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DETAILS OF ALAVES CLASH
31st July 2002 13:07


MANSFIELD LAND GLAMOUR ALAVES CLASH
Evening Post, 31 July 2002

Alaves, who lost 5-4 to Liverpool in the UEFA Cup Final last year, will play Mansfield Town in a friendly at Field Mill on Monday.

And Stags have announced admission will be £6 for adults and £2 for children, after last night"s clash with Derby County was abandoned following torrential rain.

Former Manchester United midfielder Jordi Cruyff is expected to play as the Spanish side tour England before the start of their domestic season. And Stags manager Stuart Watkiss is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: "It is obviously going to be a big challenge for us and we are looking forward to playing a team who will adopt a completely different style of play to what we are used to.

"We have always said that we are all on a learning curve here and it will be great to see how we cope with it.

"It will also be fantastic for the people of Mansfield to see a team who play against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona and it is a great chance for them to see something a bit different.

"It should be a real eye-opener."

Two players who could feature in that fixture are Wolves striker Colin Larkin and Blackpool midfielder Neil McKenzie, who were both due to visit Field Mill for medicals and the completion of their transfers today.

One player who will be keen to join them will be former Stag Iyseden Christie, who will be training with Mansfield all week and will feature in Saturday"s friendly at Lincoln City.

The 26-year-old striker left Leyton Orient at the end of the season and has spent most of the summer training with Rushden and Diamonds.

Watkiss said: "I have told him that we will not be leaving it for a long time and we will see how he gets on this week.

"He got a great reception from the supporters and we will see what he has to offer us."


 

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