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12th November 2007 15:46

The Stags were last out of the hat and drawn away to Harrogate Railway in the second round of the FA Cup.

Harrogate Railway are in the UniBond First Division North league (two leagues below Lewes).

Harrogate Railway are 83 places below Stags in the Football pyramid.

The pyramid is as follows:
League Two
Conference [STEP 1]
Conference North and South (eg Alfreton and Lewes) [STEP 2]
Unibond Premier (eg. Eastwood, Ilkeston, Matlock and Worksop) [STEP 3]
Unibond First Division North (eg. Harrogate Railway, FC United) [STEP 4]

They knocked out Conference Droylsden in the First round, and Harrogate Town in the round before that, and Matlock Town in the round before that.

Harrogate Railway are the lowest ranked team left in the competition. They are in Step 4, as are Chasetown, but Harrogate Railway are lower in their league than Chasetown.

Harrogate Railway's ground holds 3500 and they had 800 against Droylsden.

Average home league attendance is 109 (min 95, max 118). They are 13th in the league.

Harrogate Railway's website is here-->

Dearden happy with Cup draw
By John Lomas
STAGS boss Billy Deaden was pleased with his side's FA Cup round two draw away to Unibond North club Harrogate Railway.
"It is a good draw for us as they are the lowest side left in the competition," he said.

"We have to go there, be as professional as we were yesterday, and make sure we are in the third round hat.
"I would imagine there is a chance it could be on TV too, though that bothers the club more than it bothers me really.

"I would have been a lot happier playing them at home but, if you are going to progress, sometimes you have to go to these places and battle it out.

"We won't be over-confident, look what happened to Yeovil at Torquay and Rotherham were 2-0 down as well.

"But if we prepare right and get the attitude right there is no reason why we can't get the right result.

"This gives us a great chance of going through."
Railway tie all-ticket
yorkshirepost.co.uk, 12 Nov 2007, By Nick Westby
HARROGATE Railway's home FA Cup tie against League Two Mansfield Town will be an all-ticket affair on December 1.
The Harrogate club, who reached Round Two with a 2-0 home win against Droylsden, attracted a crowd of 3,500 when they hosted Bristol City in the cup at the same stage of the competition in 2002.

But the capacity is likely to be much less than that following talks with North Yorkshire Police and health and safety officials.

Railway chairman Rob Northfield believes the tie against Mansfield presents a better chance to reach the lucrative third round than the televised match against Bristol City did in 2002.

"It's a good draw because it's at home and Mansfield are beatable," said Northfield from a vibrant clubhouse still buzzing from last night's draw.

"If it had have been Leeds United at home it would have been good for our finances, but not as good for our chances.

"Station View is not an easy place to come and get a win. We are not saying we'll win the match but we believe we have a 50/50 chance.

"It's as tough a game for Mansfield Town as it is for Harrogate Railway."

Having knocked out teams from higher divisions in each of the previous rounds, including Blue Square North high-fliers and local rivals Harrogate Town in the final qualifying round, League Two opponents Mansfield hold no fear for a team growing accustomed to cup upsets.

"We have got a very young team that run for fun and it surprises a lot of teams," added Northfield.

"It's the way I operate as a man, I like everything to be fun, and it's the way this team plays. We have fun in every game, whether it be the FA Cup or in the League.

"Having fun doesn't mean we don't take it seriously. Every round so far we have worked harder and harder. You have to work hard because a team at our level doesn't get into the second round of the FA Cup through luck."


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