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Preview: Stags vs Chairboys

24 January 2014

Everything that you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Wycombe Wanderers at One Call Stadium...

TEAM NEWS

Midfielder Jamie McGuire returned to action as a substitute in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Portsmouth, following three weeks out of action with a groin injury.

The 30-year-old completed a full 90 minutes in our reserve team match with Hartlepool United in midweek, as did centre-back Martin Riley who has also spent time on the treatment table recently.

Sam Clucas and Ben Hutchinson also returned to training this week, but Saturday’s match is expected to come too soon for the duo.

Our visitors will be without the suspended Steven Craig for this match. The Scotsman was sent-off in last Saturday’s defeat to Oxford United at Adams Park.

Craig’s absence could mean a debut for youngster Anthony Jeffrey, who penned a deal with Gareth Ainsworth’s team earlier this week.


RECENT FORM

Our team go into this match having lost just one of their last five matches in Sky Bet League Two.

By contrast, Gareth Ainsworth’s team have slumped to 20th position in the table, following a poor run of form which has seen them win just one of their last 13 league matches.

Last Saturday, we earned a point thanks to Lee Stevenson’s spectacular acrobatic goal in a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at Fratton Park. You can watch highlights by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Wycombe were beaten 1-0 by Oxford United at Adams Park. The Chairboys had Steven Craig dismissed early on, before Nicky Wroe netted the U’s winner in the dying minutes. You can watch highlights by clicking here.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

In the reverse fixture at Adams Park back in August, we earned our first victory since returning to the Football League thanks to a late winner from Ollie Palmer. You can watch highlights by clicking here.

However, Wycombe eased to a comfortable 4-0 win on their last visit to One Call Stadium in January 2008, with Scott McGleish grabbing all four goals.

Our last success over the Chairboys on home soil was in the 2006/07 campaign. Johnny Mullins and Martin Gritton had netted for us, before Jonathan D’Laryea’s late strike gave us a 3-2 win.

This fixture has provided numerous hat-tricks down the years. 

Liam Lawrence scored all three goals, including a last-gasp penalty, in a 3-2 victory for us in December 2003, whilst Kevin Betsy achieved the same feat in a 3-2 win for Wanderers in September 2005.

The only goalless draw between the two clubs was a stalemate here in North Nottinghamshire in January 2003.

Our full record against the Chairboys is as follows: Played 15, Won 5, Drew 5, Lost 5.


OFFICIALS

Mr Tim Robinson has been appointed as the referee for this fixture. He will be ably assisted by Mr Richard Bartlett and Mr Ken Haycock. The Fourth Official is Mr Geoffrey Law.


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 (24 January).

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.

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, which also shows live sport.

Saturday’s TV schedule is as follows: Bournemouth vs Liverpool (12.45pm), Stevenage vs Everton (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 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.

In this edition, we have an exclusive interview with full-back Darryl Westlake, who recently extended his loan spell with us until the end of the season.

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

Martin Riley and Jamie McGuire tackle 10 tough questions as they go head-to-head in ‘Going for Gold’ to decide who will face Alan Marriott in the Quarter Finals.

We also have five pages dedicated to our visitors from Adams Park, and three pages of news covering 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.


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 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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