On 22 December 2003 Carlsberg Tetley tried to wind up Darwen Football and Social Club. The club avoided liquidation on that occasion. On 14 April 2008 another winding up petition was brought by The Bee radio station in respect of £8000 owed for advertising. Plans were made for Blackburn with Darwen Council to buy the Anchor Ground. Following two further petitions for liquidation brought by Thwaites Brewery and ING Lease UK and their refusal of an offer of 25p in the pound, on 14 May 2009 Darwen Football Club was wound up in the High Court. The 134-year-old Darwen FC therefore ceased to exist. However, almost immediately, there were plans for a new Darwen football club to be formed. This was achieved before the start of the 2009–10 season as AFC Darwen, but the reformed club had to start at Step 7 (Level 11) of the football pyramid and apply for admission to the West Lancashire League, which was granted and they entered straight in at the Premier Division. AFC Darwen were elected back into the North West Counties League, Division One for season 2010–11. In the season of 2014/15 AFC Darwen were promoted to the North West Premier Division by winning the NWCFL Division One play off final 5-3 against Hanley Town in front of a crowd of 842 on 5 May 2015.