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Feethams or The Arena

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Arena
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Feethams or the Arena

Post by quaker4life » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:33 pm

Discuss.
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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by banktopp » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:48 pm

Fuck me, it is the silly season.
Going to be a long 3 months.

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by Vodka_Vic » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:51 pm

How about a poll:
Darlington FC or Darlington 1883. I bet some daft bastards would debate it too.

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by super_les_mcjannet » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:52 pm

Should we try and sign Messi or Ronaldo?

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by Ghost_Of_1883 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:55 pm

Dial A.
TAFKAQ

@1883Of

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by banktopp » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:18 pm

super_les_mcjannet wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:52 pm
Should we try and sign Messi or Ronaldo?
I'd re-sign Tino Asprilla.

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by darlo reborn » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:20 pm

Feethams we can all get a good view from upstairs in those houses bit tricky for the players running round the streets though.

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by Beano » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:43 pm

Ghost_Of_1883 wrote:Dial A.
Are we not dialling H? Some genuinely would...

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by Darlo_Pete » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:16 pm

Has to be the Arena, as Feethams was a dump when we left it, although the Arena is probably a dump by now.

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by quaker4life » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:21 pm

Darlo_Pete wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:16 pm
Has to be the Arena, as Feethams was a dump when we left it, although the Arena is probably a dump by now.
It looking a bit sad these days, I saw a comment on Sunderland’s forum saying it looks abandoned from the outside!
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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by Darlo_Pete » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:24 pm

quaker4life wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:21 pm
Darlo_Pete wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:16 pm
Has to be the Arena, as Feethams was a dump when we left it, although the Arena is probably a dump by now.
It looking a bit sad these days, I saw a comment on Sunderland’s forum saying it looks abandoned from the outside!
Yeh when I was up there the other week, it looked in a pretty poor condition, rust on the metal work, etc.

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by shildonlad » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:32 pm

Darlo_Pete wrote:Has to be the Arena, as Feethams was a dump when we left it, although the Arena is probably a dump by now.
Mam and dad went to a silver wedding doo there about 5 year back in the platinum lounge. It had gone from something out of a cruise ship when 2st open to a right dive. They said there was even odd taps in the toilets and broken toilets. Looks like the rugby club are letting it go to rack and ruin

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by Darlo_Pete » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:00 pm

shildonlad wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:32 pm
Darlo_Pete wrote:Has to be the Arena, as Feethams was a dump when we left it, although the Arena is probably a dump by now.
Mam and dad went to a silver wedding doo there about 5 year back in the platinum lounge. It had gone from something out of a cruise ship when 2st open to a right dive. They said there was even odd taps in the toilets and broken toilets. Looks like the rugby club are letting it go to rack and ruin

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I went to the bar at the Arena and it looked ok, strangely the toilets were exactly the same as when we were at the Arena. I don't think DMP have any money to spend on the Arena for maintenance, do doubt they'll get an interest free loan from the Council. :roll:

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by shildonlad » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:04 pm

Darlo_Pete wrote:
shildonlad wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:32 pm
Darlo_Pete wrote:Has to be the Arena, as Feethams was a dump when we left it, although the Arena is probably a dump by now.
Mam and dad went to a silver wedding doo there about 5 year back in the platinum lounge. It had gone from something out of a cruise ship when 2st open to a right dive. They said there was even odd taps in the toilets and broken toilets. Looks like the rugby club are letting it go to rack and ruin

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I went to the bar at the Arena and it looked ok, strangely the toilets were exactly the same as when we were at the Arena. I don't think DMP have any money to spend on the Arena for maintenance, do doubt they'll get an interest free loan from the Council. :roll:
Wonder if it will pass the structure tests to keep the safety certificate.

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by Darl-Zero » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:23 pm

Well it has to be the Arena as there are too many houses on the pitch at Feethams these days.
However, if it we could roll back even to 2004 then feethams.

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by biccynana » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:57 pm

banktopp wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:48 pm
Fuck me, it is the silly season.
Going to be a long 3 months.
Arthur Wharton or Mark Prudhoe?
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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by H1987 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:00 am

Anyone who answers the arena for this wants their head checking.

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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by real_darlo_85 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:13 am

It's a tough one. Feethams was a traditional stadium, in the heart of the town and was quite appropriate for a club of our size. However, the idea of the Arena wasn't wrong it was just way too much too soon. Feethams was simply patched up and with health and safety requirements becoming stricter at some point eventually it would have needed replacing. However, 25,000 from the off was too much and the age old argument of maybe a 10,000 capacity arena would have probably being sufficient to begin with. You never know maybe in a few years we may require it's use again, once we are in a position to justify it.
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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by quaker4life » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:44 pm

Feethams was simply patched up and with health and safety requirements becoming stricter at some point eventually it would have needed replacing.

I tend to disagree, had we stayed there then the West Stand would have likely have been closed down/demolished by now but the Polam Lane End and Tin Shed (despite needing some repair work at the time we left) were OK.

And I don't think there's any possibility of leaving Blackwell Meadows in the near future.
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Re: Feethams or the Arena

Post by Norm_D_Ploom » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:57 pm

Had the club stayed at Feethams development at the Polem end would have been difficult due to the presence of the Victorian sewer (which caused the Quaker Centre to be moved from it's intended to final location) and development of the West Stand limited due to the proximity of the housing on that side and issues with intrusion of light.

In fact as I remember it the East Stand was scaled back due to problems with ground loading.

However, all possible with the right will and enough money. Although there would have been no glory for George in a redevelopment of Feethams.

I don't come to Darlington anymore but I understand that there is housing there now ?

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