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Preview: Stags vs Shrimpers

7 February 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's match with Southend United.

TEAM NEWS

Apart from Jake Speight, who has a long-term knee issue, manager Paul Cox has a full-strength squad to choose from for Saturday’s match.


RECENT FORM

Our team have lost just one of their last seven matches in Sky Bet League Two, which was a 2-0 home reverse to Scunthorpe United.

Last Saturday, we collected a point after a 1-1 draw at Plymouth Argyle. Meanwhile, Southend were held to a 0-0 stalemate by fellow Play-Off hopefuls Newport County.

The Shrimpers will be eager to improve their recent form, having won just three of their previous 10 matches in Sky Bet League Two.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Having met Southend on 50 previous occasions, it is ourselves who boast the superior record with 20 victories to the Shrimpers’ 17 – whilst there has been 13 draws.

Nevertheless, Phil Brown’s team won the reverse fixture at Roots Hall earlier this term, with Anthony Straker and Kevan Hurst on the score-sheet in a 3-0 victory for Southend.

Our last victory over the Shrimpers was back in December 2004, when Paul Warne found the net in a 1-0 success down in Essex. 

Saturday will be Southend’s first visit to One Call Stadium in more than years.

In the last meeting, which ended in a 1-1 draw in January 2005, a young Adam Murray opened the scoring for us shortly after half-time but Mark Gower equalised six minutes later.

The last player to net a hat-trick in this fixture was former frontman Iyesden Christie, who bagged all three goals in a 3-0 win at Roots Hall in August 2003.

Southend’s last win here was a 1-0 success back in the early stages of the 1990/91 campaign.


OFFICIALS

The Football League has appointed Mr Simon Hooper as the referee for this match. He will be ably assisted by Mr Andy Newbold and Mr Duncan Street. The Fourth Official is Mr Declan Ford.


MATCH TICKETS

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 from One Call Stadium before 5.00pm on Friday (07 February).

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.

ADVANCE PRICES & COLLECTIONS

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

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.

Saturday’s live TV schedule is as follows: Liverpool vs Arsenal (12.45pm), Swansea vs Cardiff (5.30pm).

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

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.

Private booths for this match have already sold out. To purchase booths for other fixtures call 01623 482482 or e-mail sales@mansfieldtown.net.


PROGRAMME

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

In this edition, we catch up with Martin Riley, who tells us about his favourite things in football.

Elsewhere, we have the thoughts of boss Paul Cox and chairman John Radford, whilst there is a closely-fought battle between Ben Hutchinson and Lee Stevenson in ‘Going for Gold’.

Regular columnist Jon Griffin rewinds 45 years to tell us about a classic encounter with Saturday’s opponents, whilst fellow writers Matt Halfpenny and Tim Morriss also share their views.

We also have five pages dedicated to our visitors from Roots Hall, who will be keen to maintain their good form.

‘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.


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

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 2.00pm.


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 approximately 2.50pm.

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


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