the ball is navigated by Jarrett Rivers to replace Justin Donawa, who runs away from the goal when shot back under Jack Weaver.

Donawa is one of the two Bermudan internationals in Darlington & # 39; s books. One of the club's directors has a connection with that country. Ections Connections, & # 39; says Vickerman after the last whistle. "They can make a difference."

The large crowd of 605 shows that Leamington had felt that this might be their year. But Darlington leaves with the ambitions.

& # 39; We've been in the big investor, which is great after all we've been through & # 39 ;, says Chris Stockdale, chairman of the club's supporters group. "So a Cup run would mean so much."

They hadn't won a single qualifying round in seven years before this season. Now they want to bury Reynolds even further in the past.

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