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STAGSNET`S STATISTICAL PREVIEW
9/February/2004 22:10:28

In all the Stags div 3 (N) seasons up to 1957-58, York was one of their opponents without ever playing a goal-less league game at that level. And over the years, only ONE of the previous 67 league outings between the clubs have seen no goals, and that was a tie in the old third division on April 15, 1972 – at the end of that season, York stayed up and the Stags were relegated on goal average – a system that was abolished at the start of the 1976-77 Championship season which saw Mansfield's first-ever clean sheet at York thanks to a Terry Eccles strike – a player that a couple of seasons later played for the Minstermen and SCORED their winner at Field Mill on August 18, 1980, providing York's first success at Field Mill since March 18, 1961 when the Minstermen won with the same score as about 40 years later, a 3-1 scoreline.

Other memorable Stags v Minstermen clashes:

* The Stags highest-scoring league game was a 5-7 deficit at York on November 16, 1935 (Stags goals Johnson and Clenshaw two apiece, one from Bytheway) in front of 3643, a defeat that was heavily avenged when York were routed 5-0 on March 21, 1936. Also this time around, two Stags players got on the score-sheet twice (Atkinson and Anderson). Add to that a York own-goal.

* Another five-goal margin was the 7-2 thrashing on March 6, 1954, one season before York's best-ever cup run reaching the semi-finals. The hot-shots for the Stags that day were Watson V 2, Darwin 2, Murray, Fox and Daley.

* The Stags' first-ever away victory at York was notched on December 20, 1947 with Butt and Banks netting for Mansfield Town, Butt previously playing at Bootham Crescent!!

* In the 1991-92 promotion season (as well as the 1976-77 one) the Stags put the double over the Minstermen (2-1 away on January 4, 1992 with goals from Holland and Wilkinson, York goal Tallon and 5-2 at home on February 29, 2002, Stags goals Stant 2, Fee, Fairclough and Tutill og, York goals McCarthy and Atkin).
On York's books as trainee that season: Gary Tallon who later was to play 76 league games for the Stags!!!

* The Stags first away win this century was achieved at York thanks to a Michael Sisson goal on January 8, 2000 and is the up-to-date latest at Bootham Crescent

The last home defeat on March 10, 2001 saw the first-ever league goal of Liam Lawrence – and the teams also faced each other when the Stags were promoted in 2001-02 when an injury-time strike by Disley provided the equalizer in the home fixture on November 23, 2001. The away game at York – which was the last that season – saw Mansfield unluckily losing 1-3 in front of nearly 3000 Stags fans despite having most of the chances and an Adam Murray leading strike. Despite losing two-thirds of all league games at Bootham Crescent, twelve of them with the odd goal, the Stags have only on five occasions failed to hit the net there, equalling the number of failures at Field Mill.
Earlier this season, the Stags cruised past the Minstermen to a 2-0 win with goals from Artell and Beardsley providing the last win in a four-match winning streak which started under difficult circumstances at Cambridge.
York, who have had problems off the pitch, mainly surrounding the future of their ground, have dropped into mid-table after a promising start with maximum points from their first four league games.

Fact is also that the Stags did face the Minstermen on several occasions in the Midland League in the 1920's and not once did York gain a single point in six outings at Field Mill, being hit for five on three occasions and by Taylor hat-tricks twice (must have been William in 1924 and Samuel two years later! Worse was to follow exactly 50 years prior to the day the Stags were televized in Sweden, January 14, 1928, when Leslie Bradley hit four! The Stags also won three out of six away games at York then, scoring in each and every game then, also hitting five at York once, on February 15, 1928 with Morlitt 2, Webb, Dyson and Goddard finding the net for the Stags. Even in York's last non-league season, the one that saw the Stags reach the FA Cup 4th round, the Stags ground out a 1-0 at York on October 17, 1928, Staniforth notching the winning goal. Results from those days are listed below.

Among those having starred for both sides, goalie Bobby Mimms did so in the 1999-2000 season. Other well-known names having played for York are Peter Lorimer and Chris Fairclough. And Wilf McGuinness was in the York hot-seat a couple of seasons after having managed Manchester United.

Played for both sides: Graham Brown, Leonard Butt, Derek Chamberlain, John Coleman, Austin Collier, Richard Cresswell, Charles Davis, Terry Eccles, Desmond Fawcett, Gary Ford, Ian Helliwell, Thomas Lockie, Ian McDonald, Paul McLoughlin, Bobby Mimms, Gary Nicholson, Brian Pollard, Kevin Randall, Arthur Reed, William Richardson, Steve Spooner, James Weir.

Non-league games:

Home stats: P 6, W 6, D 0, L 0, GF 22, GA 5
Away stats. P 6, W 3, D 2, L 1, GF 13, GA 9

Season Home Date Away Date

1922-23 3-0 1923-05-05 1-4 1922-09-20 Midland Counties League
1923-24 5-2 1923-12-08 1-1 1924-02-27 Midland Counties League
1924-25 2-0 1925-02-14 3-0 1925-02-18 Midland Counties League
1925-26 5-1 1926-03-20 2-2 1926-03-06 Midland Counties League
1927-28 5-1 1928-01-14 5-2 1928-02-15 Midland Counties League
1928-29 2-1 1928-12-01 1-0 1928-10-17 Midland Counties League

League games:

Home stats: P 34, W 19, D 6, L 9, GF 71, GA 37
Away stats: P 33, W 6, D 5, L 22, GF 43, GA 74

Season Home Date Away Date

1932-33 2-0 1933-01-28 3-4 1932-09-17 Div 3 (N)
1933-34 0-2 1934-03-03 0-1 1933-10-21 Div 3 (N)
1934-35 5-1 1934-12-01 1-2 1935-04-13 Div 3 (N)
1935-36 5-0 1936-03-21 5-7 1935-11-16 Div 3 (N)
1936-37 1-2 1937-01-02 1-1 1936-09-05 Div 3 (N)
1947-48 1-2 1947-08-23 2-1 1947-12-20 Div 3 (N)
1948-49 3-0 1949-03-19 1-2 1948-10-23 Div 3 (N)
1949-50 1-0 1949-09-12 3-3 1949-09-05 Div 3 (N)
1950-51 3-1 1951-02-03 1-1 1950-09-23 Div 3 (N)
1951-52 1-1 1952-03-01 0-3 1951-10-13 Div 3 (N)
1952-53 1-1 1953-01-17 0-2 1952-09-06 Div 3 (N)
1953-54 7-2 1954-03-06 1-5 1953-10-17 Div 3 (N)
1954-55 1-2 1954-12-27 1-3 1954-12-25 Div 3 (N)
1955-56 3-1 1955-12-26 1-1 1955-12-27 Div 3 (N)
1956-57 4-1 1957-01-19 0-2 1956-09-15 Div 3 (N)
1957-58 2-1 1957-10-19 1-3 1958-03-01 Div 3 (N)
1959-60 2-0 1960-04-16 1-2 1959-10-31 Div 3 (old)
1960-61 1-3 1961-03-18 2-3 1960-10-29 Div 4 (old)
1961-62 3-1 1961-09-16 1-2 1962-02-03 Div 4 (old)
1962-63 2-0 1962-09-01 1-2 1963-11-05 Div 4 (old)
1965-66 4-1 1966-04-11 1-2 1966-04-08 Div 3 (old)
1971-72 0-0 1972-04-15 2-1 1971-11-27 Div 3 (old)
1976-77 4-1 1977-02-19 1-0 1976-09-11 Div 3 (old)
1980-81 0-1 1980-08-18 0-2 1980-11-11 Div 4 (old)
1981-82 0-2 1982-04-05 1-2 1982-04-10 Div 4 (old)
1982-83 2-2 1983-04-30 1-6 1982-11-27 Div 4 (old)
1983-84 0-1 1984-05-05 1-2 1984-01-02 Div 4 (old)
1986-87 1-1 1987-03-28 3-1 1986-10-04 Div 3 (old)
1987-88 2-1 1988-12-13 2-2 1987-12-28 Div 3 (old)
1991-92 5-2 1992-02-29 2-1 1992-01-04 Div 4 (old)
1999-2000 1-0 2000-02-08 1-0 2000-01-08 Div 3
2000-01 1-3 2001-03-10 1-2 2000-10-06 Div 3
2001-02 1-1 2001-11-23 1-3 2002-04-13 Div 3
2003-04 2-0 2003-10-11 (at Field Mill) Div 3

Several facts are courtesy of the Stags centenary book, i.e. all on the Midland Counties League days.

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)


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