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Preview: Stags vs Spireites

22 March 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's match with Chesterfield at One Call Stadium.

TEAM NEWS

Striker Jake Speight could figure in this match following his impressive display in our Final Third Development League Cup win over Leicester City on Wednesday.

However, the Stags will be without full-back Darryl Westlake, who serves a one-match suspension after his red card in the 1-1 draw at Northampton Town last week.


RECENT FORM

Our team jumped up to 16th position in Sky Bet League Two after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium. You can watch highlights by clicking here.

Meanwhile, the Spireites were knocked off top spot as they lost 2-1 at Plymouth Argyle. You can watch the best moments from that match by clicking here.

Despite the defeat, Paul Cook’s team still boast the joint-tightest defence at this level, having conceded just 36 goals in their 38 league outings this term.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

In the reverse fixture at the Proact Stadium in September, we recorded a fabulous 1-0 victory courtesy of Calvin Andrew’s first-half header. You can watch highlights by clicking here.

In the Spireites’ last match at One Call Stadium, Paul Cook’s side were 1-0 winners in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Second Round clash, with Gary McSheffrey scoring late on.

Nevertheless, we boast the superior ‘head-to-head’ record in league matches with the Spireites, which reads as follows: Won 26, Drew 13, Lost 24.

Our last home league victory against Chesterfield was back in December 1994. Steve Wilkinson grabbed a hat-trick in a stunning 4-2 victory.


OFFICIALS

Mr Darren Bond has been appointed by the Football League as the referee for this match. He will be assisted by Mr Geoff Law and Mr Peter Marsden. The Fourth Official is Mr Simon Barrow.


MATCH TICKETS

Ticket sales for this match ceased yesterday.

SUPPORTERS SHOULD NOT TRAVEL TO ONE CALL STADIUM ON MATCHDAY IF THEY AREN’T IN POSSESSION OF A VALID MATCH TICKET. 

The Spireites will be backed by a 1,500-strong following in the North Stand.


PARKING

Based on police advice, it has been decided that Chesterfield supporters cannot park their vehicles in the main car park at One Call Stadium.

Visiting supporters are advised to park their vehicles at Mansfield Railway Station (Robin Hood Line), which is a short walk from the North Stand (away end).

The following rates apply:

Fee per hour - £0.70
Day Ticket 10 hours - £4.00
Day Ticket 24 hours - £10.00

All supporters should be aware that there is a maximum stay of one hour for any vehicle parked at Portland Retail Park, which is at the side of One Call Stadium. Local authorities have informed us that a parking ticket will be issued if this stay is exceeded.

It should also be noted that the gate connecting the North Stand and Ian Greaves Stand will be closed throughout the day, following a police request. Stags fans should enter the stadium via Quarry Lane.


SANDY PATE SPORTS BAR

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will be open to HOME SUPPORTERS ONLY from 11.00am.

Only supporters with a valid match ticket can enter the bar. 

Prior to kick-off, sausage and bacon cobs will be available instead of foods on the usual menu. The bar re-opens to the general public at 3.30pm, when the normal menu is re-available to order from.

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

All five private booths in the SPSB have been sold for this match. However, to book a booth for any of our other home fixtures, e-mail sales@mansfieldtown.net or call 01623 482482.


MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

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

In this edition, we have an exclusive interview with skipper Adam Murray, who shares his thoughts ahead of this crunch ‘derby day’ encounter.

Columnist Jon Griffin reminisces about memorable last-gasp goals by the Stags, whilst fellow contributor Tim Morriss rewinds 11 years to tell us about his favourite away day.

In ‘Going for Gold’, the Quarter-Finals conclude with a tie between Lee Beevers and Lee Stevenson, but who will boast enough brain power to progress to the final four?

Elsewhere, we reflect on a good week for our youngsters and reserves, who recorded important wins yesterday, whilst ladies team boss Allan Woodfield reveals the Stagettes’ plans for next season.

There are five pages dedicated to our opponents from the other side of the M1, along with all the very latest news from around One Call Stadium.

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

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


50/50 HALF-TIME 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 11.00am.

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 £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.


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 12noon.


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 12.50pm.

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


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