Mansfield Town F.C.

Mansfield Town
Mansfield Town FC.svg
Full name Mansfield Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Stags, Yellows
Founded 1897; 124 years ago (1897) (as Mansfield Wesleyans)
Ground Field Mill
Capacity 9,186[1]
Owner Carolyn Radford & John Radford[2]
Chief Executive David Sharpe
Manager Nigel Clough[3]
League EFL League Two
2020–21 EFL League Two, 16th of 24
Website Club website
Current season

Mansfield Town Football Club is a professional football club based in the town of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England. The team competes in EFL League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed 'The Stags', they play in a blue and yellow kit. Since 1919, Mansfield have played at Field Mill, which is now an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 9,186. Their main rivals are Chesterfield and Notts County.

The club was formed in 1897 as Mansfield Wesleyans and entered the Mansfield & District Amateur League in 1902, before changing its name to Mansfield Wesley and joining the Notts & District League in 1906. They then finally became Mansfield Town in 1910, and moved from the Notts & Derbyshire League to the Central Alliance the following year. Crowned Alliance champions in 1919–20, they joined the Midland League in 1921 and would win this league on three occasions – 1923–24, 1924–25 and 1928–29 – before they were admitted into the Football League in 1931. They were relegated out of the Third Division in 1960, but won promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1962–63, remaining in the third tier for nine seasons until their relegation in 1972. They reached the Second Division for the first time after winning the Fourth Division title in 1974–75 and the Third Division title in 1976–77, only to suffer two relegations in three seasons.

Promoted out of the Fourth Division under the stewardship of Ian Greaves in 1985–86, they went on to win the Football League Trophy in 1986–87. Mansfield were however relegated in 1991 and promoted again in 1991–92, only to suffer an immediate relegation the following season. They won promotion once again in 2001–02, but were relegated to League Two in 2003 and lost their Football League status with a further relegation in 2008. They spent five seasons in the Conference until they were promoted back into the Football League after winning the Conference in 2012–13 following investment from new club owner John Radford.


Early years

Mansfield Town have played at Field Mill since the end of the First World War

Mansfield Town was formed under the name of Mansfield Wesleyans in 1897, the name of the club coming from the local Wesleyan church. The club played friendlies up until the 1902–03 season, when it joined the Mansfield and District Amateur League. When the league dropped its amateur tag in 1906, the church abandoned the club, which changed its name to Mansfield Wesley and moved into the Notts and District League.

In the summer of 1910, despite having lost the previous season to Mansfield Mechanics in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, the team changed its name to Mansfield Town (much to the disgust of the Mechanics). In the following years, Mansfield Town swapped between the Notts and District League, Central Alliance League and Notts and Derbyshire League, before World War I brought a halt to proceedings.

After the war, Mansfield became occupants of the Field Mill ground, after Mansfield Mechanics failed to pay their rent. In 1921, the club was admitted into the Midland Counties League, and celebrated by reaching the 6th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup twice in a row. The club won the league in 1923–24 and was the runner-up the following season, but on both occasions failed to win election to the Football League.

In 1928–29, Mansfield won the Midland League again, but more famously reached the Fourth Round Proper of the FA Cup, losing 2–0 to First Division club Arsenal, after a cup run which saw them beat Second Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, York City beat the Stags in elections for a League place.

Into the Football League

In 1931, Mansfield were finally elected to the Southern Section of the Third Division. However, the club struggled to adapt to League surroundings and were frequently in the lower reaches of the table. One of very few highlights in the years before the Second World War was Ted Harston, who scored 55 goals in one season before transferring to Liverpool.

After the war, Mansfield started to see some progress. Lucky to escape the need for re-election when it was decided that no club would be relegated after the 1946–47 season, the Stags started to move up the table. In 1950–51, Mansfield reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup and became the first Football League team to complete a 23–game home schedule unbeaten, although missed out on the only Third Division promotion spot.

Chart of Mansfield's yearly table positions in the Football League

In 1959–60 the club was relegated to the recently created Fourth Division, before gaining promotion back to the Third Division in 1962–63. This promotion was later tainted by life-time suspensions handed out to players Brian Phillips and Sammy Chapman for bribing opponents, including players of Hartlepools United in a vital match which Mansfield won 4–3. Two seasons later, the club again narrowly missed out on promotion to the Second Division. The season after avoiding relegation due to a points deduction for Peterborough United, Mansfield made another headline-grabbing cup run. Mansfield beat First Division West Ham United 3–0 in the Fifth Round of the 1968–69 FA Cup, before narrowly losing to Leicester City in the Quarter Finals. In 1971–72 Mansfield were relegated, again, to the Fourth Division.

By 1976–77, the club was back in the Third Division, and despite the distraction of a 5–2 FA Cup defeat to Matlock Town, beat Wrexham to the Third Division title. The club went straight back down, and only a good run of form at the end of the 1978–79 season saved Mansfield from a double relegation.

Mansfield won the Football League Trophy in front of 58,000 fans in May 1987, beating Bristol City on penalties after a 1–1 draw. However, the years that followed were inconsistent, with Mansfield becoming a "yo-yo" team between the Third and Fourth Divisions. Also at that time, the controversial Keith Haslam bought the club.

21st century

In 2001–02, Mansfield were again promoted to the third tier of English football, beating Carlisle United on the final day of the season to take third place from Cheltenham Town, who lost at Plymouth Argyle. A poor season in Division Two did not pick up even with the arrival of former England international Keith Curle as manager, as the club was relegated straight back to the fourth tier of English football. In 2003–04, Mansfield beat Northampton Town in a penalty shoot-out in the Division Three play-off semi-finals, but lost to Huddersfield Town in a similar fashion final, after having an apparently legitimate Colin Larkin goal disallowed.

In 2007–08, Mansfield's 77-year stay in the Football League came to an end as the club was relegated to the Conference.[4] This was in spite of an excellent FA Cup run, leading to two BBC TV appearances, against Harrogate Railway Athletic and Middlesbrough. A fluke goal in a 1–0 loss to rivals Rotherham United in the last home game of the season all but guaranteed relegation.[5] Ugly scenes erupted at the final whistle, with controversial owner Keith Haslam being attacked by fans.[6]

Haslam left the club, as the "Three Amigos" of Perry, Middleton and Saunders purchased the club (but not the ground) for Β£1 and installed Billy McEwan as manager. He was replaced after Christmas by David Holdsworth. Holdsworth's two-and-a-half year reign bought little improvement to the club and he was dismissed as manager.

Caretaker manager Duncan Russell led Mansfield to an FA Trophy final appearance in 2010–11, Louis Briscoe scoring a late extra-time winner against Luton in the semi-final second leg. The Stags lost 1–0 to Darlington at Wembley Stadium after a 120th-minute extra-time goal by Chris Senior. A league position of 12th was not good enough for Russell to keep his job; Paul Hall replaced him as interim manager during the close season.

His replacement, Paul Cox, led Mansfield to their highest Conference finish in his first season. A good run of form after Christmas saw the Stags finish in third in the league, although they lost 2–1 on aggregate to eventual play-off winners York City after extra time in the promotion play-off semi-final.

An indifferent start to the 2012–13 season left Mansfield lingering around mid-table, with some fans calling for the manager's head. One good point to the first half of the season was the club's FA Cup run. A 2–1 win over Lincoln City[7] set up a third round tie with Premier League side Liverpool. A controversial Luis SuΓ‘rez goal helped the Reds to a 2–1 victory,[8] but a brave display from the Mansfield team gave the team momentum in the weeks to follow. Following the cup game the Stags won 20 of their last 24 games, including a club record run of 12 consecutive wins, to clinch the Conference Premier title, and promotion back to the Football League. The title was sealed with a 1–0 victory over Wrexham on 20 April 2013.[9]


The 2006–07 season saw the creation of the 'SFFC (Stags Fans for Change)' an organisation aiming for the removal of then owner Keith Haslam from the club. The organisation undertook many projects over the year to get their message over in a different and non-aggressive way. This included hiring a plane to fly over the local derby match with Notts County towing a banner declaring that the club was for sale and calling for Haslam to leave. On 29 November 2007 Haslam rejected a bid from James Derry's consortium and the Mansfield fans pledged to have a TV protest against him on 2 December 2007 against Harrogate Railway Athletic live on the BBC's Match of the Day programme.

In March 2008, it was reported that John Batchelor, a bidder for Mansfield Town, planned to rename the club to Harchester United after the fictional squad from the TV series Dream Team to make the club "more promotable"[10] if his bid were a success. Fans and executives within the club both stated that they would oppose the name change.[11][12]

Following the club's relegation in 2008, Colin Hancock, then the chairman of Glapwell, emerged as the leading bidder as he agreed to purchase a controlling share of the Stags, Field Mill, and some land surrounding the stadium from Haslam.

Radford on the terraces in 2016

However, three businessmen who are also Mansfield Town fans, Andrew Perry, Andrew Saunders and Steve Middleton, bought the club from Keith Haslam for an undisclosed fee, but they were still renting the stadium from him. At the start of the 2010–11 season Mansfield were bought by John Radford.

On 2 December 2010 the club was locked out of Field Mill in a dispute over unpaid rent.[13] Since returning to Field Mill after securing a lease on the ground for a further year and a half, John Radford began to seek a way by which the club would once again own Field Mill. It was reported that Keith Haslam rejected an offer from Radford for Field Mill; the offer was alleged to have been worth in between Β£2 million and Β£4 million.

On 1 March 2012, Chairman John Radford purchased the ground from Keith Haslam. Since then, 1 March is considered 'Amber Day' at the club to commemorate the retrieval of Mansfield's stadium. In April 2012, Radford changed the stadium's name from 'Field Mill' to the 'One Call Stadium' for sponsorship reasons.

Club culture


The 2003 Football Fans Census indicates that Mansfield's biggest rivalries are with Chesterfield and Notts County, with Doncaster Rovers tertiary rivals.[15] Bad blood between Chesterfield and Mansfield has links to the miners' strike.[14] Fixtures between Town and County are referred to as Nottinghamshire derbies.[16] More recently, a lesser rivalry has grown with Grimsby Town.[17]

Club colours

During the Wesleyans era, Mansfield played in chocolate and sky blue shirts, firstly striped until 1902, and then halved. Upon assuming the Mansfield Town moniker, the club switched to red shirts, white shorts, and black socks, though this identity only lasted the 1910–11 season. A five-year stint in black and white quartered shirts with black shorts and socks followed before the club closed down.[18]

Upon their return in 1919, Town introduced their now-familiar blue and amber club colour scheme, initially in halves. Becoming a league side in 1931 coincided with a change to pale blue shirts with white shorts, which the club would wear until October 1934, when the blue and amber returned (albeit in quarters for the remainder of the 1934–35 season). They would continue to wear this colour combination in various arrangements (including a blue shirt with amber sleeves from January 1948) for two decades. From 1954 to 1961 Town played in white shirts and black shorts, before amber shirts with blue shorts returned for seven years. All-blue with amber trim was selected in 1968, before a new look of white shirts with blue shorts was introduced in 1970.[18]

1974 saw the classic colour scheme return, and though the composition might vary, amber and blue has reigned ever since. The only exception to this was the centenary kit worn in the 1997–98 season, which was a retro kit design styled after Mansfield Wesleyans' first, albeit with sky blue shorts and socks.[18]

Selection of Mansfield Town home kits through history[18]
Wesleyans' original kit 1897–c. 1900. Worn with sky blue shorts 1997–98.
Wesleyans' original kit 1897–c. 1900. Worn with sky blue shorts 1997–98
The first kit of the "Mansfield Town" era. Worn in the 1910–11 season.
The first kit of the "Mansfield Town" era. Worn in the 1910–11 season
Black and white quartered kit worn from 1911 until closedown in 1916
Black and white quartered kit worn from 1911 until closedown in 1916
Kit adopted upon election to the Football League. Worn 1931–1934.
Kit adopted upon election to the Football League. Worn 1931–1934
The Stags wore white shirts and black shorts from 1954 to 1961.
The Stags wore white shirts and black shorts from 1954 to 1961
The traditional club colours of Mansfield Town, as worn from 1974 to 1979.
The traditional club colours of Mansfield Town, as worn from 1974 to 1979

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

The following tables detail the shirt sponsors and kit suppliers of Mansfield by year:[18]

Kit suppliers[18]
Period Supplier
1975–1976 Umbro
1976–1977 Bukta
1977–1983 Umbro
1983–1986 Lowfields
1986–1988 5D Togs
1988–1990 Scoreline
1990–1992 Ribero
1992–1993 Hero
1993–1994 Pelada
1994–1995 Activity
1995–1996 In-house production
1996–1998 Beaver
1998–2000 Russell Athletic
2000–2004 In-house production
2004–2006 Garman
2006–2008 Carlotti
2008–2010 Canterbury of New Zealand
2010–2013 ErreΓ 
2013–present Surridge Sports
Front of shirt sponsors[18]
Period Sponsor
1983–1987 Evinson's Ford
1987–1991 Mansfield Brewery
(1987–1989: Marksman Lager; 1989–1990: Mansfield Beers; 1990–1991: Mansfield Bitter)
1991–1992 Gunthorpe Textiles
1992–1993 GTC
1993–1995 Abacus Lighting
1995–1998 Mansfield Brewery
(Mansfield Bitter)
1999 AD-MAG
2000–2001 Thorworld
2001–2003 Vodka Kick
2003–2007 Perry Electrical
2007–2009 ASPL
2009–2011 Hymas Homes
2011–2013 Greene King IPA
2013–present One Call Insurance


Current squad

As of 23 October 2021[19]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK England ENG Nathan Bishop (on loan from Manchester United)
2 DF England ENG Kellan Gordon
3 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Stephen McLaughlin
4 DF England ENG Elliott Hewitt
5 DF England ENG Richard Nartey (on loan from Burnley)
6 DF England ENG Farrend Rawson
7 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Harry Charsley
8 MF England ENG Ollie Clarke (captain)
9 FW England ENG Jordan Bowery
10 MF England ENG George Maris
11 FW England ENG Danny Johnson
12 FW England ENG Oliver Hawkins
13 GK England ENG George Shelvey (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
14 DF England ENG James Perch
15 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Ryan Burke
16 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Stephen Quinn
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW England ENG Tyrese Sinclair
18 FW England ENG Rhys Oates
19 MF England ENG Keaton Ward
21 DF Republic of Ireland IRL James Clarke
23 DF England ENG William Forrester (on loan from Stoke City)
24 GK Czech Republic CZE Marek Ε tΔ›ch
25 MF Wales WAL Ryan Stirk (on loan from Birmingham City)
26 MF England ENG Jason Law
27 GK England ENG Owen Mason
31 FW England ENG James Gale
32 MF England ENG George Lapslie
34 DF England ENG George Cooper
35 MF England ENG John-Joe O'Toole
36 MF England ENG Ethan Hill
37 FW England ENG Nathan Caine
β€” DF Republic of Ireland IRL Aaron O'Driscoll

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW England ENG Jaden Charles (on loan at York City)
21 DF Republic of Ireland IRL James Clarke (on loan at Solihull Moors)
22 FW England ENG Jimmy Knowles (on loan at Greenock Morton)
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 FW England ENG Josh Scott (on loan at Basford United)
β€” DF Wales WAL Rollin Menayese (on loan at Walsall)
β€” MF Republic of Ireland IRL Corey O'Keeffe (on loan at Rochdale)

Former players

For details of former players, see List of Mansfield Town F.C. players

Club officials


  • Owner/Chairman – John Radford & Carolyn Radford[2]
  • Chief Executive Officer – David Sharpe
  • Stadium Director – Paul Broughton[2]
  • Financial Director – James Beachill[2]
  • Director - Luella Still[2]
  • Director – Steve Hymas[2]
  • Director – Mark Burton[2]
  • Club Secretary / Office Manager – Diane Ceney[2]

First team staff[20]

  • Manager – Nigel Clough
  • Assistant Manager – Gary Crosby
  • First team coach - Andy Garner
  • Physio – Tom Whittamore
  • Goalkeeper Coach - Seamus McDonagh
  • Head of recruitment - Simon Clough
  • Sports scientist - David Waldie

Managerial history

Name Nationality From To Record
P W D L Win %
Teddy Davison England 1926 1928 2 1 0 1 050.00
Jack Hickling England 1928 1933 110 30 25 55 027.27
Charlie Bell Scotland 1935 1935 31 8 7 16 025.81
Harold Wightman England 1936 1936 19 7 5 7 036.84
Harry Parkes England May 1936 January 1938 68 29 14 25 042.65
Roy Goodall England 1945 1949 139 47 36 56 033.81
Freddie Steele England 1949 1951 123 61 31 31 049.59
George Jobey England 1952 1953 70 28 17 25 040.00
Stan Mercer England 1953 1955 77 32 16 29 041.56
Charlie Mitten England February 1956 June 1958 115 49 22 44 042.61
Sam Weaver England June 1958 January 1960 73 22 17 34 030.14
Raich Carter England January 1960 March 1963 151 63 23 65 041.72
Tommy Cummings England March 1963 1964 201 87 40 74 043.28
Tommy Eggleston England 1967 1970 157 59 38 60 037.58
Jock Basford England 1970 1971 66 21 22 23 031.82
Danny Williams England 1971 1974 123 41 42 40 033.33
Dave Smith Scotland 1974 1976 113 54 32 27 047.79
Peter Morris England 1976 1978 83 36 18 29 043.37
Billy Bingham Northern Ireland February 1978 1979 64 17 23 24 026.56
Mick Jones England 1979 1981 107 37 27 43 034.58
Stuart Boam England July 1981 January 1983 77 25 15 37 032.47
Ian Greaves England January 1983 6 February 1989 311 101 99 111 032.48
George Foster England February 1989 August 1993 217 68 50 99 031.34
Andy King England August 1993 July 1996 149 51 45 53 034.23
Steve Parkin England July 1996 1999 143 54 41 48 037.76
Bill Dearden England 18 June 1999 6 January 2002 134 49 28 57 036.57
Stuart Watkiss England January 2002 December 2002 45 16 5 24 035.56
Keith Curle England 3 December 2002 11 November 2004 104 39 23 42 037.50
Carlton Palmer England November 2004 September 2005 41 10 15 16 024.39
Peter Shirtliff England September 2005 December 2006 72 24 19 29 033.33
Paul Holland England 19 December 2006 28 December 2006 3 2 1 0 066.67
Bill Dearden England 28 December 2006 8 March 2008 63 18 13 32 028.57
Paul Holland England 8 March 2008 4 July 2008 12 3 6 3 025.00
Billy McEwan Scotland 4 July 2008[21] 10 December 2008[22] 26 8 6 12 030.77
David Holdsworth England 29 December 2008 18 November 2010 91 37 20 34 040.66
Duncan Russell England 19 November 2010 12 May 2011 36 14 9 13 038.89
Paul Cox England 19 May 2011 21 November 2014 175 78 46 51 044.57
Adam Murray England 21 November 2014 14 November 2016 103 32 27 44 031.07
Steve Evans Scotland 16 November 2016 27 February 2018 76 35 22 19 046.05
David Flitcroft England 1 March 2018 14 May 2019 68 26 25 17 038.24
John Dempster Scotland 14 May 2019 14 December 2019 28 7 11 10 025.00
Graham Coughlan Republic of Ireland 17 December 2019 27 October 2020 27 4 9 14 014.81
Richard Cooper (Interim) England 29 October 2020 5 November 2020 2 0 2 0 000.00
Nigel Clough England 6 November 2020 Current Manager 64 25 17 22 039.06

Honours and achievements

Football League Third Division (3rd tier)

Football League Fourth Division (4th tier)

Conference Premier (5th tier)

  • Champions: 2012–13[23]

Midland League

  • Champions: 1923–24, 1924–25, 1928–29

Central Alliance

  • Champions: 1919–20[24]

Football League Trophy

FA Trophy

Club records

Team records
  • Record win[23]
    • 9–2 v. Rotherham United, 27 December 1932 (home) (two 7-goal victories since)
  • Record defeat[23]
    • 1–8 v. Walsall, 19 January 1933 (Away)
Best seasons[23]
  • Most wins3
    • 28 β€“ 1974–75, 1976–77 (overall)
    • 30 β€“ 2012–13
  • Fewest defeats
    • 6 β€“ 1974–75 (overall)
    • 7 β€“ 2011–12
  • Most goals for
    • 108 β€“ 1962–63
  • Fewest goals against
    • 38 β€“ 1984–85
  • Most points
    • 68 β€“ 1974–75 (2 points per win)
    • 95 β€“ 2012–13 (3 points per win)
Player records
Records for all recognized league and cup competitions[23]
  • Most appearances
  • Most goals


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  24. ^ The Central Alliance 1911–1925 Non-League Matters

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