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Football coming home to Dartford
Artist's impression of the new stadium (from Dartford Borough Council)
The new Princes Park stadium is in the final stages of construction
A date has been announced for a Kent football club's return to its home town after 14 years of exile.

Dartford FC will play a homecoming game at their new 6.5m Princes Park stadium on 11 November.

Tickets for the Ryman League Division One South match against Horsham YMCA go on sale at the end of September.

The club lost its old Watling Street home in 1992 and has since led a nomadic existence at grounds in Belvedere, Purfleet and Northfleet.

The plans for the new stadium were announced by Dartford Borough Council in April 2004 and work began on the site at Darenth Road last November.

We've been looking forward to this moment for more than a decade
Bill Archer, Dartford FC's co-chairman

Some parts are still under construction and the last touches of paint are expected to be applied at the end of October.

Dartford have begun their home matches for the 2006-07 season at Thurrock FC's ground in Grays, Essex.

Councillor Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford council, said: "It's no secret that we desperately wanted to open the stadium as soon as possible, but after 14 years nobody minds a short delay and it's important that the stadium is as perfect as it can be."

Bill Archer, co-chairman of Dartford FC, added: "It's a brand new era in our history and [it will be] the day when the club can return home with our heads held high.

"We've been looking forward to this moment for more than a decade and I'm sure the return will be emotional for the team, club and fans."


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