The return of two former Stags bosses, Paul Cox and Adam Murray. This is what’s waiting for the One Call Stadium aka Field Mill faithful on Sunday afternoon. And on the menue is the FA Cup second round and the Stags against National League side Guiseley, who have reached the FA Cup first second round for the very first time in their history.
In doing so, they kayoed Accrington Stanley on penalties at their place in the first round replay a few weeks ago, while the Stags disposed of Shaw Lane away to a 3-1 scoreline at the first appempt after two class goals by Danny Rose late on in the second half, after Shaw Lane had hit the post after scoring late in the first half.
Yet, Paul Cox and Adam Murray are no strangers to FA Cup big games. Four years ago, Cox as manager and Murray as player was involved in the Stags’ epic FA Cup third round fixture against Liverpool. A few months later, both were instrumental in the Stags’ return to League Two.
On the other hand, Guiseley are now in their third National League campaign. During their both previous ones, Guiseley did just manage safety on the final day. In their first season, they escaped at the expence of FC Halifax Town, and last term, Guiseley ensured that York City became the first side to drop from League Two to National League North in successive campaigns. This season (in the National League) looks similar as Guiseley are bottom but one, have lost their last three league fixtures, yet drawn on eight occasions. But that counts for nothing at all on Sunday. Just ask Boreham Wood and Woking, who along with Guiseley kayoed FL opposition in the first round.
On a few occasions before, Guiseley have reached the first round. The first time was in 1991-92 when then Division Three Chester won by the only goal of the game, played at Macclesfield. Three years later, Guiseley were drawn at home to Carlisle. The game was switched to Valley Parade, where over 6000 saw Carlisle go through to a 4-1 scoreline. In 1999-2000, Guiseley crashed at later-to-be National League opponents Forest Green to a heavy 6-0 scoreline. In 2002-03, they were drawn away to Luton Town and were kayoed there as well in the first round. And during our FA Trophy final season in 2010-11, Guiseley also went far, but lost in the quarter-finals to Luton Town, who then were kayoed by the Stags. That same season, Guiseley reached the FA Cup first round, knocked out at home by Crawley, who then under Steve Evans went on to reach the fifth round and a tie away to Manchester United.
Even then, in recent years, there have been players appearing for the Stags as well as for Guiseley. Liam Marsden managed one game as sub in 2015-16 on loan during a 5-0 drubbing at Cheltenham in November 2015. The following season, Derek Asamoah played fifteen Guiseley fixtures, scoring once in a 1-2 home defeat against Tranmere. Asamoah then played along with Kevan Hurst, who that season scored two match-winning goals against Barrow and Southport, respectively. Hurst then went on to sign for Guiseley and has this season scored once, a 2-2 equalizer in the 3-2 home win against Torquay earlier this season. Hurst played along with a former FA Cup giant-killer, Kayode Odejayi, who netted the winner for Barnsley when they kayoed Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Oakwell a decade ago.
So Derek Asamoah, Kevan Hurst and Liam Marsden are the ones who have played for the Stags as well as for Guiseley during Guiseley’s National League campaigns so far.
Yet, a good FA Cup game is to be expected. Come on Mansfield!
Stockholm, July 4, 2008, 15.00 GMT. Good news came, K.H. gone. March 1, 2012. Ground purchased.