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28th June 2005 19:16

Stags land Stoke in cup
CHAD website
Mansfield Town were handed a mouthwatering home draw with Championship side Stoke City at Field Mill in the Carling Cup first round this morning.
The tie will be played at Field Mill on Tuesday, 23rd August (7.45pm) and manager Carlton Palmer said: "It's a local game that should draw a big crowd and will be a good test for us.
"We take every game and every competition seriously and will always play to win.
"Those clubs who don't play their strongest sides for cup games tend to come unstuck. But we want to progress."
Carling Cup Draw - Stag Do For Stoke

By The Oatcake
Date: 28/6/2005

The Carling Cup first round draw has handed us an away trip to Mansfield Town. Our last competitive meeting against The Stags was at this stage of the same competition way back in 1993

The Carling Cup draw has handed Stoke a one off away trip to Mansfield Town in the first round of the competition. The Potters will travel to Field Mill, a venue where we played a pre-season friendly twelve months ago, on the week commencing 22 August. Our last competitive game against the Stags also came in this competition, way back in August 1993.

We haven't met Mansfield Town very often down the years, although we were both in the same Division during the 1992/93 season when Stoke completed a high scoring league double over Town. Over the course of two fixtures we put eight goals past them without reply, firstly with a 4-0 romp at Field Mill following goals from Mark Stein (2), Paul Ware and Wayne Biggins (that infamous badge kissing moment) At the Vic we won by another four goals, this time Kevin Russell, Dave Regis, Vince Overson and a Gray own goal. We went up that season and Town slipped down to Division Three.

It wasn't long before we were playing again and at the start of the following season the fate of the Coca Cola Cup draw paired us together in the first round. We met at the Vic in mid August and took the lead after two minutes through Nigel Gleghorn. Mansfield hit back with shock goals in the space of ten minutes from Noteman and McLoughlin, before substitute Martin Carruthers pulled the first leg level ten minutes from time with his first goal for a club.

Mansfield took brief advantage in the second leg when Phil Stant gave Andy King's side an early lead, although Steino levelled moments later with a rare, for him anyway, header after their keeper made a mess of a corner. After 90 minutes the game finished all square and we had the comical sight of a couple of Town fans near the away end thinking they'd gone through on away goals, until it dawned on them we'd both be coming out for extra time. Stoke netted two further goals from Steino and Dave Regis to win 3-1 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate. This triumph set us up for a money spinning two games against Manchester United in round two.

Last summer we went off to Field Mill to play Town in a friendly, winning 1-0 thanks to a first half goal from Darel Russell.

Carling Cup first round draw:
Preston v Barnsley
Chesterfield v Huddersfield
Blackpool v Hull
Mansfield v Stoke
Rotherham v Port Vale
Nottingham Forest v Macclesfield
Sheffield United v Boston
Derby v Grimsby
Leeds v Oldham
Wrexham v Doncaster
Scunthorpe v Tranmere
Stockport v Sheffield Wednesday
Bury v Leicester
Rochdale v Bradford
Hartlepool v Darlington
Wolves v Chester
Lincoln v Crewe
Burnley v Carlisle
Reading v Swansea
Gillingham v Oxford
MK Dons v Norwich
Plymouth v Peterborough
Shrewsbury v Brighton
Cheltenham v Brentford
Northampton v QPR
Millwall v Bristol Rovers
Watford v Notts County
Rushden & Diamonds v Coventry
Bristol City v Barnet
Colchester v Cardiff
Torquay v Bournemouth
Ipswich v Yeovil
Southend v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Walsall
Swindon v Wycombe
Leyton Orient v Luton

Ties will be played on the week commencing 22 August.

Clubs entering in the 2nd round: Aston Villa, Birmingham, Blackburn, Charlton, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Tottenham, West Brom, West Ham, Wigan.

Clubs entering in the 3rd round: Arsenal, Bolton, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle.


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