When the Stags played Morecambe at home earlier this season, the then Morecambe boss Jim Bentley faced the fifth Stags manager at One Call since 2013 with John Dempster then in charge for the first Stags home fixture. The previous ones were Paul Cox (twice), Adam Murray (twice), Steve Evans and David Flitcroft one. And the Stags manager in the first-ever home fixture between the Stags and Morecambe in February 2008, watched by the previewer, was Billy Dearden. But since the 2-2 draw in August last year (a result which was repeated in the League Cup a few days later), both clubs have changed bosses. After eight years at Morecambe, Jim Bentley left in October to take on AFC Fylde, geographically nearby strugglers AFC Fylde, in the National League, while John Dempster was replaced as Stags boss by Graham Coughlan after the 1-1 draw at Crewe in mid-December.
After a short spell with Morecambe stalwarts Barry Roche and Kevin Ellison in the Globe Arena hot-seat, Derek Adams took over in early November and has seen the odd three-pointer and the odd draw. Their six latest home games have seen two wins and three draws, important points to keep bottom club Stevenage at bay by the time of writing.
The Shrimps are also currently the longest surviving League Two member, in their 13th consecutive campaign now, and have during their entire FL stay called upon just THREE permanent managers. The first one was Sammy McIlroy, in charge when the Shrimps gained their League Two ticket in 2007, and he stayed till the end of the 2010-11 campaign. He was then replaced by Jim Bentley, who remained for eight years and way over 400 league and cup games, an incredible feat these days.
In fact, the Stags have won on their last four away trips to Morecambe, and if they win on Saturday, it will be their fifth consecutive victory at the Globe Arena after a poor display in February 2015. Against no other current League Two side have won four consecutive away league games since the FL return in 2013. Closest are three against Exeter, but the Stags won four consecutive away fixtures at Exeter’s near neighbours Torquay at third level between 1966 and 1970. During the dark days a decade ago, the Stags won four out of four at Tamworth, and three out of three at Eastbourne.
Some games between the Stags and Morecambe have been decided very late on in dramatic fashion. Some facts below.
After the game at Morecambe three seasons ago, securing the Stags’ third straight win there, the Shrimps must have felt sick of conceding late goals against the Stags as the game between the sides at Mansfield was also decided late on, just two minutes before the final whistle of normal time.
During the 2016-17 campaign, the sides won their respective away games. On Boxing Day 2016, Morecambe won by the only goal of the game at One Call after a poor Stags display, while the revenge mission was completed on March 25, 2017 , when the Stags won 3-1 at Morecambe, all goals coming in the first half.
At Morecambe’s Globe Arena in 2015-16, the Stags turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory within the last five minutes of that game, the Stags’ winner in the 90th minute, which also meant that the Morecambe Shrimps lost at the same time. But the Shrimps did the other way when high-flying Portsmouth took the long trip up to Morecambe a week later. Then, of all players, Morecambe keeper Barry Roche, hit home the equalizer to a 1-1 scoreline in the fourth minute of injury-time (official time 90th minute) meaning that a Morecambe run of three straight defeats came to an end.
In the 2015-16 campaign, both fixtures were dramatic ones. At Morecambe, the Stags turned the game late on, as noted above. At One Call Stadium, goalie Scott Shearer saved TWO Morecambe penalties to preserve a 2-1 victory, the first time a Stags goalie has saved two spot-kicks during the same game during the Stags’ entire League history.
In 2014-15, the Stags won 1-0 at home thanks to a 90th minute header by Alex Fisher which clinched the Stags’ first-ever home points against the Shrimps, as the two games before that between the sides at Mansfield, the first one seen by the previewer on February 12, 2008, had seen Morecambe come out as 2-1 winners. The second one, on November 30, 2013, saw the Stags’ last FL and cup penalty given for up to August 2015, but crucially missed at 1-1. No game between the sides have ended in a goal-less draw.
The 2009-10 campaign is so far Morecambe's best-ever one in their FL history. Then, they finished fourth, a position which in three of the Stags' promotion seasons from the basement (1962-63, 1974-75 and 1985-86 respectively) had guaranteed automatic promotion.
But Morecambe had to be content with the playoffs, where their hopes were dented big style by a 6-0 mauling at Dagenham & Redbridge, the side that followed Morecambe up to the FL in 2007, the Daggers as champions and Morecambe winning the playoff finals against Exeter.
In the 2017-18 season, the Shrimps drew on nineteen occasions, while the Stags drew in eighteen. Before the trip to Morecambe last season, the Stags drew six consecutive away games, a club record, while Morecambe also drew quite a lot on the road, including some very crucial ones at Notts County and Macclesfield respectively
Played for both sides: Dave Artell, Simon Grand, Kevan Hurst, James Jennings, Keith Kennedy, Fraser McLachlan, Vadaine Oliver, Adam Rundle, James Sutton, Richard Sutton, Brian Thomson, Neil Wainwright, Laurence Wilson.
Previous FL games:
Home games: P 8, W 4, D 1, L 3, GF 13 GA 9
Away games: P 7, W 5, D 0, L 2, GF 11, GA 8
Season Home Date Away Date
2007-08 1-2 2008-02-12 1-3 2007-08-25 League Two
2013-14 1-2 2013-11-30 1-0 2014-04-05 League Two
2014-15 1-0 2014-09-16 1-2 2015-02-10 League Two
2015-16 2-1 2016-02-06 2-1 2016-01-26 League Two
2016-17 0-1 2016-12-26 3-1 2017-03-25 League Two
2017-18 2-1 2017-12-23 2-1 2018-01-27 League Two
2018-19 4-0 2019-04-19 1-0 2018-10-23 League Two
2019-20 2-2 2019-08-10 at One Call Stadium League Two
A very important game on Saturday. Come on Mansfield!
Stockholm, July 4, 2008, 15.00 GMT. Good news came, K.H. gone. March 1, 2012. Ground purchased.