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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888


Darlo, otherwise known as the Quakers were formed by members of the local Grammar School in 1883, entering the F A cup for the first time three years later. It was a quarter of a century however before the team, by then members of the North Eastern League, fought their way successfully through the the first round proper for the first time. Once there they made no time in becoming giant killers, beating first division opposition in their own back yard at the first attempt. Regular appearances in the cup followed until Darlington were invited to become founder members of Division Three North in 1921. Promotion to the second division followed in 1925 bt the club struggled at that level and were relegated again after two seasons, so far having never returned. The eight decades since have seen the club moving between the third and fifth tier of English football, in 2009 they are playing in League two, the fourth tier, where they have been since 1992. In the cup Darlo's greatest day

 came as a Third Division Northern club in 1958 when they held Chelsea outfought Chelseain extra time in a fourth round replay at Feethams.

Magic Moments


1-0 @ Sheffield United

First round: 14th January 1911

Attendance: 10,000

Scorer: Alec Fraser,

Ranked at the time: 32

Today: Outside the top 200

Team included: James Taylor, Bannister, Alec Fraser


2-0 @ Sheffield Wednesday

First round replay: Monday January 19th 1920


Scorers: Dick Healy, George Stevens

Ranked at the time:61

Today: Outside the top 200

Team: 1:, 2:, 3:, 4:, 5:, 6:, 7:, 8:Dick Healy, 9:, 10:George Stevens, 11: