PROTEST AT FIELD MILL
CHAD VIDEO: AROUND 100 angry Stags fans made they voices heard outside Field Mill on Saturday in a protest against owner Keith Haslam, see video clip here
CHAD AUDIO: full interview by Chad's Stephen Thirkill with Will Lord of the SFFC, at the protest : clip here
Stags fans step up pressure on owner
CHAD website, By Tim Morriss
FOOTBALL supporters today applied more pressure on Mansfield Town FC owner Keith Haslam.
Overnight hundreds of 'Haslam Out' signs appeared all over Mansfield as fans try to convince the Stags' boss Keith to leave Field Mill.
And this afternoon upto 100 supporters backed an appeal from four fans' groups to join in an organised protest ahead of this afternoon's match against Dagenham, which the Stags lost 1-0 to go bottom of the Football League.
They were responding to an appeal by Stags Fans for Change, the SSA, Team Mansfield and the Ollerton Stags Supporters Club to take part in a demonstration against Stags' owner Keith Haslam.
The fans groups, frustrated at the length of time the proposed sale of the football club is taking, organised the protest to show owner Keith Haslam 'he is not wanted at Field Mill' - at the end of another tumultuous week on and off the pitch.
It was back in March that Mr Haslam confirmed he was actively looking to sell the club.
And for upto an hour before kick-off fans voiced their anger at Mr Haslam and their worries for the Stags, who went into the match in the relegation zone from the Football League.
Will Lord, secretary of the SFFC, said at the demonstration: "The four individual groups of fans are all united in their determination to get Mr Haslam out.
"We need new owners and would favour a bid based on good governance. We need more information from the bidders."
The fans' groups said earlier this week: "The debacle at the Chesterfield game (ticketing problems) and the subsequent reduction in ground capacity by the SAG committee should be a big enough signal for anyone to hear.
"Mr Haslam claims he wants to sell, but all the indications are that he is asking ridiculous over-inflated prices, ultimately making the sale almost impossible.
"It is our belief that our future is destined to see us playing Conference League football whilst Keith Haslam remains in control."
Mr Haslam announced earlier in the week that he would not attend any future home matches and so would not see the protest.
But the fans still plan to go ahead with their action and this afternoon
It is not the first time that fans have protested at Field Mill against Mr Haslam this year, following a demonstration in March before a match against Macclesfield.
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