JR and his Managing Director at One Call, Nick Springthorpe, have taken over Retford United. They have purchased the ground from Paul Dixon (local businessman and the father of JR's racehorse trainer, Scott Dixon) and it is now owned by the One Call Trust.
At the Stags Fans United Fans Forum in September, JR said Paul Dixon was the man who sold him the scoreboard in a pub.
Retford United finished 6th in the Northern Premier League in 2010 under Peter Duffield and lost the Northern Premier League Cup Final to Boston United. They have since been slipping down the football pyramid due to financial irregularities. It was said at one time they owed HMRC over £200,000 due to non payment of income tax, national insurance contributions and VAT. They took a voluntary two step demotion in 2011. They then won the NCEL Premier under Brett Marshall but could not be promoted due to the financial irregularities. Retford United were relegated from Step 5 (NCEL Premier) in 2017 and were relegated again from Step 6 this season (NCEL Division 1). They will start next season at Step 7 in the Lincs League or Central Midlands League. Locals were looking forward next season to a local derby with Retford FC who formed in 2015 and originally played at Retford United's ground before moving to their own ground at Retford Rail. No doubt JR may use this opportunity to introduce some of the Mansfield Town Development players to mens' football and/or he is just doing his bit to help out one of his local clubs. The deal does leave Retford United totally debt free which it probably has not been for the last 10-15 years going back to when Dean Vivian bought the club.RETFORD UNITED CLUB STATEMENT
Retford United FC can officially announce that the club are under new ownership following the sale of the ground from Paul Dixon to a trust set up by John Radford & the One Call Group. The deal leaves the club totally debt free & effectively gives the ground back to Retford United Fc. Managing Director of One Call, Nik Springthorpe will assume financial control of the club for the One Call Trust & work alongside current Chairman Simon Brammer to bring about the restructuring of the club & oversee the much needed investment the One Call Group intends to supply. The Club will be holding a meeting on Thursday 10th May 6.30pm at Cannon Park to outline the new structure & the clubs plans going forward. Fans will have a chance to have their say & we invite members of the general public, representatives of the Junior section & members of the supporters club along as we unveil the most important news in the clubs 30 year history.