Thursday, December 10, 2009

Duffield warns Badgers not to be overwhelmed by FC United's fans

Source: This is Retford

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 12:40

Peter Duffield warned his Retford United side they will need to get off to a good start or they could be overwhelmed by the cheers of the large crowd at FC United of Manchester on Saturday.

FC United regularly get crowds of around 2,500 at their home games, which are played at Bury's Gigg Lane.

Retford boss Duffield said his players should enjoy the atmosphere at the ground, which he describes as like "football in the old days", but warned that they must not give the home supporters much to cheer about in the UniBond League Premier Division match.

"It's a big ground and they will have a big crowd," said Duffield

"Their home games remind me of football in the old days.

"They wear the old-style Manchester United kits, the crowds cheer and wave their scarves above their heads. It's a great atmosphere.

"For some of our players it will be a new experience, but a lot of them will have played in front of big crowds before.

"It is important that we get off to a good start. We must not let them get their tails up.

"They are in the relegation zone, but you've got to look at their games in hand. They've got six games in hand on us.

"I don't think they will be down there at the end of the season."

For the full interview with Peter Duffield, buy this week's Retford Times.