Darlington Slip Into Administration

Last updated : 25 February 2009 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Rumours abound that Chester City are due to go in to Administration, so it came as some surprise that play-off contenders Darlington have gone that way.

Speaking on the BBC Football site, Chairman George Houghton, is quoted as saying: "This is a sad day in the long history of Darlington Football Club. It was a result of a combination of circumstances compounded by the current economic recession. By appointing administrators at this time when the team is playing well, the club's management costs have been brought under control and the council is aware of the detailed planning case, I hope I have given the best possible opportunity to deliver the club into new ownership. I intend to support the administrators in this process and if any serious investors can be found I stand ready to continue my involvement and some investment as part of a consortium in order to keep professional football alive in Darlington".

The resulting 10-points deduction imposed by the Football League, sees Darlo slip back to 41 points and in to 11th place, from 7th, which is confirmed on the Football League web site.