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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby Jamie » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:14 pm

He's not our best ever keeper, obviously, but Logan against Wycombe a few weeks back was some of the best bits of goalkeeping ive seen at the Mill. For that spell when they battered us constantly he was fantastic.

Is big pie eating Pressman our most successful ever keeper, career wise?
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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby Martin Shaw » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:36 pm

yorkstag wrote:Rod Arnold for me without thinking about it. A fantastic keeper

His height or lack of it held him back ......but I remember a save ( think it was against Cambridge) which was similar to Banks Pele save.

That's the best save I've ever seen by a Stags keeper. It was against Cambridge, in the FA Cup in 1974/75
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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby Vice President » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:36 pm

People talk about Arnold's lack of height, but I don't remember it actually ever being an issue. Were there any goals that he conceded due to being to short?
On the contrary - he could leap like a cat and would dominate corners & crosses and regularly pull off stunning saves.
And whilst we are on the subject of his greatest ever save ... against Sheffield Wednesday at a packed Field Mill, early 80's i think, Quarry lane end, the ball was heading for the top left corner and he somehow got a hand to it and kept it out.
Another great save was Steve Sutton, a midweek game, I can't remember who it was against. I was behind the goal in the North stand - the ball was heading inside the left post and Sutton was wrong footed, but somehow pulled off a world class save to tip it around the post. At that moment I predicted that he would become a regular keeper for Forest within the year.
But this is Arnold's thread - Arnold is No. 1 for me. (I'm not quite old enough to have seen Hollins).
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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:09 am

Rodney, Rodney Arnold..........the King of Field Mill.

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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby EdwinstoweStag » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:24 am

Vice President wrote:People talk about Arnold's lack of height, but I don't remember it actually ever being an issue. Were there any goals that he conceded due to being to short?
On the contrary - he could leap like a cat and would dominate corners & crosses and regularly pull off stunning saves.
And whilst we are on the subject of his greatest ever save ... against Sheffield Wednesday at a packed Field Mill, early 80's i think, Quarry lane end, the ball was heading for the top left corner and he somehow got a hand to it and kept it out.
Another great save was Steve Sutton, a midweek game, I can't remember who it was against. I was behind the goal in the North stand - the ball was heading inside the left post and Sutton was wrong footed, but somehow pulled off a world class save to tip it around the post. At that moment I predicted that he would become a regular keeper for Forest within the year.
But this is Arnold's thread - Arnold is No. 1 for me. (I'm not quite old enough to have seen Hollins).


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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby yorkstag » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:10 pm

Unfortunately not sure that applies to gk.

The point I'm making is that if he had been over 6 feet with his ability he would have played at the v highest level.
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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby Rob » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:24 pm

Vice President wrote:People talk about Arnold's lack of height, but I don't remember it actually ever being an issue. Were there any goals that he conceded due to being to short?
On the contrary - he could leap like a cat and would dominate corners & crosses and regularly pull off stunning saves.
And whilst we are on the subject of his greatest ever save ... against Sheffield Wednesday at a packed Field Mill, early 80's i think, Quarry lane end, the ball was heading for the top left corner and he somehow got a hand to it and kept it out.
Another great save was Steve Sutton, a midweek game, I can't remember who it was against. I was behind the goal in the North stand - the ball was heading inside the left post and Sutton was wrong footed, but somehow pulled off a world class save to tip it around the post. At that moment I predicted that he would become a regular keeper for Forest within the year.
But this is Arnold's thread - Arnold is No. 1 for me. (I'm not quite old enough to have seen Hollins).


I've mentioned that save against Wed on here before, it was fantastic and will stay with me forever. I can still picture it now, the Wed fans had started to celebrate. Rod was the best, we will be very lucky if we get one better.
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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby mapp stag » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:04 pm

Rod Arnold was simply the best. End of. Admittedly I’m too young to have seen Holins or Treharne but....

My earliest memories of Stags as a London based fan at the time was away games in the South East from 77/8 onwards. Rod was outstanding, none more so than in a 1-1 draw at Watford in 78/9. When I say he was out of this world in that match I’m not exaggerating. Anyone else recall that match?

I had the privilege of meeting Rod 2 or 3 times in the late 80s. He was a gent and spoke very fondly with real warmth about his time at Mansfield . For me personally he’s my all time Mansfield No1, not just as goalkeeper but Stags all time best player that I’ve seen.
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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby Martin Shaw » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:23 pm

mapp stag wrote:Rod Arnold was simply the best. End of. Admittedly I’m too young to have seen Holins or Treharne but....

My earliest memories of Stags as a London based fan at the time was away games in the South East from 77/8 onwards. Rod was outstanding, none more so than in a 1-1 draw at Watford in 78/9. When I say he was out of this world in that match I’m not exaggerating. Anyone else recall that match?

I had the privilege of meeting Rod 2 or 3 times in the late 80s. He was a gent and spoke very fondly with real warmth about his time at Mansfield . For me personally he’s my all time Mansfield No1, not just as goalkeeper but Stags all time best player that I’ve seen.

I seem to recall Rod Arnold tipping away a great shot from Ray Train in that Watford game. No video footage of course unfortunately
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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby mapp stag » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:30 pm

Yes. Ironically Ray Train was supposed to have signed for Stags the week previously. In the 93rd minute Ray scored a screamer which even Rod couldn’t get to. I was 10 or11 and swelled up
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Re: Best ever Stags keeper?

Postby Billy the fish » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:50 pm

Rod Arnold without a doubt as brave as a lion and Hero to many in that north stand end , actually played against Rod when he was playing for West Notts Colledge good player outfield too and still as competitive ..
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