Darlaston Town funds improving in fight for survival

Campaigners are taking Darlaston Town FC’s fight for survival straight to FA bosses as a fundraising drive continues to gather pace.

Darlaston Town Football Club is thought to be the second oldest in the country
Darlaston Town Football Club is thought to be the second oldest in the country

Delighted campaigners revealed the club is set to return from the brink and kick-off next season following a flood of donations.

And they met with an FA chief at the House of Commons to outline what needs to be done to help smaller clubs survive.

The club is believed to be the second oldest non-league team in the country.

It has played at the Waverley Road ground since 1899 and only during the war years has a Darlaston team not been competing in a regional league.

A committee was set up in September to generate £5,000 to cover rent, registration fees and kits in a bid to save the club.

Walsall South MP Valerie Vaz arranged the meeting with the FA’s senior public affarirs manager James MacDougall – and said she hoped there would be a positive outcome.

She said: “I arranged the meeting with Mr Chambers and the FA to discuss what help the FA can provide to secure the long-term future of the club.”