Fans In Mourning For 'Mr Dartford' Dave Skinner

Tributes have been paid to Dave Skinner, one of the key figures behind the rebirth of Dartford.

The club’s loyal co-chairman, pictured on the left, has died at the age of 73, the National League club have confirmed.

A statement announced the passing of the man known as Mr Dartford, with many believing the club may not be here today without his passion and commitment.

“We are deeply saddened to inform you that Co-Chairman, Dave Skinner, passed away earlier today after a long illness. He was 73,” the Darts said in a statement.

“Dave had supported Dartford since the late 1950’s. He became Chairman of Supporters Association in 1988 and was fundamental in the rescuing and reforming of the club in 1992, when he became Chairman.

“The club wouldn’t be here now without his hard work and guidance over the last 32 years. He was a big supporter of all levels of the club, from the youth teams we set up, years before Princes Park, to our current Academy.

“We send our sincere condolences to his brother, Fred. Funeral arrangements will be advised in due course.”

Supporters association secretary Gary Clark said: “Known Dave for 30-plus years, travelled with him for various weekends away and spent the whole of Covid football locked away in the control room with him.

“The club really will not be the same without him. The term Mr Dartford really was coined for him. I will miss him terribly.”

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