Read what the Club's Chairman, Raj Singh had to say in his Programme notes for Sunday's game.
Hello everyone and welcome back to The Super 6 Stadium for this afternoon’s televised Vanarama National League game against Barnet.
I would, as ever, like to start by offering a warm welcome to Barnet Chairman, Tony Kleanthous along with his Directors and guests for today’s game – we’ll make sure you’re well looked after and wish you a very safe journey home.
I remember when I first started at Darlington we had two games against Barnet – one in the league and one in the cup – and I got speaking to their Chairman, Tony. Being new to football, I was always trying to learn off people who had been in the game for a while – and I think Tony has now been Chairman at Barnet for 24 years.
He was very helpful to me at the time and I remember him giving me his number and telling me to give him a call any time if I needed any advice – it was much appreciated and not forgotten.
Tony bought Barnet when he was just 24-years-old and has been a very successful businessman across a few different sectors so he’s someone I look forward to seeing again today and hopefully enjoying a drink with at some stage.
Moving on, I think the last week has shown again the highs and lows that can be created when you’re involved with football. It’s fair to say that we had our worst result of the season – and probably since the takeover - at Bromley two weeks ago.
Being pragmatic about it, I’m pretty sure it won’t be the only low we’ll experience during our time at the Club but we certainly hope there will be many more highs along the way.
Following the defeat, I know that conversations were had between the management and the players, as well as between the management and the senior management. It was therefore really pleasing to see the result we achieved at Gillingham last Saturday when, by all reports, we could possibly have won the tie and created a bit of an FA Cup shock.
As the saying goes in football – and in any other sport – it’s all about how you react to a setback so after the disappointment of the Bromley result we showed that we have good character in the squad to bounce back with a positive performance.
Of course, we won’t get carried away by one good display – we want to see that kind of form repeated regularly going forward and hopefully that continues this afternoon.
As a Board, we want to give the best support to the Manager and make sure he has the best tools at his disposal to do the job of delivering the results we all desperately desire. With that in mind, you will have seen that a couple of players have arrived on loan in the last week or two.
As I have mentioned before though, we aren’t resting on our laurels. We’re constantly working away at things behind the scenes and we’re always looking to be ready to move if the right players become available.