Tomorrow sees the start of a new football season for Retford United under their new manager, Brett Marshall, and the horrors of last season, when the team came bottom of the Evostik Premier League with only 5 wins out of 42 matches, will be forgotten.
In the close season the club voluntarily dropped 2 divisions and have found a home in the Baris Northern Counties East League. Brett has brought in new coaches and players who can compete at this level, retaining the services of only three of last seasons squad. Importantly, sponsors, sadly lacking in the last couple of seasons have come forward to help out. Even at this level the expense of running a football club is alarming. The ground has also become home for the Sheffield Wednesday Ladies team for this season, again bringing much needed revenue to the club.
The pre-season warm-up has been impressive, the team winning five games out of seven, including matches against higher ranking clubs and scoring an impressive twenty-one goals.
If you’re local, and are fed up of the prima donnas of the Premier League, why not give the Badgers a try? It’s got to be worth a fiver (or less) for some good attacking football. The first home match is at Cannon Park, Leverton Road, Retford tomorrow (6th August), kick-off 3.00pm, against Barton Town Old Boys. I’ll see you there.
Season ticket holders receive a 10% discount on any item at Bookworm (excluding National Book Tokens).
- The price of football revealed (news.bbc.co.uk)