Around 100 supporters and well wishers battling to preserve a 139 year old Black Country football team unanimously voted at a recent meeting to get the ailing club back on its feet.
Supporters of former West Midlands Regional League club Darlaston Town vowed that they would do everything possible to ensure the club returns to footballing action for the 2014/15 playing season.
Formed in 1874 the club has been playing in the West Midlands League since it was formed in 1962/63. Recent years have seen a decline in their playing fortunes but the club boasts a long history of producing players who have gone on to play in the Football League.
A new committee of 14 has been formed to raise funds and prepare to reform the club by August 2014. New Club Chairman Neil Chambers said, "To see so many people turn up to show support for the club was fantastic. We have made a great start but still need plenty of help from local people and local businesses to raise the £5,000 needed before a single ball can be kicked again.
"We will need to speak to the council to find a suitable ground that will meet the standards required and we have an awful lot of work to do in the next few months. On the night about a dozen individuals agreed to make monthly contributions to start the fund raising effort while others agreed to make a one-off donation. Without a team or clubhouse to raise funds we need more people to do the same and this will be one of our priorities.
"Since the meeting we have already been approached by three local businesses offering support and there is a real pride emerging again. The new committee is very positive that we will succeed in our aims".
A further meeting of supporters and well wishers has been arranged for Wednesday, 9 October, at Darlaston All Active Club starting at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in helping the club or wanting more information should contact Neil on 07976 752698 or email