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Liddle's Quakers battlecry; Darlington FC.


DARLINGTON manager Craig Liddle has accepted that his side will be relegated - but wants them to go down fighting.

Quakers were hurled into a near impossible situation when former chairman Raj Singh plunged the club into administration in January.

The public have rallied round to try and save the club, but the stretched squad, which lost key players, could go down tomorrow even if they beat Blue Square Premier bottom club Bath City at The Arena.

"We know relegation is going to happen, but we want to delay it as long as possible," said Liddle. "And the players are playing for their futures whether it is here or elsewhere."

Several players have been turning out despite carrying injuries, and the team is without a win since December.

With wages not paid in full and a 10 point deduction, some players walked out, leaving the squad threadbare.

But a win tomorrow would boost morale even if the side is relegated.

Supporters have accepted their club's fate this season, but well over pounds 300,000 has been raised to enable the club to move forward as a community venture - though that depends of a deal being agreed and signed by the former chairman.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2012
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