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Preview: Stags vs Stanley

20 December 2013

Everything that you need to know ahead of our Sky Bet League Two clash with Accrington Stanley at One Call Stadium...


Manager Paul Cox will be forced to make at least three changes to his starting line-up.

Defender John Dempster begins a two-match ban for his red card in our midweek loss to Oldham Athletic, whilst both Sam Clucas and Ben Hutchinson are both ruled out through injury.

Clucas, who is our top scorer with 11 goals, is expected to be sidelined for approximately two months with ankle ligament damage and Hutchinson is set for an absence of at least four weeks, due to a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

As a result, Ritchie Sutton, Chris Clements and Lee Stevenson could return to the team. The trio all featured in a reserve team fixture on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, our visitors will be without burly frontman Kayode Odejayi, who has returned to Rotherham United following a three-month loan at the Crown Ground.

Striker Danny Webber could also miss out through illness, but Rob Edwards, who hasn’t featured since October, could be included in manager James Beattie’s squad.


Our side moved up to 17th position in Sky Bet League Two as they ended their six-match losing streak with a well-deserved point at AFC Wimbledon last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Accrington currently occupy 20th spot and were beaten 3-2 by Exeter City in their last outing.

James Beattie’s down were 3-0 after just 24 minutes against the Grecians, before Peter Murphy and Kai Naismith reduced arrears with goals either side of half-time.


We have met Accrington Stanley on just five occasions since they returned to the Football League in 2006.

The Reds did the ‘double’ over us in the 2007/08 campaign and were also unbeaten against us in league action in the 2006/07 season.

However, we were 1-0 winners in an FA Cup First Round clash in November 2006 courtesy of a spot-kick by Richie Barker on the stroke of half-time.


Mr Carl Boyeson has been appointed as the referee for this fixture. He will be ably assisted by Mr Wayne Porter and Mr Duncan Street. The Fourth Official is Mr Chris Akers.


Home supporters can purchase tickets up to 3.00pm on matchdays.

Supporters, who wish to take advantage of a pre-purchase discount, can do so today, if they purchase and collect tickets from One Call Stadium before 5.00pm.

Away supporters should not travel to One Call Stadium if they aren’t in possession of a valid ticket. No tickets will be sold to away supporters on matchdays.


£18 – Adults
£13 – Senior Citizens/Students*
£8 – Aged 7 to 16


£20 – Adults
£15 – Senior Citizens/Students*
£10 – Aged 7 to 16

*To qualify, students must be in full-time education and in possession of a valid NUS card. Senior Citizens are defined as 60+.

Children aged six or under are admitted to One Call Stadium free-of-charge, providing they are accompanied by a responsible adult.


We have extremely limited parking available at One Call Stadium.

This is due to ongoing development work at the side of the Ian Greaves Stand, which will see the building of a new 3G training facility.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.


The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will be open to supporters from noon.

Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, hot & cold food, and other light refreshments can all be purchased here.

Don't forget with our ‘Sweet Saturday’ offer, you can claim a free desert when you purchase any main course meal. Season Ticket holders are also entitled to a 10% discount on all other meals (excluding drinks).

Our live TV schedule for tomorrow is as follows: Liverpool vs Cardiff City (12.45pm).

On weekend matchdays, only supporters with a valid match ticket can gain entry to the Sandy Pate Sports Bar before 5.00pm. The bar re-opens to the general public afterwards.

If you would like to hire a private booth for this match, which is fitted with its own plasma TV screen, either e-mail or call 01623 482482. 


Our award-winning matchday programme, ‘The Stag’ will be on sale before this fixture.

In this edition, we have an exclusive interview with frontman Ross Dyer, who reflects on a roller-coaster year and outlines his hopes for the rest of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Steve Wilkinson selects his best XI from his time in North Nottinghamshire, whilst Louis Briscoe and Adam Murray go head-to-head in the big quiz.

We reflect on how our youth team have put themselves on the brink of silverware, and have five pages dedicated to our visitors from Lancashire.

Finally, we also bring you all the very latest news from One Call Stadium, whilst Matt Halfpenny, Tim Morriss and Jon Griffin continue their regular columns.

‘The Stag’, which is priced at just £3, is available to purchase from programme booths, the club shop and from sellers inside One Call Stadium.

Alternatively, visit to download ‘The Stag’ straight to your PC, laptop or smartphone for just £2.99.

50/50 DRAW

Supporters can win a fantastic cash prize in our 50/50 matchday draw.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is purchase a ticket from our sellers, who will be located in and around One Call Stadium from 1.00pm.

The 50/50 draw takes place at half-time.


Why not pay a visit to our club shop, where you can find a wide-range of Stags-related merchandise, suitable for supporters of all ages.

We have numerous items on sale which are sure to keep you warm this winter including Hoodies (£20), Trapper Hats (£12) and Diamond Coats (£45).

Alternatively, why not get into the festive spirit and buy a Stags Santa Hat, which are available for just £4. 

You can buy any of these items and much, much more, from our club shop or matchday retail outlet, which is situated next to the Ian Greaves Stand.

If you can’t make this match, visit to see what else we have in stock.


Turnstiles at One Call Stadium will be opened at approximately 2.00pm.


Why not follow us on Twitter (@MansfieldTownFC) for pre-match coverage and minute-by-minute updates on the match.


If you can’t be with us at One Call Stadium for this match, you can listen to exclusive full-match commentary on Stags Player (online).

Our regular commentary team of Nigel Pinnick, Martin Shaw and Steve Hartshorn will be on air from 2.50pm.

To subscribe to Stags Player, where there will also be post-match reaction, click here.

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