A footballer’s career can be a funny thing, whether essentially a one-club man or the consummate journeyman you can find yourself playing at the very highest level of English football as well as Feethams football ground over the years (or if you’re really lucky the
Reynolds Arena / New Stadium / Williamson Motors Stadium / 96.6 TFM Darlington Arena / Balfour Webnet Darlington Arena / Northern Echo Darlington Arena, soon to be the only 25,000 seater stadium in the Conference North).
Here is handful of players who did just that: Premier League players who also ran out for the mighty Darlington F.C.
From 1993/94: Gary Pallister – Darlo (loan) 1985/86 (also appointed operations director in 2010)
From 1994/95: Neil Maddison – Darlo 2001–2007
From 1997/98: Matty Appleby – Darlo (loan) 1993/94, signed for 1994-96 and 2005/06
From 1998/99: Julian Joachim – Darlo 2006-08 (club record signing of £100,000); Phil Stamp – Darlo 2005–2007
[All these (and more…) can be found in the Sticker Archive]
As an extra treat here is some semi-unrelated but absolutely fantastic Pathé News from 1957/1958…
Can we start referring to Chelsea as The Pensioners again? What a nickname!