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STAGSNET`S STATISTICAL PREVIEW
29th September 2006 21:14


After having beaten Darlington by the only goal of the game at Field Mill last Tuesday, the Stags now face League Two leaders Walsall away on Saturday. And this will be the first time in eleven seasons the Stags lock horns with the Saddlers in a league fixture, and this happened in the 1994-95 seasons when Walsall gained automatic promotion from Division 3, as the basement league was called then.

But the Stags played Walsall very frequently in the middle sixties and early seventies when both sides were stalwarts of the old third division and during that time, the Stags won at Walsall's old ground, Fellows Park, for the first time, and that was on the opening day of the 1966-67 season, August 20, 1966, when Bill Curry netted twice in front of 10429. And that season, the Stags did the double over the Saddlers as the 4-1 victory at Field Mill on December 17, 1966, was the last of six consecutive league wins, which made the Stags sit in second place behind runaway leaders QPR. The scorers then in front of 8771 in Stagsland was once again Curry twice, maybe his taste of goal-poaching was too strong for the Saddlers then? The other Stags goals that December Saturday were scored by Mitchinson and a Morris penalty. And on two other occasions have the Stags done the double, and this in consecutive mid-seventies division 3 seasons. The 1-0 on April 6, 1976, was the sixth of seven consecutive away wins during the run-in, scorer Hodgson, and the 2-1 at Fellows Park was the first of six games unbeaten late on in the Stags' second championship season, scorers on April 19, 1977 in Black Country attended by 7001 were Ernie Moss and an own goal, Walsall scorer then, not unexpectedly, Alan Buckley from the spot. And the sides have also faced each other at Walsall on a final day of a season. The date was May 7, 1994, when Sykes and Lampkin netted for the Stags, whose line-up included current Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd, while the Stags' latest promotion manager, Stuart Watkiss, starred for the Saddlers.

Due to the geographical position of both clubs, the sides managed to face each other in both sections of the regionalized third division up to 1957-58. January 19, 1933, is a day that any Stags fan would best like to forget. On that day, the Stags suffered their biggest-ever league defeat, a 1-8 reverse, scorer Bowater in front of 3068 in the first-ever league fixture between the sides, and that game was played only a few days after one of the biggest FA-Cup giant-killings of all time, as on January 14, 1933, Walsall kayoed then mighty Arsenal at Fellows Park to a 2-0 scoreline in the FA Cup third round, and on the way to that game, the Saddlers kayoed the Stags 4-1, Mansfield scorer Johnson in front of 9838 in Saddlers Country.

Revenge was sweet on April 8, 1933, when Fisher and Bowater striked for the Stags without reply attended by 4023 at Field Mill, this in the northern section of the old third. A few seasons later, both clubs had due to relegations from the second tier been transferred to the southern section, and in the last pre-war season, 1938-39, both games ended goal-less. After WW II, Walsall haven't beaten the Stags at home by more than two clear goals compared to two 3-0-victories at Field Mill, on January 15, 1966 and on May 4, 1968.

Not only Stuart Watkiss has appeared for both sides. Others include Matt Gadsby, who sadly died on the pitch playing for Conference North side Hinckley a few weeks ago. Another one is Terry Austin, who in the 1978-79 season managed 49 league games; 33 for Walsall and after his transfer to the Stags (which took Dave Syrett the other way) the last sixteen Stags league fixtures. That 1978-79 season, Austin played for Walsall at Field Mill on October 14, 1978, and SCORED one of the goals in the Saddlers' 3-1-victory in front of 6066. After Austin's transfer to the Stags, he managed five Stags goals, one of them in a 2-1 win at Hillsborough over Sheffield Wednesday in front of 11065 on April 3, 1979. Other both-sides-men include Tom Curtis and David Kelly.

Played for both sides: Colin Askey, Terry Austin, Andrew Barrowman, Eric Betts, Mark Blake, Steve Cherry, Trevor Christie, Tom Curtis, Gary Ford, Matt Gadsby, Bryn Gunn, Joe Hill, Robert Hutchinson, David Kelly, Brian Kilcline, Cyrille L'Helgoualch, Tony Lowery, Vincent McBride, Paul McLoughlin, Harry Middleton, Frederick Morris, Stuart Naylor, Dean Peer, Steve Peplow, David Prentice, Stuart Ryder, Dave Syrett, Wayne Thomas, Adrian Thorpe, Stuart Watkiss.

Home stats: P 25, W 11, D 6, L 8, GF 42, GA 35
Away stats: P 25, W 5, D 6, L 14, GF 22, GA 46

Season Home Date Away Date

1932-33 2-0 1933-04-08 1-8 1933-01-19 Div 3 (N)
1933-34 1-2 1933-12-25 0-0 1933-12-26 Div 3 (N)
1934-35 4-2 1935-01-19 2-2 1934-09-08 Div 3 (N)
1935-36 2-2 1936-02-28 0-7 1935-10-05 Div 3 (N)
1937-38 3-1 1937-09-03 0-2 1938-05-02 Div 3 (S)
1938-39 0-0 1938-09-17 0-0 1939-02-02 Div 3 (S)
1946-47 1-1 1946-09-18 0-0 1946-09-09 Div 3 (S)
1963-64 2-1 1963-09-07 1-3 1964-11-01 Div 3 (old)
1964-65 2-0 1964-12-28 1-2 1964-12-26 Div 3 (old)
1965-66 0-3 1966-01-15 1-2 1965-10-23 Div 3 (old)
1966-67 4-1 1966-12-17 2-1 1966-08-20 Div 3 (old)
1967-68 0-3 1968-05-04 1-2 1968-04-23 Div 3 (old)
1968-69 2-1 1969-04-25 1-3 1969-01-04 Div 3 (old)
1969-70 0-0 1969-08-23 0-1 1969-12-26 Div 3 (old)
1970-71 2-2 1970-10-14 1-0 1971-03-09 Div 3 (old)
1971-72 1-1 1972-04-01 1-2 1971-12-27 Div 3 (old)
1975-76 4-1 1975-09-27 1-0 1976-04-06 Div 3 (old)
1976-77 3-0 1977-02-28 2-1 1977-04-19 Div 3 (old)
1978-79 1-3 1978-10-14 1-1 1979-02-24 Div 3 (old)
1986-87 2-0 1987-05-02 0-2 1986-11-29 Div 3 (old)
1987-88 1-3 1988-04-05 1-2 1987-11-28 Div 3 (old)
1989-90 0-2 1989-10-14 0-1 1990-03-20 Div 3 (old)
1991-92 3-1 1991-11-30 3-3 1992-02-11 Div 4 (old)
1993-94 1-2 1993-11-27 2-0 1994-05-07 Div 3
1994-95 1-3 1994-11-26 0-1 1995-02-04 Div 3

FA Cup

1926-27 0-2 1926-12-11 Round 2 at Fellows Park, Walsall
1932-33 1-4 1932-11-26 Round 1at Fellows Park, Walsall
1949-50 4-1 1949-11-26 Round 1 at Field Mill

League Cup

1986-87 0-1 1986-08-26 at Fellows Park, Walsall
1986-87 2-4 1986-09-02 at Field Mill
(Walsall through 5-2 on aggregate)

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)

Details from various sources, mainly the centenary book, the history CD and various editions of Rothman's Football Yearbook

 

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