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Luke Graham joins York on one-month loan
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Stags defender Graham joins York on loan
CHAD.co.uk, 05 November 2009
STAGS' defender Luke Graham has joined Blue Square Premier rivals York City on a one-month loan deal.
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Graham has made just seven appearances for the Field Mill outfit since joining in the summer from Kettering Town.

And Mansfield manager David Holdsworth said the short-term move to the Minstermen would give the 23-year-old a chance to get some games under his belt

He told mansfieldtown.net: "Luke has been a breath of fresh air and has contributed massively to the design and imprint of our dressing room," said Holdsworth.

"However, the partnership of Luke Jones and Scott Garner in the centre of defence is fast developing.

"Therefore, Luke must maintain high standards which he can only do by playing competitive games.

"This is an ideal opportunity for him to do so and it is a move which I know will benefit him."


Stags loan central defender to York
Evening Post, November 05, 2009

MANSFIELD Town defender Luke Graham has joined Blue Square Premier rivals York City on a one-month loan deal.
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The 23-year-old has made six starts for the Stags since joining in the summer from Kettering Town, and one substitute appearance.
"Luke has been a breath of fresh air and has contributed massively to the design and imprint of our dressing room," said manager David Holdsworth.
"However, the partnership of Luke Jones and Scott Garner in the centre of defence is fast developing.
"Therefore, Luke must maintain high standards which he can only do by playing competitive games.
"This is an ideal opportunity for him to do so and it is a move which I know will benefit him."


Stags' Perry gets late England call
Evening Post, November 05, 2009

MANSFIELD Town striker Kyle Perry has received a late call-up for the England C squad to play in Poland next week.
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The bustling striker was not in the original 16, but has now received the call from Paul Fairclough to travel to Eastern Europe for the match on Tuesday night.
Manager David Holdsworth said: "It is a richly deserved call-up for Kyle, because he was been superb for us at the start of this season.
"Louis Briscoe has been on stand by and Kyle Nix would have been in the squad along with Scott Garner but for his injuries.
"I don't think there are many teams who have had four players called up, so it reflects very well on what we are doing here."
Meanwhile, Paul Heckingbottom is set to win his battle for fitness ahead of Saturday's FA Cup first round proper tie at Forest Green Rovers.
The left-back limped off in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Histon because of a back spasm.
The former Bradford man was rated 50-50 earlier in the week by Holdsworth to play at the New Lawn.
But his chances have now improved significantly and his boss said: "Paul seems to be fine, which is good news for us.
"I have already said what an important influence he has been since he came into the side."
Louis Briscoe (knee) and Kyle Nix (ankle) will both miss the game but new loan signing Michael Brough has been made available to play by Torquay, even though it will cup tie him for the Gulls.


Striker Perry celebrates England C call-up
CHAD.co.uk, 05 November 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
STRIKER Kyle Perry has become the latest Stags player to be drafted into the England C squad.
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The marksman joins team-mate Scott Garner in the squad for the friendly match with Poland on 17th November.

Delighted Perry, who has netted nine times for Stags this season, said: "I am buzzing to have been called up to represent England, it is a tremenous honour.

"When the boss told me I had been selected I thought he was having me on at first, I have told everyone I know and am really excited.

"It has been an up and down season so far for me, but this is a fantastic reward for myself and the club.

"David Holdsworth has pushed me really hard and brough the best out of me.

"You never take anything for granted in football. I just wanted to score goals and give my best for Mansfield Town, the rest is a bonus.

"Football means the world to me. I am just going to enjoy the England game whatever happens."

Stags midfielder Kyle Nix earlier withdrew from the squad because of his long-term ankle injury.

So far this season Louis Briscoe, Kyle Nix and Scott Garner have represented England C.


Striker Perry praises Duffy Partnership
CHAD.co.uk, 05 November 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
GOAL-SCORER Kyle Perry believes his partnership with fellow striker Rob Duffy will go from strength to strength.
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So far the duo has bagged 20 goals for Stags and cemented themselves as regulars in David Holdsworth's starting line-up.

Said Perry: "We have got a lot of goals so far and are working well together as a striking partnership.

"We have shown we can play two big men together and it will only get better and better the more we play together.

"We are on to a good thing this season as a team. We all want to do well on the pitch and show what we can do."


Holdsworth relishing Forest Green visit
Evening Post, Friday, November 06, 2009, 12:00Comment on this story

DAVID Holdsworth is looking forward to Mansfield Town renewing their rivalry with Forest Green in tomorrow's first round proper FA Cup tie.


The Stags are five games unbeaten going into the New Lawn clash while Rovers have won just one of their last five – their 2-1 success over Mangotsfield in the previous round.
Holdsworth felt Mansfield did not produce their best in winning an early October Blue Square Premier encounter 1-0.
And he believes his in-form side are keenly-anticipating the trip to Gloucestershire – just as he is.
"It can be an advantage or a disadvantage playing a team who you know plenty about," said Holdsworth.
"But I like to look on things positively and we will relish going down there, especially on the back of two away victories (at Altrincham and Eastbourne).
"The game at our place was one where the wind was relevant and we had to play the conditions as well as the match.
"I don't think Forest Green had any chances we scored a penalty and were only in third gear really.
"That is not being disrespectful to them, but I felt it was comfortable.
"I would love to be getting my boots on down there. We have had a good, strong week in training and will be fresh.
"We have to put all our eggs in one basket for this one game. We go into it with confidence, but not complacency."


Brough warms to Stags task
Evening Post, Friday, November 06, 2009, 07:00Comment on this story

AS he made his way into warmth of the John Fretwell Complex from the autumn cold outside, Michael Brough joked he would be wearing shorts if he was still down on the south coast.


But the 28-year-old is more than happy to leave behind the English Riviera to link up with a Mansfield Town squad he feels is destined for success.
Nottingham-born Brough grew up just across the Derbyshire border in Ilkeston and cut his teeth in the professional game at Notts County.
So the move back north – particularly with the Stags in such a rich vein of form – is something he is relishing.
He won't miss the long coach journeys either, having once been forced to endure a nightmare, traffic-hit 14-and-a-half hour trip en route to Bradford.
"When I heard about the interest from Mansfield it was a decision that was quite easy because the gaffer and team seem to be going places," said Brough.
"There was interest from Stevenage as well, where I have just enjoyed a good spell.
"But it seems quite an exciting time to be here. Everything is very thorough and the boys who I spoke to who I know (Blair Sturrock and Jake Speight) spoke highly of it.
"The club is very professional and geared up for getting back in the league, which is where we all want to be."
As so often seems to be the case, Brough's first involvement at Mansfield is against one of his former clubs, Forest Green Rovers.
He has been made available for the tie by the Gulls and is itching to see some action.
Brough said: "When I saw the fixtures, I was quite excited by the prospect of playing Forest Green.
"I have some really good memories and spent two-and-a-half years there.
"Jim Harvey was the manager and he was a big influence on my career. It will be good to see all the staff who I know and one or two players.
"But I'm looking to get going and get a good result for Mansfield. There are no split loyalties, even though I hope their fans will give me a decent reception because I had a good rapport with them."
Mansfield have initially signed Brough on a two-month loan deal, but he is confident the agreement will be extended.
"I think the idea after the first two months is to make it more permanent until the end of the season," said Brough.
"Geographically, I have been all over the place, so I'm looking forward to settling for a while.
"I'm aware that Mansfield have got a good squad and there is a lot of competition but that was the case at Stevenage and I got in there.
"I'm confident in my ability, but at the same time I know I have to earn the right to start."
Manager David Holdsworth is delighted with his latest capture, believing Brough will ensure the other players raise their game.
He said: "It is a signing that says to people here already 'don't take your place for granted.'
"He can't play in goal, so I think Alan Marriott is safe, but everyone else must earn their place and play with appetite and passion and with the quality I expect.
"To be fair, the lads have done well so far but this is a big couple of months for us, huge in fact, and Michael is another player breathing down their necks.
"He can play at left and right-back but when I have seen him, he's played as a central midfielder or centre half and brings experience as well as versatility."


Stags defender keen to get on goal trail
Evening Post, Friday, November 06, 2009, 07:00Comment on this story

LUKE Jones is hoping his first Mansfield Town goal is on its way.

The central defender twice had headers cleared off the line in Mansfield Town's 1-1 draw with Histon.
The Blackburn-born player has also gone close against Grays Athetic and former club Kidderminster Harriers without breaking his duck.
As the Stags prepare to take on Forest Green in the FA Cup first round tomorrow, he feels it is important Mansfield are not too reliant for goals on Rob Duffy and Kyle Perry.
"I like going up for set pieces and scoring. I have always tried to do it as I have grown up," said Jones. "If we can chip in and get a few goals then it is going to make a massive difference.
"At the moment our two strikers are in a rich vein of form but they will go through a patch when they don't score as many. That is when it is time for the others and myself to step up."
The Stags have allowed central defender Luke Graham to join Blue Square Premier rivals York City on a month's loan.
Boss David Holdsworth said: "Luke must maintain high standards, which he can only do by playing games."


According to the chairman, D'Laryea won't be joining Eastwood.

Stags' D'Laryea an Eastwood target
Evening Post, Friday, November 06, 2009, 07:00Comment on this story
EASTWOOD Town are in the running to sign Mansfield Town's holding midfielder Jonathan D'Laryea.

The 24-year-old former Manchester City trainee has made more than 100 appearances for the Stags in four years at Field Mill.
But he has failed to make a first team appearance this season and has been loaned out to Northwich Victoria.
D'Laryea has helped the Cheshire club to ten games unbeaten and into the first round of the FA Cup where they will host League One Charlton Athletic in a televised tie.
The Vics are understood to be keen to sign D'Laryea on a permanent basis when his loan runs out at the end of the month.
But Eastwood boss Paul Cox has also thrown his hat into the ring.
"We have watched Jonathan a few times and he is a very accomplished player who has the right mentality to do well for us," he said.
"John Ramshaw has spoken to Mansfield manager David Holdsworth a few times about him and we feel he can bring us something we don't have.
"Of course, it is up to him if he wants to join us, but he could be at our ground in 15 to 20 minutes and it might take him closer to two hours to travel to Northwich.
"He is one of a number of players we have been monitoring and now we are keen to bring one or two in."
Cox is convinced now is the right time to ring the changes in his squad after seeing the Badgers lose 5-1 at Southport last weekend.
He has issued a circular to other clubs letting them know he is prepared to off-load some of his players under the right terms.
Cox said: "We are not talking about specific players, but other sides have been invited to make enquiries if they are interested in anyone in particular.
"This is needed because have been papering over the cracks for a while, it's just that we didn't get away with it at Southport.
"The result and performance brought home our deficiencies. We totally lacked shape and discipline in the second half.
"There might be a few bloodied noses along the way but one or two are going to have to be moved on."
Tomorrow, Eastwood host Farsley Celtic at Coronation Park.
"They have been consistent all season and are in a false position because of having points deducted," said Cox.
"But it wouldn't matter if we were playing Real Madrid – I want to see a response after last week."


Stags are going places, says new signing
CHAD.co.uk, 05 November 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
NEW Mansfield Town signing Michael Brough says it was an easy decision joining the Field Mill club.
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The versatile player was signed on a two month loan deal from Torquay United on Wednesday and can play in central midfield or anywhere across the back four.

And according to Brough, who could make his debut against former club Forest Green on Saturday, it was an easy decision to make.

"When I heard about the interest from Mansfield, it was easy deciding to come here," he said.

"There was interest from Stevenage, but Mansfield are going places. Everything is done professionally here, the boss prepares thoroughly and there is excellent ambition at the club.

"I can play in a number of positions, but my preferred position is in central defence."

Following the capture, boss David Holdsworth spoke of his delight and said: "Michael Brough is an experienced and quality player, who will bring competition to our squad.

"His signing lets every player know they cannot take their place for granted.

"He fits the profile of the type of players I am interested in and I am delighted we have signed him."


Somner: We want to test ourselves against the best --->
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Tough-tackling Somner vows to keep battling in midfield after suspension
CHAD.co.uk, 05 November 2009
BATTLING midfield Matt Somner says he wont change his fighting play following his latest suspension.
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Somner missed the 1-1 draw with Histon through suspension after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Altrincham in the FA Cup.

But despite that setback, Somner says he will continue the tough style which has earned him a spot in the Stags midfield.

"It was disappointing sitting out the Histon game,"said Somner. "It is horrible losing your place in the team.

"The way I play I will always pick up bookings. I am never going to stop doing what I do best and what gets me in the team.

"I got the fifth yellow card in the Altrincham game for a tackle on the halfway line when we were 3-0 up so it was a bit of a needless booking.

"Maybe that is something I could change, but it is hard to change the way you play."

Somner now hopes to win his place back in the starting line-up for Saturday's FA cup clash with Forest Green Rovers, a competition which has not been the best for him down the years.

Said Somner: "We all get excited about the FA Cup and are passionate about it.

"We all want to do well and go as far as we can. Personally the furthest I have got is the second round so it would be nice to go one round further and play one of the big teams.

"Saturday will be a difficult game, but we are full of confidence and can win this tie."


Marriott: Catching Oxford is a tall order
Evening Post, November 05, 2009

ALAN Marriott today admitted Mansfield Town face an uphill task to catch Oxford in the race for the Blue Square Premier title – but insists it is not impossible.
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Chris Wilder's side head the table on 43 points, ten points clear of fourth-placed Stags after last weekend's games.
After the Us beat Altrincham on Saturday, they have still only lost once this season – 2-1 at Field Mill in September.
Goalkeeper Marriott believes Oxford have all the right credentials to keep their momentum going, making it very difficult for Mansfield or any other club to claw back the deficit.
"It is going to be a massive ask to catch Oxford with the squad they have got at their disposal," said Marriott.
"With that, I am not being negative in terms of writing ourselves off for the championship.
"But with the players, together with the backing they have from the fans and wages they can pay, it means it is going to be very difficult.
"Our manager (David Holdsworth) still believes we can do it and is determined to give it a good go and we will always go for it while it is possible."
Marriott does believe Mansfield have every chance of clinching the second prize of a play-off spot.
The Stags currently sit in fourth spot with 33 points from 18 games and are unbeaten in five
"In terms of the play-offs there are seven or eight in contention, I think, and it is a case of trying to stay in there," said Marriott.
"Christmas is obviously going to be a big time for us and if you get into the play-offs then anything is possible."
Versatile midfielder Michael Brough has signed for Stags on a two-month loan deal from Torquay United.
There is also an option to extend the transfer until the end of the season.
Brough started his career at Notts County and made more than 90 appearances in midfield for the Meadow Lane club.
The 27-year-old had subsequent spells at Stevenage Borough, Forest Green Rovers and his current club, Torquay United.
Brough, who is Nottingham-born, can also play in the centre of defence.
Brough said: "It was an easy decision once I spoke to the manager. Once I heard of his ambitions, the decision to come here was a 'no brainer'. I'm happy to be back in this area too."



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