TV CASH BOOST FOR MANSFIELD
MANSFIELD Town's FA Cup second round tie at Wycombe will be screened live on Sky TV on Friday, 5th December.
That will be an unexpected £50,000 boost to club coffers to add to the £12,500 they picked up for Saturday's climincal 6-0 hammering of non-League Bishop's Stortford in the first round.
The moutwhatering tie with the Second Division's bottom side next month will also pit Keith Curle with former England team mate Tony Adams.
Curle will also be hoping for third time lukcy, having twice finished on the losing side against Adams in big FA Cup games in the past.
"When Tony was at Arsenal I lost against him in a Cup quarter-final and a Cup semi-final," said Curle.
"We swapped shirts both times so hopefully this time will be third time lucky and I'll give him a Mansfield Town shirt!
"It's magnificent news we're on television again like last season as it earns a few bob for the club and gives us a chance to put on a good display and represent the Third Division.
"I see the tie as a chance for us to progress. I know we will go down there and give them a game.
"Everyone expects a new manager to lift things. But by the time we go down there hopefully things will have calmed down, they will be a bit more relaxed as it's a Cup tie and a break from the pressures of their League campaign.
Already Tony Adams has offered former England colleague Paul Gascoigne the chance to rebuild his career at Wycombe and, although unlikely, there is an outside chance Stags may have to face Gazza!
"If a player of his ability is involved then there will be focus than ever on the tie," said Curle. "But, at the end of the day, I want to see Mansfield Town putting on a spectacle."
"Tony Adam is on the same business management course as myself and it's been nice to get to know Tony Adams the person as opposed to Tony Adams the player. He is a nice bloke who is passionate about his football.
"After a short spell out there is the real worls I would imagine he is very pleased to be back in the football world."
The tie has been brought forward to the Friday evening for the TV coverage and discounted tickets are available in advance from Wycombe.
Ticket prices on the night will be: Roger Vere Away End, adults £16, OAPs/students £13, juniors £12 and Hypnos Family Enclosure (60 spaces for visiting club), £14 adults, £12 OAPs/students, £6 juniors.
Advance booking on 01494 441118 will see those prices discounted by £1 while juniors in the Family Enclosure will get a £2 discount.
Wheelchair spaces are free of charge with helpers paying the normal prices.
Stags fans are also reminded that the game at Northampton on 30th November is all-ticket. These are now on sale at Field Mill and none will be available on the day.
This Saturday Stags head north to rock bottom Carlisle United who are already a massive 10 points adrift of safety.
But Curle warned the Cumbrians will be far from a pushover.
"We watched them at Hull and they gave a very good account of themselves," he said.,
"It was only a harsh sending-off against the run of play that changed the game.
"Carlisle are a good footballing side who are not getting the breaks or rewards that their play deserves.
"We must go there and make sure that if they are to get anything out of us they have to work very hard for it.
"We will go there and earn the right to play our football."
Dave Artell (hamstring), Colin Larkin (dead leg) did not train on Monday from injuries picked up on Saturday but should both be fit for Saturday.
Lee Williamson will also be back in the squad after resting up a niggling knee injury he had been carrying.
Adam Eaton got through 30 minutes of a reserve friendly at Derby last week but will have one last injection this week to help his recovery along.
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