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8th December 2010 23:08

Mansfield Town closing in on securing new temporary home

Evening Post, 8 Dec 2010

MANSFIELD Town are close to securing a new home following the repossession of Field Mill.


Negotiations are now at an 'advanced stage' with several clubs including Alfreton, Notts County and Eastwood, but Ilkeston Town's New Manor Ground remains the front runner.

Chairman John Radford is hopeful that a ground can be secured by the end of the week.

"(Chief executive) Steve Barker will be visiting some of the grounds and hopefully we can announce over the next couple of days which club is going to become a temporary home to us," he said.

"I like the look of Ilkeston. It's the right kind of ground for our current situation and will allow us to be promoted to League Two."

The club say proximity to Mansfield will be the key criteria in any final decision reached.

Special arrangements are likely to be made for supporters who will now face a longer journey to attend Stags' home games.

Radford added: "The fans are from Mansfield and we don't want to be travelling too far. "Every game doesn't want to be an away game for us and I'm sure that the fans are loyal enough to travel to somewhere like Ilkeston or maybe Worksop.

"We have had offers from companies out there that will help us transport our fans from Mansfield town centre to our new temporary home."


Stags 'confident' of fulfilling fixtures despite being kicked out of Field Mill
Evening Post, 4 Dec 2010, By matt halfpenny

MANSFIELD Town are 'totally confident' they will be able to fulfil all their Blue Square Bet Premier fixtures, despite being kicked out of Field Mill.


The Stags are in dispute with their landlord, Keith Haslam, over unpaid ground rent.

As a result, the former owner and chairman instructed bailiffs to change the ground's locks on Wednesday night and announced on Thursday morning he had terminated the club's lease.

The postponement of Mansfield's scheduled game at home to Barrow today because of heavy snow has given them some room for manoeuvre.

But they will need to resolve their stand-off with Haslam or find an alternative ground ahead of their next scheduled home game, a Boxing Day clash with Grimsby Town.

The Football Conference have already told the Post 'sanctions are imposed' against clubs who do not fulfil fixtures and are monitoring the situation.

However, the Stags are already sounding out two local clubs with a view to using their facilities, if necessary.

"We are in negotiations with Notts County and Alfreton to play our home games at one of their grounds should we need to," said Mansfield's chief executive Steve Barker.

"Taking this action is mainly a precaution – as a club we are looking to resolve the issue of not playing at Field Mill as quickly as possible.

"But we have to take measures in the interim to ensure our games are played as scheduled.

"We can assure fans we are totally confident that our matches will be played at one venue or another while the issue is resolved."


Mansfield Town could play 'home' games at Notts County or Alfreton
Evening Post, 3 Dec 2010

MANSFIELD Town are today in negotiations to temporarily ground-share with Notts County and Alfreton Town – should they be unable to play future matches at Field Mill.


The Stags have been kicked out of their Quarry Lane home by landlord Keith Haslam because of a dispute over rent.

Mansfield owner John Radford is hoping to resolve the issue so that Mansfield can play their next home against Grimsby on Boxing Day at Field Mill.

But the club have drawn up contingency plans to play at either Meadow Lane or the Impact Arena.

"We are in negotiations with Notts County and Alfreton to play our home games at one of their grounds should we need to," said a Mansfield spokesman.

The club have some leeway to sort out their future after their scheduled home clash against AFC Barrow tomorrow was postponed because of snow.


Stags looking for temporary home at Alfreton - or even Meadow Lane
CHAD.co.uk, Fri Dec 03 2010

MANSFIELD Town are in discussions with both Alfreton Town and Notts County over a possible temporary ground share after they were locked out of their Field Mill home on Thursday by landlord Keith Haslam.


The Stags were ejected over a rent dispute and owner John Radford says the club will not be held to ransom, although he hopes the problem can be ironed out before the next home game, against Grimsby on Boxing Day.

If they are still homeless by that time, they have already been given a positive response to an appeal for help from Alfreton.

The Reds are away on Boxing Day at Eastwood, so their Impact Arena ground would be available.

A Stags spokesman said: “They seem to ber keen to help us out if possible. We have had a positive discussion and talks are at a more advanced stage than Notts County, whom we have also made contact with.”

Earlier on Friday the Stags announced that Saturday's match with Barrow had been postponed because of the heavy snow in Mansfield over the past week.



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