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FIXTURES RELEASED
13/July/2011 23:44:58

5 July 2011

The Conference fixtures were released today.

First news was brought to you at http://www.mansfieldtown.net:

http://www.mansfieldtown.net/page/NewsDetail/0,,10325~2386508,00.html?


The Stags start at home to Bath City on Aug 13. There are only two games over the Christmas/New Year period (didn't there used to be four ?!?!), both against York. The Stags finish away to Kidderminster.

Meanwhile Colin Peake of the Conference Board announced on the BBC Non-League show on Monday night that Premier Sports TV will show 30 matches in the forthcoming season.

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Stags boss to take his time before naming captain
Nottingham Post, Saturday, July 09, 2011

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox is going to take his time before naming his skipper for the coming season.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-12913207-detail/story.html?

The former Eastwood Town manager has enjoyed his first week of pre-season training since taking over the reins at Field Mill.

He has already begun to shape his own squad and hopes to bring in up to five more players before the Blue Square Bet Premier campaign kicks off on August 13.

But despite midfielder Adam Murray having the captaincy last season, Cox said he is exploring all options before naming his skipper.

He said: "It is something I am going to leave until nearer the start of the season before I decide.

"I will have a look at one or two people in the role during pre-season friendlies and I have a couple of people in mind.

"But I also still want to bring in four or five more players before the season starts.

"And those I am looking at bringing in could also fit the role.

"I want to get to know everyone and they are all working hard, gelling together and I am finding out about players.

"I want to make sure when I pick a captain it is the right appointment because it is a long, long season."

The fixtures were released earlier this week and Mansfield will host Bath City on the opening day before travelling to Gateshead a few days later.

Cox said: "It is great to start the season at home, in front of our fans.

"Obviously you have to play everybody over the course of the season but I am quite happy with the start.

"We have a lot of the long journeys like Gateshead, Darlington, Braintree and Barrow in the first eight or nine weeks so it will be better for us and the fans to get them out of the way early, while the weather is better. I am pleased with the way it has worked out."

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from mansfieldtown.net:

Stags set to kick off new season at home to Bath

We will kick off the new season by entertaining Bath City at Field Mill on Saturday 13 August (3pm).

Fans who have kept their ticket from last season's FA Trophy Final can be admitted into the match for just £2, by bringing their ticket to the Stags' box office to be stamped in exchange for a match ticket prior to the game.

We then travel to Gateshead three days later followed by a trip to newly promoted Braintree Town on 20 August.

A short journey to local rivals Lincoln City awaits us on Tuesday 18 October followed by a home match against Conference North champions Alfreton four days later.

We will host promotion rivals York City on Boxing Day and will then travel to Bootham Crescent on New Year's Day for the reverse fixture.

The season's run-in sees the Stags pit theirn wits against Wrexham at home, with the season drawing to a close away to Kidderminster on 28 April.

Manager Paul Cox said: "I went to watch Bath a number of times away last season and Adie {Britton} has a good side at his disposal.

"Everyone looks at the opening six fixtures of the season, but I look at the final six to see who we will be playing during the run-in.

"It doesn't really matter when we play teams, we have to play them all twice and pick up as many points possible from those games.

"Every fixture will be competitive, but we are confident that we can get results and achieve what we want to achieve this season," he added


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