SEASON TICKET UPDATE/ HYMAS NEW HOME SHIRT SPONSOR
Stags chairman upbeat on season ticket offer
Evening Post, April 28, 2009
CHAIRMAN Andy Perry remains optimistic Mansfield can hit their target of selling 3,000 adult season tickets for next season.
Full story at Evening Post website here
So far the uptake has been fairly slow, with just 400 fans signing up to the cut-price scheme.
But Perry is expecting interest to grow ahead of the deadline at the end of May.
If the Stags do reach the hoped-for figure, it will cost each fan £195 – less than £8 a game – and children accompanied by an adult will get in free.
"There is still five weeks to go and we think people have been waiting for the season to finish. It is human nature to wait until the last second," said Perry.
"But we still believe we can get there. Talking to people at the ground there are a lot who are going to do it but haven't filled in their application forms. Our message is to do it as quickly as possible because no money is going to be taken unless the plan goes ahead.
"The good thing is that we have quite a few applications from people who have never had a season ticket here."
Perry was encouraged by a season-best crowd of 3,614 in the final game of the campaign against Stevenage on Sunday.
He believes the benefit to the team of the extra support was obvious – and hopes those extra fans enjoyed what they saw and will want to come back.
Perry said: "There were a lot of people leaving the ground with smiles on their faces.
"I think the atmosphere was the best we have had for a couple of seasons and it shows what a difference it can make if we can get people turning out in their numbers."
Perry called on Mansfield District Council to increase their support of the club.
He said: "Notts County Council have shown their backing for us and it would be nice to get something similar from Mansfield."
Hymas is new home shirt sponsor. Read full story at mansfieldtown.net here
Hymas to sponsor Stags shirts
CHAD.co.uk, 28 April 2009 , By John Lomas
LOCAL building company Hymas Homes have today shown their support to Mansfield Town Football Club by becoming the Stags' new home shirt sponsor for next season.
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
The company's owner, Steve Hymas, will be known to many Stags fans as a long standing and passionate supporter, who had that notorious altercation with previous owner Keith Haslam after the final home of last season.
Hymas was given 100 hours' unpaid work as part of a 12 month community order – and told to pay £100 compensation to Mr Haslam plus £1,000 court costs after being found guilty of punching Mr Haslam at Field Mill after a two-day trial at Mansfield magistrates.
However, Hymas today backed the club with this initial one year package, and has urged supporters to sign up to buy a season ticket, as the club hopes to get 3,000 adults through the gate next season.
"I am thrilled to be the Stags' new home shirt sponsor," he said.
"I am a very committed and loyal supporter and I hope that 3,000 fellow adults can fill in a Season Ticket application so we can fill Field Mill next season and attempt to return to the Football League."
Chairman Andrew Perry said: "We are delighted that Steve has shown his support and has come on board.
"We hope that others will follow in his footsteps by showing their support and filling in an application form.
"It is so important that we get 3,000 adults to come through the gate, in which we hope will be a promotion-winning season.
"Everything at the club is now geared to go back up – all we need now is for the supporters to turn out in their numbers and support us. I hope they, like Steve, can back us in what could well turn out to be a historic season for Mansfield Town Football Club."
"We have maintained a very good relationship with our previous sponsors, Andy Sutton of A.Sutton Pipelines, and we are hugely grateful for their support for last season," he added.
Adults can buy a season ticket for just £195, whilst U13s go for free and concessions are priced at just £99.
However, 3,000 adults are needed for the scheme to be successful - otherwise prices will revert to last year's.
Stags boss Holdsworth must wait for cash boost
Evening Post, April 29, 2009
DAVID Holdsworth today warned he is unlikely to sign new players until the end of May – when he knows where Mansfield Town will stand financially.
With the club waiting to see how many supporters take up their £195 season ticket offer, the Stags manager has been left in limbo.
He must sit back to see what kind of budget will be available – and insists backing from the fans holds the key.
"I'm governed with how quickly I can move because we live in a financial world and we have to be careful," said Holdsworth. "We have no home games in May or June and no income.
"It is frust- rating that I am going to have to wait a while, but at the same time I am respectful of what the chairman and board have done here.
"We want to compete with the bigger teams in this division and we can't wait for three months – we saw that last season.
"But you can't build a base with quicksand – it has to be solid. The guys who bought this football club are not Abramovich or the chaps at QPR.
"We haven't got that kind of financial backing, so we are relying on the fans to do their part.
"If we don't get the backing we need, then we can't expect to finish in the top ten."
Holdsworth has drawn up a list of 20 players who are possibles for next season for when the time is right.
He said: "It is imperative that you know your next step – and I do. I have a huge amount of players I can go through but at the moment, clubs want money for players and we have to be patient.
"That doesn't mean I'm not going to keep the ones I have got and I would still like to have 85 per cent of the squad in place by the start of pre-season."
Holdsworth confirmed Mansfield are unlikely to release their retained list this week.
"We have 18 or 19 players out of contract and I'm keen to let then know where they stand," he said.
"But if we have to delay due to finance and it means being honest and saying we can't do anything just now and we lose someone, then we have to accept it. We can't have it both ways."
The Stags' reserves – with four trialists in their ranks – lost 2-0 to Shrewsbury at Field Mill yesterday.
Tthe victory earned the Shrews the Central Reserve League title
Former Stags striker Danny Bacon was back to try his luck, along with midfielders Clint Easton from Hereford, Kyle Wilkie from Stockport, and Andrew Boyce, from Worksop.
Mansfield have arranged a home friendly against newly-promoted Leicester City on Tuesday, July 21.
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