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6th December 2012 12:26

Mansfield Town & Lincoln City dream of Liverpool
Lincoln City chairman Bob Dorrian and Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox are desperately hoping they can negotiate their FA Cup replay to set up a dream FA Cup third-round tie with Liverpool.


The Stags and Imps drew their second-round tie 3-3 and replay at Field Mill a week on Tuesday for the right to host the Premier League giants.

Cox said the fixture could be "one of the biggest in the club's history".

Dorrian says the tie would clear the cash-strapped Imps' debts.

Lincoln expected to be around £150,000 short for the season but their FA Cup run has already generated well over £50,000.

And facing the five-time European Cup winners and seven-time FA Cup winners would be a huge money-spinner.

Dorrian told BBC Lincolnshire: "The financial benefit of bring Liverpool here are potentially quite amazing.

"The game would probably get televised and would bring in in excess of £120,000 on its own, plus gate receipts and you are looking at the thick end of probably £200,000."

Cox, who needed a last-gasp goal to deny their Blue Square Bet Premier rivals at Sincil Bank on Saturday, added: "When the number came out it was amazing.

As well as securing a third-round tie against Liverpool on either 5 or 6 January, the winners will also earn £27,000 in prize money for making it beyond the second round.
"I've been to the third round before [while Eastwood Town manager], but we played Kettering away which is totally the other end of the spectrum.

"It's a fantastic draw but we need to make sure win the replay before we start looking towards that game.

"For the players, supporters, the club and the town in general it would be amazing.

"There is a lot of hard work to go before we can start thinking about that. The league is still our priority and we have the replay on Tuesday.

"It's two sleeping giants that should not really be in non-league football but we are there for a reason and we have to accept that.

"If felt like we took the whole town to Lincoln on Saturday with the noise they made and if the fans can come down on Tuesday and get behind the lads hopefully we won't let them down.

"We have to be professional and I'm sure will be looking forward to the replay. And if we are lucky enough to get through then the will have a few sleepless nights.

"But there is a hell of a lot to do before then and we have to make sure our feet are planted firmly on the ground."


FA Cup third-round draw: Liverpool face trip to Lincoln or Mansfield• Manchester United face West Ham in all-Premier League tie


The Guardian, Sunday 2 December 2012 22.23 GMT
Luis Suarez and Liverpool will travel to Lincoln or Mansfield in the FA Cup third round. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Non-league Lincoln City or Mansfield Town will host Liverpool in the FA Cup third round, adding an extra edge to this month's second-round replay between the pair, who drew 3-3 on Saturday. They will meet at Mansfield's One Call Stadium on Tuesday 11 December knowing that prestige and a financial windfall await the winners.

For Mansfield there is the further incentive of a chance to avenge the perceived injustice they suffered in their last encounter with Liverpool, when Dudley Roberts had a late goal controversially disallowed as the team drew 0-0 in the League Cup in 1970. Liverpool won the replay 3-2.


Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox says Liverpool FA Cup tie would be the perfect reward for the fans
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Sunday 2 December 2012

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox says he wants to repay the fans for their support by setting up an FA Cup third round tie against Liverpool.


Stags will face the 18 time champions of England at One Call Stadium over the weekend of 5th and 6th January if they can overcome David Holdsworth's Lincoln City on 11th December following Sunday's FA Cup draw.

And the delighted boss says his side, who equalised deep into stoppage time to earn a 3-3 draw at Sincil Bank on Saturday, could not have wished for a more mouth-watering draw.

“The draw was a bit of a surreal moment,” said Cox. “When our number came out, I didn't see that it was ours and it was our lass who jumped up when it was drawn.

“We could not have got a better draw, Liverpool are one of the biggest teams in world football. We have just got to make sure we win the replay.

“The support at Lincoln was fantastic and I hope the fans come out in force for the replay and help push us on into the next round.

“There will be a real buzz about the town and excitement amongst the fans. I hope we can win the replay for the fans because they deserve a game like this.

“I don't think the draw puts any more pressure on the replay, it just adds to the spice and expectation.

“Matches like this are what football is all about. It is an exciting time for everyone at the club.”

And Cox also believes that a lucrative clash against the five times European champions would also be the perfect reward for chairman John Radford.

Said Cox: “I'm also really pleased for the chairman. He joked with me yesterday that we would draw one of the big teams.

“He has done so much for both the club and for the town. If it happens this will be one of the biggest games in the club's history.

“The game will more than likely be on TV and it is the perfect reward.”

Mansfield previously faced the Anfield side in September 1970 in the League Cup when they lost 3-2 after holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Field Mill


We must maintain our focus on Blue Square Premier, warns Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Sunday 2 December 2012

STAGS boss Paul Cox is warning his players to maintain their Blue Square Premier focus following today's FA Cup third round draw.


The One Call Stadium side will host five-time European champions Liverpool in one of the biggest matches in the club's history if they can overcome Lincoln City in the second round replay on 11th December.

But Cox says it is important his players take one game at a time and concentrate on picking up maximum points against Ebbsfleet on Saturday.

“I am not trying to stop the excitement, but we must maintain our focus on the league,” said Cox.

“Results went for us at the weekend with Grimsby, Wrexham and Dartford all failing to win. We have a big game on Saturday against Ebbsfleet that we need to win.

“The Liverpool draw doesn't change anything, we still need to improve and to improve defensively as the Lincoln game showed.

“The season is at an exciting stage now. The lads have lots to play for, playing against Liverpool could be the biggest game in their careers.

“The lads will be buzzing about the possibility of playing Liverpool, but we cannot take our eyes off the Ebbsfleet game. We need to stay level headed

“I saw what the FA Cup can do for teams when I was at Eastwood, and playing Liverpool could be a massive catalyst for our season.”

Mansfield face Lincoln on 11th December for a home tie against Liverpool to be played on the weekend of 5th and 6th January


Mansfield Town relieved to still be in the cup
Monday, December 03, 2012 Nottingham Post

PAUL Cox has called on the Mansfield Town supporters to flock to the One Call Stadium and make their dream FA Cup tie with Liverpool a reality.


The Stags face a second round replay at home with Lincoln a week tomorrow, following a 3-3 draw at the weekend.

And, yesterday, the winner of that match was drawn out of the hat to face Premier League giants Liverpool on home soil in the third round in January.

It would certainly be a money-spinning television tie, against the former European champions and last season's FA Cup runners-up.

But first they have to take care of business, after only earning a replay through Matt Rhead's stoppage-time equaliser at Sincil Bank.

Cox said: "It is a dream draw, that's for sure. Outside of Manchester United, they are probably the biggest and most successful club out there.

"It would be a dream tie not just for the club and its supporters but the whole town.

"But we are well aware we have a replay to take care of first and it puts more emphasis and pressure on that game.

"It would be great to see a packed house for the replay as everybody knows what is at stake and what a great day that would be should we get through. The fans can get behind the lads, support them and push them over the line to ensure we face Liverpool."



By John Percy
3:19PM GMT 02 Dec 2012

Paul Cox, the Mansfield Town manager, is targeting an FA Cup clash against seven-times winners Liverpool after the Blue Square Bet Premier club landed one of the ties of the third round.

Mansfield will face Brendan Rodgers at the One Call Stadium if they can defeat Lincoln City in a replay, with the game almost certain to be televised and guaranteeing the club, who have had a winding-up order issued against them, a substantial pay-day.

Seventh in the old Conference, Mansfield were almost knocked out of the competition on Saturday before an injury-time equaliser from Matt Rhead secured the Stags a second chance - and an opportunity to face the Premier League club early next year.

Liverpool, beaten finalists in May, last won the FA Cup in 2006 and have suffered embarrassing defeats against lower league opposition, including Northampton in the Carling Cup two years ago and, famously, Worcester in 1959.

And Cox is already dreaming of the prospect of meeting Rodgers and securing a huge financial boost for the North Nottinghamshire club.

He said: "It's an unbelievable tie for the club and the town, it's beyond all our wildest dreams.

"I know Manchester City have got all the money now but just look at Liverpool, they are one of the biggest forces in world football.

"I was watching the draw live but left the room when we were pulled out the hat - my wife started screaming and I shouted 'have we got Manchester United?" I assumed it was United but Liverpool is just as amazing.

"The last thing the chairman said to me after the draw at Lincoln was that he wanted a big club in the next round - so he will be absolutely chuffed with this.

"It's only human nature to dream about playing them but we've got a massive game against Lincoln first. What better motivational tool have we got now to win the game?

It's the ultimate prize playing a massive Premier League club at your own ground."

The ties will take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday, 6 January 2013.


Lincoln City will play five-time European champions Liverpool if they beat Mansfield in FA Cup replay
Sunday, December 02, 2012
by Leigh Curtis

Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth is relishing the prospect of a dream tie with Liverpool in the FA Cup if they overcome Mansfield in their second round replay.


The Imps could host the five-time European champions at Sincil Bank on January 5 in what will be one of the biggest games in the club's history.

To make that a reality, Lincoln must beat Mansfield at Field Mill on December 11 having been denied a 3-2 victory yesterday by Matt Rhead's injury-time header.

But it has not stopped Holdsworth from dreaming about pitting his wits against Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

"The draw really is fantastic for both sets of supporters," he said.

"If we overcome what is a difficult game at Mansfield then I cannot tell you how much it would mean to our football club and our fans.

"I must go on record and thank the super supporters of Lincoln for their fabulous support yesterday.

"Together, with the fans behind us, we will do our very best to win the replay and bring the mighty Reds to Sincil Bank.

"Playing against Liverpool, on any occasion, is always an amazing day, but against Brendan Rodgers' side it would be a daunting one."

Holdsworth's last experience of a cup tie with Liverpool was when he was part of the Birmingham squad which lost on penalties in the Worthington Cup final in 2001.

But he said should Lincoln get through to face the Reds again, revenge would not cross his mind.

"I don't think they would remember me," he joked.

"Liverpool have changed since I last played them but they have always had a fantastic cup tradition."



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