The Rail Ground has today had a visit from Swindon Town Football Club as they made their way to Scunthorpe United for tomorrow’s first league game of the season.
Swindon, a town steeped in railway history, chose the Rail Ground as their base for a final training session before their trip to Glanford Park.
Swindon Manager, former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens arrived with his first team squad to use the pitch and facilities with his side preparing for another season in League Two.
Wellens told us “When we usually come up here we use Doncaster Rovers, but the rugby team were training at Cantley Park so Retford FC have done us a brilliant favour letting us use the facilities here today.”
The two hour session saw the squad put through their paces with drills and tactical sessions on the pitch watched over by Wellens and his coaching staff of Noel Hunt, Tommy Wright and Goalkeeping coach Steve Mildenhall.
Wellens continued, “The facilities have been fantastic, I have to say the best non-league showers I’ve seen, and where the pitch is obviously not what we are used to, it exactly served its means and we are very grateful and anything Retford need in the future I am sure we will be able to help them out, and if Retford are ever down south, for example in the FA Vase, then we will be more than happy to let you them use our training ground.”
This is a huge accolade for the club, the Swindon players were happy with the facilities, and with some travelling to meet the squad by their own means by rail or car, it was mentioned how well placed it was for both road and rail links.
Retford Manager Chris Woodhead said, “It was brilliant to have Swindon Town down at the Rail. It was so good to watch the training session and watch professionals in action both the players and coaches. It’s good for the club to be able to accommodate professional teams in this way.”
"Speaking to Richie and his management team they seemed very positive for the season ahead. Retford FC wish Swindon Town all the best for the season and hope to see them at The Rail in the future."
More images from the afternoon will be uploaded on Saturday evening.
Chris Woodhead receives a signed shirt from Swindon Manager Richie Wellens.