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Monday, 28 January, 2002, 14:10 GMT
Reynolds to York's rescue
Darlington chairman George Reynolds has put three proposals to York aimed at helping their plight for survival
Reynolds has said he wants to help York
Darlington chairman George Reynolds has put a trio of proposals on the table to help crisis-hit neighbours York City.

After hearing of their fight for survival, Reynolds decided to offer York a lifeline by making the offer.

York chairman Douglas Craig has put the cash-strapped club and their ground up for sale for 4.5m.

I am doing this because I don't like to see any club go under and I want to help
Darlington chairman George Reynolds
And Craig has warned they will have to withdraw from the Football League if a buyer is not found by the end of March.

Despite the club being just one point and one place off the foot of the Third Division - and the dilapidated nature of the ground - there are buyers interested in coming to York's rescue.

One option which has been put forward for any would-be owners could be to move the club to Huntington Stadium, home to the city's rugby league side, York Wasps.

However, that ground does not meet Football League standards and would need improvements if York were to be allowed to play first-team matches there.

The Quakers, meanwhile, are set to move to a new 25,000 all-seater site at Neasham Road in Darlington for the start of next season.

And Reynolds has offered York three different proposals - all related to his club's relocation at the end of the season.

  • If York move to the Huntington Stadium Reynolds would be prepared to sell them the fixtures and fittings at the Quakers' current home, Feethams, for 800,000 rather than the original asking price of 1m. Reynolds would ask for 400,000 as a down payment with the rest being paid, interest free, over two years.
  • If York's move to Huntington fell through, Reynolds would then offer Feethams as a venue for York to play their matches free of charge until they managed to relocate to a new home.
  • If all else fails, and York fold, Reynolds has invited York fans to Darlington's new ground next season to follow the Quakers. Reynolds maintains York fans would be welcomed at the brand new stadium with open arms and reduced admission. Tickets would be sold at a reduced rate, with 500 seats given up free to help with travel costs from York to Darlington.

"I personally have nothing to gain from these proposals. I am doing it because I don't like to see any club go under and I want to help," said Reynolds.

"I have left the proposals with the people at York for them to react as they want to.

Bootham Crescent
Bootham Crescent is up for sale
"They can be left on the shelf for a while until they get themselves sorted out and come back to me as and when.

"At the end of the day, if York does fold, then their supporters will have two options of watching football.

"They could pay 28 for a ticket to watch Leeds or take advantage of our cheap tickets and a good rail link and come and watch us.

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