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STAGS V BLACKPOOL PREVIEW
14/December/2002 11:08:18

Before the Stags had faced Blackpool in a league game – the first one nearly to the day twenty-five years ago in the old second division – the teams had faced each other in the FA Cup on three occasions, all at Blackpool. After losing in 1951 and 1960, the Mighty Stags kayoed Blackpool on January 24, 1970 2-0 in a game now featured in the vintage Stags section. The first-ever league game between the two sides was played at Field Mill on December 10, 1977, where Blackpool ran out 3-1 winners in front of 6975 spectators (Stags goal Sharkey pen, Blackpool goals Hatton, Walsh, Ainscow). At that stage, Blackpool were in the promotion race and then no-one could imagine that they were going to be relegated together with the Stags a few months later. In fact, the first-ever Stags league win at Blackpool at the end of the 1977-78 season, a 2-1 at Bloomfield Road on April 22, 1978 (Stags goals Miller, Syrett pen, Blackpool goal Hatton, attendance 5376), eventually led Blackpool on the relegation trail. After that season, the teams faced each other many times in the old third and fourth divisions with fairly frequent draws, especially at Field Mill, where nine games have been drawn. And only once have the Stags beaten Blackpool at Field Mill, and this happened on the opening day of the 1982-83 season. Not only have the teams been relegated together, they have also been promoted together, and this occurred in the 1991-92 season, decided on the final day. The Stags beat Rochdale and Blackpool lost at Lincoln. These results helped the Stags gain auto promo, while Blackpool had to beat Scunthorpe on penalties in the play-off finals to clinch promotion.

Played for both sides: Neil Mackenzie, Arthur Mann (played for Blackpool on loan), Bill McEwan (Blackpool was his first UK league club, played four games prior to joining Brighton and Chesterfield, before joining the Stags during the 1976-77 season), Phil Stant (for Blackpool on loan), Ian Stringfellow (for Blackpool on loan), Chris Greenacre (for Blackpool on loan).

Home stats: P 14, W 1, D 9, L 4, GF 13, GA 19
Away stats: P 14, W 3, D 4, L 7, GF 15, GA 23

Season Home Date Away Date

1977-78 1-3 1977-12-10 2-1 1978-04-22 Div 2 (old)
1978-79 1-1 1979-03-03 0-2 1978-10-21 Div 3 (old)
1979-80 1-1 1979-12-01 1-1 1980-04-19 Div 3 (old)
1981-82 2-2 1981-10-03 3-2 1982-02-13 Div 4 (old)
1982-83 2-1 1982-08-28 1-2 1983-01-15 Div 4 (old)
1983-84 1-1 1984-03-31 0-2 1983-09-27 Div 4 (old)
1984-85 1-1 1985-04-27 0-1 1984-12-01 Div 4 (old)
1986-87 1-1 1986-12-06 2-1 1987-03-07 Div 3 (old)
1987-88 0-0 1987-10-31 0-2 1988-03-19 Div 3 (old)
1988-89 0-1 1989-01-28 1-1 1988-09-17 Div 3 (old)
1989-90 0-3 1989-09-23 1-3 1990-02-03 Div 3 (old)
1991-92 1-1 1991-09-07 1-2 1992-04-04 Div 4 (old)
1992-93 2-2 1993-02-13 1-1 1992-09-05 Div 2
2000-01 0-1 2000-10-17 2-2 2001-03-17 Div 3

FA Cup

1950-51 0-2 1951-02-10 (at Blackpool, 5th Round)
1959-60 0-3 1960-01-09 (at Blackpool, 3rd Round)
1969-70 2-0 1970-01-24 (at Blackpool, 4th Round)

League Cup

1991-92 0-3 1991-08-20 1-4 1991-08-27 (Blackpool through 7-1 on aggregate)

LDV Vans Trophy

1999-2000 0-1 2000-01-11 (at Mansfield)
2001-02 0-4 2001-10-31 (at Mansfield)

Svante Bernhard


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