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Preview: Mansfield Town vs Newport County

18 August 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of our Sky Bet League Two clash with Newport County at One Call Stadium…


Manager Paul Cox could welcome back burly frontman Matt Rhead for the visit of Newport County.

The 30-year-old has missed the first three matches of the new campaign through suspension, having been red carded in our penultimate match of last term.

The Stags have no newer injury concerns, but will have to do without young full-back Amari’i Bell, who has been recalled by parent club Birmingham City.


The Stags go into this match in 13th position in Sky Bet League Two following Saturday’s excellent 2-1 victory over Oxford United at One Call Stadium.

Ryan Tafazolli put us ahead just before half-time, before Danny Hylton’s 79th minute spot-kick looked to have earned the U’s a point. However, skipper Adam Murray came off the bench to smash home a late winner.

Meanwhile, Justin Edinburgh’s Newport are still looking for their first points of the new season and currently occupy 21st position – just above the drop zone.

The Exiles, who lost 2-0 at home to Wycombe Wanderers on the opening day, relinquished a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 in their match at Morecambe on Saturday.


Our team registered four points against Justin Edinburgh’s men last season – drawing 1-1 in South Wales in September, before winning 2-1 on home soil in March.

However, the Exiles did the ‘double’ over us en route to winning promotion to the Football League in 2012/13. They won 4-3 in North Nottinghamshire on the opening day and 2-0 at Rodney Parade in February.


The Football League have appointed Mr Darren Bond as referee for this match. He will be ably assisted by Mr Matthew Corlett and Mr Stephen Ross. The Fourth Official is Mr Anthony Tankard.


Home supporters can purchase tickets up to 7.45pm on evening 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 Monday 18 August.

Tickets can also be bought online and printed at home via our new ticketing website,

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


£20: Adults
£15: Senior Citizens (60+), Students*
£10: Aged 7 to 16
FREE: Under 7s**


£22: Adults
£17: Senior Citizens (60+), Students*
£12: Aged 7 to 16
FREE: Under 7s**

*To qualify, students must be in full-time education and in possession of a valid NUS card.
**Children aged six or under are only admitted to One Call Stadium free-of-charge, on the provision that 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 midday.

Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, hot/cold food, and other light refreshments can all be purchased in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which is open as a restaurant until 4.00pm.

From 5.00pm onwards, only supporters with a valid match ticket can enter the Sandy Pate Sports Bar until the full-time whistle. The bar re-opens to the general public afterwards.


Our matchday programme is packed full of exciting features which we are sure you will enjoy.

In this edition, we have an exclusive interview with new signing Fergus Bell, as well as the thoughts of chairman John Radford and manager Paul Cox.

Columnist Jon Griffin catches up with Stuart Brace in an exclusive interview, whilst Matt Halfpenny and Tim Morriss continue their ever-popular columns.

Elsewhere, Alex Fisher talks us through his ‘A-Z’, whilst Academy Director John Ramshaw reflects on our youngsters’ 3-2 defeat to Grimsby Town in the Football League Youth Alliance.

Programmes cost £3 and are available from sellers in and around One Call Stadium as well as our matchday retail unit, which is open around two hours before kick-off.

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 6.00pm.

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.


Visit our club shop where you can find a wide-range of items ranging from replica shirts to footballs and soft toys – all great souvenirs to remember your visit to One Call Stadium.

The SSA’s special matchday pin badges can also be purchased around the ground for just £3.

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


Turnstiles at One Call Stadium will be opened at approximately 6.45pm.


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 commentary team of Nigel Pinnick and Martin Shaw will be on air from approximately 7.40pm.

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

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