Mansfield Town F.C.

Mansfield Town
Full name Mansfield Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Stags, Yellows
Founded 1897 (1897) (as Mansfield Wesleyans)
Ground Field Mill
Ground Capacity 10,000
Owner John Radford[1]
Chief Executive Carolyn Radford[1][2]
Manager Steve Evans
League League Two
2015–16 League Two, 12th
Website Club home page

Mansfield Town Football Club is a professional football club based in the town of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England. The club was formed in 1897 as Mansfield Wesleyans, changing its name to Mansfield Wesley in 1906 before settling on Mansfield Town in 1910. They are nicknamed The Stags and traditionally play in amber and royal blue.

The club is playing in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. Mansfield have lifted four professional trophies, winning the Fourth Division title in 1974–75, the Third Division in 1976–77, the Football League Trophy in 1986–87 and the Football Conference title in 2012–13. The Stags also finished as runners-up in the 2010–11 FA Trophy.

Since 1919 Mansfield have played at Field Mill which is now an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 10,000. Their main rivals are Chesterfield and Notts County.


Mansfield Town have played at Field Mill since the end of the First World War

Mansfield Town was formed under the name of Mansfield Wesleyans in 1897, the name of the club coming from the local Wesleyan church. The club played friendlies up until the 1902–03 season, when it joined the Mansfield and District Amateur League. When the league dropped its amateur tag in 1906, the church abandoned the club, which changed its name to Mansfield Wesley and moved into the Notts and District League.

In the summer of 1910, despite having lost the previous season to Mansfield Mechanics in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, the team changed its name to Mansfield Town (much to the disgust of the Mechanics). In the following years, Mansfield Town swapped between the Notts and District League, Central Alliance League and Notts and Derbyshire League, before World War I brought a halt to proceedings.

After the war, Mansfield became occupants of the Field Mill ground, after Mansfield Mechanics failed to pay their rent. In 1921, the club was admitted into the Midland Counties League, and celebrated by reaching the 6th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup twice in a row. The club won the league in 1923–24 and was the runner-up the following season, but on both occasions failed to win election to the Football League.

In 1928–29, Mansfield won the Midland League again, but more famously reached the Fourth Round Proper of the FA Cup, losing 2–0 to First Division Arsenal, after a cup run which saw them beat Second Division Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, York City beat the Stags in elections for a League place.

In 1931, Mansfield were finally elected to the Southern Section of the Third Division. However, the club struggled to adapt to League surroundings and were frequently in the lower reaches of the table. One of very few highlights in the years before the Second World War was Ted Harston, who scored 55 goals in one season before transferring to Liverpool.

After the war, Mansfield started to see some progress. Lucky to escape the need for re-election when it was decided that no club would be relegated after the 1946–47 season, the Stags started to move up the table. In 1950–51, Mansfield reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup and became the first Football League team to complete a 23–game home schedule unbeaten, although missed out on the only Third Division promotion spot.

In 1959–60 the club was relegated to the recently created Fourth Division, before gaining promotion back to the Third Division in 1962–63. This promotion was later tainted by life-time suspensions handed out to players Brian Phillips and Sammy Chapman for bribing opponents, including players of Hartlepools United in a vital match which Mansfield won 4–3. Two seasons later, the club again narrowly missed out on promotion to the Second Division. The season after avoiding relegation due to a points deduction for Peterborough United, Mansfield made another headline-grabbing cup run. Mansfield beat First Division West Ham United 3–0 in the Fifth Round of the 1968–69 FA Cup, before narrowly losing to Leicester City in the Quarter Finals. In 1971–72 Mansfield were relegated, again, to the Fourth Division.

By 1976–77, the club was back in the Third Division, and despite the distraction of a 5–2 FA Cup defeat to Matlock Town, beat Wrexham to the Third Division title. The club went straight back down, and only a good run of form at the end of the 1978–79 season saved Mansfield from a double relegation.

Mansfield won the Football League Trophy in front of 58,000 fans in May 1987, beating Bristol City on penalties after a 1–1 draw. However, the years that followed were inconsistent, with Mansfield becoming a "yo-yo" team between the Third and Fourth Divisions. It was also at this time that controversial owner Keith Haslam bought the club.

In 2001–02, Mansfield were again promoted to the third tier of English football, beating Carlisle on the final day of the season to take third place from Cheltenham Town, who lost at Plymouth. A poor season in Division Two did not pick up even with the arrival of former England international Keith Curle as manager, as the club was relegated straight back to the fourth tier of English football. In 2003–04, Mansfield beat Northampton in a penalty shoot-out in the Division Three play-off semi-finals, but lost to Huddersfield Town in a similar fashion final, after having an apparently legitimate Colin Larkin goal disallowed.

In 2007–08, Mansfield's 77-year stay in the Football League came to an end as the club was relegated to the Conference.[3] This was in spite of an excellent FA Cup run, leading to two BBC TV appearances, against Harrogate Railway and Middlesbrough. A fluke goal in a 1–0 loss to rivals Rotherham in the last home game of the season all but guaranteed relegation.[4] Ugly scenes erupted at the final whistle, with controversial owner Keith Haslam being attacked by fans.[5]

Haslam left the club, as the "Three Amigos" of Perry, Middleton and Saunders purchased the club (but not the ground) for £1 and installed Billy McEwan as manager. He was replaced after Christmas by David Holdsworth. Holdsworth's two-and-a-half year reign bought little improvement to the club and he was dismissed as manager.

Caretaker manager Duncan Russell led Mansfield to an FA Trophy final appearance in 2010–11, Louis Briscoe scoring a late extra-time winner against Luton in the semi-final second leg. The Stags lost 1–0 to Darlington at Wembley Stadium after a 120th-minute extra-time goal by Chris Senior. A league position of 12th was not good enough for Russell to keep his job; Paul Hall replaced him as interim manager during the close season.

His replacement, Paul Cox, led Mansfield to their highest Conference finish in his first season. A good run of form after Christmas saw the Stags finish in third in the league, although they lost 2–1 on aggregate to eventual play-off winners York City after extra time in the promotion play-off semi-final.

An indifferent start to the 2012–13 season left Mansfield lingering around mid-table, with some fans calling for the manager's head. One good point to the first half of the season was the club's FA Cup run. A 2–1 win over Lincoln City[6] set up a third round tie with Premier League side Liverpool. A controversial Luis Suárez goal helped the Reds to a 2–1 victory,[7] but a brave display from the Mansfield team gave the team momentum in the weeks to follow. Following the cup game the Stags won 20 of their last 24 games, including a club record run of 12 consecutive wins, to clinch the Conference Premier title, and promotion back to the Football League. The title was sealed with a 1–0 victory over Wrexham on 20 April 2013.[8]


The 2006–07 season saw the creation of the 'SFFC (Stags Fans for Change)' an organisation aiming for the removal of then owner Keith Haslam from the club. The organisation undertook many projects over the year to get their message over in a different and non-aggressive way. This included hiring a plane to fly over the local derby match with Notts County towing a banner declaring that the club was for sale and calling for Haslam to leave. On 29 November 2007 Haslam rejected a bid from James Derry's consortium and the Mansfield fans pledged to have a TV protest against him on 2 December 2007 against Harrogate Railway Athletic live on the BBC's Match of the Day programme.

In March 2008, it was reported that John Batchelor, a bidder for Mansfield Town, planned to rename the club to Harchester United after the fictional squad from the TV series Dream Team to make the club "more promotable"[9] if his bid were a success. Fans and executives within the club both stated that they would oppose the name change.[10][11]

Following the club's relegation in 2008, Colin Hancock, then the chairman of Glapwell, emerged as the leading bidder as he agreed to purchase a controlling share of the Stags, Field Mill, and some land surrounding the stadium from Haslam. However, three businessmen who are also Mansfield Town fans, Andrew Perry, Andrew Saunders and Steve Middleton, bought the club from Keith Haslam for an undisclosed fee, but they were still renting the stadium from him. At the start of the 2010–11 season Mansfield were bought by John Radford.

On 2 December 2010 the club was locked out of Field Mill in a dispute over unpaid rent.[12] Since returning to Field Mill after securing a lease on the ground for a further year and a half, John Radford began to seek a way by which the club would once again own Field Mill. It was reported that Keith Haslam rejected an offer from Radford for Field Mill; the offer was alleged to have been worth in between £2 million and £4 million.

On 1 March 2012, Chairman John Radford purchased the ground from Keith Haslam. Since then, 1 March is considered 'Amber Day' at the club to commemorate the retrieval of Mansfield's stadium. In April 2012, Radford changed the stadium's name from 'Field Mill' to the 'One Call Stadium' for sponsorship reasons.


Current squad

As of 24 May 2016[13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Scott Shearer
2 England DF Rhys Bennett
3 England DF Malvind Benning
4 England DF Lee Collins
5 England DF Krystian Pearce
6 England DF George Taft
8 England MF Chris Clements
9 Republic of Ireland FW Patrick Hoban
10 England FW Matt Green
11 England MF James Baxendale
12 Denmark GK Brian Jensen
14 England MF Kevan Hurst
15 England DF Kyle Howkins (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
No. Position Player
19 England MF Mitch Rose
20 England MF Jack Thomas
22 England MF CJ Hamilton
23 England MF Ashley Hemmings
24 England MF Jamie McGuire
25 Scotland DF Alex Iacovitti (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
27 England MF Oscar Gobern
32 England FW Danny Rose
34 England FW Darius Henderson
35 England DF Corbin Shires
36 England MF Cain Smith
37 England MF Zayn Hakeem
39 England MF Tom Marriott

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
18 Tanzania FW Adi Yussuf (on loan at Crawley Town)

Former players

For details of former players, see List of Mansfield Town F.C. players

Managerial statistics

As of 26 November 2016
Name Nat From To Record
Teddy Davison England 1926 1928 2 1 0 1 50.00
Jack Hickling England 1928 1933 110 30 25 55 27.27
Charlie Bell Scotland 1935 1935 31 8 7 16 25.81
Harold Wightman England 1936 1936 19 7 5 7 36.84
Harry Parkes England May 1936 January 1938 68 29 14 25 42.65
Roy Goodall England 1945 1949 139 47 36 56 33.81
Freddie Steele England 1949 1951 123 61 31 31 49.59
George Jobey England 1952 1953 70 28 17 25 40.00
Stan Mercer England 1953 1955 77 32 16 29 41.56
Charlie Mitten England February 1956 June 1958 115 49 22 44 42.61
Sam Weaver England June 1958 January 1960 73 22 17 34 30.14
Raich Carter England January 1960 March 1963 151 63 23 65 41.72
Tommy Cummings England March 1963 1964 201 87 40 74 43.28
Tommy Eggleston England 1967 1970 157 59 38 60 37.58
Jock Basford England 1970 1971 66 21 22 23 31.82
Danny Williams England 1971 1974 123 41 42 40 33.33
Dave Smith Scotland 1974 1976 113 54 32 27 47.79
Peter Morris England 1976 1978 83 36 18 29 43.37
Billy Bingham Republic of Ireland February 1978 1979 64 17 23 24 26.56
Mick Jones England 1979 1981 107 37 27 43 34.58
Stuart Boam England July 1981 January 1983 77 25 15 37 32.47
Ian Greaves England January 1983 6 February 1989 311 101 99 111 32.48
George Foster England February 1989 August 1993 217 68 50 99 31.34
Andy King England August 1993 July 1996 149 51 45 53 34.23
Steve Parkin England July 1996 1999 143 54 41 48 37.76
Bill Dearden England 18 June 1999 6 January 2002 134 49 28 57 36.57
Stuart Watkiss England January 2002 December 2002 45 16 5 24 35.56
Keith Curle England 3 December 2002 11 November 2004 104 39 23 42 37.50
Carlton Palmer England November 2004 September 2005 41 10 15 16 24.39
Peter Shirtliff England September 2005 December 2006 72 24 19 29 33.33
Paul Holland England 19 December 2006 28 December 2006 3 2 1 0 66.67
Bill Dearden England 28 December 2006 8 March 2008 63 18 13 32 28.57
Paul Holland England 8 March 2008 4 July 2008 12 3 6 3 25.00
David Holdsworth England 29 December 2008 18 November 2010 91 37 20 34 40.66
Duncan Russell England 19 November 2010 12 May 2011 36 14 9 13 38.89
Paul Cox England 19 May 2011 21 November 2014 175 78 46 51 44.57
Adam Murray England 21 November 2014 14 November 2016 103 32 27 44 31.07
Steve Evans Scotland 16 November 2016 Present 3 2 0 1 66.67

Club officials


Coaching staff





Team records

Record win[15]
Record defeat[15]
Best seasons[15]
Fewest defeats
Most goals for
Fewest goals against
Most points

Player records

Records for all recognized league and cup competitions[15]
Most appearances
Most goals


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  2. "Mansfield Town appoint youngest chief executive in English football". 13 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  3. "Mansfield out of Football League". BBC Sport.
  4. "Mansfield 0–1 Rotherham". BBC Sport.
  5. "Arrest after Stags owner attack". BBC Sport.
  6. "Mansfield 2–1 Lincoln City". Mansfield Town Official Website.
  7. "Mansfield 1–2 Liverpool". Mansfield Town Official Website.
  8. "Mansfield 1–0 Wrexham". Mansfield Town Official Website.
  9. Benammar, Emily (31 March 2008). "Mansfield against Dream Team name change". London: Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  10. "Mansfield fans could have final say on Harchester United renaming idea, says Batchelor". 30 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  11. "Mansfield Town slam name change move". London: Times Online. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  12. "Mansfield Town face stadium rent dispute". 3 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  13. "Mansfield Town FC Team Page". Mansfield Town. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  14. 1 2 "Staff Profiles". Mansfield Town Official Website. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  15. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Mansfield Town FC Club Records". Stagsnet. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  16. The Central Alliance 1911–1925 Non-League Matters
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