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Preview: Stags vs Brewers

1 January 2014

Everything that you need to know ahead of our Sky Bet League Two clash with Burton Albion at One Call Stadium on New Year’s Day...

TEAM NEWS

Sam Clucas (ankle) and Ben Hutchinson (hamstring) are still both sidelined with injury, whilst Jamie McGuire (groin) and Matt Rhead (ankle) also suffered knocks in our last match.


RECENT FORM

Our team ended their 13-match winless streak with a vital 2-1 win at Cheltenham Town on Sunday.

Anthony Howell and Matt Rhead were our scorers and as a result, we have moved up to 19th position in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Meanwhile, Billy Kee netted his 50th career goal in the Brewers’ 1-0 win over Newport County in their last match, which extended their unbeaten run to nine matches.

The win also moved Gary Rowett’s team into an automatic promotion spot, level on points with league leaders Chesterfield and second-placed Scunthorpe United.
 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

In three previous meetings between the two teams, the Brewers have always been victorious.

Earlier this season, Billy Kee netted a 79th minute winner, which consigned us to a narrow 1-0 defeat at the Pirelli Stadium.

In the 2008/09, the Brewers achieved a ‘double over’ us – winning 1-0 on home soil, before earning a 2-0 victory in North Nottinghamshire, courtesy of goals by Greg Pearson and Marc Goodfellow.


OFFICIALS

Mr Trevor Kettle has been appointed by the Football League as the referee for this match. He will be ably assisted by Mr Mark Astley and Mr Simon Mather. Mr Robert Atkin is the Fourth Official.


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 Tuesday 31 December.

Away supporters are asked not to travel to One Call Stadium if they aren’t in possession of a valid ticket. No tickets will be 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.

This is due to development work at the side of the Ian Greaves Stand, which will see the building of a new 3G training facility.

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 here.

Don't forget with our ‘Thirsty Wednesday’ offer, you can claim a free drink when you purchase any main course meal.*

*Drinks eligible in this offer are Carlsberg, Greene King IPA, Thatchers, Rein Beer or any soft drink.

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 all fitted with their own plasma TV screen, either e-mail sales@mansfieldtown.net or call 01623 482482.


PROGRAMME

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

In this edition, we take an exclusive 12-page look back at 2013; a year which saw us finally return to the Football League.

Matt Halfpenny reflects on previous New Year’s Day encounters, whilst John Griffin and Tim Morriss continue their regular columns.

There’s a battle of the full-backs in ‘Going for Gold’ as Lee Beevers and James Jennings go head-to-head for a place in the Quarter Finals.

We also have five pages dedicated to our high-flying visitors from the Pirelli Stadium, and all the latest news from around the club.

‘The Stag’ is priced at just £3.00 and is available to buy from sellers, who will be located in and around One Call Stadium.

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 next 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 2.50pm as we look to start the New Year with a bang.

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


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