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STAGSNET STATISTICAL PREVIEW
23rd February 2014 20:48


Hopefully, it will be third time lucky. For the Stags' home fixture against Bury has already been postponed twice due to bad weather. Now, if the game goes ahead, the sides will face each other at Mansfield for the first time in almost six years ago to the day.

Then, the only home point gained during a dismal home run of ten games with nine defeats was the 1-1 against Bury on February 26, 2008.

Now, both sides come afresh from 1-0 victories. While the Stags in an impressive way beat Fleetwood at home, this for the first time ever, Bury hit an injury-time winner at AFC Wimbledon. These results combined in both sides edging further away from the dreaded drop zone in a League Two which is closer than ever before.

In the league, before the 1957-58 season, Bury had spent the whole of their league life in the top two divisions -and even twice been FA cup winners, 1900 and three years later without conceding a goal. Their best league position is 5th in the old first division as far back as 1925-26, just five years before the Stags’ election to the League.

And in 1957-58, the Shakers found themselves in the third level for the very first time. This was in the last season of the old 3rd division set-up. And the first-ever league meetings between the teams were won by the Stags, 2-0 away on November 9, 1957, and 6-4 at Field Mill on April 19, 1958, the latter game being the one with most goals scored.

Both teams were to be founder members of the old third division at the end of 1957-58 with Bury finishing fourth and the Stags just two ranks below. Since 1957-58, the stats at Field Mill have been quite even with one third of the games being drawn and just equal number of Stags and Bury wins with the Shakers winning five of the last eight Field Mill fixtures, among them a 5-1 on October 28, 1995 when a certain Phil Stant, Stags top scorer with 26 goals in the 1991-92 promotion season, hit a brace for Bury. But it was not the only Bury 5-1 win in Stagsland, the first being played on January 16, 1960, and this was Sam Weaver’s last game as Stags manager.

The biggest Stags win was a 5-0 on October 2, 1976 in the division 3 Championship season. Two goals apiece from Kevin Randall and John Miller, one from Paul Matthews completed the rout in front of 6516. And that during a period of nearly 25 years when the teams faced each other very frequently in the old third and fourth divisions, being relegated together in 1979-80. And in two cases of Bury old division four promotions, the Stags have been promoted the following season. This happened in 1974-75 and 1985-86 for the Stags. Furthermore, in the Stags two last FL promotion seasons, Bury were relegated! That was the case in 1991-92 and also ten years later.

The teams have also faced each other twice in the FA Cup, and on both occasions the Stags reached the 5th round!

In 1969-70, the Stags won a 1st round replay 2-0 after the first game at Gigg Lane had been drawn 2-2, and in the 1974-75 Championship season, the Stags won a 4th round encounter at Bury 2-1 (attendance there, 16623!).

Out of our last nine visits to Bury, the Stags have only lost two. But one-third of all league games between the sides at Bury as well as at Mansfield, have been drawn. But the Stags have not won at home against the Shakers in a decade, the latest a 5-3 thriller on September 16, 2003, and that win is the only home victory out of the last nine on home soil. More on that 5-3 game in the match centre.

Last season, two divisions separated Tuesday night's teams. While Bury endured a difficult campaign both on and off the pitch, eventually ending up in an inevitable relegation from League One, the Stags were crowned BSP champions on the final day of last campaign. Following relegation, Bury had to build a new side managed by Kevin Blackwell, who was axed as Bury boss before the goal-less home game against the Stags in October. Blackwell was replaced by David Flitcroft, who earlier this season was axed at Championship side Barnsley.

Will the Stags build on the Fleetwood display on Tuesday night? Come on Mansfield!

Played for both sides: George Anderson, James Ball (early 1900’s!!!), Luther Blissett, Lee Bullock, Giles Coke, Laurent D’Jaffo, Stephen Dawson, Eddie Edmonds (1934-35 vintage Stags!), Ben Futcher, Dave Goodwin, Chris Hackett, Glynn Hurst, Mark Kearney, Keith Kennedy, Adrian Littlejohn, David Lyon, Joe O’Neill, Keigan Parker, Thomas Peters, John Phillips, Kevin Randall, George Raynor (who later had much success as coach in Sweden, i.e. 1958 WC Finals!), Danny Reet, John Ryan, Jake Speight, Phil Stant, Matthew Tipton, Alan Tyrer (no mention of him playing for Stags in the 1973-74 Rothmans Football Yearbook while on Workington’s books!), Chris Withe.

Played for Stags, later managing Bury: Sam Ellis (managed the Shakers between April 1, 1989 and December 11, 1990). And the Sunderland 1973 FA Cup winners' manager, the late Bob Stokoe, managed Bury in two spells. Ian Greaves, the longest-ever serving Stags manager, was later coach at Bury. And the late Billy Ayre, Stags player in 1982-83, coached Bury a few months before he passed away in April 2002. Daniel Tremelling was assistant trainer at Bury in the mid-thirties. More recently, Richie Barker managed the Shakers, while Peter Shirtliff did manage both sides during the last decade.

Home stats: P 30, W 9, D 10, L 11, GF 41, GA 48
Away stats: P 31, W 5, D 11, L 15, GF 25, GA 43

Season Home Date Away Date

1957-58 6-4 1958-04-19 2-0 1957-11-09 Div 3 (N)
1958-59 0-2 1958-12-13 2-2 1959-04-28 Div 3 (old)
1959-60 1-5 1960-01-16 1-4 1959-09-05 Div 3 (old)
1967-68 1-1 1967-09-30 1-3 1968-02-10 Div 3 (old)
1969-70 3-1 1970-02-23 0-1 1969-09-30 Div 3 (old)
1970-71 1-0 1971-02-13 0-0 1971-01-23 Div 3 (old)
1972-73 1-1 1972-09-09 0-1 1973-01-27 Div 4 (old)
1973-74 1-2 1974-04-01 0-2 1974-01-27 Div 4 (old)
1975-76 1-1 1976-02-23 1-2 1975-09-23 Div 3 (old)
1976-77 5-0 1976-10-02 0-2 1977-03-12 Div 3 (old)
1978-79 3-0 1979-04-21 0-0 1978-12-30 Div 3 (old)
1979-80 1-0 1979-10-13 2-0 1980-02-23 Div 3 (old)
1980-81 2-0 1981-02-07 1-4 1980-09-13 Div 4 (old)
1981-82 1-1 1981-09-19 2-3 1982-01-30 Div 4 (old)
1982-83 1-4 1982-10-09 0-1 1983-02-19 Div 4 (old)
1983-84 1-1 1984-03-17 2-2 1983-10-08 Div 4 (old)
1984-85 0-2 1984-11-24 0-0 1985-04-20 Div 4 (old)
1986-87 1-3 1987-02-07 1-1 1986-09-16 Div 3 (old)
1987-88 0-0 1988-04-23 0-1 1987-11-03 Div 3 (old)
1988-89 1-1 1989-04-22 1-0 1988-09-24 Div 3 (old)
1989-90 1-0 1990-02-10 0-3 1989-09-16 Div 3 (old)
1990-91 0-1 1991-02-05 0-1 1990-09-22 Div 3 (old)
1993-94 2-2 1994-03-26 2-2 1993-10-02 Div 3
1994-95 0-2 1994-09-03 2-2 1995-03-25 Div 3
1995-96 1-5 1995-10-28 2-0 1996-04-06 Div 3
2003-04 5-3 2003-09-16 0-3 2004-03-16 Div 3
2004-05 0-0 2004-10-30 2-0 2005-02-19 League Two
2005-06 0-3 2005-11-11 0-0 2006-04-29 League Two
2006-07 0-2 2006-12-09 1-1 2007-05-05 League Two
2007-08 1-1 2008-02-26 0-2 2008-03-24 League Two
2013-14 (at Bury) 0-0 2013-10-22 League Two

FA Cup:

1969-70 2-2 1969-11-15 1st round at Gigg Lane
1969-70 2-0 1969-11-19 1st round replay at Field Mill
1974-75 2-1 1975-01-25 4th round at Gigg Lane

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag

Statistical updates courtesy of the Centenary book and some editions of Rothman’s Football Yearbook, furthermore the history CD. Bury managerial details courtesy of http://www.soccerbase.com

 

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