Retford is an ancient market town on the banks of the River Idle in north Nottinghamshire, England. It is situated just off the A1 to the north of Newark and Robin Hood’s home, Sherwood Forest.
Retford United Football Club represents the town of Retford within the world of football. The Club are currently members of 4 Leagues with the 3 Senior teams competing in the Northern Counties East Premier Division, the Central Midlands Reserve Premier League, and the Nottinghamshire Senior Ladies League. The Under 19’s in the North Midlands Under 19 Football League, the Under 18’s in the Lincolnshire Intermediate Football League, the Youth teams in the Mid Lincs Youth League.
Retford United FC was founded in 1987 and at the time consisted of one Senior team that competed in the Gainsborough League and one Youth Under 10’s team in the Retford & Worksop League’s. In 1989, the Club’s Director of Coaching Dave Hickin introduced a 2nd Youth team as U10’s and, along with the U12’s, began United’s association with the Mid Lincs Youth League.
The Club place a massive importance on Youth football and ever since 1989 the Club have introduced a new Under 10’s team each season. With the FA’s introduction of small-sided football in 1999, the Club now consists of 27 youth teams ranging from Under 8’s to Under 16’s, an Under 18’s, 19’s and three senior teams (First team, Reserve team and Ladies team) all of which wear the Club’s famous Black and White stripes. This includes 2 Girls teams.
Retford United are committed to providing football for the entire Retford community. The Club is a “Football Association Licensed Mini-Soccer Centre” and provides football for Boys and Girls between the ages of 4 and 11.
The Club have owned land on Leverton Road for about 9 years where development has seen many changes to ‘Cannon Park’ over the last few seasons. The Club’s future plans are to develop Cannon Park in to one of the best facilities in local football.
The 2003/04 season will go down in the clubs history with an unprecedented “treble” seeing the Badgers winning the Central Midlands Supreme League, the Phoenix Trophies Floodlit Cup and the Humber Inspection Services League Cup. Their first season in the FA Vase led them through to the 2nd Round proper and they reached the Notts Senior Cup Semi Final only to be defeated by Unibond Champions Hucknall Town 3-2 after extra time.
2004/05 saw them play in the Northern Counties East League with a season of consolidation, before the promotion push under new manager Mark Shaw in 2005/06 saw a second place league finish resulting in promotion to the NCEL Premier Division, and winning the Wilkinson Sword Trophy over two legs against Yorkshire Amateurs. The new and exciting side will be looking forward to their new challenge.
The latest development of the new stand was erected in spring 2006 which makes Cannon Park one of the best footballing facilities in the area.
The Club truly believe that Retford United FC has a lot to offer the local Retford community and hopes that the people of Retford and the surrounding villages will will continue to support their team and join us in putting the town back on the footballing map.