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Preview: Stags vs Rochdale

11 April 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of Mansfield Town’s Sky Bet League Two match against Rochdale at One Call Stadium.


The Stags will be without a number of players for Saturday’s match against Rochdale.

Midfielder Anthony Howell is still suspended, whilst midfielder Jamie McGuire begins a two-match ban for accumulating 10 yellow cards this season.

Defender Lee Beevers is set to undergo an operation for a dislocated shoulder, which will rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.

Goalkeepers Alan Marriott and Ian Deakin are also doubts for this match. Marriott dislocated a finger during a midweek training session, whilst Deakin is struggling with a quad problem.

Defenders Paul Black and Liam Marsden are also expected to miss out through injury.

Also, forward Ben Hutchinson is still sidelined with a hamstring problem, but could return in time for next week’s trip to Accrington Stanley.

However, the Stags may choose to welcome back full-back James Jennings, who is available for selection again following suspension.


Our team go into this match in search of their fourth straight win in Sky Bet League Two, which would all but secure our Football League status.

Last Saturday, we defended resolutely to earn a 1-0 victory over Morecambe on our first visit to the Globe Arena. Junior Daniel scored a spectacular goal, which you can watch by clicking here.

However, if we want to extend our unbeaten run to six matches, we will have to firstly overcome Keith Hill’s table-topping Rochdale.

Dale have been in sublime form in recent weeks as they have surged to the top of the Sky Bet League Two table, claiming 11 points from their last five matches and keeping five straight clean-sheets in the process.

Last week, the Greater Manchester team drew 0-0 with fellow promotion-hopefuls York City at Spotland. To watch highlights, click here.

A victory for us this weekend could see us jump up as high as 10th position. If the visitors win and results go their way, they would need just three more points to secure promotion to Sky Bet League One.

Saturday is also our 5,000th competitive match since the club was formed as Mansfield Wesleyans in 1897.


Despite the Stags boasting a superior head-to-head record, Rochdale have won the last five meetings between the two clubs.

The most recent of those victories came on Boxing Day last year, when we lost 3-0 at Spotland. Scott Hogan (2) and Matthew Lund were the scorers.

Our last victory over Rochdale was in the 2005/06 campaign, when Danny Reet scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at One Call Stadium.

Our full record against Dale is as follows: Played 94, Won 38, Drew 23, Lost 33.


Mr Trevor Kettle has been appointed as referee for Saturday’s match. He will be assisted by Mr Michael D’Aguilar and Mr Iain Siddall. The Fourth Official is Mr David Benton.

Mr Kettle refereed our 0-0 draw with Burton Albion on New Year’s Day.


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 if they purchase and collect tickets before 5.00pm on Friday 11 April.

Away supporters should not to travel to One Call Stadium if they aren’t in possession of a valid match ticket. No tickets are sold to away supporters on matchdays under any circumstances.


£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 spaces available at One Call Stadium, but some spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

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 in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which is open from a restaurant post-match from 6.00pm.

Don't forget with our ‘Sweet Saturday’ offer, you can claim a free desert when you purchase any main course meal.

Saturday’s live TV schedule is as follows: QPR vs Nott’m Forest (12.22pm), Wigan vs Arsenal (5.07pm).

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

There is just one private booth in the SPSB still available for hire for Saturday’s match. If you wish to book this booth, 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 goalkeeper Alan Marriott, who made his 200th league appearance for us in our recent 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

Stags fanatic and regular contributor Jon Griffin discusses players who have participated in both cricket and football down the years, whilst columnist Tim Morriss tells us why we shouldn’t be too harsh on referees.

Matt Halfpenny talks about how the Sky Bet League Two has unfolded so far, and analyses both our Play-Off and survival chances.

It’s also Semi-Final time in ‘Going for Gold’. Louis Briscoe and Jamie McGuire go head-to-head, but who will boast enough knowledge to secure a place in the final?

Academy Director John Ramshaw reflects on a great weekend for our youngsters – as our Under 15s and Under 16s teams won the Nottinghamshire Challenge Shield at their respective age categories.

We also have a full report on our reserves’ 3-1 midweek victory at Hartlepool United in the Final Third Development League (East Division), and the very latest news from our ladies team.

There are five pages dedicated to our opponents from Greater Manchester, along with all the very latest news from One Call Stadium.

‘The Stag’ is priced at just £3.00 and is available to buy from sellers located in and around the stadium.

You can also download ‘The Stag’ to your Smartphone, laptop or PC. Visit for more information.


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.


Tickets for the SSA’s ‘Golden Goal’ competition are available pre-match from sellers inside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar.

Each ticket costs £1 and contains a unique number. The person who is in possession of a ticket in which the first goal is scored is the winner of a cash prize.


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 several items on sale, as well as the SSA’s special match pin badges which are available for just £3.

You can buy items from both our club shop and matchday retail outlet, which is situated adjacent to the Ian Greaves Stand.

If you can’t make this match, visit to view a complete stock list.


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


Follow us on Twitter (@MansfieldTownFC) for comprehensive pre-match coverage and minute-by-minute updates throughout the match.


If you can't be with us at One Call Stadium, you can hear 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 approximately 2.50pm.

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

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