13th June, 2012
Welsh Test for Badgers
Retford United have announced a pre season friendly against Welsh Cymru Alliance side Porthmadog at Cannon Park on Saturday 28th July.
Porthmadog play in the Cymru Alliance, one below the Welsh Premier League, and finished a creditable fourth position last season, ending the season with seven straight league victories.
Formed in 1884, Porthmadog are one of the oldest clubs in Wales and play their home games at Y Traeth.
One noteable former Manager is Micky Thomas, once of Manchester United, but his tenure was short lived after a flirt with relegation.
But, that was back in the early 90s and the club has since found the stability it needed to get back on its feet and in 2002/03 went unbeaten at home all season to win promotion to the Welsh Premier League.
They returned to the Cymru Alliance in 2010/11 after the League of Wales restructured the top division to a "Super 12" with Porthmadog and six of their fellow teams dropping out of the Premier League.
A Badgers spokesperson said: "This is a fantastic friendly for Retford United and it is hoped that the draw of a Welsh side will bring a large crowd to give supporters from all over the area a chance to see something different.
"With the League season starting only a week later, then it will be an opportunity to see what the new management of Richard Sennett and Mark Turner have managed to put together in their first close season with the club."
(Story Source: Retford United)
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