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STAGSNET`S STATISTICAL PREVIEW
11th December 2003 0:01


Lincoln and Mansfield are not geographically far apart, yet the Stags have faced the Imps on only 23 league occasions up to date. This was due to Lincoln playing most part of the fifties in the old 2nd division and their slide coincided then with the Stags first-ever promotion in 1962-63. Therefore, between 1952-53 and 1971-72 they only played once in the league! And when the Stags were promoted again in 1985-86, Lincoln were relegated to the old fourth, then became the first side to be relegated from the league and to bounce straight back!
Yet a number of Stags v Imps derbies have in the past been crowd-pullers in the league history dating back to 1934-35 when the Imps won both derbies early on that season. And in two of the Imps' promotion seasons, 1951-52 with their club record scoring of 121 goals, and 1980-81 with only 25 goals conceded, they failed to beat the Stags. So here are my picks of the cream of Stags v Imps games:

* In 1951-52 the Stags did the double over Lincoln by winning 2-1 away on October 27, 1951 thanks to goals from Coole and Steele in front of 16364 fans, an attendance figure that was to be bettered in the return fixture at Field Mill on March 15, 1952, when 19043 witnesses saw Reeve secure the Stags winner.

* In March 1963, Tommy Cummings had just been appointed Stags player-manager. On March 27, 1963, the Stags won the first of three consecutive away victories by mauling the Imps 6-2 thanks to an own-goal and one goal apiece from Morris, Hollett, Roy Chapman, Wagstaff and Coates.

* On Easter Saturday, April 18, 1981, the Stags had faded out of the promotion picture while Lincoln was already promoted. But that didn't stop the Stags from winning 2-0 due to goals from Caldwell and Thomson.

* A 6-2 has also been secured at home. This happened on March 11, 1995, when Iffy Onoura scored a hat-trick in only a few minutes

* The teams also met in the Stags last promotion season with the double achieved. At home, Corden scored a late winner to seal the 2-1 victory, and at Sincil Bank, the Stags stuffed the Imps 4-1 in a game that might be billed as the Lee Williamson show as he netted twice, Corden and Pemberton once in a derby that was like home game with 1729 Stags fans out of 4072.

As one might expect, loads of players have appeared in Stags amber as well as for the Red Imps. The writer of these lines has found over 30 who have appeared for both sides. And some of them have also figured in the Lincoln hot-seat as well – with the current Lincoln one, Keith Alexander, as assistant manager/coach for the Stags in 1995-96.

Played for both sides: Keith Alexander, Nicholas Andersen, Geoffrey Anderson, Ian Baraclough, William Bell (for Stags pre-league), John Bryan (for Stags pre-league), Roy Chapman, Sam Ellis, Tony Emery (the one with Lincoln's most league appearances), Scott Eustace, Arthur Fitzsimons, Bernard Foster (for Stags pre-league), Alfred Freeman (for Stags pre-league), Martin Garratt, Arthur Green (for Stags pre-league), John Gregson, Ray Harford, James Heathcote (for Stags pre-league), Amos Hill (one Stags league game, 0-0 at Halifax on February 13, 1937), Maxwell Holmes, Alfred Horne, John Hunt (for Stags pre-league), Walter Hunt, Robert Littledyke, William Paterson, Chris Perkins, John Riley (one pre-league FA-Cup game preliminary round, one goal against Mapperley on September 13, 1913!), Albert Scanlon, Jon Schofield, Ben Sedgemore, Phil Stant, Colin Treharne.

Played for Stags, later managers for Lincoln: Keith Alexander, Roy Chapman, Sam Ellis, Phil Stant.


Home stats: P 23, W 12, D 6, L 5, GF 48, GA 33
Away stats: P 23, W 8, D 6, L 9, GF 29, GA 32

Season Home Date Away Date

1934-35 3-4 1934-08-29 0-4 1934-09-03 Div 3 (N)
1935-36 2-2 1936-07-03 2-1 1935-11-02 Div 3 (N)
1936-37 2-2 1936-10-31 0-2 1937-03-06 Div 3 (N)
1947-48 0-2 1948-03-27 0-0 1947-11-08 Div 3 (N)
1949-50 2-1 1949-09-10 0-1 1950-01-14 Div 3 (N)
1950-51 1-1 1950-09-02 0-3 1950-12-30 Div 3 (N)
1951-52 1-0 1952-03-15 2-1 1951-10-27 Div 3 (N)
1962-63 2-0 1962-10-13 6-2 1963-03-27 Div 4 (old)
1972-73 0-2 1973-03-31 1-1 1972-11-25 Div 4 (old)
1973-74 4-3 1973-12-26 1-1 1974-03-03 Div 4 (old)
1974-75 3-1 1975-04-14 0-0 1975-02-25 Div 4 (old)
1976-77 3-1 1976-11-06 2-3 1977-02-15 Div 3 (old)
1978-79 2-0 1979-05-11 1-0 1978-11-04 Div 3 (old)
1980-81 2-0 1981-04-18 1-1 1980-12-27 Div 3 (old)
1991-92 0-0 1992-03-24 0-2 1992-03-07 Div 4 (old)
1993-94 1-0 1993-09-11 2-1 1994-03-05 Div 3
1994-95 6-2 1995-03-11 2-3 1994-09-10 Div 3
1995-96 1-2 1995-11-01 1-2 1996-04-13 Div 3
1996-97 2-2 1997-02-15 0-0 1996-11-23 Div 3
1997-98 2-2 1997-12-28 2-0 1997-09-02 Div 3
1999-2000 5-2 1999-11-06 0-3 2000-03-07 Div 3
2000-01 2-3 2001-03-03 2-0 2000-09-30 Div 3
2001-02 2-1 2001-09-08 4-1 2002-02-12 Div 3

Details courtesy of the Stags centenary book and various editions of Rothmans Football Yearbook.

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)

 

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