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The big derby preview: Stags vs Chesterfield (1.00pm kick-off)

24 November 2017

Match Previews

The big derby preview: Stags vs Chesterfield (1.00pm kick-off)

24 November 2017

Mansfield Town host local rivals Chesterfield in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (25 November, 1.00pm kick-off) and this is your definitive guide to the fixture.

Stags have a full squad to choose from ahead of Saturday's match, with striker Lee Angol set to return to training on Thursday after his injury lay-off.

Spireites midfielder Jordan Flores is the only absentee for the visitors after he was injured in a car crash last month.

The Wigan Athletic loanee was involved in a collision whilst driving to training in October and rushed to hospital by ambulance.

Although the extent of his injuries are unknown, the 22-year-old was released from hospital last week and is recuperating at home.

Steve Evans' men are nine games unbeaten in all competitions, the latest of which yielded Stags' biggest win of the season so far. 

After back-to-back 1-0 wins over Coventry City and Stevenage, Stags thumped in-form Port Vale 4-0 at Vale Park in mid-week.

Skipper Zander Diamond scored a goal either side of half-time to put Stags in the driving seat, before a stunning finish from top scorer Danny Rose and a well-taken goal by frontman Kane Hemmings rounded off the evening in style. 

Stags now sit seventh in Sky Bet League Two after Tuesday's win saw them break into the play-offs.

The Spireites have enjoyed a recent resurgence since the appointment of boss Jack Lester. The Chesterfield and Nottingham Forest legend took over from Gary Caldwell in September after the Derbyshire side won just one game from their opening 10. 

After a slow start to his tenure, Lester has overseen three wins and two draws in their last six league games.

They put back-to-back wins together for the first time this season when they followed their 1-0 win over Exeter City last week with a 3-2 triumph against Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday. 

Despite their upturn in form, the Spireites still sit bottom of Sky Bet League Two with 16 points. 

The last meeting between the two sides ended in stalemate at One Call Stadium as neither defence could be breached in a 0-0 draw in 2014. 

In the same season, however, Stags clinched a brilliant 1-0 win at the Proact Stadium in 2013. 

Striker Calvin Andrew scored his one and only Stags' goal as he headed home Ben Hutchinson's corner in the 37th minute. 

You can watch the goal here: 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 28 | D: 17 | L: 30

The referee for the fixture will be Andy Woolmer and he will be assisted by Robert Hyde and Adam Crysell. Daniel Robathan will be the fourth official. 

Mr Woolmer's last match officiating the Stags was our 3-0 defeat away to Oxford United in February 2015.

As part of the club's endeavours to maximise its capacity at One Call Stadium for Saturday's local derby, tickets for the game must be bought in advance of matchday.

For the avoidance of doubt, tickets will not be sold on the day of the match.

As of 4.00pm on Thursday 23 November, a total of 7,511 tickets have been sold for Saturday's match. This figure includes 1,625 away fans.

EFL regulations state that the club must reserve 10% of its stadium capacity if match tickets are sold on the day of the game.

However, the club can sell-out its total capacity prior to a match, though if this policy is activated the club cannot sell tickets on the day of the game.

Therefore, with an anticipated sell-out and in an attempt to maximise revenue and help create a vociferous atmosphere for the club's players and management, tickets can only be purchased in advance of Saturday's fixture.

Supporters are reminded that they must be seated in accordance to the seat issued on their purchased match ticket.

Please note: family tickets have now sold out for the fixture. 

The easiest way to purchase tickets is online via

The club's ticket office is open from Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm.

For further information, including ticket prices for each area of One Call Stadium, please click here.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9.00am for supporters to enjoy pre-match food and drink.

Prior to kick-off, we will be serving breakfast cobs in the bar. Bacon and sausage cobs will be available and are priced at £2.50.

Please note: the Sandy Pate Sports Bar is open to home fans only on Saturday.

Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. 

Also in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, the SSA will be selling their unique Stags vs Chesterfield matchday pin badges for just £3. 

Please note, the Kevin Bird Suite will not be open to supporters on Saturday as the room is being used for matchday hospitality.

The gate between the Ian Greaves Stand and the North Stand will be closed from 9.00am until 3.30pm on Saturday. Therefore, access to the Ian Greaves Stand and the Quarry Lane end is only via Portland Street and Quarry Lane, whilst the North Stand is only accessible via Portland Retail Park. 

Parking at One Call Stadium will be extremely limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Parking is advisable at the Müller depot (formerly known as The Dairy Crest) which costs just £3 per vehicle, with 80% of the fee heading towards selected charities at the end of each football season. Postcode: NG18 5DB

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the encounter on our twitter feed and the match centre on will contain Opta-populated updates.

To access our twitter feed, head to The match centre can be accessed here, or by clicking the link on the home page on Saturday. 

Furthermore, iFollow Stags subscribers will be able to listen to full-match commentary of the clash, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw, Dean Foulkes and Steve Hartshorn. 

A report of the match will be published on after the game and full reaction will be available to view on and iFollow Stags.

Supporters who are blind or visually impaired can take advantage of our fantastic free audio descriptive commentary service. 

Provided by Alan March Sport, supporters can listen to commentary from trained audio description broadcasters. 

To take advantage of this free service, please visit the entrance to the Kevin Bird Suite at One Call Stadium after 11.00am on Saturday. 

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