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Mansfield Town are a professional football club located in the town of Mansfield in the county of Nottinghamshire. Having spent the majority of their history playing in the lower leagues of English football, the club currently play in England’s fourth tier, League Two.
The history of Mansfield Town begins in 1897. The club were founded under the name Mansfield Wesleyans, after the Wesleyan church. The club spent its first five years playing in friendly matches up until the 1902/1903 season, when Mansfield Wesleyans joined the Mansfield and District Amateur League.
The club became known as Mansfield Wesley in 1906, before becoming Mansfield Town in 1910, how we know the club today. The club moved from league to league, playing in the Notts and District League, followed by spells in the Central Alliance League and the Notts and Derbyshire League.
Following the end of the First World War, Mansfield Town moved into the Field Mill stadium, the home of the club to this day. The ground had been home to fellow Mansfield club Mansfield Mechanics, but after their failure to pay the rent on the ground, Town took over the lease.
In 1921, Mansfield Town entered the Midland Counties League. The club won the league title in the 1923/1924 season, but Mansfield Town’s application to join the Football League was refused.
The club reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for the first time in Mansfield Town history in the 1928/1929 season. Facing Arsenal, the First Division side beat Mansfield Town 2-0, but this achievement was again overlooked by the Football League as the club once again failed to be elected.
Mansfield Town were finally rewarded with a place in the Football League in 1931. Entering the Football League Third Division South, the club struggled at first playing at a higher level. Finishing in the bottom half of the Third Division South table regularly, Mansfield Town were lucky to avoid relegation.
However, after the end of the Second World War, Mansfield Town began to improve their performances. The 1950/1951 campaign was particularly successful campaign for the club. Mansfield Town reached the FA Cup Fifth Round and the club also remained unbeaten at home for the entire season, the first club in Football League history to achieve such a feat.
The end of the 1950’s saw the club relegated to the newly created Football League Fourth Division, though the club regained their third tier status in the 1962/1963 campaign. However, following this promotion, two Mansfield Town players were found guilty of bribing opposition players during their promotion run, though the club’s elevation to the third tier stood.
Mansfield Town almost achieved promotion to the Second Division, but missed out after ultimately finishing in third place. This was the closest the club came to reaching the second tier in the 1960’s, with the Mansfield Town performances faltering.
The club’s poor form ultimately ended in another relegation for Mansfield Town during the 1971/1972 campaign. However, in the 1976/1977 season, Mansfield Town won the Fourth Division title, sealing the club’s return to the third tier in style.
Two seasons later, and Mansfield Town won the Third Division title, elevating the club to the Second Division for the first time in Mansfield Town history. The club’s time in the Second Division was short lived, their one and only season in the second tier to date ended in a 21st place finish, culminating in relegation back to the third tier.
Things got worse for Mansfield Town when two seasons later the club suffered another demotion. Back in the Fourth Division, Mansfield Town struggled at first with four bottom half of the table finishes in their first five seasons. This changed in the 1985/1986 campaign, when after finishing in third place the club regained their spot in the Third Division.
Mansfield Town reached the Final of the Football League trophy in 1987. Facing Bristol City, the match ended 1-1, meaning a penalty shootout would decide the destination of the cup. Mansfield Town won the Football League Trophy in front of a crowd of almost 60,000 at Wembley Stadium.
The club couldn’t transfer their cup form into the league, and in the 1990/1991 season Mansfield Town finished bottom of the Third Division table. The club bounced back immediately though with a third place finish in the Fourth Division.
In time for the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was introduced. This replaced the First Division, and the rest of the Football League divisions were renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Mansfield Town spent the 1992/1993 season in Division Two, before being relegated immediately back to the fourth tier.
Mansfield Town played Division Three football until 2002. The 2001/2002 season saw the club take the third automatic promotion spot after beating Carlisle United on the final day of the season. Unfortunately, the club suffered an instant demotion, and returned to the fourth tier a season later. Mansfield Town almost gained promotion at the first time of asking, reaching the Division Three playoffs, but were beaten in the playoff final on penalties to Huddersfield Town.
In 2004, the Football League divisions were once again rebranded. Division One became the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two. As such, in the 2004/2005 campaign Mansfield Town were members of League Two.
The club struggled in the fourth tier, and these struggles culminated in Mansfield Town losing their Football League status when they were relegated in the 2007/2008 campaign. Playing in the Football Conference, the club endured mid table finishes in their first three seasons in the fifth tier. However, Mansfield Town performances soon picked up, and the club reached the Football Conference playoffs. The club were defeated, though, at the semi final stage by York City.
Mansfield Town didn’t have to wait too long to regain their Football League status. The following season, the club stormed to the Football Conference title and earn promotion back to League Two.
Since the 2013/2014 season, Mansfield Town have remained a member of League Two.
The current Mansfield Town crest features an image of a stag. The club’s nickname is the Stags, and an image of a stag has been used in a Mansfield Town football badge since the 1960’s.
The stag on the current Mansfield Town football crest is set on a half blue half amber shield, with the club’s initials MTFC printed underneath.
Before an image of a stag was introduced to the Mansfield Town crest, the club used the Borough of Mansfield coat of arms. This emblem also featured the club motto Siqut Quercus Virescit Industria, which translates as Industry Flourishes As The Oak.
The Mansfield Town colours are yellow and blue. Yellow and blue have featured as Mansfield Town kit colours since 1919, though a white and black Mansfield Town strip was worn between 1954 and 1961.
When the club were first formed and known as Mansfield Wesleyans, the club’s players wore a brown and blue striped shirt with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks. The shirt was changed to a half blue half brown design, and when the club became Mansfield Wesley this shirt was worn with white shorts and brown socks.
When the club changed its name to Mansfield Town, the club kit featured a red shirt worn with white shorts and black socks. This Mansfield Town kit was then change to a black and white quartered shirt, worn with black shorts and black socks from 1911 to 1916.
1919 saw the introduction of the famous Mansfield Town colours yellow and blue. Between 1919 and 1931, the Mansfield Town players wore a half yellow half blue shirt, worn with white shorts and blue socks. Between 1931 and 1934, the club kit changed to light blue shirts worn with white shorts and blue or black socks, before reverting back to yellow and blue.
The Mansfield Town players wore a yellow and blue quartered shirt design with white shorts and blue socks, before the reintroduction of the half yellow half blue Mansfield Town jerseys. In 1948, the shirt was slightly altered, consisting of a blue shirt with yellow sleeves, worn with white shorts and blue and yellow hooped socks.
In 1954, the Mansfield Town kit completely changed. The club introduced white shirts, worn with black shorts and black and white hooped socks. This kit remained until 1958, when the sock colour was changed to white.
1961 saw the club bring back the yellow and blue colours. The Mansfield Town kit featured a yellow shirt, with blue shorts and blue socks, with the sock colour alternating between blue and yellow.
The 1968/1969 season saw the Mansfield Town players wear an all blue kit which featured a yellow trim. The club then changed to a white shirt, blue shorts and white socks with yellow trim between 1970 and 1974.
Yellow shirts, blue shorts and yellow socks were brought back in 1974, and these colours were worn until 1983. The 1983/1984 campaign saw the club wear yellow shirts with blue shorts and blue socks, before the club changed to an all yellow strip with a blue trim, worn until 1990.
The Mansfield Town kit colours of 1974 was then reinstated. The 1994/1995 season saw the Mansfield Town players wear a blue and yellow striped shirt, worn with blue shorts and white socks.
To celebrate the club’s anniversary, the 1997/1998 campaign saw the club wear a blue and brown striped shirt, with light blue shorts and light blue socks, before reverting back to yellow and blue a season later.
Since 1998, the Mansfield Town colours have remained yellow and blue, with the shorts and socks alternating between these two colours ever since. The 2016/2017 Mansfield Town kit features a yellow shirt with a blue stripe, blue shorts and yellow socks.
The Mansfield Town stadium is Field Mill. Also known as the One Call Stadium for sponsorship purposes, the club moved into this ground in 1919.
The Mansfield Town stadium capacity currently stands at 10,000, though due to safety restrictions, the capacity is usually reduced to 8,186.
The Mansfield Town stadium layout features four main stands. These are the Ian Greaves Stand, the Quarry Lane End, the North Stand and the Bishop Street Stand.
The majority of Mansfield Town supporters hail from the town of Mansfield and other parts of Nottinghamshire. There are a variety of Mansfield Town supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Stags Supporters Association.
Mansfield Town supporters enjoy a rivalry with Notts County. Other rivals include fellow Nottinghamshire side Nottingham Forest, as well as Chesterfield.
The current Mansfield Town owner is John Radford. Radford bought Mansfield Town Football Club in 2010. Since Radford became chairman, he has invested in the club to purchase the Field Mill stadium from previous owner Keith Haslam.
Haslam was a controversial figure with Mansfield Town supporters. A Mansfield Town supporters group Stags Fans For Change was set up in 2006 designed to remove Haslam from the club.
Haslam eventually sold the club to Steve Middleton, Andrew Saunders and Andrew Perry in 2008, before John Radford launched his successful takeover bid.
The list of Mansfield Town stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. That honour goes to Rod Arnold, who made 522 appearances for the club across two spells, firstly from 1970 to 1971 and 1972 to 1984.
The club’s all time leading goalscorer is Harry Johnson. Johnson scored 114 Mansfield Town goals, between 1931 and 1936.
The Mansfield Town record victory is 9-2. Mansfield Town beat Rotherham United by this scoreline in 1932.
The club’s heaviest defeat came at the hands of Reading. Reading beat Mansfield Town 7-1 in 1932.
The current Mansfield Town players list consists of 27 members of the first team squad.
Notable ex Mansfield Town players include those who have made over 200 appearances for the club. These are Dennis Wright, Steve Wilkinson, Sid Watson, Colin Treharne, Colin Toon, Ian Stringfellow, Dudley Roberts, Kevin Pilkington, Sandy Pate, Alan Murray, Peter Morris, Alan Marriott, Jim McCaffrey, Tony Lowery, Kevin Kent, Mark Kearney, Wilf Humble, Gordon Hodgson, Kevin Hitchcock, Johnny Grogan, Oscar Fox, George Foster, Colin Foster, Barry Foster, Wayne Corden, Sammy Chessell, Steve Charles. Louis Briscoe, Don Bradley, Stuart Boam, Kevin Bird, Eddie Barks and Rod Arnold.
The current Mansfield Town manager is Adam Murray. Murray took the Mansfield Town manager job in 2014, replacing Paul Cox.
The man who has managed more games in Mansfield Town manager history is Ian Greaves. Greaves managed the club for 311 matches, between 1983 and 1989.
The Mansfield Town manager with the highest win percentage is Freddie Steele. Steele managed the club between 1949 and 1951, leading his side to victory in 61 of his 123 matches, resulting in a win percentage of 49.59%.
The Mansfield Town honours list consists of one third tier title (1976/1977); one fourth tier title (1974/1975); one Conference Premier title (2012/2013); one Central Alliance title (1919/1920); and one Football League Trophy win (1986/1987).
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