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Preview: Stags vs Plymouth

25 October 2013

Everything that you need to know ahead of tomorrow's clash with Plymouth Argyle...


Manager Paul Cox will be without defenders James Jennings, John Dempster and Martin Riley for our clash with Plymouth Argyle tomorrow (3.00pm).

Jennings is set to serve a one-match ban, whilst Dempster begins a three-match suspension for his red card in our stalemate at Bury in midweek.

Meanwhile, Riley is sidelined due to an achilles injury, which is expected to keep him out of action for two to four weeks.

As a result, Ritchie Sutton could return to the starting xi, whilst John McCombe, Paul Black and Ryan Tafazolli are also in contention.


Having kept seven clean sheets in 13 league matches, it is little surprise that our side currently boast the joint-tightest defence in Sky Bet League Two.

By contrast, The Pilgrims have netted just eight goals this term. Yeovil Town (six) are the only side in the Football League to have scored fewer goals.

Our last two matches, away at Torquay United and Bury, have both finished goalless. Argyle also drew 0-0 with Newport County in midweek.

The Stags currently occupy 7th position in the Sky Bet League Two table, whilst John Sheridan’s outfit find themselves three points above the drop zone, in 19th spot.

Plymouth’s only away win this season was a 3-1 success at Cheltenham Town back in August. Reuben Reid is Argyle’s top scorer with three goals.


Argyle last visited us on the opening day of 2002/03 campaign, when Andy White’s double and strikes by Craig Disley and Colin Larkin helped us to record a 4-3 win.

The Pilgrims have been victorious just once in their last 10 visits to North Nottinghamshire, which was a 3-0 success back in October 2001.

Our full record against Plymouth is as follows: Played 29, Won 6, Drew 7, Lost 16.


The referee for tomorrow’s match is Mr Gary Sutton. He will be assisted by Mr Alf Greenwood and Mr Paul Hobday. The Fourth Official is Mr Robert Ellis.

Mr Sutton last refereed us in the 2008/09 campaign, when we lost 3-2 at Stevenage Borough. He also officiated our 1-0 victory over Histon that term.


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.

Plymouth supporters should not travel to North Nottinghamshire if they aren’t in possession of a valid ticket. No tickets will be sold to visiting 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, on the provision that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.


We have extremely limited parking available at One Call Stadium, but some spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, priced at £5 per vehicle.

Supporters are strongly advised not to park in the retail park behind the North Stand (away end) as you may be issued with a parking ticket.

The Sat-Nav code for One Call Stadium is: NG18 5DA.


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

Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, hot & cold food, and other light refreshments can be purchased from inside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar.

The televised Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal will be live on the big screen at 12.45pm. Barcelona vs Real Madrid is also live from 5.10pm.

There is a still time to hire a private booth in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar for tomorrow’s match. For further details, click here.


Our award-winning matchday programme, ‘The Stag’ will be on sale before tomorrow’s match.

In this edition, we have an exclusive interview with Lee Stevenson, who bagged his first goal in the Football League in our recent home match with Bristol Rovers.

Elsewhere, Tony Lowery selects his best XI from his time at the club, whilst Keiran Murtagh and Ben Hutchinson go head-to-head in the big quiz.

‘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.

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.

Amongst items available are replica shirts, polo shirts, hats, scarves and seat warmers, which will be essential as we approach the cold winter months.

Alternatively, you could also visit our matchday retail outlet, adjacent to the Ian Greaves Stand and located next to the entrance for the Sandy Pate Sports Bar.


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


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

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

Our regular commentary team of Nigel Pinnick, Martin Shaw and Steve Hartshorn will bring you live coverage from 2.50pm.

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