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No Arena return for the Quakers; Darlington FC EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: ANDREW WILKINSON

DARLINGTON Football Club will not be moving back to The Arena.

While Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club have bought the venue along with additional land and are in talks with various clubs from a range of sports with a view to them using the site, a return for the Quakers to the 25,000 all-seater stadium will not happen.

However Quakers chairman Denis Pinnegar today told the Gazette that a move to adjacent land could be a possibility.

He said: "I wish Mowden Park Rugby Club well in their venture.

"If they come up with the idea of building a more modest facility on the additional land they are acquiring, we may well talk.

"But The Arena itself is not an option."

However the chairman revealed that the football club - which currently shares with Bishop Auckland at their Heritage Park stadium - is making strides in its bid to find a new ground in Darlington.

"We are making good progress on two other sites and some progress on further ones," he said.

The football club is keeping its options open but is clearly actively seeking a return to the town as soon as possible.

As for Mowden Park, they are taking a bold step which is being keenly watched by neighbouring rugby clubs on Teesside.

Mowden intend to play games at The Arena later this winter and want to develop a multi-sports facility on adjacent ground.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 6, 2012
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