Preview: Darlington (a)

    Chester kick off a run of six successive away games, all in the space of 17 days, this weekend at Darlington.

    Calum McIntyre’s side saw their six match winning run halted last Saturday in the FA Cup against York City, but more than held their own in a battling performance against higher league opposition.

    Wyll Stanway kept up his impressive clean sheet streak, which now stands at five, and the Blues turn back to the league action looking to secure a fifth straight National League North victory which could move them back into the top seven.

    Tom Peers will return to the squad after being cup-tied, while new signing Christian Norton is also expected to feature.


    Darlington sit bottom of the National League North table with 11 points from their first 16 matches.

    Josh Gowling took charge on 19th September following the departure of Alun Armstrong. The former Hereford boss claimed his first win as Manager last Saturday with a 2-1 success at Farsley Celtic. Victory this weekend could move Darlo up a couple of spots in 22nd as they look to escape the drop zone.



    Darlington | W2 D5 L9 | F12 A31 | Pos: 24th

    Last Three

    vs Spennymoor Town (h) | L 1-2 | Scorer: Jacob Hazel

    vs Farsley Celtic (a) | W 2-1 | Scorers: Cameron Salkeld, Will Hatfield

    vs Peterborough Sports (a) | L 0-2 | Scorers: None

    Chester | W7 D2 L5 | F17 A11 | Pos: 8th

    Last Three

    vs Scunthorpe United (h) | W 2-0 | Scorers: Charlie Caton, Elliott Whitehouse

    vs Southport (a) | W 2-0 | Scorers: George Glendon, Elliott Whitehouse

    vs Curzon Ashton (a) | W 1-0 | Scorer: George Glendon


    Kick off is 3pm at Blackwell Meadows on Saturday. The address for the ground is Grange Road, Darlington, DL1 5NR.

    After discussions between both clubs and on police advice, the game is segregated and is advance ticket purchase only for away fans.

    No away tickets will be available for purchase on the gate.

    We have been allocated the open end at Blackwell Meadows with capacity of 770 standing tickets, 50 seated tickets and up to 6 wheelchair spaces + 6 carers available for away supporters.


    Standing ticket prices

    • Adults: £15.00
    • Concession (Senior/Student/Forces/Young Adults/Disabled) £11*
    • Juniors – Under-18: £5.00
    • Children – Under-12: Free of charge (must be accompanied by an adult, maximum of three children per adult)

    *Over 65’s, young adults (aged 18-24), full time students (student card required), registered disabled persons (carers are admitted for free).

    Chester fans should access the ground at the away end turnstiles which are to the right of the clubhouse – follow the “Away fans” signs.

    On site car parking is available for away fans. Darlington FC are expecting demand for the car park to be high for this fixture so buying in advance is strongly recommended. You can purchase online at a cost of £5 per car.

    If you are a Blue Badge holder please email to make enquiries about reserving a Blue Badge space.

    There will be a catering truck at the away end to provide hot and cold drinks plus food for all supporters. Unfortunately due to segregation access to the clubhouse bar for away supporters is not possible on this occasion. Turnstiles will open at 1.30pm.


    • We will have full, FREE match commentary on Seals Live from 2.45pm this weekend. Tune in by visiting our Match Centre: CLICK HERE

    There is also updates from the ground on our social media channels throughout matchday, including…

    • Match Updates on our Twitter page. CLICK HERE
    • HT/FT Updates on Facebook and Instagram. CLICK HERE
    • A full time match report on CLICK HERE
    • A post match interview with Calum on Chester FC TV. CLICK HERE