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STAGSNET`S STATISTICAL PREVIEW
13th November 2003 22:30


The most recent Stags v Carlisle league game was a special occasion for the writer of these lines as it was my first-ever visit to Field Mill – and a memorable one as well, too. The Stags were challenging with Cheltenham and Rochdale for the final auto promo spot on April 20, 2002, and had to win – and Cheltenham, who a few days earlier were held 0-0 at Carlisle – had to lose at Plymouth. Early strikes from Wayne Corden and Andy White clinched it for the Stags – as well as two early Plymouth nettings at Home Park – and assured auto promo. And it was a sweet revenge on Carlisle, who – on the day 37 years earlier, had beaten the Stags to their first-ever promotion to the old 2nd division by winning 3-0 in front of 18764 – and finishing as old 3rd division Champions in 1964-65, one pointed ahead on Bristol City and the Stags. The day before, April 19, 1965, had seen the Stags beating the Cumbrians 2-0 thanks to goals from MacReady and Curry attended by 13832, the Stags' 3rd highest home gate that season.
But the Stags and the Cumbrians had faced each other several times before the 2001-02 season – when Greenacre netted the only goal of the game at Brunton Park on November 10, 2001. And here are some memorable – and maybe not so memorable – picks from earlier fixtures.

* First league game was played on September, 1932, when the Stags won 3-1 (scorers Johnson 2, Bowater) in the old division 3 (N), attendance 7573.
* Biggest Stags home win was a 6-0 on March 31, 1934 when 3301 saw Methven grab a hat-trick, the other scorers being Hill, Kilcar and Munnings, attendance 3301
* First win at Brunton Park was a 2-1 on January 9, 1937 when 6162 saw Wood and Atkinson seal the points
* In 1950-51, both teams were riding high in the old 3rd division (N) when both sides gained enough points to challenge promotion against normal opposition, Mansfield 64, Carlisle 62, but Rotherham then ran away with promotion on 71 points – a brace from Freddie Steele gave the Stags a 2-1 home win on September 30, 1950
* Highest scoreline is seven goals. This has occurred on four occasions, among them are three consecutive away ties: the worst-ever defeat at Carlisle, a 1-6 on December 22, 1956 – stags scorer Darwin, a 2-5 the season before on April 12, 1956 (goals Jepson, Mitten) and a 4-3 victory early on in the 1957-58. The first win of the 1957-58 campaign was achieved thanks to two goals apiece from Sammy Chapman and Dennis Uphill, sealing a 4-3 on August 27, 1957. One home game has produced seven goals as well. On March 17, 1962, the Stags won a 4th division encounter 5-2 thanks to two Peter Morris penalties, two goals from Roy Chapman and one from Ken Wagstaff in front of 5557.
The games in the 1964-65 season are mentioned above. And only three out of 63 League and FA Cup encounters have been goal-less, one being a home game on April 11, 1997, when the Stags manager of the 2001-02 home game, Stuart Watkiss, had a good goal disallowed.
The teams have also faced each other twice in the FA Cup with the Cumbrians going through on both occasions.

Played for both sides: Danny Black, Ray Blackhall (correct name of his Swedish club prior to joining the Stags is IK Tord from Jönköping, where he played 10 games scoring three times in the Third Division Nordöstra Götaland during the 1982 season), John Clayton (1930's), Michael Graham, Matthew Hill (one Stags game, at home to Gateshead on May 1, 1937, won 3-2), John Lathan, Tony Lowery, Jim Lumby, Lee Peacock, John Pearson, Gordon Presgrave (one Stags goal, in a 2-3 home defeat against Tranmere on February 6, 1937), Don O'Riordan, George Rudkin (one Stags game, a 2-2 home draw to Southend on October 2, 1937).

Home games: P 30, W 17, D 6, L 7, GF 58, GA 31
Away games: P 30, W 7, D 7, L 16, GF 31, GA 58

Season Home Date Away Date

1932-33 3-1 1932-09-10 1-3 1933-01-21 Div 3 (N)
1933-34 6-0 1934-03-31 2-3 1933-11-18 Div 3 (N)
1934-35 3-0 1934-10-06 1-1 1935-04-25 Div 3 (N)
1935-36 1-1 1935-10-12 0-3 1936-02-15 Div 3 (N)
1936-37 1-4 1936-09-12 2-1 1937-01-09 Div 3 (N)
1947-48 2-3 1947-09-08 1-3 1948-01-01 Div 3 (N)
1948-49 2-0 1949-04-02 1-3 1948-11-06 Div 3 (N)
1949-50 4-1 1949-08-27 1-1 1949-12-24 Div 3 (N)
1950-51 2-1 1950-09-30 0-2 1950-02-17 Div 3 (N)
1951-52 1-2 1952-01-12 0-0 1952-02-02 Div 3 (N)
1952-53 2-1 1952-10-18 0-1 1953-03-07 Div 3 (N)
1953-54 2-1 1954-01-16 0-5 1953-09-05 Div 3 (N)
1954-55 1-1 1955-02-26 2-1 1954-10-09 Div 3 (N)
1955-56 0-1 1955-12-03 2-5 1956-04-12 Div 3 (N)
1956-57 5-1 1956-08-25 1-6 1956-12-22 Div 3 (N)
1957-58 2-0 1957-09-02 4-3 1957-08-27 Div 3 (N)
1960-61 1-3 1960-09-19 1-3 1960-09-27 Div 4 (old)
1961-62 5-2 1962-03-17 0-1 1961-10-28 Div 4 (old)
1964-65 2-0 1965-04-19 0-3 1965-04-20 Div 3 (old)
1978-79 1-0 1978-09-30 0-1 1979-02-10 Div 3 (old)
1979-80 2-1 1979-11-06 1-1 1979-10-23 Div 3 (old)
1986-87 2-0 1987-02-21 2-1 1986-09-27 Div 3 (old)
1991-92 2-1 1992-04-11 2-1 1991-09-17 Div 4 (old)
1993-94 0-1 1994-01-15 1-1 1993-10-16 Div 3
1994-95 1-2 1995-04-01 1-2 1994-09-13 Div 3
1996-97 0-0 1997-04-11 1-1 1996-10-05 Div 3
1998-99 1-1 1998-09-12 0-0 1999-02-20 Div 3
1999-2000 1-1 1999-08-28 2-0 2000-01-29 Div 3
2000-01 1-1 2000-12-22 1-2 2001-01-27 Div 3
2001-02 2-0 2002-04-20 1-0 2001-11-10 Div 3

FA Cup

1974-75 0-1 1975-02-15 (at Field Mill) 5th round
1980-81 2-2 1981-01-03 (at Field Mill) 3rd round
1980-81 1-2 1981-01-06 (at Brunton Park) 3rd round replay

Details courtesy of “Mansfield Town the first 100 years”, the publication update, Rothmans Book of Football League records, various editions of Rothmans Football Yearbook and a Swedish Football Yearbook from 1983.

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)

 

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