Supporters attending our match against Leyton Orient this Saturday (28 January, 3.00pm kick-off) can read an in-depth interview with midfielder James Baxendale in ‘The Stag’.
The skilful midfielder features in the main interview for the match against Orient, where he shares his belief that the team is displaying the right amount of confidence and energy to mount a push for a top-seven finish come the season’s end.
The 24-year-old further reasons how the arrival of new players has given rise to a renewed competition for places in the squad, which has fuelled the Stags’ recent surge in the New Year, where they have won four, drawn one and lost just once in six January fixtures.
In news from the academy, manager John Dempster says youngsters Zayn Hakeem and Cameron Healey being called up to the first-team squad for the Checktrade Trophy quarter-final clash against Wycombe is richly deserved after their stand-out performances in recent weeks.
And from the under 21s’ front, they continue to remain unbeaten this calendar year with back-to-back victories over Notts County and York City, with the latter resulting in a swashbuckling 4-2 triumph. Under 21s’ head coach Mike Whitlow is subsequently very pleased with his side’s attitude and work ethic.
Do you know in which year this weekend’s visitors Leyton Orient changed their name from Clapham Orient? Or, what is the biggest margin of victory they have recorded against four different opponents? Read all about it in the ‘In Numbers’ segment.
Finally, journalist Tom Errington continues his ‘One game wonders’ series, where he profiles left-back Matt Bell. The British Virgin Islands international penned a one-year deal with the Stags in 2011, but featured in a single game against Bath City.
Supporters can buy a copy of The Stag for just £3 from the ticket office, the merchandise stall or any of our programme vendors around the ground.