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Preview: Stags vs Shakers

25 February 2014

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

TEAM NEWS

After being postponed twice previously due to the recent wet weather, our team will finally be hoping to lock horns with Bury this week.

However, boss Paul Cox will definitely be without left-back James Jennings (quad) and centre-half Martin Riley (calf).

Winger Louis Briscoe (back spasm) and frontman Jake Speight (knee) are also expected to miss out.


RECENT FORM

Our team jumped up to 17th position in Sky Bet League Two with a 1-0 victory over Fleetwood Town on Saturday. To watch highlights, click here.

Meanwhile, the Shakers earned a valuable three points in their quest to avoid the drop zone as they won 1-0 at AFC Wimbledon courtesy of Danny Mayor's last-gasp effort. To watch highlights, click here.

A victory tomorrow night could see us climb into the top half of the table for the first time since November.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

In the reverse fixture at Gigg Lane in September, we played out a 0-0 draw. You can watch highlights of the match by clicking here.

The Shakers’ last visit to One Call Stadium was back in the 2007/08 season and finished in a 1-1 draw. Jake Buxton opened the scoring, but Adam Rooney’s late equaliser earned the visitors a point.

However, we haven’t beaten Bury in seven attempts. Our last victory over them was in February 2005, when Adam Murray and Adam Rundle netted in a 2-0 success at Gigg Lane.

The last player to score a hat-trick in the fixture was Stags’ legend Phil Stant, who netted four times for Bury in a 5-1 rout over us in October 1995. The striker enjoyed a previous spell with us two years earlier.


OFFICIALS

Mr Stuart Attwell has been appointed as the referee for this match. He will be assisted by Mr Paul Graham and Mr Daniel Meeson. The Fourth Official is Mr Gary Sutton.


MATCH TICKETS

Tickets purchased for this fixture on its original date of Tuesday 28 January or the previously re-arranged date of Tuesday 11 February remain valid.

Otherwise, home supporters can purchase tickets up to 7.45pm on midweek matchdays.

Away supporters are strongly advised not to travel to One Call Stadium if they aren’t in possession of a valid match ticket as no tickets are sold to away supporters on matchdays.

MATCHDAY PRICES & COLLECTIONS

£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.


PARKING

We have extremely limited parking 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.


SANDY PATE SPORTS BAR

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 also shows live sport.

On 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, which are fitted with their own plasma TV screens, e-mail sales@mansfieldtown.net or call 01623 482482.


PROGRAMME

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

Supporters should note that due to printing costs, this programme was produced for the postponed match on Tuesday 28 January (7.45pm).

In this edition, we have an exclusive interview with burly frontman Matt Rhead, who is now in his third campaign with us.

Elsewhere, we have the thoughts of boss Paul Cox and chairman John Radford, whilst regular columnists Matt Halfpenny, Tim Morriss and John Griffin also share their views.

Physio Simon Murphy tells us about life in the treatment room and Academy Director John Ramshaw updates on the progress of our youngsters, who are in the middle of what is proving to be a fruitful campaign.

Matt Rhead and Anthony Howell tackle 10 tough questions as they go head-to-head in ‘Going for Gold’ to decide who will face Louis Briscoe in the Quarter Finals.

We also have five pages dedicated to our visitors from Gigg Lane, and five pages covering all the latest happenings around One Call Stadium.

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

You can also download ‘The Stag’ to your smartphone, laptop or PC. Visit www.matchdaydigital.co.uk for more information.


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.


SSA’s GOLDEN GOAL

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

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


CLUB SHOP

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 including Hoodies (£20), Trapper Hats (£12) and Diamond Coats (£45). The SSA’s special match pin badges are also available for just £3.

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

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


TURNSTILES

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


TWITTER

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


COMMENTARY

If you can’t be with us at One Call Stadium, 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 7.40pm as we aim to register a much-needed home win.

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


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