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STAGS BACK AT FIELD MILL
24th December 2010 0:02


Audio interview with John Radford from BBC Radio Nottingham with David Jackson and Robin Chipperfield, 16 Dec 2010. Listen here. NEW: full interview here.
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Audio interview with John Radford and mayor Tony Eggington from Mansfield 103.2 with Dave Rhodes, 17 Dec 2010. Listen here.

from 6m:30s on the John Radford interview:
103.2: "You have until March I believe to secure a 10 year lease if the aspiration is to move in the FL next season."
John Radford: "I need to clarify that with the Football League. I think there's a situation where you can put a bond down, so there's a few other options. But I don't want to put all my cards on the table, certainly on air, as to the options we may have to go forward without having this 10 year lease."

STAGSNET THANKS JOHN RADFORD
Stagsnet editorial comment on the 103.2 interview with John Radford: Stagsnet believes that Dave Rhodes's attitude and treatment of John Radford is a long way from being reflective of how the fans feel about Radford. It is understandable that the other media may be miffed that the CHAD is getting an exclusive but the fans don't care about that and Dave Rhodes would do well to remember that rather than bring it into the interview. Stagsnet offers its complete support and thanks to John Radford.
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SSA THANKS JOHN RADFORD:
The SSA would just like to say a big thank you to John Radford on behalf of all its Members and Stags Fans for getting the club back to Field Mill, we support you all the way John and urge all Stags Fans to show their support by coming to the Boxing Day Fixture against Grimsby and making it a festive welcome return.

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Non-League Paper, 19Dec2010


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Stags are back at Field Mill
mansfieldtown.net, Thu 16 Dec 2010
We are delighted to announce that will be returning to Field Mill on Monday (20th December) following a fresh agreement being reached between Chairman John Radford and landlord Keith Haslam.

http://www.mansfieldtown.net/page/NewsDetail/0,,10325~2245840,00.html

The Ground had been repossessed by Mr Haslam two weeks ago in a dispute over rent payments which have now been resolved after Mr Radford successfully renegotiated the lease on improved terms.

The terms of the new lease do not affect in any way the ongoing legal action being taken by John Radford concerning the recovery of dividend payments paid to Mr Haslam's company Stags Ltd.

We can therefore confirm that our Boxing Day match against Grimsby Town will now go ahead as planned at Field Mill, along with all remaining home matches this season.

Mr Radford added: "I feel fortunate that conditions have allowed us not to miss a home game.

"I also feel that the rent paid to Mr Haslam previously of over £140,000 a year was too much considering the current legal situation.

"I will continue with proceedings against Mr Haslam and for the moment, with the small amount of money I have now paid him, I am very happy with the new deal."

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Stags back at Field Mill
CHAD.co.uk, Thu Dec 16 2010

MANSFIELD Town FC will be allowed back into their Field Mill home from next week, after a deal was struck by stadium owner Keith Haslam and Stags owner John Radford on Thursday to run until the end of the season.

http://www.chad.co.uk/news/local/stags_back_at_field_mill_updated_13_46_thursday_16th_1_2863276

Mr Haslam had locked the club out of the ground over non-payment of rent, which the club was witholding pending their financial investigation into Mr Haslam's running and sale of the club two years ago.

Mayor Tony Egginton, who facilitated Thursday's meeting, hailed the news as 'the best Christmas present for Stags fans from both John Radford and Keith Haslam'.

He told Chad: “They have both given ground to enable this to happen and I am delighted. We needed to see the Stags back at Field Mill in time for Christmas and this is great news for the fans.”

The club was paying £10,000 a month to use Field Mill - and had been struggling to find a temporary home which would satisfy the Football Conference before a deadline of Monday.

The news means that the Boxing Day clash with Grimsby will go ahead as planned at Field Mill.

It is thought that the new lease deal - which the club has described as being on improved terms - has included a one-off payment of rent for the remainder of the season, as well as an agreement for ongoing discussions over the possible sale of Field Mill to Mr Radford.

The club has confirmed that their ongoing legal action over divident payments paid to Mr Haslam's company Stags Ltd continues.

They have also confirmed Chad's earlier story that caretaker manager Duncan Russell has been given another game in charge and will lead the Stags in tomorrow evening's televised match at Crawley.

A statement from the football club said: “The terms of the new lease do not affect in any way the ongoing legal action being taken by John Radford concerning the recovery of dividend payments paid to Mr Haslam's company Stags Ltd.

“The club can therefore confirm that their Boxing Day match against Grimsby Town will now go ahead as planned at Field Mill, along with all remaining home matches this season.”

Mr Radford added: “I feel fortunate that conditions have allowed us not to miss a home game. I also feel that the rent paid to Mr Haslam previously of over £140,000 a year was too much considering the current legal situation.

“I will continue with proceedings against Mr Haslam and for the moment, with the small amount of money I have now paid him, I am very happy with the new deal.”

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Mansfield Town back at Field Mill after new lease deal
Evening Post, 16 Dec 2010
MANSFIELD Town will be returning to Field Mill on Monday after an agreement was reached between chairman John Radford and former owner and landlord Keith Haslam.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/mansfieldtown/mansfieldtownnews/Mansfield-Town-Field-new-lease-deal/article-3014980-detail/article.html?

The Stags had been kicked out of the ground by Mr Haslam two weeks ago in a dispute over rent payments.

A club statement released to the Post said the dispute had now been resolved after Mr Radford successfully renegotiated the lease on improved terms.

The statement added: "The terms of the new lease do not affect in any way the ongoing legal action being taken by John Radford concerning the recovery of dividend payments paid to Mr Haslam's company Stags Ltd.

"The club can therefore confirm that their Boxing Day match against Grimsby Town will now go ahead as planned at Field Mill, along with all remaining home matches this season."

The statement goes on to quote Mr Radford saying: "I feel fortunate that conditions have allowed us not to miss a home game.

"I also feel that the rent paid to Mr Haslam previously of over £140,000 a year was too much considering the current legal situation.

"I will continue with proceedings against Mr Haslam and for the moment, with the small amount of money I have now paid him, I am very happy with the new deal."

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Radford happy with deal struck to get Mansfield back inside Field Mill
Evening Post, 17 Dec 2010, By stevie roden

MANSFIELD Town chairman John Radford is happy with the deal struck with former owner Keith Haslam to get the club back into Field Mill.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/mansfieldtown/Radford-happy-deal-struck-Mansfield-inside-Field/article-3016181-detail/article.html?

The Stags announced yesterday that they would be returning to their home on Monday following a fresh agreement between the club's chairman and landlord Haslam.

The ground had been repossessed by Haslam two weeks ago in a dispute over rent payments.

But Radford has now successfully renegotiated the lease on improved terms.

It means the club will meet Grimsby Town on Boxing Day at Field Mill instead of having to seek an alternative venue.

Radford added: "I feel fortunate that conditions have allowed us not to miss a home game.

"I also feel that the rent paid to Mr Haslam previously of over £140,000 a year was too much considering the current legal situation.

"I will continue with proceedings against Mr Haslam and for the moment, with the small amount of money I have now paid him, I am very happy with the new deal."

Meanwhile, Duncan Russell will remain in caretaker charge of the Stags for tonight's trip to second-placed Crawley Town.

The appointment of David Holdsworth's successor was expected earlier this week but the ongoing negotiations with Haslam have contributed to that being delayed.

Russell has led the Stags to victory against Hayes and Yeading, a draw at Wrexham and then a 5-0 midweek win against Worksop Town in the FA Trophy.

A pitch inspection was planned for 10am today at Crawley's Broadfield Stadium.

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