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Match preview: Stags vs Accrington Stanley (Carabao Cup)

14 August 2018

Stags welcome League One outfit Accrington Stanley to One Call Stadium tomorrow evening for our Carabao Cup first round clash (7.45pm kick-off). Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Stags' boss David Flitcroft has hinted at a switch of personnel for tomorrow's clash after naming unchanged sides for our league fixtures against Newport County and Yeovil Town.

“Potentially, yes [we will change the lineup]. It’s a tough travel down to Yeovil and it was a long way to go,” he said.

“We’ll get the boys back up and get their recovery strategies in and see who comes in with a bounce today.

“I’m expecting a bounce from the players because we’re still unbeaten for quite a few weeks now. We’ll see where they’re at.

“I told the players that hadn’t made it to Yeovil and the lads that made the bench, ‘if you are needed, make sure you’re ready.’”

Defensive duo David Mirfin and Zander Diamond will miss the game as they recover from long-term knee and back injuries, respectively.

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has also spoken about rotating his squad for the fixture, saying that the game may present an opportunity to give minutes to players who are yet to appear this season.

Stags have made a promising start to the 2018-19 campaign, comfortably beating Newport 3-0 at One Call Stadium before battling for a hard-fought point against Yeovil at Huish Park on Saturday.

Mansfield fell behind twice against Yeovil, but bounced back on both occasions by way of goals from striker Craig Davies and defender Matt Preston.

Accrington did not get the start in League One that they hoped for after being beaten 2-0 by Gillingham on the opening day, but showed some of last season's title-winning form at the weekend by beating Bristol Rovers 2-1 in dramatic fashion.

The last time we faced tomorrow's opponents was at One Call Stadium back in March of this year.

Stags were down to 10 men for the majority of the clash after Mal Benning's early red card, and fell to a 1-0 loss despite a valiant performance.

The referee for Tuesday night's clash will be Sebastian Stockbridge, assisted by Craig Taylor and Matthew Parry. The fourth official will be Ken Haycock.

Mr. Stockbridge last took charge of a Stags' fixture in our 1-1 draw away to Stevenage in April of this year. The match finished 1-1, with midfielder Will Atkinson netting the equaliser for Mansfield in the 51st minute.

Prices for tickets for tomorrow's game are as follows:

Adults/young adult (18-21): £20
Concessions: £10

Supporters can purchase tickets for the match up until kick-off at 7.45pm.

There are no cash turnstiles at One Call Stadium, and all spectators must be in possession of a valid ticket before entering the ground. However, home supporters can purchase tickets from our cash-only ticket window at the matchday ticket office.

Our ticket office on Quarry Lane is open Monday to Friday between the hours of 10am and 5pm.

To purchase tickets for this weekend's game, you can visit us in person at our ticket office on Quarry Lane, or call us on 01623 482 482. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online from

Supporters should note that the Quarry Lane Stand will be closed for tomorrow's fixture.

Please note that, on police advice and for ease of congestion, the gate between the North and Ian Greaves Stand will be closed after the game, re-opening approximately 20 minutes after the final whistle.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will be open from midday tomorrow, serving the main menu until 4pm. 

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available for both home and away supporters, and the bar is located at the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand.

Following this, the matchday menu will become available from the kiosk inside the bar, and will serve pies, chips, burgers and hot dogs.

The sports bar will remain open until 11pm after the match.

Car parking is severely restricted at One Call Stadium and works on a first come, first served basis. All reserved car parking spaces are within the location of the Ian Greaves Stand car park.
Matchday parking costs £5.00 per car. Please note that the car park shuts at 30 minutes prior to kick-off due to safety regulations.
The following sites, owned by Mansfield District Council and with easy access to the One Call Stadium are Grove Street, Victoria Street, Garden Road and Church Lane.

Charges are as follows:

Grove St 50p/hr.
Victoria St 50p/hr.
Garden Rd 50p/hr.
Church Lane 80p/hr.

All of the above pay and display surface level car parks offer cashless parking via RingGo as an additional way to pay.

Every car park has a unique code so people can either pay over the phone, by text, online or by using a free smartphone app.

Details of how to do this are displayed in each car park. Information about all Mansfield District Council car parks can be found at

Where do I go when I get to One Call Stadium?


If you are a hospitality guest, please enter the stadium via the brown double doors to the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand, which is the entrance to our hospitality suites. 

The doors are located to the left of the white merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, backing onto the main car park and sign-posted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'


Members of the media are asked to also head to the entrance to our hospitality suites, where our media steward will provide you with the necessary accreditation. 

The required entrance is located to the left of the merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar and signposted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'.


If you need to collect tickets, please head to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane. For ticket purchases, please visit the matchday ticket office, adjacent to the Quarry Lane Stand, around the corner from the main ticket office.

Entry to the Quarry Lane End is via the turnstiles situated parallel to the road running alongside One Call Stadium. 

The Ian Greaves Stand is the main stand at One Call Stadium, which backs onto the main car park. 

Away fans are housed in the North Stand, which is located next to Portland Retail Park. Please note: there is no matchday parking in the retail park.

Can't make it to the game? You can follow the action live via our Twitter updates or via the match centre on, which can be found here.

iFollow Stags subscribers can listen to full-match commentary of the clash, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes.

A report of the match will be published on the club website after the full-time whistle, and post-match 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 6.00pm on Tuesday.

Extra things to note for Carabao Cup fixtures:

The competition has seen changes ahead of this season's instalment of the tournament, with extra-time to be removed from every round apart from the final, meaning matches that are tied at 90 minutes will go straight to penalties.

The format of penalties will also revert to the traditional format, as opposed to the recently trialled ABBA formula, which will no longer feature in EFL competitions.

VAR will again be utilised in the competition and can be incorporated for all games that are played at Premier League stadiums, while this season’s final will take place on Sunday 24 February 2019, with the winners guaranteed a place in the Europa League in the following campaign.

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