Carney secures Durham City’s long-term future

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CHAIRMAN Austin Carney today insisted that the future of Durham City is secure after he and former chairman Stuart Dawson bought a controlling interest in the ground and club.

Rumours have been flying around questioning the club’s future.

But Carney told the Echo: “I don’t know where the speculation and rumours come from. Recently, Stuart and I took control and there’s no way football won’t continue to be played at New Ferens Park.

“We had a supporters meeting on Saturday and we’ve twice met the players so everyone with an interest knows exactly where we stand.

“Last Saturday, the players turned in a fantastic performance, winning by the biggest margin during our time in the Evo-Stik League. Afterwards they organised a night at the races to prove there is a real togetherness.

“Yes, we are a little disappointed not getting into the play-offs, but it is a hard league and we are very happy with Dickie Ord and the players.”

Ord echoed his chairman’s sentiments, saying: “Last Saturday was a great performance and a great day all-round.

“We now want to finish the season on a high and immediately start to plan for the next campaign. Whether we can keep the squad together is another matter, but, whatever happens we’ll be competitive, that’s for sure.”

Tomorrow, City travel to Radcliffe Borough when Ord’s only absentee is suspended former Sunderland defender Dan Madden.

The club has organised a golf day at Ramside Hall on May 18. Anyone interested in taking part is asked to call Carney on 07703 540364.