STAGSNET`S STATISTICAL PREVIEW
A bumper home tie against Premiership side Bolton in the FA Cup Third Round is awaiting the winner of Tuesday's FA Cup Round 2 replay between the Stags and Doncaster Rovers at Belle Vue. Hopefully it will be the Stags, seeking revenge for Saturday's dismal 0-2 home league defeat against Bury.
But league form will count for nothing in South Yorkshire on Tuesday. Also the fact that Doncaster have convincingly won their two latest League One away games without even conceding a goal, will not count.
If the Stags win, they will face Bolton for the third time ever in the FA Cup, previous times 1977-78 and 1983-84, while Doncaster, if they go through, will face the Trotters for the first time ever in any Cup competition, JPT Trophy excluded and not checked.
Only an injury-time equalizer by Stock enabled Doncaster this home replay after Richard Barker had put the Stags in front midway through the first half. In the previous round, a Richard Barker penalty was enough to see off Accrington, while one goal also was enough for Doncaster to kayoe fellow League One side Brentford at their headquarters.
Last season, the Stags reached the third round, only just going out at Newcastle after a late Alan Shearer goal.
Doncaster, too, reached the third round as well last term but were kayoed by fellow League One teamsters Port Vale at their headquarters to a 2-1 scoreline on the night before the Stags' trip to Geordieland.
In the League, the Stags last faced Doncaster in the 2003-04 season, in which Donny wrote themselves in the history books by becoming the first team being promoted to the league through a playoffs final and did so on golden goal against Dagenham & Redbridge thus ensuring a league return after five Conf seasons after the relegation in 1997-98 – a truly awful season for the Doncaster fans with only four wins and 34 defeats, – add to that 113 goals against, a record for the league basement division.
And on their return, Doncaster excelled themselves by figuring in the auto promotion contention along with the Stags, finally winning League Two under Dave Penney, now at Darlington.
In the League, the game on November 11, 1966 provided the most goals on aggregate between the two clubs as the Stags won 6-4 with two goals apiece from Curry (goal taste too strong for Donny?) and Brace, one each from McKinney and Morris in front of 7188 – this being the second game in a run of six consecutive league wins in the 1966-67 season. The teams have also met on opening days – at Doncaster in 1970-71 and at Field Mill in 1948-49 (a 2-2 attended by 16749) and 1986-87. The 1986-87 one staged the Stags' comeback in the old third division on August 23, 1986 when Kearney and Lowery put the Stags on the winning trail in front of 3969.
The clubs have before this season faced each other in the FA Cup on five occasions with the Stags going through three times and Doncaster twice. And the first-ever FA Cup game was also the first at Doncaster, and that was a 2nd round tie at Belle Vue on December 10, 1949, which Doncaster won by the only goal of the game in front of 23545!, and also the second FA Cup game was played at Belle Vue, nearly exactly 30 years later, on December 15, 1979, when 7952 saw Nimmo score for Doncaster. But that was not enough as Bob Curtis and Terry Austin scored for the Stags setting up a 3rd round home tie against Brighton with ex-Stag Ray Clarke.
All other previous FA Cup games before this season between the sides have been First Round ones at Field Mill with the first in 1981-82, when Doncaster won by the only goal of the game on November 21, 1981 in front of 5456, the second best Stags home attendance all that season. Two seasons later, the sides clashed again. On November 19, 1983, 5027 saw the Stags cruise through to a 3-0 scoreline thanks to strikes from Calderwood, Barrowclough and Caldwell. The most recent FA Cup tie between the clubs before this season was played on November 11, 1995, when 3115 watched the Stags kayoe their then fellow Division 2 oppontents to a 4-2 scoreline thanks to strikes from Sherlock, current Rochdale manager Parkin, Harper and John Doolan, latter later playing for Doncaster.
And even in the Stags non-league days did the teams face each other prior to Doncaster's election to the League in 1923. The Stags did also face Doncaster's reserve side for a couple of seasons afterwards. But only the first team fixtures are listed below.
Doncaster, who along with Notts County were the first team to go straight from the old second division to the old fourth in 1958-59, have had some famous names in the hot seat.
Among them are George Raynor, who managed the Swedish national team around the time of the World Cup Finals in Sweden way back in 1958 and played nine league games for the Stags way back in 1932. Other well-known names in the Doncaster hot-seat include Billy Bremner – two spells – Lawrie McMenemy and Dave Mackay.
Several players have represented both sides over the years. Among them are some members of the Stags team which disposed of Leeds in the 1994-95 League Cup – John Doolan, Kevin Noteman and the scorer at Leeds, Simon Ireland as well as two players from the 2001-02 promotion one – Martin Pemberton and Les Robinson.
Yet a player who came from Doncaster without making their first team went on to be a key member of the Stags championship sides in the 1970's. And the name is Kevin Bird.
Played for both sides: George Antonio, Terry Austin, Chris Beardsley, Andy Beasley, David Bentley, Kim Book, Graham Brown, Alf Calverley, Matt Carmichael, Neville Chamberlain, Peter Clark (early 1960's, not the one that played three league games in 2002-03), Nicky Clarke, Digger Daley, O'Neill Donaldson, John Doolan, Thomas Dutton, Stephen Foster, Warren Hackett, Jim Harkin, Steve Harper, John Haselden, Ian Helliwell, Stuart Hicks, Simeon Hodson, Fred Horsman, Guy Ipoua, Simon Ireland, Charles Johnston, Harold Keetley, Joe Laidlaw, Harry Lee, Brian Moore, Ernie Moss, Kevin Noteman, Gordon Owen, Don O'Riordan, Nathan Peel, Martin Pemberton, Mark Place, Steve Prindiville, Ken Reeve, Barry Richardson, Keith Ripley, Dudley Roberts, Les Robinson, Alan Rushby, Mark Sale, John Saunders, Jon Schofield, Jamie Squires, William Taylor, Steve Uzelac, Neil Woods..
Season Home Date Away Date
1921-22 3-1 1922-04-22 2-3 1922-02-11 Midland Counties League
1922-23 1-0 1922-12-26 0-2 1923-04-28 Midland Counties League
Home stats: P 2, W 2, D 0, L 0, GF 4, GA 1
Away stats: P 2, W 0, D 0, L 2, GF 2, GA 5
Home stats: P 26, W 12, D 8, L 6, GF 47, GA 29
Away stats: P 26, W 12, D 6, L 8, GF 37, GA 30
Season Home Date Away Date
1932-33 2-2 1933-03-11 2-2 1932-10-29 Div 3 (N)
1933-34 1-1 1934-03-17 0-1 1933-04-11 Div 3 (N)
1934-35 2-0 1934-11-03 1-2 1935-03-16 Div 3 (N)
1948-49 2-2 1948-08-21 1-1 1948-12-18 Div 3 (N)
1949-50 1-2 1949-10-15 1-0 1950-04-15 Div 3 (N)
1958-59 3-1 1959-02-28 2-0 1958-10-11 Div 3 (old)
1960-61 1-2 1961-04-17 3-2 1961-04-25 Div 4 (old)
1961-62 4-0 1961-09-02 1-0 1962-01-12 Div 4 (old)
1962-63 4-2 1963-04-16 1-1 1963-04-15 Div 4 (old)
1966-67 3-1 1966-10-17 6-4 1966-11-15 Div 3 (old)
1969-70 1-2 1969-10-06 0-2 1969-08-16 Div 3 (old)
1970-71 2-1 1970-10-17 2-1 1970-08-15 Div 3 (old)
1972-73 0-0 1972-12-30 1-0 1972-08-19 Div 4 (old)
1973-74 2-0 1974-04-29 0-0 1974-03-26 Div 4 (old)
1974-75 5-2 1974-11-16 3-4 1975-02-22 Div 4 (old)
1980-81 1-1 1981-05-06 1-2 1980-12-19 Div 4 (old)
1983-84 1-2 1983-09-03 1-3 1984-01-07 Div 4 (old)
1986-87 2-1 1986-08-23 0-1 1987-02-17 Div 3 (old)
1987-88 2-0 1987-09-29 2-0 1988-03-01 Div 3 (old)
1991-92 2-2 1991-11-02 1-0 1992-03-14 Div 4 (old)
1993-94 2-1 1994-03-12 1-0 1993-09-17 Div 3
1994-95 0-1 1994-10-22 2-0 1995-01-10 Div 3
1995-96 0-0 1995-08-29 0-0 1996-03-25 Div 3
1996-97 2-0 1997-01-21 0-0 1996-09-07 Div 3
1997-98 1-1 1997-09-05 3-0 1998-03-02 Div 3
2003-04 1-2 2004-02-21 2-4 2003-10-18 Div 3
1949-50 (at Belle Vue) 0-1 1949-12-10 2nd round
1979-80 (at Belle Vue) 2-1 1979-12-15 2nd round
1981-82 (at Field Mill) 0-1 1981-11-21 1st round
1983-84 (at Field Mill) 3-0 1983-11-19 1st round
1995-96 (at Field Mill) 4-2 1995-11-11 1st round
2006-07 (at Field Mill) 1-1 2006-12-02 2nd round
1974-75 (at Belle Vue) 1-2 1974-08-20 1st round
1980-81 (at Belle Vue) 1-1 1980-08-08 1st round, 1st leg
1980-81 (at Field Mill) 2-1 1980-08-11 1st round, 2nd leg (Stags through 3-2 on aggregate)
Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)
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