Mansfield Town Club Profile
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Mansfield Town : Club Background

Mansfield Town FC came into existence around the turn of the 19th/20th century, though no exact date of formation seems to exist. The club, based around the local Wesleyan church at the time and named Mansfield Wesleyans accordingly, played friendly matches in the earliest years of its life before joining a local league in 1902, changing its name to Mansfield Wesley, and then just plain Mansfield Town as links with the original church were gradually dropped.

The Stags moved into their current home Field Mill following the end of the First World War and spent the next couple of decades in various regional leagues with a great deal of success, becoming known as one of the country's top non-league sides. Applications to join the football league were regularly sent in and just as regularly rejected by the league chairmen until in 1931 the club applied for membership of Division Three (South) after applying to join Division Three (North) on all previous occasions. This time a majority of northern based clubs supported their application and Mansfield became a member of the football league in the 1931-32 season. As it happened the Stags were transferred to the northern division the very next season, but the Football League status they wanted was assured.

West Stand
The West Stand.
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Mansfield's initial years as a league club were undistinguished, with mid-table mediocrity the norm and the occasional flirtation with re-election an unwanted distraction. To add to the uncertainty they were frequently switched from the northern to the southern section of Division Three and back again, depending on the geographical location of the clubs being elected or demoted from the league. By the time of the merger of the northern and southern sections in 1958 to create national Divisions Three and Four, the closest the Stags had come to promotion was a runners-up spot some seven years previously; however their 6th placed finish in the year of reorganisation ensured a Third Division starting spot in the new set-up. They only lasted there one season however, relegation to Division Four following in 1960.

Bishop Street Stand
The Bishop Street Stand.
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A match-fixing scandal dominated life at Field Mill during the early 60's, three of the club's players at the time eventually being imprisoned for their part in the scam. In between dodging newspaper reporters and various other investigators the Stags remaining players won promotion back to the Third Division in 1963 after a fourth placed Division Four finish. They remained in Division Three without pulling up any trees for another nine years before dropping back down to the basement, but the club enjoyed one of their best ever seasons in 1975 when they won the fourth division championship and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. The same stage of the League Cup was reached a year later, and the following year, 1977, the Stags reached previously undreamed of heights when they won the Division Three championship on the final day of the season.

Quarry Lane End
Quarry Lane End - this was once used as the away section, but no longer.
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The Stags had only the one season in Division Two going straight back down the next May. Two years later in 1981 they were back in the basement where they've more or less remained until today, two other brief promotions notwithstanding - the last being in 2002 - both being followed immediately again by relegation. The club can also boast of winning the Associate Members' Cup at Wembley in 1987 and something called the Ulysses Trophy, held at Larnaca, Cyprus in 1995, but don't ask us what that's about.

Mansfield appointed Keith Curle as manager midway through the 2002-03 season after a poor start in the third tier, but the former Wolves and Manchester City defender wasn't able to prevent the club from coming straight back down to Division Three (then fourth tier). They looked set for a quick return as they reached the play-offs in 5th place, but lost in Cardiff against Huddersfield Town on penalties. Thereafter a slide began to develop - 13th became 16th became 17th, and then came the 2007-08 campaign - relegation from the Football League in 23rd place, with owner Keith Haslam being forced out of the club shortly after that.

Their time in non-league football didn't get off to the best of starts - a four point deduction for sticking six unregistered players on their teamsheets for the opening two games. Finishes of 12th, 9th and 12th suggested that they were in for a long long stay at that level, but things changed when Paul Cox came in as manager during the summer of 2011. Finishing in 3rd place during his first season, he took the Stags up as Champions and back into the Football League a year later. Since then, they've gained finishes of 11th and 21st. The latter season saw Cox leave the club - he's been replaced by 34 year old Stags midfielder Adam Murray, who has been in charge since November 2014. In addition to that 21st placed finish during his opening partial season, his side clocked up a more solid 12th place finish during 2015-16.

The North Stand
The North Stand. Despite the photo, this is now where visitors should head - Mansfield switched fans around in 2004.

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Mansfield Town : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Mansfield Town

05/08/1974HomeFrndD0-01102
20/09/2003AwayDIV3W1-05270Jackson 42
27/03/2004HomeDIV3D1-16002Skiverton 61
30/08/2004AwayCCL2L1-43826Skiverton 24
09/04/2005HomeCCL2W5-26471Davies 5, Way 53, 81, Rose 71, Jevons 72
20/10/2015HomeFL2L0-12954
05/03/2016AwayFL2W1-02713Dickson 90
16/08/2016AwayEFL2L0-12503
28/02/2017HomeEFL2D0-02766


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Mansfield Town

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
131642023533399


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Mansfield Town : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

08/04/2017Doncaster RoversAwayEFL2L0-19903
14/04/2017Wycombe WanderersAwayEFL2W1-04218Pearce 13
17/04/2017Luton TownHomeEFL2D1-14632Potter 23
22/04/2017Stevenage BoroughAwayEFL2W1-02765Rose 44
29/04/2017PortsmouthHomeEFL2L0-16819
06/05/2017Crawley TownAwayEFL2D2-22635Rose 12, Whiteman 23


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Matt Green9001010
Danny Rose800109
Ben Whiteman700007
Shaquile Coulthirst500005
Krystian Pearce300104
Pat Hoban400004
Mitchell Rose300104
Chris Clements300003
Rhys Bennett200002
Yoann Arquin200002
Alfie Potter100001
Kevan Hurst100001
Darius Henderson100001
Alex MacDonald100001
Hayden White100001
Mal Benning100001
Own Goals100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 6819, vs Portsmouth, 29/04/2017
Lowest League Attendance: 2503, vs Yeovil Town, 16/08/2016
Average League Attendance: 3774

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 2 Games Without A Home Win: 3
Games Without An Away Win: 1 Games Without Defeat: 1
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 3
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 11 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WLWLDL
Away Results Sequence: LWLWWD Overall Results Sequence: LWDWLD


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Mansfield Town : Club Information
Field Mill
Quarry Lane
Mansfield
Notts
NG18 5DA (Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01623 482482
Fax : 01623 482495
Email: info@mansfieldtown.net
Chairman : John Radford
Press Officer : Stephen Giles
Fixtures Secretary : Christine Reynolds
Manager : Adam Murray
Capacity : 9,990
Seated : All-seated
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 24,467 v Nottingham Forest 1952/53

Nickname : The Stags

Ticket Prices :

This 2016-17 fixture is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters - no tickets will be sold on the day of the game and so you will need to buy them from Huish Park. Prices are as follows:

Adults: 18.00; Over-65s: 14.00; Aged 17-21: 13.00; Aged 7-16: 10.00; Aged 6 or Under: FREE.

Mansfield describe the away section as 'allocated seating' - sometimes stewards are not so fussy when you turn up on the day of the game, but if sitting together is important, you should aim to purchase tickets as a group. Away supporters are housed in the North Stand at Field Mill. This stand has a theoretical capacity of up to 1,910 seats and is situated behind one of the goals. Hence there is no capacity issue for this fixture - this is just a set policy that Mansfield have introduced for away supporters for all fixtures.

NOTE: You must purchase your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office by Monday 5.00p.m.

Disabled Info

Two areas each side of the goal at pitch level in the North Stand for away supporters. There are 16 parking spaces available for disabled home and away fans behind the Quarry Lane End. Disabled supporters will pay the above admission rates according to your age, with the assistant admitted free of charge.

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Mansfield Town : Directions To The Ground
General

Mansfield is situated just off the M1, north of Nottingham. If driving you'll be doing a familiar M5/M42 route to get around the south side of Birmingham and then turning northbound onto the M1 for a couple of junctions.

By Road

Exit the M1 at junction 27 (s/p Mansfield A608).
At the roundabout, take the third exit (s/p Hucknall, Mansfield A608) onto the A608.
Go straight over two roundabouts, following signs to "Mansfield A611" and at the third roundabout turn left (s/p Mansfield A611) onto the A611.
Continue through the countryside and the suburbs for 3.8 miles to a set of traffic lights at a T-junction. Here, turn left (s/p Mansfield A60) onto the A60 Nottingham Road.
Past the "Trading Post" pub on the left-hand side after 0.1 miles, and on the right "The Famous Talbot" pub after 0.7 miles.
Past the KFC on the left-hand side and straight through the second set of traffic lights (s/p Ring Road, Town Centre).
At the next set of traffic lights, with the church on the right-hand side, turn left into Quarry Lane.

By Rail

Mansfield Station is on the Robin Hood Line, a small branch line connecting Nottingham to Worksop - change at either of those stations to reach Mansfield.

For pedestrians Field Mill is clearly visible from the station and is no more than a ten minute walk away.

Exit the platform, following the signs to Stockwell Gate and the bus station, down the steps. Turn left along the dual carriageway (heading away from the Town Centre). Straight on at the traffic lights, continuing along Portland Street. Turn right at the traffic lights (church on left-hand side) into Quarry Lane.

By Bus

Not known.

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Mansfield Town : Web Resources
Web Sites

Mansfield Town Club Website
Mansfield Town's main club website, sitting under the PTV chain.


Stagsnet
One of the few of a dying breed - a genuine non-chain independent fans website that's run by actual fans.


Web Message Boards


E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Mansfield Chad
We always thought a chad was one of those cartoon doodles of a man peering over a wall. It's also a newspaper in Mansfield, which has its own section for the club.


Nottingham Post
The Nottingham Post may cover (whisper it) two other clubs, but they also are home to Mansfield Town, with their own dedicated section.



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Mansfield Town : Food & Drink
Club Bar :

There is a new sports bar built into Field Mill called the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which was opened in 2013. On matchdays you must be able to show a valid match ticket to gain admission, but they allow home and away fans to visit. Opening hours are from noon until 11.00p.m. for most days. They offer simple food including burgers, chips, garlic bread, potato wedges as well as a more traditional pub menu. It operates as a seven-day-a-week bar outside match days. The usual football ground fare is available inside the stadium, with the balti chicken pies tops.

Local Pubs :

Another place with plenty of pubs: about 50 within a mile of the town centre. Most Yeovil supporters will be coming in off Junction 28 of the M1 along the A 38 we suspect. You will see The Snipe, The Ashfield Hotel and The King and Miller as you pass through the outskirts. The last is a new chain pub and restaurant, with the good and bad aspects that implies, and there's a drive thru McDonald's next door. Keeping on the A38 the first of the pubs listed below you will come across is the Sir John Cockle Inn, followed by the Bold Forester.

Nearest pub to Field Mill is The Talbot Inn. There's a KFC in Nottingham Road about three minutes walk from the ground and, slightly further away in Park Lane Road, a McDonald's.
Bold Forester - very friendly establishment
Bold Forester - very friendly establishment
© Hugh Gleave
Bold Forester: If you think real ale is only for rustic thatched pubs and bearded fogeys try this one. A large new pub in traditional style just off Sutton Road and near the bus depot, it has a constantly changing selection of six to eight beers plus ciders, and the usual kegs. It's open from 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m., is wheel-chair friendly, has a garden and car park, does quality good value food through the day until early evening, and has a pool table and big-screen. The only slight irritation is that the one area children were allowed in was also the designated non-smoking zone. Rather inconvenient if the adults in the party are in fact smokers. It even has its own beer festival, though sadly not when we are due to visit. About ten to fifteen minutes walk from the ground. Very friendly landlord. And you can leave your car there through the match. Has TV. On our visit in 2003 it had the clientele one might expect; in 2004 it was absolutely heaving with scantily clad 18-25 year-old totty.
Bold Forester, Botany Avenue, Sutton Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5NF. Tel: 01623 623970. Map: Click Here.

Courthouse: One of the two JD Wetherspoon outlets in Mansfield. This one is about as close to the middle of the town as you can get. In line with the new policy introduced a couple of years ago children are allowed in, as they now are in most Wetherspoon establishments. "Early evening" is the cut off point. In our experience rules vary from pub to pub, 17.00 being the earliest we've found children asked to leave, others operating a much more flexible policy particularly when the evenings are still light.
Courthouse, Market Place, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1HX. Tel: 01623 412720. Map: Click Here.

No need to bother - use The Famous Talbot opposite
No need to bother - use The Famous Talbot opposite
© Hugh Gleave
Il Rosso: This was called The Plough Inn until a year or two ago, but had a name change. Less than five minutes walk from the ground and was popular with home fans. It used to be described as a nice spacious pub with a friendly atmophere, selling a wide range of beers from the standard to real ales, and reasonably priced food. However name changes usually presage more fundamental alterations, and with a name as ridiculous as Il Rosso we were not surprised to hear it's not so keen on footie fans these days: a restaurant / bar rather than a pub.
Il Rosso, 180 Nottingham Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 4AF. Tel: 01623 623031. Map: Click Here.

Typical out-of-town 'family' pub
Typical out-of-town 'family' pub
© Hugh Gleave
King & Miller: For those who prefer eating and drinking out of town: from the Hardys & Hansons family chain, that will be passed on the drive into Mansfield from the M1 along the A38. Opening times are 11-11, with children welcome when eating or in the (charged) indoor play area. Food is family 'pub fare' style. On draught are Stella, Carling, Grolsch, Hardys & Hansons Cool, Guinness, Guinness Extra Cold, Strongbow and Woodpecker Ciders, with real ales being Hardys & Hansons Best Bitter and Olde Trip. There's a beer garden, patio area, wheelchair access, disabled toilet, baby changing facility, outdoor children's play area, and plenty of car parking spaces. The restaurant area and some others are designated No Smoking.
King & Miller, Kings Mill Road East, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4JP. Tel: 01623 553312. Fax: 01623 553290. Map: Click Here.

Five minutes from the ground but easy to miss down a small side street
Five minutes from the ground but easy to miss down a small side street
© Hugh Gleave
Railway Inn: Town centre pub, as its name suggests near to the Robin Hood Line station in Mansfield, for any supporters arriving by train. Only one real ale, but it is Bateman's which is uncommon in the area. One of the cheapest outlets in the area. Open all day from 11.00, with food served throughout. Child friendly providing they are eating. Has TV.
Railway Inn, 9, Station Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1EF. Tel: 01623623086. Map: Click Here.

Rufford Arms: Convenient for those arriving in Mansfield from the North via the A617, or perhaps for those with younger families concerned about the hurly-burly in pubs near grounds on matchdays, the Rufford Arms is very child friendly with a good play area. Does food and stocks real ale.
Rufford Arms, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 7ES. Tel: 01623 23286. Map: Click Here.

A short drive to the ground rather than a long walk
A short drive to the ground rather than a long walk
© Hugh Gleave
Sir John Cockle Inn: Chain pub. Does what it does well, and therefore provides a useful service, but they are pretty much all the same - bland and boring. Car park, beer garden, satellite TV, pool table, disabled facilities.
Sir John Cockle Inn, Sutton Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5EU. Tel: 01623 623459. Map: Click Here.

Adjacent to the ground
Adjacent to the ground
© Hugh Gleave
The Early Doors: Closest pub to the stadium - fifty yards, or a minute of staggering from what is now the home end. As is to be expected it gets very crowded on matchdays. Away fans are welcome, and home and away fans generally mix quite happily. There has been sporadic trouble in the past, as a result of which there are sometimes the obligatory couple of well built lads on the door. Does food, though a local reports it "nearly impossible to eat when the place is full".
The Early Doors, Field Mill House, Nottingham Road, Mansfield, Notinghamshire, NG18 1BW. Tel: 01623 633968. Map: Click Here.

Good standard pub five minutes walk from Field Mill
Good standard pub five minutes walk from Field Mill
© Hugh Gleave
The Famous Talbot: Couple of hundred yards further away from the stadium than The Early Doors, and on the opposite side of the road from Il Rosso. Another pub mainly frequented by home fans, but has no problem letting visiting supporters in. Smallish and friendly, with children welcome until 8.00 p.m. Opening 11.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m., with meals from 12 noon - 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. in the steak / burger / chips tradition. On draught are Fosters, Kronenbourg, Carlsberg, Mansfield, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness and Strongbow Cider, with two real ales in Webster's Green Label Best and Charles Wells Bombardier. Wheelchair access. Has a pool table, darts, a juke box and Sky Sports on a big screen. Car parking for 40 vehicles. Beer garden for fine weather.
The Famous Talbot, 151, Nottingham Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 4AE. Tel: 01623 623357. Map: Click Here.

The Lord Byron: If you are coming in from the west (M1 Junction 28 and the A38), as most Yeovil fans will, and take the route down Sheepbridge Lane this will be the last pub you see before getting to Field Mill. The landlord is recommended as being a particularly friendly sort, and the beer is kept well. It does food. One of the main places The Stags use for boarding their players apparently.
The Lord Byron, Quarry Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5DD. Tel: 01623 621933. Map: Click Here.

Edge of the shopping centre
Edge of the shopping centre
© Hugh Gleave
Wheatsheaf: Pub just in to the pedestrianised shopping centre and close to the bus station. Five minutes from the ground.
Wheatsheaf, Stockwell Gate, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1LA. Tel: 01623 647734. Map: Click Here.

Widow Frost: This is the other Wetherspoon, also in the centre of town and allowing children.
Widow Frost, Leeming Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1NB. Tel: 01623 666790. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

As the whole town has tried to climb on the Robin Hood bandwagon don't be surprised by words and phrases such as "forsooth", "prithee", and "verily, sweet maid".

Top-Tip :

As it is Robin Hood country wear that Lincoln Yeovil green with pride!

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Mansfield Town : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Mansfield is an ancient market town deep in the heart of Robin Hood country - click here for more information on local attractions and amenities.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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