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STAGSNET`S STATISTICAL PREVIEW
9/August/2006 13:32:37

After having beaten Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 at Field Mill on Tuesday night, the Stags now have another home fixture. This time around it will be against Stockport, who have neither scored nor gained a League point so far.

By the time of last season's home fixture, the Stags faced the then draw specialists of League Two, Stockport County, at Field Mill. The Hatters had by then drawn eleven out of eighteen league games, mainly score-draws – and one of them was the opener of last season, a 2-2 game at Edgeley Park after the Stags had been 2-0 up – and this also proved to be Carlton Palmer's ONLY league game for the Stags. And the Stags won 2-1 at Field Mill last season, enough to leap-frog Stockport in the table. And Stockport were very close to drop into the Conf, and only a goal-less home-draw against Carlisle coupled with other results helped the Hatters escape the dreaded drop, which halfway through last season looked inevitable.

And the Stags and Stockport first met at Field Mill in the old div 3 (N) as far back as in the 1932-33 season when a game on March 25, 1933, ended in a 2-1 victory for Stockport (Stags scorer Prior), the first of only five Hatters' wins at Field Mill, three of which came in the first six encounters between the teams. The first-ever league fixture at Stockport was played on November 12, 1932, when the teams shared four goals. Bowater scored twice for the Stags in front of 5498.

An interesting fact is that the teams drew 1-1 at Field Mill on January 13, 1934 and that was one week after Stockport's record league victory, 13-0 against Halifax, and that also was the first Stags home point gained against the Hatters!

Tucked in between was the last game of the 1962-63 season that clinched the Mighty Stags' first promotion with the help of a 1-1-draw – scorer Sammy Chapman on May 20, 1963 in front of 3,637 - at the expense of Gillingham – and Stockport also smashed the Stags unbeaten start record of 10 games by winning 1-0 on September 29, 1962. The biggest Stags home win was a 5-0 in a 4th division game on October 22, 1973 thanks to three goals from Terry Eccles, one apiece from Dennis Longhorn and Dudley Roberts, attendance 3443, the sixth of seven consecutive home wins at the start of the 1973-74 season. The teams faced each other in the 1992-93 season with the Stags winning both games. The home tie ended in a 2-0 win for the Stags on October 10, 1992 thanks to goals from Alan Walker and Steve Wilkinson, attendance 3836, and Mansfield also were the ONLY team to win away at Stockport that season thanks to an Ian Stringfellow goal in front of 5307 on February 26, 1993. The clubs have now met three times on opening days: On August 18, 1951 at Field Mill when the Stags won 1-0 and then five years later exactly to the day at Stockport, when the home team won 2-1. And the third one is noted above.

The Stags' biggest win at Stockport was a 4-0 on April 6, 1984, while the worst reverse was a 2-7 defeat on January 14, 1956. The first Stags victory at Edgeley Park was achieved as early as on September 22, 1934, when strikes from Atkinson and Kilcar settled the tie. This was also the Stags' first away victory in the 1934-35 season. That season also marked the Stags' first top-half finish in League history.

The teams also clashed in League fixtures in 2002-03, when the Stags had been promoted for the most recent time and the Hatters under Carlton Palmer had been relegated from the old division One with barely a whimper, managing just 26 points, having 102 goals put against them, yet took four points off Manchester City!
The league game at Edgeley Park on Bank Holiday Monday in August 2002 summed up much of the Stags' season of bad luck. This time around it wasn't dodgy refereeing as happened against several top sides both home and away, but the Stags did everything but score that Monday and lost undeservedly 2-0. But revenge was gained a few month later, on Boxing Day when the Stags won 4-2. More on these games in the Match Centre section on Stagsnet.

No game at Edgeley Park in the FL has been goal-less compared to just two at Field Mill. The first one was late in the 1954-55 season, the second in the Stags' FA-Cup giant-killing one on February 1, 1969, just a few weeks before West Ham was kayoed.

Two new Stags recruits, Matt Hamshaw and Carl Muggleton, will, if selected, play against one of their previous league clubs on Saturday.

Played for both sides: Keith Alexander, Len Butt, Peter Clark (1960's), Peter Clark (2002), Digger Daley, Damien Delaney, Laurent D'Jaffo, Raymond Evans, David Frain, Bert Garner, Matt Hamshaw, Ian Helliwell, Joe Hill, Wally Hunt, Glynn Hurst, Phil Kite, Allan Livingstone, David Logan, Leyton Maxwell, Brian McCord, Fraser McLachlan, Alfred Middleton, Ernie Moss, Carl Muggleton, Carlton Palmer, Martin Pemberton, Tommy Pritchard, Les Robinson, John Rowlands, Terence Swinscoe, Steve Taylor, Steve Uzelac, Tony Vaughan.

Managed both sides: Carlton Palmer. Played for Stags, later managed Stockport: Roy Chapman.

Home stats:    P 35, W 21, D 9, L 5, GF 67, GA 35
Away stats:    P 35, W 5, D 10, L 20, GF 44, GA 74

Season            Home  Date                 Away  Date

1932-33            1-2       1933-03-25       2-2       1932-11-12      Div 3 (N)
1933-34            1-1       1934-01-13       1-3       1934-04-07      Div 3 (N)
1934-35            3-2       1935-02-02       2-0       1934-09-22      Div 3 (N)
1935-36            2-1       1936-04-18       1-6       1935-12-14      Div 3 (N)
1936-37            0-2       1937-04-10       1-3       1936-12-05      Div 3 (N)
1947-48            1-2       1948-04-05       0-5       1948-04-17      Div 3 (N)
1948-49            4-0       1948-10-30       0-2       1949-03-26      Div 3 (N)
1949-50            3-0       1950-04-08       0-1       1949-10-08      Div 3 (N)
1950-51            2-1       1951-03-24       1-3       1950-11-04      Div 3 (N)
1951-52            1-0       1951-08-18       1-2       1951-12-15      Div 3 (N)
1952-53            2-2       1952-11-29       2-2       1953-04-18      Div 3 (N)
1953-54            3-1       1953-09-26       2-3       1954-02-13      Div 3 (N)
1954-55            0-0       1955-04-09       2-2       1955-04-25      Div 3 (N)
1955-56            2-2       1955-09-10       2-7       1956-01-14      Div 3 (N)
1956-57            4-2       1956-12-15       1-2       1956-08-18      Div 3 (N)
1957-58            2-2       1957-09-09       3-3       1957-09-16      Div 3 (N)
1958-59            2-1       1958-11-01       1-4       1959-03-21      Div 3 (old)
1960-61            2-2       1960-08-27       0-1       1960-12-31      Div 4 (old)
1961-62            2-0       1961-10-07       1-2       1962-02-23      Div 4 (old)
1962-63            0-1       1962-09-29       1-1       1963-05-20      Div 4 (old)
1967-68            1-0       1968-03-02       0-1       1967-10-13      Div 3 (old)
1968-69            0-0       1969-02-01       1-1       1969-03-10      Div 3 (old)
1969-70            4-1       1970-03-23       3-1       1969-10-11      Div 3 (old)
1972-73            1-0       1972-11-04       1-2       1972-09-25      Div 4 (old)
1973-74            5-0       1973-10-22       1-1       1973-09-10      Div 4 (old)
1974-75            1-1       1975-04-01       2-3       1974-09-20      Div 4 (old)
1980-81            1-0       1980-12-06       1-2       1981-05-01      Div 4 (old)
1981-82            2-2       1982-03-20       0-3       1981-10-30      Div 4 (old)                                                      
1982-83            1-0       1982-12-04       1-1       1983-04-08      Div 4 (old)
1983-84            1-2       1983-09-06       4-0       1984-04-06      Div 4 (old)
1984-85            1-0       1985-04-17       1-1       1984-09-22      Div 4 (old)
1985-86            4-2       1985-12-26       2-0       1986-03-31      Div 4 (old)
1992-93            2-0       1992-10-10       1-0       1993-02-26      Div 2
2002-03            4-2       2002-12-26       0-2       2002-08-26      Div 2
2005-06            2-1       2005-11-26       2-2       2005-08-06      League Two

FA Cup:

1955-56            2-0       1955-11-19       1st  round at Field Mill
1982-83            3-2       1982-11-20       1st  round at Field Mill
1996-97            0-3       1996-12-07       2nd round at Field Mill

League Cup:

1997-98            4-2       1997-08-12       1st  round at Field Mill (first leg)
1997-98            3-6       1997-08-26       1st  round at Edgeley Park (second leg)
(Stockport through 8-7 on aggregate)

LDV Vans Trophy:

2003-04            1-2       2003-10-14       at Field Mill

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)

Vastly updated played for both sides section courtesy of the history CD
Some other statistical updates thanks to the centenary book


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