STAGS DRAW CONCORD RANGERS IN FA CUP
27 Oct 2014
by Martin Shaw
Mansfield Town were the first ball out of the hat in the draw for Round 1 of the FA Cup. They were drawn at home to Concord Rangers of Conference South.
Concord knocked out St Albans in the Fourth Qualifying Round, the team who the Stags beat last season of course.
Concord have won 4, drawn 4 and lost 4 in Conference South this season.
Concord Rangers are nicknamed The Beach Boys and are named after the nearby Concord Beach on Canvey Island seafront in Essex. They were promoted from the Ryman Premier two years ago and are in their second season in Conference South, having finished 9th in their first season.
They have never reached the FA Cup first round before, and hence this will be the first time they have played a Football League club in a competitive game.
Stags' injured centre half Ryan Tafazolli played for Concord when they played in the Ryman Premier.
date of FA Cup Round 1: Sat Nov 8 or Sun Nov 9: http://www.stagsnet.net/match/Fixtures.html
Stags boss Cox happy with Concord Cup draw
chad.co.uk, 28 October 2014
Stags manager Paul Cox said this morning that he was delighted to draw Conference South side Concord Rangers at home in the FA Cup first round.
But he also warned his side would have to work extremely hard to avoid joining that weekend’s inevitable giantkillings.
Stags were the first team out of the hat in last night’s draw and the game will be played over the weekend of Saturday, 8th November.
“It’s what we’d hoped for in terms of a home fixture,” said Cox. “I think everyone waiting for the draw will look at that first and foremost. It was a positive outcome.
“But we have still got to go and win a football match and we won’t approach it any differently to usual.
“I have been in Concord’s position at previous clubs and it’s a massive day for everyone and an important date on the calendar.
“We have to go out and earn the right to win a football match as we do every week. You must have the right mindset.
“There will be numerous giantkillings that day and you’ll see the cameras turn up at clubs where they think it will happen - and it will happen.
“Ask our supporters about the year we won the championship and watched Liverpool play here in the third round.
“Not many will remember the two previous rounds, drawing at home to Slough, the frustration in the ground that day, the anxiety of travelling to Slough on a Tuesday night, a dressing room not big enough to hold our squad and ultimately winning it on penalties. But that’s beauty of the FA Cup.
“I won’t be arrogant in any way. We will approach the game properly.”
Cox may have to go cap in hand to clubs from which he has loaned players to see if they will let them become cup-tied if the current glut of injuries continues.
Also, Stags will await a decision when the game will be played with Stags, Forest and Notts County all possibly at home on the same afternoon.
MANSFIELD GIANT TAFAZOLLI AIMS TO BE BACK FOR CONCORD
sportinessex.com, October 30, 2014
MANSFIELD TOWN’S giant defender Ryan Tafazolli is targeting a return from injury to face his former club Concord Rangers in the FA Cup.
The 6ft 5in centre-back was a regular for the Stags at the start of the season but has been sidelined since pulling his hamstring in a 1-0 home defeat to League Two rivals Accrington on October 4.
The 23-year-old former Southampton trainee joined Mansfield in the summer of 2012 after a brief - but fondly recalled - loan spell with the Beachboys in the non league.
Monday’s FA Cup first round proper draw handed Concord a trip to Field Mill on November 8, and Tafazolli said: “I’m looking forward to that game massively.
“When that draw came out and I saw we had Concord at home my mum texted me straight away and said ‘can you believe who you have been drawn against?’
“It will be decent to see some old faces. I still speak to Kingy (Concord defender Steve King) on the odd occasion and a few of the other lads on Twitter sometimes. It will be nice to see them again.”
Tafazolli played in Concord’s defence alongside King in the Ryman Premier and he admits he is not looking forward to possibly having to pick up his aerially dominant ex-team-mate from set-pieces.
He said: “Kingy is good from corners - and I know that!
“But to be fair we have got our own ‘head-on-a-stick’ in Matt Rhead, our striker, who is 6ft 4in and not many people can cope with him in the air.
“He’s an absolute handful so I’m sure he will prove a handful for Kingy as well and it will be an interesting battle between them at set-pieces.”
The Concord game will be the second time in a week that the Stags entertain visitors from Essex. Phil Brown’s Southend United are the guests this weekend.
But Tafazolli, who trained with the Shrimpers and played in a reserve game for them in March 2012, says Saturday’s visit from the Blues will come too early for him.
He said: “I won’t be available for this weekend, there is no chance. But I should be back for the Concord game if I have a good week.”
THE Football Association have announced the three FA Cup first round ties that will be shown live on TV.
- See more at: http://www.thenonleaguefootballpaper.com/latest-news/fa-cup-and-competitions/11519/televised-fa-cup-first-round-games-announced/#sthash.AuDYpFF3.dpuf
Each club will receive £67,500 in FA live broadcast fees.
Televised FA Cup first round ties:
FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2014 - 7.55pm Warrington Town v Exeter City - Live on BBC2
SUNDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2014 - 12.00pm FC Halifax Town v Bradford City - Live on BT Sports
MONDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2014 - 8.00pm Havant & Waterlooville v Preston North End - Live on BT Sports
The FA have also released the list of games move to Sunday, November 9 to feature in the BBC’s FA Cup Final Score as well as those selected for highlights.
SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014 - 3.00pm
Weston Super Mare v Doncaster Rovers
Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers
The FA fee for the above is £6,750 per club.
SUNDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2014 - 2.00pm
The ties that will feature in the BBC’s FA Cup Final Score with Jason Mohammed on Sunday 9 November will be:
Gosport Borough v Colchester United
Braintree Town v Chesterfield
Portsmouth v Aldershot Town
Stevenage v Maidstone United
Coventry City v Worcester City
Blyth Spartans v Altrincham
Forest Green Rovers v Scunthorpe United
Norton United v Gateshead
The FA fee for the above is £12,500 per club.
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