Following a summer of huge anticipation and excitement, the waiting is almost over as we finally make our long-awaited return to the Football League tomorrow.
1,917 days after our last match in the Football League, our side travel to Scunthorpe United hoping to begin the League Two season on a high.
The Iron, who were relegated from League One last term, will be tough opposition, however, and have signed no fewer than 11 new players this summer.
Winger Jordan Clark is the latest new addition to Brian Laws’ squad, which also includes Deon Burton, Etienne Esijas and Chris Iwelumo.
Manager Paul Cox has a full squad fit and available for tomorrow’s eagerly-awaited clash.
Furthermore, speaking at his weekly press conference yesterday, our boss stated that he hopes to sign a new striker in time for the match.
There are also several players who could make their Football League debut at Glanford Park, including Lee Stevenson, Matt Rhead, Lindon Meikle and Anthony Howell.
Our team will be backed by a magnificent 1,500-strong following in Lincolnshire on what promises to be one of the proudest days in our recent history.
Stags’ fans will be located in the covered South Stand behind the goal, and we ask supporters to make as much noise as possible to support our side.
However, there will be tickets sales on the day to away supporters, so if you haven’t already purchased a match ticket, you will be unable to enter Glanford Park.
Our last meeting with The Iron came in January 2005, when a goal from Adam Murray earned us a 1-0 victory over Brian Laws’ men at One Call Stadium.
Scunthorpe’s last victory against us was in November 2000, when they ran out 6-0 winners, but we did earn a 7-0 win over the same opposition in the 1973/74 campaign.
Tomorrow will be the 74th meeting between the two clubs.
Fans who aren’t travelling to Glanford Park can listen to full-match commentary on StagsPlayer, which begins at 2.55pm.
Commentary will also be available on Mansfield 103.2 (not online), as part of their ‘Saturday Sport’ show, which starts at 1.00pm.