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Mick Jones: 1947 - 2022

11 August 2022

The club was saddened to learn of the passing of former manager Mick Jones, who died recently aged 75.

Mick’s playing career started with Derby County before he moved on to Notts County and Peterborough United. 
He joined the Stags as manager following the departure of Billy Bingham in August 1979 in his first managerial position in the Football League. 
He had just enjoyed a successful season with Kettering Town, then in the Southern League, and brought his assistant Jeff Lee with him.
Jones gave debuts to Dave Caldwell and Arthur Mann in his first season but the club struggled and were relegated to Division 4. 
The team challenged for promotion in the 1980-81 season but an eventual seventh placed finish saw them fall short. 
The average gate was down by about 2,000 and Jones and Lee were sacked. 
Jones went on to work for a string of clubs and struck up a great working relationship with Neil Warnock. 
The two worked together for many clubs, including Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United, Rotherham United, Cardiff City, and their last club, Middlesbrough, up until last November. 
Sadly, Mick passed away on 09 August 2022 and the club sends its deepest condolences to his family at this sad time.


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