DAVE SYRETT, 1956-2016
28 July 2016
RIP Dave Syrett, 1956-2016.
We are sad to report the passing Dave Syrett, who has died at the age of 60 following a battle with a brain tumour.
Dave Syrett was a Stags legend for the part he played in Mansfield Town’s only season in the second tier of English Football, in 1977/78. The Stags were relegated that season, but Syrett scored an impressive 16 goals and was Player of the Season. There were some huge highlights along the way, most notably a win over Stoke City on the opening day of the season, with Syrett scoring the first goal, on his debut, firing under England goalkeeper Peter Shilton after a poor back-pass. Sadly there were no TV cameras there to capture the moment. But there were TV cameras to capture an incredible game against Tottenham Hotspur at Field Mill, which ended 3-3, with Syrett scoring a hat-trick. The game was played on a mud bath and was the best Stags game I have ever seen. Syrett’s third goal, to make it 3-2, came after Gordon Hodgson intercepted a stray pass from Steve Perryman, and played a ball over the top, Spurs keeper Barry Daines came out to clear and sliced his kick, allowing Syrett to roll the ball into the empty net. Yet still the ball nearly got stuck in the mud and only just crossed the line. I remember so clearly watching on as a 13 year old from the Bishop Street Stand, elated, only to then see Glenn Hoddle equalise in the last minute with a free kick from outside the box.
I have wonderful memories of Dave Syrett. Sincere condolences to his family.
In this video, Syrett scores a hat-trick for Mansfield against Spurs in Div 2 in 1978:
Below: Syrett scores against Stoke in the first game of 1977/78 season
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