{ the news }
An independent supporters' website dedicated to Mansfield Town FC
Archived News from December 2003

1st December 2003 21:45

Wycombe, who were FA-cup giant killers and semifinalists just three seasons ago, have never faced the Stags in the FA Cup but drew both games in Division 2 last season. And before that, the Stags met the Chairboys in the 1993-94 season, when Wycombe were promoted from the Conf and the Stags just relegated from the 2nd division. Although the Stags finished in mid-table and Wycombe went on to be promoted via the play-off system, the Stags recorded their highest home-win of the 1993-94 campaign, also one that saw no goal-less league game at the Mill, by thrashing the Chairboys 3-0 thanks to goals by Wayne Fairclough, Stewart Hadley and Steve Wilkinson in front of 3009 on February 12, 1994. Just a few weeks earlier, Wycombe won their home fixture by the only goal of the game. That same season, Steve Prindiville, who had 28 Stags league games on his belt, was on Wycombe's books without playing a league game for the Chairboys.
Early on last season, the teams shared six goals at Adams Park (Stags goals: Corden 2 and Christie) with Wycombe equalizing in the 90th minute and the game at Field Mill ended goal-less with Liam Lawrence unlucky to hit the post in the second half.

Before the 2000-01 season, when Wycombe reached the semi-finals narrowly losing 1-2 to Liverpool at Villa Park (after beating Harrow Borough, Millwall, Grimsby, Wolves, Wimbledon and Leicester) the Chairboys reached the 3rd round in 1993-94, 1994-95 and as a non-league side in 1974-75, then holding Division One Middlesbrough to a 0-0 draw at home before going out 0-1 in the replay at Ayresome Park. And as early as 1932-33, Wycombe reached the FA Cup 1st round for the first time. Then they held Gillingham to a 1-1 away draw before going out 2-4 at home. And in 1959-60, Wycombe won their first FA Cup 1st round game by disposing of Wisbech 4-2 before crashing out 1-5 at Watford in the 2nd round. In 1973-74, Wycombe accounted for their first league victim as a non-league side by beating Newport County 3-1 at home before going out against another well-known giant-killer, Peterborough 1-3 at home.
An interesting fact as well is that both Wycombe and Mansfield faced Leicester in the quarter-finals of both clubs longest cup runs. While Wycombe won 2-1 at Filbert Street on March 10, 2001, the Stags lost 0-1 at home on March 8, 1969. Both clubs have also met West Ham at home. While the Mighty Stags stuffed the Hammers 3-0 on February 26, 1969, the Chairboys lost 0-2 at home in the 3rd round on January 7, 1995.
This season's first round saw comprehensive wins for both sides. While Mansfield easily beat a former Wycombe opponent in the Isthmian League days, Bishop's Stortford, 6-0 at home, Wycombe kayoed another good Cup side, Swindon, 4-1 at home.

Played for both sides: Richard Harris, Iffy Onoura

League games:

Home: P 2, W 1, D 1, L 0, GF 3, GA 0
Away: P 2, W 0, D 1, L 1, GF 3, GA 4

Season Home Date Away Date

1993-94 3-0 1994-02-12 0-1 1994-01-25 Div 3
2002-03 0-0 2003-01-11 3-3 2002-08-17 Div 2

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)


Latest | December 2003