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Dreams Are Made Of This

by Scott Thornberry - 10th May 2011

dreams are made of this

Listening to radio interviews on Monday morning I heard various people in Darlington being interviewed. They seemed to be the ‘non football supporting type with one of the people also claiming to support Middlesbrough. Anyway they all were saying "its good for the town". Good for the town it maybe but I couldn’t give a monkeys about the town, the town in which the majority couldn’t give a **** about the club. I tell you who its good for, it’s good for the fans who have been through dire dire times in the last decade. The fans who have seen their club go through two administrations, a nutter of a chairman (you choose which one I am talking about), a relegation, brink of closure and I could go on and on. It’s for the players who have pulled together and created the link back between the club and fans which has been missing so much in recent years. It is for the management team who have worked god dam hard since arriving at the club just days before season start due to the previous manager jumping ship. And finally its for Raj Singh, the man who eventually took over the club and has put in his money to keep us ticking over.

That is what made the victory at Wembley so so special, because all of us were there, except Beatroute66, to experience a feeling we as football fans will never ever experience again. The fact that we scored in injury time of extra time just made the whole victory so different from anything else. The joy, the ecstasy, the sight of Mark Cooper sprinting across the pitch to the players after we scored, the sight of fans young and old all jumping up and down going mental. When people say football is just a game I will refer them to my experience at Wembley.

You see this is what football is all about. We have a club now which is whole. In that I mean we have an owner who seams normal, a management team who have now imprinted themselves in Darlington folklore. I mean Coops, Dryden, Elliott and others played the fans at Arena the Monday before Wembley. Can you think of any other club where that would happen? The players are superb, I think the use of Twitter also gives us fans a chance to experience what is happening in player land and gives the fans the chance to interact with the players not just on matchday.

Football is a game which brings people from all backgrounds together to support a common cause. From bankers to constructions workers, pensioners to schoolchildren. The day out at Wembley saw all of us join together and enjoy an incredible day at the home of English Football. Before the game I took my wife to Uncovereds pub of the day The Green Man. Whilst sat in the Beer Garden we got talking to an elderly couple who were probably in their 80’s. The man was called George and he was soaking in the atmosphere as the songs were belting out around him. He told my wife that he had supported Darlington all of his life and his dream had always been to see them win at Wembley. "this will probably be the last chance for me to see this happen" was George’s words. That sentence was brought up at the final whistle by my wife and George finally got to see his team do it.

It didn’t look like it was going to be our day, we hit the woodwork 3 times. We didn’t really have much threat up front but were by far the better team. Mansfield struggled and Paul Connor was far from fit as he looked slower than Terry the Tortoise on occasions.

It looked by all accounts that we were destined for penalties and then the moment. The moment all Roy of the Rovers fans would have dreamt of. Its injury time of extra time in a cup final at Wembley. It would normally happen to Darlo but this time we were on the other side of the it. The smallest man on the pitch heads in the winner and we all go ballistic, we experienced a feeling that as a Darlington fan I don’t think any of us will have ever felt before. Yes we have had promotions, championships etc, but a last gasp winner in a cup final at Wembley, doesn’t get any better than that does it?

Oh my god! I relive that moment so many times. When I watch and hear Rays commentary for the goal I fill up with emotion, I don’t cry though because I am hard! But it is so emotional, its stupid really because it is just a game, but it proves that football and our club is much more than that.

Whatever has happened in the past has gone, whatever happens in the future will never live up to that occasion, so I am enjoying the day, enjoying the moment, enjoying being a proud Darlo fan!

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darlo2001uk - 10th May 2011 11:27:52

Bloody hell Scott. I had just got rid of that bit of grit in my eye and now it's come back again :D

Great words!

Andrew Wilkinson - 10th May 2011 11:59:17

Very good Scott - the key words are 'Then the moment.' Life is made up of moments. Many thousands of them every day. The vast vast majority mean nothing. But what price that moment when the ball hit the net?

The press box was level with the 18-yard line at the other end. But seeing you lot in ecstacy was something I will never forget. It was brilliant to interview Darlo winners at Wembley after I had twice had to talk to Darlo losers there. But for me, like you, the moment when Chris scored is what will stay etched on my memory.

ConsettQuaker - 10th May 2011 12:02:55

A great piece Scott, thoroughly enjoyed reading it and feel that same passion for our football club. Like you i don't show emotion much, but i did on Saturday and proud of it. A very special day that will NEVER be forgotten by the Darlo faithful!!

QuakerPete - 10th May 2011 12:09:57

Andrew Wilkinson wrote:
Very good Scott - the key words are 'Then the moment.' Life is made up of moments. Many thousands of them every day. The vast vast majority mean nothing. But what price that moment when the ball hit the net?

The press box was level with the 18-yard line at the other end. But seeing you lot in ecstacy was something I will never forget. It was brilliant to interview Darlo winners at Wembley after I had twice had to talk to Darlo losers there. But for me, like you, the moment when Chris scored is what will stay etched on my memory.

And to be in the middle of that ecstacy was something special and never to be forgotten

loan_star - 10th May 2011 12:17:02

" When I watch and hear Rays commentary for the goal I fill up with emotion, I don’t cry though because I am hard!"

I guess thats another way of celebrating :think: :lol:

Quaker-Razz - 10th May 2011 12:20:35

The ''moment'' this club has been waiting for, for a very long time.....Long may the great Darlington FC continue having moments like this!!!

Makka Pakka - 10th May 2011 12:25:27

It's a great great feeling isn't it and it isn't going away. It seems so long since we had a truly great experience (Leeds in 96, or Hangers in 2000), I'd given up on ever reaching those levels again but this seems to beat everything combined. If someone wrote the script for saturday, they did a pretty good job. I feel like I've been paid back every penny I've ever invested in this football club and more.

joejaques - 10th May 2011 12:51:52

Everybody in West Wales thinks I'm off my trolley. Just can't seem to get this big stupid grin off my face. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :roll:

Hilly - 10th May 2011 12:54:13

joejaques wrote:
Everybody in West Wales thinks I'm off my trolley. Just can't seem to get this big stupid grin off my face. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :roll:

Wondered where you would fit in the eye roll!

pgowling - 10th May 2011 14:40:36

good article Scott :thumbup:

bigrichiet - 10th May 2011 22:01:11

cracking write up Scott, still buzzin!

Black'n'White Army - 11th May 2011 00:58:01

Cracking article mate, them goose bumps and that lump in the throat just came flooding back! :clap: