List of Darlington F.C. seasons

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Darlington Football Club, an English association football club based in Darlington, County Durham, was founded in 1883. In their second season, they won the major regional trophy, the Durham Challenge Cup,[1] and the following season they entered the FA Cup for the first time, only to lose 8–0 to Grimsby Town.[2] In 1889, Darlington were one of the founder members of the Northern League; they won the league title in 1896 and 1900, and reached the semi-final of the FA Amateur Cup in the same two seasons.[3] The club turned professional in 1908 and joined the North Eastern League. The 1910–11 season saw Darlington reach the last 16 of the FA Cup, progressing through five qualifying rounds to lose to Swindon Town in the third round proper.[2] They won the North Eastern League in 1913 and 1921,[3] and were invited to join the newly formed Football League Third Division North.[4]

Runners-up in their first season in the Football League, Darlington were Third Division North champions three years later, thus winning promotion to the Second Division. Their 15th-place finish in 1926 remains, as of 2014, their best League performance, but they were relegated back to the Third Division in 1927, where they remained until the Second World War put an end to competitive football. They came third in 1929–30, but twice had to apply for re-election to the League, in 1932–33 and 1936–37, after finishing in last place in the section.[3] In 1934, they enjoyed their first success in a nationally organised cup competition, defeating Stockport County 4–3 at Old Trafford to win the Football League Third Division North Cup,[2] and reached the final again two years later.[5] In the 1957–58 season, the club equalled their previous best FA Cup run, reaching the last 16 by defeating Chelsea, Football League champions only three years earlier, in the fourth round.[6] When the regional sections of the Third Division were merged in 1958–59, Darlington were placed in the Fourth Division.[3]

Darlington won promotion to the Third Division in 1965–66, but for one season only.[3] Their most successful season in the League Cup came in 1967–68: drawn away to Brian Clough's Derby County in the quarter-final, they took the lead, only to lose 5–4. During the 1970s the club had to apply for re-election to the League five times.[7] Darlington spent two seasons in the Third Division in the 1980s; their 13th-place finish in 1986 was a record high since the introduction of the four-division structure.[3] Darlington were relegated from the Football League in 1988–89 after 68 years of continuous membership. They made an immediate return as Conference champions, then won the Fourth Division title in 1990–91, but spent only one season in the third tier before relegation followed.[3]

Darlington lost in both the second and the third rounds of the 1999–2000 FA Cup.[8] Manchester United's decision to play in the FIFA Club World Championship rather than the FA Cup left a space in the third round which the organisers filled by drawing lots from among the 20 teams eliminated in the second. Darlington were the "lucky losers", going on to be beaten 2–1 by Aston Villa in the third round after losing 3–1 to Gillingham in the second.[3][8] They came close to a return to the Third Division via the play-offs in 1996 and 2000,[3] and a period of administration in 2008–09 resulted in a 10-point deduction,[9] without which they would again have reached the play-offs. The following season they were relegated to the Conference for the second time,[10] and went on to reach the 2011 FA Trophy Final, in which Chris Senior scored the only goal of the game in the last minute of extra time to defeat Mansfield Town.[11]

In 2011–12, another period of administration caused the termination of players' contracts before a last-minute injection of funding enabled Darlington to complete the season,[10][12] but the new owners' failure to secure a Company Voluntary Arrangement before exiting administration meant the Football Association treated the club as a new club, placing it in the Northern League, requiring a change of name – Darlington 1883 was chosen – and barring it from entry to national competitions.[13] The new club won the 2012–13 Northern League title by a 13-point margin to gain promotion to the Northern Premier League Division One North for 2013–14,[14] followed two years later by consecutive promotions: first to the Premier Division via the play-offs,[15] then to the National League North as 2015–16 Northern Premier League champions.[16]

The table details their achievements in senior first-team competitions from their first appearance in the FA Cup in 1885–86 to the end of the most recently completed season.

Key[edit]

Details of the abandoned 1939–40 Football League season are shown in italics and appropriately footnoted.

Seasons[edit]

Season League[3][17][14][18] FA Cup[a] League Cup[20][b] Other[3][5][20][22] Top league scorer(s)[23]
Division[c] P W D L F A Pts Pos Competition Result Name Goals
1885–86 R2 &
&
n/a
1886–87 R1 &
&
n/a
1887–88 R3 &
&
n/a
1888–89 QR1 &
&
n/a
1889–90 Northern[d] 18 7 6 5 46 20 20 5th QR1 &
&
Not known
1890–91 Northern 14 7 0 7 25 29 14 5th QR4 &
&
Not known
1891–92 Northern 16 2 3 11 17 49 7 9th QR4 &
&
Not known
1892–93 Northern 10 2 1 7 11 37 5 6th QR4 &
&
Not known
1893–94 Northern 14 7 1 6 25 20 15 4th QR1 &
FA Amateur Cup R1 Not known
1894–95 Northern 18 11 0 7 56 30 22 4th QR3 &
FA Amateur Cup R2 Not known
1895–96 Northern 16 10 4 2 53 24 24 1st Prelim &
FA Amateur Cup SF Not known
1896–97 Northern 16 10 2 4 54 35 22 2nd QR4 &
FA Amateur Cup R2 Not known
1897–98 Northern 1[e] 16 8 2 6 41 31 18 3rd QR3 &
FA Amateur Cup QF Not known
1898–99 Northern 1 16 10 3 3 50 29 23 2nd QR3 &
FA Amateur Cup QF Not known
1899–1900 Northern 1 16 12 3 1 42 16 27 1st QR1 &
FA Amateur Cup SF Not known
1900–01 Northern 20 11 2 7 55 37 24 3rd QR2 &
FA Amateur Cup QF Not known
1901–02 Northern 18 9 4 5 37 22 22 3rd Prelim &
FA Amateur Cup R1 Not known
1902–03 Northern 24 10 3 11 34 50 23 6th QR1 &
FA Amateur Cup R1 Not known
1903–04 Northern 24 11 3 10 48 49 25 6th QR3 &
FA Amateur Cup R2 Not known
1904–05 Northern 24 9 6 9 38 38 24 4th QR4 &
FA Amateur Cup QF Not known
1905–06 Northern 26 12 7 7 47 47 31 4th QR4 &
FA Amateur Cup R1 Not known
1906–07 Northern 22 9 2 11 30 37 20 7th QR1 &
FA Amateur Cup R1 Not known
1907–08 Northern 22 9 2 11 39 41 20 9th QR4 &
FA Amateur Cup R1 Not known
1908–09 North East 34 15 8 11 76 73 38 8th QR3 &
&
Charlton, TommyTommy Charlton 16
1909–10 North East 32 16 5 11 59 54 37 5th QR3 &
&
Fraser, AlecAlec Fraser 17
1910–11 North East 34 19 5 10 79 40 43 4th R3[f] &
&
Fraser, AlecAlec Fraser 17
1911–12 North East 36 23 8 5 84 34 54 3rd R2 &
&
Owers, GingerGinger Owers 19
1912–13 North East 38 31 4 3 116 23 66 1st QR5 &
&
Healey, DickDick Healey 41
1913–14 North East 38 20 10 8 72 43 50 4th QR5 &
&
Travis, AaronAaron Travis 21
1914–15 North East 38 25 4 9 109 38 54 4th R1 &
&
Travis, AaronAaron Travis 40
1915–19 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the First World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1919–20 North East 34 24 1 9 93 44 49 2nd R2 &
&
Healey, DickDick Healey 21
1920–21 North East 38 28 4 6 76 29 60 1st R1 &
&
Hooper, BillBill Hooper 17
1921–22 Division 3N 38 22 6 10 81 37 50 2nd R1 &
&
Hooper, BillBill Hooper 18
1922–23 Division 3N 38 15 10 13 59 46 40 9th QR6 &
&
Hooper, BillBill Hooper 16
1923–24 Division 3N 42 20 8 14 70 53 48 6th R1 &
&
Brown, DavidDavid Brown[24] 27 ♦
1924–25 Division 3N promoted 42 24 10 8 78 33 58 1st R1 &
&
Brown, DavidDavid Brown[24] 39 ♦
1925–26 Division 2 42 14 10 18 72 77 38 15th[g] R2 &
&
Hooper, MarkMark Hooper 18
1926–27 Division 2 relegated 42 12 6 24 79 98 30 21st R4 &
&
Ruddy, TomTom Ruddy 25
1927–28 Division 3N 42 21 5 16 89 74 47 7th R3 &
&
Gregg, BobBob Gregg 21
1928–29 Division 3N 42 13 7 22 64 88 33 19th R3 &
&
Eden, BillyBilly Eden 11
1929–30 Division 3N 42 22 6 14 108 73 50 3rd R1 &
&
Wellock, MauriceMaurice Wellock 34
1930–31 Division 3N 42 16 10 16 71 59 42 11th R1 &
&
Wellock, MauriceMaurice Wellock 23
1931–32 Division 3N 40 17 4 19 66 69 38 11th R3 &
&
Wellock, MauriceMaurice Wellock 14
1932–33 Division 3N 42 10 8 24 66 109 28 22nd R4 &
&
Johnson, BobBob Johnson 15
1933–34 Division 3N 42 13 9 20 70 101 35 16th R1 &
Football League Third Division North Cup[h] W Alderson, TomTom Alderson 16
1934–35 Division 3N 42 21 9 12 80 59 51 5th R2 &
Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Best, JerryJerry Best 31
1935–36 Division 3N 42 17 6 19 74 79 40 12th R3 &
Football League Third Division North Cup[h] F Best, JerryJerry Best 19
1936–37 Division 3N 42 8 14 20 66 96 30 22nd R4 &
Football League Third Division North Cup SF Brallisford, AlbertAlbert Brallisford 26
1937–38 Division 3N 42 11 10 21 54 79 32 19th R1 &
Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Chester, RegReg Chester 10
1938–39 Division 3N 42 13 7 22 62 92 33 18th R2 &
Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Feeney, WilfWilf Feeney 13
1939–40 Division 3N 3 2 1 0 5 2 5 [i] &
&
&
Odell, WallyWally Odell 2
1939–45 é
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the Second World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1945–46 R2[j] &
&
é
1946–47 Division 3N 42 15 6 21 68 80 36 17th R2 &
&
Clarke, HarryHarry Clarke 17
1947–48 Division 3N 42 13 13 16 54 70 39 16th R1 &
&
Clarke, HarryHarry Clarke 14
1948–49 Division 3N 42 20 6 16 83 74 46 4th R3 &
&
Quinn, AlbertAlbert Quinn 23
1949–50 Division 3N 42 11 13 18 56 69 35 17th R1 &
&
Quinn, AlbertAlbert Quinn 17
1950–51 Division 3N 46 13 13 20 59 77 39 18th R1 &
&
Yates, HarryHarry Yates 14
1951–52 Division 3N 46 11 9 26 64 103 31 23rd R1 &
&
Yates, HarryHarry Yates 15
1952–53 Division 3N 46 14 6 26 58 96 34 21st R1 &
&
Murray, KenKen Murray 8
1953–54 Division 3N 46 12 14 20 50 71 38 21st R1 &
&
Robson, LesLes Robson 14
1954–55 Division 3N 46 14 14 18 62 73 42 15th R3 &
&
Davis, DickieDickie Davis 16
1955–56 Division 3N 46 16 9 21 60 73 41 15th R2 &
&
14
1956–57 Division 3N 46 17 8 21 82 95 42 18th R2 &
&
Tulip, BillBill Tulip 32
1957–58 Division 3N 46 17 7 22 78 89 41 20th R5[f] &
&
Harbertson, RonRon Harbertson 15
1958–59 Division 4[k] 46 13 16 17 66 68 42 16th R3 &
&
Carr, DaveDave Carr 15
1959–60 Division 4 46 17 9 20 63 73 43 15th R2 &
&
Baxter, BobbyBobby Baxter 14
1960–61 Division 4 46 18 13 15 78 70 49 7th R2[l] R3 &
Baxter, BobbyBobby Baxter 16
1961–62 Division 4 44 18 9 17 61 73 45 13th R1 R1 &
Robson, LanceLance Robson 17
1962–63 Division 4 46 19 6 21 72 87 44 12th R1 R2 &
Robson, LanceLance Robson 18
1963–64 Division 4 46 14 12 20 66 93 40 19th R1 R1 &
Allison, KenKen Allison 15
1964–65 Division 4 46 18 6 22 84 87 42 17th R3 R2 &
Lawton, JimmyJimmy Lawton 25
1965–66 Division 4 promoted 46 25 9 12 72 53 59 2nd R2 R4 &
Cummings, BobbyBobby Cummings 23
1966–67 Division 3 relegated 46 13 11 22 47 81 37 22nd R2 R2 &
Conlon, BryanBryan Conlon 13
1967–68 Division 4 46 12 17 17 47 53 41 16th R1 QF[m] &
Cummings, BobbyBobby Cummings 12
1968–69 Division 4 46 17 18 11 62 45 52 5th R2 R2 &
Gauden, AllanAllan Gauden 15
1969–70 Division 4 46 13 10 23 53 73 36 22nd R1 R2 &
Hale, KenKen Hale 8
1970–71 Division 4 46 17 11 18 58 57 45 12th R2 R2 &
Harding, AlanAlan Harding 17
1971–72 Division 4 46 14 11 21 64 82 39 19th R2 R1 &
Graham, PeterPeter Graham 20
1972–73 Division 4 46 7 15 24 42 85 29 24th R1 R1 &
Graham, PeterPeter Graham 11
1973–74 Division 4 46 13 13 20 40 62 39 20th R1 R2 &
Sinclair, ColinColin Sinclair 9
1974–75 Division 4 46 13 10 23 54 67 36 21st R2 R1 &
Webb, StanStan Webb 16
1975–76 Division 4 46 14 10 22 48 57 38 20th R1 R3 &
Sinclair, ColinColin Sinclair 21
1976–77 Division 4 46 18 13 15 59 64 49 11th R3 R2 &
Rowles, EddieEddie Rowles 13
1977–78 Division 4 46 14 13 19 52 59 41 19th R1 R1 &
7
1978–79 Division 4 46 11 15 20 49 66 37 21st R3 R3 &
9
1979–80 Division 4 46 9 17 20 50 74 35 22nd R2 R1 &
Walsh, AlanAlan Walsh 15
1980–81 Division 4 46 19 11 16 65 59 49 8th R1 R1 &
Walsh, AlanAlan Walsh 22
1981–82 Division 4 46 15 13 18 61 62 58[n] 13th R1 R1 &
Speedie, DavidDavid Speedie 17
1982–83 Division 4 46 13 13 20 61 71 52 17th R1 R1 &
Walsh, AlanAlan Walsh 18
1983–84 Division 4 46 17 8 21 49 50 59 14th R4 R2 Associate Members Cup R2(N) Walsh, AlanAlan Walsh 10
1984–85 Division 4 promoted 46 24 13 9 66 49 85 3rd R4 R1 Associate Members Cup QF(N) Airey, CarlCarl Airey 16
1985–86 Division 3 46 15 13 18 61 78 58 13th R1 R2 Associate Members Cup QF(N) MacDonald, GarryGarry MacDonald 16
1986–87 Division 3 relegated 46 7 16 23 45 77 37 23rd R2 R1 Associate Members Cup Group Currie, DavidDavid Currie 12
1987–88 Division 4 46 18 11 17 71 69 65 13th R1 R2 Associate Members Cup QF(N) Currie, DavidDavid Currie 21
1988–89 Division 4 relegated 46 8 18 20 53 76 42 24th[o] R1 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Worthington, GaryGary Worthington 12
1989–90 Conference promoted 42 26 9 7 76 25 87 1st R3 &
Borthwick, JohnJohn Borthwick 19
1990–91 Division 4 promoted 46 22 17 7 68 38 83 1st R1 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Borthwick, JohnJohn Borthwick 10
1991–92 Division 3 relegated 46 10 7 29 56 90 37 24th R2 R1 Associate Members Cup Group Ellison, LeeLee Ellison 10
1992–93 Division 3[p] 42 12 14 16 48 53 50 15th R1 R1 Associate Members Cup R2(N) Mardenborough, SteveSteve Mardenborough 11
1993–94 Division 3 42 10 11 21 42 64 41 21st R1 R1 Associate Members Cup R2(N) Painter, RobbieRobbie Painter 11
1994–95 Division 3 42 11 8 23 43 57 41 20th R2 R1 Associate Members Cup R2(N) Painter, RobbieRobbie Painter 9
1995–96 Division 3 46 20 18 8 60 42 78 5th[q] R2 R1 Associate Members Cup Group Blake, RobbieRobbie Blake 11
1996–97 Division 3 46 14 10 22 64 78 52 18th R2 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Roberts, DarrenDarren Roberts 16
1997–98 Division 3 46 14 12 20 56 72 54 19th R3 R1 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Roberts, DarrenDarren Roberts 12
1998–99 Division 3 46 18 11 17 69 58 65 11th R2 R1 Associate Members Cup R2(N) Gabbiadini, MarcoMarco Gabbiadini[24] 23 ♦
1999–2000 Division 3 46 21 16 9 66 36 79 4th[r] R3[s] R1 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Gabbiadini, MarcoMarco Gabbiadini[24] 24 ♦
2000–01 Division 3 46 12 13 21 44 56 49 20th R2 R2 Football League Trophy QF(N) Naylor, GlennGlenn Naylor 11
2001–02 Division 3 46 15 11 20 60 71 56 15th R3 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Clark, IanIan Clark 13
2002–03 Division 3 46 12 18 16 58 59 54 14th R3 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Conlon, BarryBarry Conlon 15
2003–04 Division 3 46 14 11 21 53 61 53 18th R1 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) Conlon, BarryBarry Conlon 14
2004–05 League 2 46 20 12 14 57 49 72 8th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Wijnhard, ClydeClyde Wijnhard 14
2005–06 League 2 46 16 15 15 58 52 63 8th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Ndumbu-Nsungu, GuylainGuylain Ndumbu-Nsungu 10
2006–07 League 2 46 17 14 15 52 56 65 11th R2 R2 Football League Trophy SF(N) Joachim, JulianJulian Joachim 7
2007–08 League 2 46 22 12 12 67 40 78 6th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2(NE) Wright, TommyTommy Wright 13
2008–09 League 2 46 20 12 14 61 44 62[t] 12th R1 R2 Football League Trophy SF(N) Hatch, LiamLiam Hatch 9
2009–10 League 2 relegated 46 8 6 32 36 87 30 24th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Purcell, TadhgTadhg Purcell 9
2010–11 Conference 46 18 17 11 61 42 71 7th R1 &
FA Trophy W[u] Hatch, LiamLiam Hatch 11
2011–12 Conference relegated 46 11 13 22 47 73 36[v] 22nd QR4 &
FA Trophy R1 Bowman, RyanRyan Bowman 10
2012–13 Northern 1[w] promoted 46 40 2 4 145 34 122 1st &
&
&
Purewal, AmarAmar Purewal[28] 24
2013–14 NPL 1N 42 28 6 8 101 37 90 2nd[x] &
&
FA Trophy QR1 Thompson, SteveSteve Thompson[18] 24
2014–15 NPL 1N promoted 42 28 7 7 99 37 91 2nd[y] QR1 &
Armstrong, GraemeGraeme Armstrong[18] 22
2015–16 NPL promoted 46 33 5 8 106 42 104 1st QR1 &
Cartman, NathanNathan Cartman[32] 19

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Beginning with the 1925–26 season, the FA Cup was structured so that the third round proper contained 64 teams. Prior to that date, the structure had varied, so rounds are not directly comparable to the round of the same name after 1925. For example, in 1892–93, there were only three rounds proper before the semifinal, as compared to the current six.[19]
  2. ^ The Football League Cup competition started in the 1960–61 season.[21]
  3. ^ Before the 1921–22 season, when Darlington were first admitted to the Football League, divisions are sorted alphabetically. From that season onwards, divisions are sorted according to their level within the English football league system, and separately from the pre-Football League divisions. Thus the 2012–13 Northern League is sorted separately from the 19th-century Northern League.
  4. ^ Darlington were founder members of the Northern League in the 1889–90 season.[3]
  5. ^ From 1887–88 to 1889–1900, the Northern League had two divisions, before reverting to the single-division format.[3]
  6. ^ a b Club's best performance in the FA Cup, reaching the last 16.[2][19]
  7. ^ Club's best League finishing position.
  8. ^ a b Darlington won the inaugural Football League Third Division North Cup, defeating Stockport County 4–3 at Manchester United's ground, Old Trafford.[2] Two years later they reached the final again, this time losing at Feethams, their home ground, to Chester by a score of 2–1.[5]
  9. ^ The 1939–40 Football League season was abandoned with three matches played when the Second World War began.[3]
  10. ^ Although the Football League did not resume until the 1946–47 season, the FA Cup was contested in 1945–46. From the first round proper to the sixth round (quarter-final), results were determined on aggregate score over two legs.[3][19]
  11. ^ Darlington were placed in the Football League Fourth Division when the regional sections of the Third Division were amalgamated into national Third and Fourth Divisions.[3]
  12. ^ Lost to Hull City only after four replays.[19]
  13. ^ Club's best performance in the League Cup, reaching the quarter-final stage.
  14. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win instead of two.[21]
  15. ^ Relegated out of the Football League for the first time since their admission to it in 1922.
  16. ^ When the newly formed FA Premier League split from the Football League, the remaining divisions of the Football League were renumbered upwards, so Darlington were relegated from the old Third Division into the new Third Division.[3][21]
  17. ^ In their first appearance at Wembley, lost 1–0 to Plymouth Argyle in the 1996 Football League Third Division play-off Final.[26]
  18. ^ Lost 1–0 to Peterborough United in the 2000 Football League Third Division play-off Final.[27]
  19. ^ Knocked out in the second round, Darlington progressed to the third round as a "lucky loser" as the FA Cup organising committee drew lots from among the second-round losers to fill the gap in the third-round draw left by Manchester United playing in the FIFA Club World Championship instead.[8]
  20. ^ A period spent in administration resulted in a deduction of 10 League points, without which Darlington would have finished in the playoff positions.[9][10]
  21. ^ Defeated Mansfield Town to win the 2011 FA Trophy Final in their first appearance at the new Wembley Stadium. Chris Senior scored the only goal of the game in the last minute of extra time.[11]
  22. ^ A further period spent in administration resulted in a deduction of 10 League points and confirmed the club in the relegation positions.[10][12]
  23. ^ The first season under the name Darlington 1883, after failure to secure a Company Voluntary Arrangement before exiting administration caused the Football Association to regard it as a new club, requiring a change of name and placing it in the ninth tier of English football.[13]
  24. ^ Lost the playoff semifinal to fifth-placed Ramsbottom United.[29]
  25. ^ Promoted via play-offs after beating third-placed Bamber Bridge 2–0 in the final.[15]

References[edit]

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  32. ^ "Goal scorers: Premier Division". The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier. Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 

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