Darlington 'Farewell Feethams' 30'' x 16'' Box Canvas

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Feethams Darlington
 
 
 In every sense, the loss of this truly idyllic football ground to so called progress, ignites everything this book it about. This ghost stadium was ripped from thehearts of its small albeit fanatical fan base in 2003, for the club to relocate to the state of the art Darlington Arena. At the time of this move I was personally dumbfounded as to where the size of a club like Darlington would encourage the support of half the grounds capacity of 25,000 in a stadium more befitting a selection of the clubs North East neighbours. This is is no way a personal slur on the club and it's passionate fan base, but one of sadness and disappointment from the outcome of this selfish and outrageous vandalism which led to the demise of Darlington FC.
 
 I was approached by a member of the Phoenix club, Darlington FC 1883 to paint this portrait of Feethams to raise monies for the new club. To say I was delighted with this commission was an understatement, as this in essence is how Stadium Portraits was born, to bring those lost memories back to the true, loyal football fanatic
 
 My first visit to Feethams back in 1992 for a night fixture was one of pleasant surprise and more pleasing to my eye than I originally expected. For me the highlight was the old main stand, a stunning barrelled roof affair, supported by eleven pillars with ornate steel lattice work, similar to the Leitch designed Midland Road stand at Valley Parade. Still in place were the 6 floodlight gantries from years gone by. To the rear of the main stand, a row of Edwardian terraced houses  were camouflaged by leafy oak trees. This gave the ground a real feel that time had stood still.
 
 I decided to paint the portrait with a view from the open Polam End terrace, as this enabled me to recapture the most iconic parts of the stadium, alongside the backdrop of the Town's skyline beyond. A match scene of any description was never discussed with my client, so what better way to celebrate the history of the stadium and club with a scene of the players leaving the field of play for the very last time, dressed in a stunning classic retro 1970s Darlington strip.
 
Record Attendance 21,023 v Bolton Wanderers League Cup 3rd Rd 1960