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Match preview: Stags vs Bolton Wanderers

15 July 2016

We will welcome Sky Bet League One side Bolton Wanderers to One Call Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Manager Adam Murray revealed after his side's 0-0 draw with Matlock Town on Wednesday that he has just one injury doubt for Saturday's visit of the Trotters. Young midfielder Jack Thomas has missed the last three pre-season friendlies with a groin strain and he is also expected to miss out on Saturday. 

Striker Pat Hoban also missed the midweek game with Matlock with a groin strain, but Murray admitted that he left him out as a precaution and the frontman should be available for Saturday. 

The visitors are expected to come into the game at full strength, with exciting forward Max Clayton being available once again after spending the end of last season on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. 

The Trotters could also include goalkeeper Mark Howard in their squad after the former Sheffield United stopper put pen-to-paper on a deal at the Macron Stadium on Wednesday. 

Stags will go into the contest on the back of a four-match unbeaten run in pre-season which has included two wins and two draws. 

Goals from striker Adi Yussuf and midfielder James Baxendale helped the Stags to a 2-0 victory over Rainworth Miners Welfare in the Stags' first friendly before Yussuf and midfielder Mitch Rose scored against Clipstone to ensure a 2-2 draw a week later. 

A 4-3 victory over Carlton Town was secured by a brilliant brace from last season's top scorer Matt Green, an opener from left-back Mal Benning and a late header by forward Jason Law before Adam Murray's men were held to a 0-0 draw by Matlock Town earlier this week. 

Recently relegated Bolton Wanderers on the other hand have only played one first team friendly so far, when they triumphed 2-0 over FC Helsingor during their week-long training camp in Scandinavia. 

Strikers Gary Madine and Jamie Proctor scored the goals for the Trotters who are still in the early stages of their development after new manager Phil Parkinson joined the club from Bradford City. 

The two sides have only met 17 times in their history with the Trotters just edging it on the head-to-head record. 

The last times the sides met was all the way back in 1993 when the teams played out a 1-1 draw at One Call Stadium (then known as Field Mill). 

Stags last beat the Trotters in a home tie in 1991, when they comprehensively triumphed 4-0. 


EFL referee Ross Joyce will take charge of the Stags' first home pre-season friendly and he will be assisted by Mark Jones and Steve Meredith. Dave Plowright will undertake fourth official duties. 

Mr Joyce last officiated the Stags during the 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon in September 2015 at One Call Stadium.

Home supporters can purchase tickets in advance in person from our ticket office, online or over the telephone (01623 482 482), however we will cease pre-purchased ticket sales at 5pm on Friday 15 July.

Stags' fans can then purchase tickets at an increased rate on the day of the game. Stags' fans should be aware that the Quarry Lane Stand is closed for this game.

Please note: away supporters can now purchase tickets on the day of the game from the booth adjacent to the away turnstiles at One Call Stadium. 

Tickets are priced as follows:

In advance

Adults: £10
Concessions: £5

Matchday price

Adult: £12
Concessions: £6

Supporters can view build up, photos, live text commentary and reaction to the game on our MATCHDAY LIVE thread on

All of our social media updates will appear instantly on the Stags Wall.

We'll be tweeting photos, team news, live text commentary and reaction on our Twitter feed

Full match commentary will be available on StagsPlayerHD.

Supporters of both sides can park their vehicles at the ground, however it is advised to ring in advance as spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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