April sees Simon Davey installed as manager at Darlington, with his first home game against the Bulls. On the pitch the Bulls win a third straight game with a 2-1 win over Barnet before beating the Quakers 1-0 to put the Bulls safe from relegation. Reserve keeper Chris Adamson is involved in a car crash that effectively ends his Bulls career. The four match winning run ends when Grimsby keep up their fight for survival with a 1-0 win at Edgar Street, before Bournemouth win 2-1 at Dean Court. The Bulls get planning approval and funding for the Blackfriars End, and within a week Graham Turner puts his shares up for sale. Wins against Accrington and Rochdale keep the Bulls safe, while Shrewsbury announce the sacking of Paul Simpson.
May opens with the Bulls losing at Dagenham in their penultimate League match before downing Rotherham 3-0 in Graham Turner's final match in charge. Another club veteran announced to be leaving is safety officer Len Dykes, while Colin Addison turns 70. The Bulls release eight players including Sam Gwynne, while Marc Pugh rejects a two year deal amid reports of a move to Bournemouth, Leeds, or Rochdale. Graham Turner says he has a preferred bidder for his shares, with former Shrewsbury and Macclesfield man Rob Bickerton claimed to be interested.
June sees Graham Turner and Joan Fennessey sweep out of the building to be replaced by David Keyte and Tim Russon. They hit the ground running already in posession of a three man shortlist for the new manager, but before the seat is filled Turner resurfaces at Shrewsbury. Rumours surface from Darlington that their manager is the man to be the Bulls new boss and, after a delay as the Quakers board vent their spleens, Davey is duly appointed on a two year deal. First signing for the new man is Janos Kovacs.