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Darlington Board Member Resigns Due To Social Media ‘Vitriol’

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Darlington have announced that Richard Cook will resign from the club’s board after a fans’ forum meeting this Friday writes Tom Feaheny.

A statement from the club confirmed the departure would be happening.

“Richard, who holds a senior role in a major international organisation, feels that he is unable to balance both his working and family commitments with the cultural fit of being a director of the football club.

“The events at Fylde and the vitriol in the last few days, particularly on social media targeted at individuals who only offered professional services on an unpaid volunteer basis, was disgraceful and completely unjustifiable, and so Richard’s decision comes as no surprise.”

Director John Tempest also paid credit to the outgoing member of the board. “I would like to thank Richard for everything that he has done for the club. Most notably in getting us back playing in Darlington.

“This was a tremendous achievement, and one which I suspect might not have been achieved but for Richard’s leadership. He remains a loyal and passionate supporter and has offered to provide assistance to the club around future infrastructure investment and sponsorship opportunities.”

Jonathan Jowett will also be stepping down as a director of the club. His role will change to that of Company Secretary.


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