Fulham keeper Stockdale helps out skint players at his former club Darlington
Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale has lent his support to a fundraiser for cash-strapped players at his former club Darlington.
Fans of the Blue Square Premier side decided to organise a whip round for the players, several of who have not be paid for two months, after the club were placed in administration on Tuesday.
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The initial plan was to pay for a post-match for the players and staff after Saturday's match at Barrow, which could be The Quakers' last match after 128 years.
But the appeal grabbed the attention of football fans on Twitter and Facebook and more than 3,000 was raised in just 24 hours and Stockdale, who made his name at Darlington before joining Fulham for 600,000 in 2008, pledged 200 to the fund.
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Craig Liddle, who has been running the first team and youth team since the axing of Mark Cooper in October, said he was 'overwhelmed' by the response.
Captain Jamie Chandler, who was in the same boys' team as 35m Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, tweeted: 'Unbelievable support from the fans @darlouncovered lads are overwhelmed all we can say is thanks great effort really appreciate it.'
Darlington were placed into administration for the third time in nine years on Tuesday.
The Quakers were put under a transfer embargo last month after reports emerged that some of their players had not received their wages, with club captain Ian Miller terminating his contract as a result.
The Quakers dropped out of the Football
League in May and have stuggled both on and off the pitch in the Blue
Square Bet Premier.
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Chairman Raj Singh issued a statement on the club's official website saying: 'Over the last two months we've been trying to make necessary cutbacks to be able to ensure the future of the club, including negotiating reduced players' wages and a settlement with Mark Cooper.
'During this time we haven't been
able to do that, while we also haven't received a viable offer to take
the club over and its ongoing running costs.
made my position very clear in November and I'd like to stress that
we've tried everything we can to resolve the various issues. It was
never my intention for it to end like this.
'I was approached by one consortium this week, represented by two local businessmen, whom I admire for their intentions.
theory their approach is a very sensible one, but they made their
short-term position very clear and it doesn't solve the current issues
'But they now have an opportunity to discuss their proposals with the administrators and I wish them every success in taking the club forward.
'I'd again like to thank the fans who have sent me words of support and encouragement. I'd like to think the majority of our supporters are level-headed and understand my position, and know how hard I've worked to try to bring success to the club.
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'To those who think I've let them down somehow or have been cheated by me, I hope one day they will see it from my point of view, and try to remember that wonderful day we had at Wembley last May, because some of the unfair flack and criticism I've had over the last four weeks just made me more determined to call it a day sooner rather than later.
'I know I can leave the club knowing that I tried everything I possibly could to make Darlington FC work. But it also hinged on other parties playing their part and keeping their promises. Regrettably, that hasn't happened, and as our fans know that has all been well-documented.
'I also know that I've been as open and as transparent as I possibly could have been with the fans, from the day I walked through the door.
'I've been true to my word with the non-playing staff as well, who have all been fully paid up to the end of December.
'I'm truly sorry that it hasn't worked out and I genuinely hope it can be salvaged in some way.'